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Old 04-25-2015, 01:10 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Noct Foamer View Post
That's known as "open flash" technique, and was popular before the invention of flash sync in the 1930s. Jim Shaugnessy was still using it in the early 1960s when he had local trains stop on bridges etc. while he popped his flash bulbs. It's effective, especially if your subject isn't moving. (Otherwise lights from the train will streak.)

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Kinda makes me feel old. I used the "open flash" approach for most of my night photography in the 60's, it provided a greater tonal scale and some neat effects with the smoke and steam drifting about. This is one of my favorites:

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