This beautiful model made in Russia is great to work with, we planned this photoshoot ahead of
time, weather was beautiful and we managed to get some great shots, it was peak time for Skyline this Autumn so we had to deal with crowds of people walking by and some random guys even shooting at the models.
I don’t make a big deal about it because I snap a candid shot at people from time to time in public places, I guess it’s Karma hitting me back.
I went minimalist for this shots, used one single speed-lite with the on-flash diffusion but of course I shot E=TTL II.
Nothing fancy but preparing for the next one at Montebello first week of December.
E-TTL II is a software improvement on E-TTL and is now a standard in all EOS cameras introduced with or after the Canon EOS-1D Mark II in 2004. E-TTL II is implemented in the body, not the flash unit, and therefore can use existing E-TTL flash units and EF lenses.
The main improvement of E-TTL II is that it gives a more natural flash exposure, by being able to handle tricky scenes where the old E-TTL system would normally be thrown off.
Such improvements are possible because E-TTL II incorporates lens-to-subject distance information in its calculation, where available, to assist in determining an approximate guide number for flash output. The flash metering system is also no longer linked to the AF system, whereas in the old E-TTL metering, bias is given to the selected AF point. Rather, E-TTL II compares the ambient and the pre-flash light levels of the scene to determine where the subject lies, in conjunction with subject distance information if available. This gives the photographer the flexibility to lock focus and recompose the scene without fooling the flash metering system. ‘Hotspots’ (areas of high reflectance) that would normally throw off the flash metering system are also ignored in the calculation.
I even shoot with al old AE-1 film camera at 400 ISO and got great results with this flash.