The Dragon*Con 2011 Jarvie Window Experience

This year for Dragon*Con, I was looking for some sort of personal project to shoot during the con. I decided to bring the Jarvie Window to Dragon*Con 2011. I saw this phenomenon posted on Strobist quite some time ago and thought that it was neat, but never thought that I would have the opportunity to try it out. I recently picked up the Ray Flash ringflash adapter and that got me to pondering a photo project for the con of shooting the ringflash effect. I rented the fisheye from LensRentals.com and then found a way to use my less powerful 430 ex ii flash with the ringflash adapter, so that I still had the use of my regular flash on my main camera body. It was well received at the con, and was a fun project overall. I shot about 650 pictures, but narrowed down the final collection to 400 images. The plan is to gather all of these into one large collage that I will take to the con with me next year and get as many of the people in it to sign it. Here is a picture of what it looked like when I was using the ring courtesy of Steve.

When shooting like this, there is no way to be shy, as it works best if you are shooting a few inches from the subject’s face. You can also have them hold the ring or reach into it to give things a 3d perspective. This is especially fun when approaching complete strangers. I found myself taking a regular picture and then showing the screen on my camera with the ringflash and explained what I was about to do, and when following this process, I didn’t have anyone say no to having their picture taken.

Here are a couple of samples.

The rest of the pictures can be seen at
http://www.dwrd.net/photography/galleries/dragoncon-2011-jarvie-window/

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1 Response to “The Dragon*Con 2011 Jarvie Window Experience”


  • the fisheye explains a lot that i did not get from looking at various Youtube videos about ring flash. thanks for the how to description i am sure we will see more of this in the future now.

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