After visiting Hanover industrial harbour in the morning I wanted to go back to experience magic hour. So directly after shooting sunset on the heath I rode on and entered the premises of the harbour.

I used the same method as in described in the last post. Camera and flash on a tripod, manually triggering everything with a remote control. It was a little cooler in the evening, so my fluid loss was not as severe as it had been on the heath. Nevertheless a challenging and strennous shoot.

A word on balancing natural and flash light. Once I have composed my shot I take test images to expose the sky to a rich blue. I shoot in manual mode with manual ISO. Once these settings are dialled in and the environment is exposed to your liking I switch on the flash (I also use M mode there) and variate the flash power until the result is satisfying. Don’t touch these settings after that (unless it got considerably darker and you need to recalibrate your settings).

Note that only the aperture and ISO setting will impact the brightness of the flash on your image. The burst is so short, that any shutter speed is slower than that. The flash pumps out its light energy while the exposure takes place. If you need to get your subject lighter or darker, you’llhave to change the flash power.


I meditated about the following image in post production. Should I remove the flash underneath the wagon or should I keep it there ? Friends from a local photography Facebook group opted for removing it (probably 80%, 20% opted to keep it). I stayed with the 20% and did not remove the flash. Showing the light source is a nice gimmick in my opinion.