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Wool sheds are always a challenge because they are often so big and dark inside.

There was no avoiding the use of flash at the famous 156-year-old Arkaba Woolshed in the Flinders Ranges.

Subduing the light coming in from the windows was the main problem. It was so strong that it was flaring badly even though it was quite cloudy outside.

Using a very small touch of off-camera flash onto the foreground helped solved this.

The wood textures in the old Arkaba building are outstanding. Lanolin, from the fleeces of countless sheep’s that have passed through the shed over the years, have given the wood a beautiful look and feel.

Canon 5D, Lens EF24-70mm f2.8L USM

Top images f22 3.2 sec ISO 200, graduated ND filter plus flash

Bottom shot f22 6 sec ISO 200, graduated ND filter plus flash

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  • Anonymous says:

    Very pleasant snap. I applaud your tech. rendering of a difficult shot.

    How the heck do you get a flash to work with a 6 second exposure? ..Or have I read your 'specs' wrong? ..I googled 'graduated neutral density filter but was left wanting. hehe


  • The Sentimental Bloke says:

    Hi John.

    If you Google graduated neutral density filter there are some examples and some information.
    Wikipedia seems to have the simplest information.

    The filter controlled the really bright light coming in the windows. The shot was exposed for the big dark interior, hence the long exposure.

    The flash goes off only for a fraction of a second during the exposure time but it is enough to light a small section of the overall scene.

    In the second shot, a lot of the foreground is lit by the light coming in the windows on the left hand side of the picture. The flash was used only to illuminate the block of wood on the right.

    Basically you are balancing three separate light sources.

    I hope this is of some help and not confusing. Thanks for the comment though.

    Cheers Peter