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ESPN Welcome Reception on the USS Yorktown

Once again, I have the privilege of covering the Charleston Classic college basketball tournament for ESPN. I really enjoy photographing this assignment each year and can’t wait for the action to begin! 🙂 Last night was the Welcome Reception, help on the historic USS Yorktown as in years past. That is such a challenging location to photograph in because they use those horrible, dim, greenish-yellow sodium vapor lights. Plus who’d of thought it…but AC outlets are pretty rare on an aircraft carrier of this era!

So this turns out to be another perfect project for wireless off-camera flash. As each team arrived, I photographed them in front of one of the aircraft on the hanger deck. I used my home-made Triple Tree brackets to mount three SB-800 strobes on each Bogen light stand, shooting through Westcott umbrellas. (See before/after photos included.) Once all the team photos were done, I separated all the SB-800s onto individual stands and strategically placed them around the huge hanger for nice, clean, directional lighting. All the remote flashes were fired in manual CLS mode, via SB-900 strobes mounted to each of my D3s, using my trusty RadioPopper Px system to trigger them.

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