Sunset photo shoot with Sony A7R

It was a warm March evening in New Mexico, with 65° F outside. I recently purchased Nissin Di700A flash (BHP), and was planning to test it outdoors with my Sony A7R. I’ve been taking landscape photos in the last few years, and that was a good occasion to work on my portrait skills. I called my friend for help. He was free that evening, and agreed to participate in the photo shoot.

 

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53mm / ƒ/5.6 / 1/60s / ISO 200 (Sony A7R + FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS) with Flash

The above photo was taken near an old shop, close to the plaza area of Socorro, NM. Flash was positioned right of the subject, to balance the sun light hitting from the left.

 

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72mm / ƒ/5.6 / 1/160s / ISO 200 (Sony A7R + FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS) with Flash

Next was the close up photo. I wanted to show the warm colors of sunset, so I positioned my friend against the sunset and used Nissin Di700A flash to illuminate the foreground.

 

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31mm / ƒ/5.6 / 1/160s / ISO 200 (Sony A7R + FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS) with Flash

I was trying to achieve a high contrasted look with some reflection in the wall. I placed the flash in the same direction as the sun.

 

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105mm / ƒ/6.3 / 1/30s / ISO 200 (Sony A7R + FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS)

I tried the similar composition but without a flash. The result pleased me more. There was more clear reflection in the background wall.

 

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50mm / ƒ/2.8 / 1/400s / ISO 200 (Sony A7R + Canon 50mm F1.8 II)

At the end of the photo shoot Canon 50mm was installed for wide aperture photos. The lens worked good with Sony A7R in a manual focus mode. Result – sharp subject in the foreground and blurred, colorful walls of the building in the background.

 

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50mm / ƒ/3.5 / 1/50s / ISO 200 (Sony A7R + Canon 50mm F1.8 II)

Last photograph before we wrapped up the photo shoot.

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