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Hamilton Ontario – Easter Grunge

Just returned from a short visit with family in Brantford this Easter weekend and spent Saturday morning photographing some urban grunge in Hamilton. My brother Tom was the guide who also photographs with the 5D Mark II. His work can be viewed here http://www.tomridout.com     as well as http://www.in dustryous.com  I needed the break as well as the excellent food and beverages served over the weekend 🙂 Enjoy!

I hate junks also…perfectly understandable.
This was an interesting monument we happened across while walking the tracks. A newspaper clipping taped to the cross displayed the young victims name and age as well as family names of those that were grieving. We thought perhaps the young man was hit by a train or possibly murdered at this spot…..

Photographers Barrie - Great textures & HDR!

Tom - Mark, next time I’ll wear more sensible footwear. My Bally loafers got all dirty in that abandoned foundry. Hendrys was no help at all.

Radio Popper Commercial – Toronto

Not to long ago I visited the big smoke to photograph a model for radio popper. On a sweltering hot, full sun afternoon we visited a parking lot that showed the skyline of Toronto in the background as well as the incredible range and versatility of the Radio Popper system. I think the edited footage of my visit turned out quite nicely 🙂 Thanks to Adam Miasik of Moving Images Photography for a helping hand.

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Supairx - Apart from being an inspiration in your field and truly a true natural for commercials (the ones you carefully choose to promote) you spontaneously manage to keep your modesty and personality. And that combination dear Mark is finally invaluable. At least to me.
Thank you maestro. You always find a way to show me life as could be “lit”.

Khanh - You’re a natural even in front of the camera!

Mark Ridout - That’s old news…I dated Marilyn Chambers in the 80’s

Angela DeSalvo - Nice! That’s your break, you could be America’s next porn star!

Jason - I would say the other product on the market that would be comparable if not better than the radiopopper system would be the new pocket wizard flex and mini. I have become a big fan very quickly!

WPW Translite 2.0 Flash Kit tested- Ridout Approved

In the Great City Of Kawartha Lakes, on a cloudless early afternoon under the full sun, Ridout Photography peeled the plastic off the brand spankin’ new lightweight portable Translite 2.0 strobe.  The good people over at Willow Paper Works (WPW) were kind enough to let me try out this unit and I couldn’t have been more happy. Willow Paper Works will be a Canadian distributor offering the units through their website. They will be available in two different sizes as well as kits that will come complete with stands and the unit itself.

All of the goodies come neatly packed in what appears to be a small compact camera bag. I charged the battery the night before and  I was ready to go. The battery has a simple on/off switch and a green light to show you that it is powered on. I placed the head on a portable light stand and used a white shoot through umbrella for a number of shots. I also fired off images using the translucent diffuser that comes as part of the kit and attaches to the reflector as shown below.  My main goal was to see if I could over power the full day sun as well as try and turn the output power down enough to fill my subject with soft light while still trying to obtain a 2.8 aperture. The hard part obviously with trying to shoot wide open in full sun is that your shutter speed will more then likely be higher then 1/200th of a second (sync speed of my camera). I was able to get the exposure I wanted by using iso 50 and shooting in full shade. This flash head has no problem keeping up with the demand. I tested it in both shade and full sun at different exposures and got great clean images. The battery that comes with the unit can also be used to power my Canon flashes (optional cord required) That’s a huge bonus alone. The ease of carrying the unit because of its weight and size make this a great flash to bring with me for my outdoor shoots that require some fill  or more power then I can muster out of my Canon 580’s

The Translite 2.0 head features 19 manual power settings adjustable in 1/3 steps over a five stop range. The flash head can also be fired with an on camera flash using the Translite’s built in slave. I like the digital display on the back as it’s easy to read even in full sun. I was able to dial down the output and get some great soft fill light while shooting through my umbrella. The images below all were shot using a signal Translite unit. The last image has the flash directly behind the subject pointing at her back.

If you are in the market for a lightweight portable flash unit and don’t want to break the bank this is an excellent choice. Email Willow Paper Works for pricing and availablity

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The image below was shot if full shade with my 400 2.8  Flash held up high camera left near the model shooting through a white translucent umbrella.

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The image below was shot on the shaded side of the wall with the flash camera right hence the flash shadow off the left arm. I was using the diffuser which hardens the light a tad…if I shot through the umbrella I could probably eliminate that shadow. Flash shadows suck 🙂
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Mark Ridout - Honestly you could easily get away with just one unit for group shots although two would be awesome. I see myself using it outside for a group shot with my assistant standing beside me for the group shots holding it high above my camera. Any possible flash shadow’s would be directly behind the subjects. It’s a compact powerful flash that worked flawlessly. The only issues I had during the test was the wireless transmitter and receiver I was using needed a new cable from the receiver to the flash unit (weakest link in a set up 99% of the time) and I was getting the odd no flash. Once I taped the cord so nothing moved I received 100% firing. The battery itself I am told is excellent and the stats for it can be viewed at Willow Paper Works

M for Madness - It’s certainly very portable and light. One of the problems carrying the WL full size strobes around. The battery size is the most attractive feature and what a nice touch having it double as a 580EX II power unit.

For group shots I’d imagine a couple of units either side would be necessary. Wonder how many flashes one full battery can provide?

Nice test, Willow owe you an ice-cream.

M.

Mark Ridout - Hey Rubber Neck…I had no pricing on the unit but I believe they will be $499.00 for the 2.0 version. Pretty good deal considering the portability and power. Blow the dust off your leather and saddle up pretty boy!

Tom - Hey fudge slapper how much is this rig?

Wayne Simpson - Hey Mark, do you know what kind of power output that puppy has? Don’t see it in your post, unless I missed something. I’m curious how it compares to something like the elinchrom quadra in regards to power.

Francine - Thank you Mark for the productive and fun product testing session. The photos turned out wonderful!

Darwin Wiggett – Inspiration… back at you

An absolute honor to be recognized and considered an inspiration by Darwin Wiggett. Recently I was contacted by his office staff to supply this image as well as a short description for his blog. I have followed Darwin’s work myself for years. Darwin shares a wealth of information both on his blog and website as well as digital e book downloads for as little as $9.95…truly one of  Canada’s best landscape photographers. I should talk him into doing a workshop with me. Beautiful Bride and Groom against one of his majestic backgrounds .

Check out Darwin Wiggett’s “Life and Learning Through the Lens”

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olya - so sweet!!!

Sarah Y. - It’s so great to see my favourite photo of Odinn again, Mark! I love, love, love this shot.

Mark Ridout - Raychelle…I could do the same for you…get busy!

Raychelle - Love this shot! So gorgeous 🙂

Wayne Simpson - That’s so cool to see you and Darwin connecting! Darwin has been a huge inspiration in my landscape photography, just as you have been in my people photos. My wife and I have got to know Darwin and his girl friend Samantha quite well over the last few years I can honestly say that they are some of the best people we know… truly genuine and giving people. Our lives are richer for knowing them.

I look forward to meeting you and your wife one day when we are back in good ol’ Lindsay for a visit!

Wayne Simpson

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