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    Landscape lighting old school

    I am looking for ideas on how to achieve a well lot scene for little money.

    Speedlights are not strong enough for what I'm trying to do. I'm looking for 2000ws or higher per light source.

    My first idea is to try old style flashbulbs but I need a fixture/implement that will allow multiple bulbs to be synced.

    I have seen some dishes o winston link used which housed multiple bulbs at once. Where would income something like this?

    Modern strobe equipment capable of similar results are out of my budget but I will consider all your suggestions.

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    I'm looking for best case scenario f11 at 20ft.

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    Re: Landscape lighting old school

    Might take some practice, but how about painting with light? Flashlights are inexpensive...

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    Yes that's my go to technique. But for this particular shot I need to freeze motion.

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    Re: Landscape lighting old school

    Quote Originally Posted by RodinalDuchamp View Post
    Yes that's my go to technique. But for this particular shot I need to freeze motion.
    You can freeze the action with flash and paint the rest if the scene. Would have to filter one of them to balance with the other though.

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    Normally this would work.

    Ok maybe more background info is needed. I am shooting a boat scene on water. My exposures with flashlight "paint" is very long in the ordinance of minutes.

    Even though the boats appear still the film records movement.

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    I've been doing some research and it seems like the number 75 flashbulb is the biggest ever made. I found one on an auction site but I think it may be overkill.

    I need maybe 1/4-1/2 that power. The 75 is used for aerial photography but I am not sure at what altitude or distance to the subject they are used.

    I am glad these exost but what kind of device is used to hold and activate a flashbulb on a stand? I've only seen flashbulbs used mounted on cameras press-style.

    I am looking for a way to set a flashbulb on a stand and sync it with my shutter.

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    Re: Landscape lighting old school

    F11 and 20 feet isn't that tough to light with flash for iso400 film (GN 110). A Nikon sb24 or Vivitar 285hv will handle that by itself with room to spare.

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    Re: Landscape lighting old school

    Quote Originally Posted by RodinalDuchamp View Post
    Normally this would work.

    Ok maybe more background info is needed. I am shooting a boat scene on water. My exposures with flashlight "paint" is very long in the ordinance of minutes.

    Even though the boats appear still the film records movement.
    Paint the background first, then shoot the boat.

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    Re: Landscape lighting old school

    I have a yonguo 560 iii
    Specs are Guide Number: 190' at ISO 100 and 105mm

    This speedlight is much stronger than a vivitar 285 and it still can't hit f11 at 20' I get f11 at about 10'

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