I visited the LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. My purpose was a scouting trip, in hopes of obtaining permission to return with my Nikon gear and tripod and possibly doing some commercial work for them. So today was reconnaissance with the RX100, one flash, and a VAL (voice activated light stand). This is definitely a location I plan to return to. The building is fairly well lit and the cars are spaced nicely, so components can be isolated. When I return, I’ll shoot the outside at dusk when I can blend the exterior lights with the city and the fading light of the sky. (Click on image for larger view.)
I recently purchased a Sony RX100 so I would always have a good camera with me. This one has all the manual controls I need, it’s small enough so that I will take it with me, and the image quality is outstanding. It fits easily in a jacket pocket and even in a pants pocket. I decided to see how well it would sync with my speed lights. My wife was working on a quilting project, so I began to photograph some of her work. So far I’m pleased, but the focusing does require attention. The lights have to be manually adjusted, but dialing down the on-camera flash and covering it so it wouldn’t influence my exposure, produced a satisfying result. (Click photo to enlarge.)
The colors, textures, and the patterns of the fabrics do lend themselves to visually interesting subjects. I may continue this as a personal project, documenting all the many steps until the final quilt is ready for use.