Looking for fall color at Gibbs Gardens

Gibbs Gardens [X-E3, XF10-24mm ƒ/4 R OIS, ISO 250, ƒ/9, 1/100]
This time of year we are suppose to have the temperature drop and autumn set in, but today the low in my area was 51º and high of 76º Fahrenheit.

I drove up to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia to see if Mother Nature is painting the treetops in vibrant hues of red, orange and gold.

Colors reflecting in the water at Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 640, ƒ/5.6, 1/100]
While the foliage isn’t wide spread I was able to isolate some colors.

Colors reflecting in the water at Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 3600, ƒ/10, 1/100]
Here are some of the colors I captured today. Enjoy!

Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, AF 35mm f/1.4G, ISO 200, ƒ/1.4, 1/800]
Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, AF 35mm f/1.4G, ISO 200, ƒ/1.4, 1/320]
Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 100, ƒ/5.6, 1/320]
Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 100, ƒ/5.6, 1/160]
Gibbs Gardens [X-E3, XF10-24mm ƒ/4 R OIS, ISO 250, ƒ/8, 1/100]
Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 280, ƒ/11, 1/100]
Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 1800, ƒ/11, 1/100]
Gibbs Gardens [NIKON D5, VR Zoom 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, ISO 220, ƒ/5.6, 1/100]

Shooting High Speed Sync with Fuji X-E3 & Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL

Blue Bird on my Bird-feeder in Roswell, GA [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 1000, ƒ/4.8, 1/200 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter]
Just before Christmas my friend Dennis Fahringer forwarded me a special that Adorama had on their  Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter. The flash was $119 and the transmitter $46.

I had bought earlier the Godox VING V860IIN TTL Li-Ion Flash Kit for Nikon with it’s transmitter.The reason I did this is I loved the Neewer TT850, which is pretty much the same flash with the TTL capabilities.

Neewer, Godox and Flashpoint are all the same company but marketed differently. Flashpoint is the Adorama branded system that comes with more warranty than the others.

I have not bought the studio version of the system yet, but plan to do so in the near future. They just introduced this week the newest version of the studio flash the Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight (Bowens Mount) – Godox AD600 Pro. This sells for $899 without the transmitter.

The XPLOR 600Pro TTL is the next evolution of the Flashpoint R2 radio system, compatible with the R2 Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and Olympus/Panasonic TTL auto flash systems, for remote power control and shooting.

Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla Probably the least numerous nuthatch in North America. Has lost ground in some areas because of habitat loss, but still common where southern pine forest exists. [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/1000 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter]
Just using the bird-feeder in my backyard I was able to do some tests to see how well the camera worked with HSS of 1/4000. The flash supports the FP mode (high-speed flash sync), in which the flash outputs continuous light while the first and second curtains travel across the sensor, thereby enabling flash photography at any shutter speed.

The range of the radio transmitter from the camera to the flash is 330ft / 100m. Recycle time is <4 seconds. This is great for more than 600+ full power flashes with the Lithium battery.

If you want something faster then you need to use their studio heads. The Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight recycle time is approximately 0.01-0.9s.

Blue Bird on my Bird-feeder in Roswell, GA [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 25600, ƒ/8, 1/4000 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL]
When you think of the exposure triangle you think that as you change on the others all are affected.

Well there is a kink in this because when you use a flash the volume of light is pretty much the same as you shorten the duration. The problem through the years was the ability to shorten the shutter speed and sync with the flash. This has now been pretty much solved in the last few years. So the affect on the shortening of the shutter speed is actually impacting the available light (The Sun) if outside and not the flash as much.

Action shot of soccer player in Oxnard, California. [Nikon D5, Nikon 14-24mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 50, ƒ/11, 1/200 – (2) Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
Earlier I showed how I did this with the Nikon system. Now I can do the same with my Fuji X-E3 and the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter.

Now the cool thing about maybe picking up the studio flash Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL Battery-Powered Monolight (Bowens Mount) – Godox AD600 Pro is it works with all the transmitters for Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Canon and Olympus. So, my two camera systems can use the same studio flash in TTL mode.

Yellow Finch [Fujifilm X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/8, 1/1000 – Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter]
I am looking forward to shooting more with my Fuji X-E3 and the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL & Flashpoint R2 TTL transmitter in the months ahead. I love such a small system for travel.