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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Flash Helmet

This is just way too cool. Or too uncool. Or whatever, but ya gotta like it!

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with a tip o' the hat to: RICHARD SINTCHAK


Blogger Abba said...

All that's missing is an external battery pack, rear view mirror attachment with vertical alignment for continuos monitoring of flash attachment, hand enabled adjustment bracket with remote attachment cord for adjusting umbrella flash angle, umbrella spoke oil and repair kit, weighted photographer shoes to prevent accidental lift off during critical assignments, a set of "say cheese" or "smile" cards that could be attached to the attachment, special designer colour umbrella designs other that "photographer black", third party "poke in the eye" photographer insurance, and rain (or bird doo) to check for waterproofness.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially effective to get subjects to laugh! Great light, may not be suitable for solemn occasions ....

12:23 AM  
Blogger JeffH said...

Boy, I could have used one of those last weekend! I was photographing my kids at the beach mid day. Would have gotten rid of those nasty mid day shadows. Though I have to say that having that big thing on your head will draw attention to you even more so than having a big white lens on the front of your camera. Not to mention the geek factor involved....

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's so cool! Gimme! I imagine a lot of those smiles were genuine too because of the novelty of someone coming at you with something like that on their head!

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool, I worked with a metz firing over my shoulder into an umbrella hanging over my shoudler for a while, and this might be the professional way!

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I can just imagine Mary Poppins taking some great aerial photos... after she's blown away with that umbrella hat! ;-)

3:27 AM  
Blogger matt~ said...


3:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me all those helmets with beer can and pipes transfering the beer directly to one's mouth. ;)

Another thing is, there was a post on this blog entitled "who needs stinkin'tripod" (or somthing similar). Well, I would say that there are times that the tripod is useful, but... who need stinkin' flash?

4:11 AM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

This very same technique was used by a celebrity photographer in the seventies or eighties, with a Vivitar 283. I remember to read about him in a book or magazine. Too bad I can't remember his name nor the book's name...

6:42 AM  
Blogger Spike said...

Thank you for this, Mike. It's always nice to start off Monday with a chuckle. Flash Helmet is actually a pretty good idea, and I'm amazed someone didn't do it before. I used to have an inflatable diffuser that strapped on to the front of my Vivitar 283. It was just about as goofy, and I regret I sold it on eBay for $5.

6:57 AM  
Blogger 3yellowdogs said...

OMG. Gotta get one. Can't wait till the Strobist sees this.

It not only makes for good lighting, but prevents the government from reading your thoughts at the same time!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got light-headed just reading about it!

8:31 AM  
Blogger 3yellowdogs said...

OMG. Gotta get one. Can't wait till the Strobist sees this.

Not only will it provide good lighting, but it will also keep the government from reading your thoughts!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AT an Ansel Adams workshop in Yosemite, years ago, an L/A phot had an RB, with a bracket going backwards over his shoulder to a white board about 16x20. Metz flash aimed backwards. We all thought he was slightly nuts until we saw the results. Better than this gal's, and it made believers out of us. However, the Geek Factor has certainly got to be considered. Oh, he also said not to get too close to any UFO Believers too ...

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was fun.

In a more serious vein, I wonder what people might think of this:

" Pixels, photos and Moore"

I don't understand blog sites very well, so this is my way of contacting, I presume, MJ.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Mike Sisk said...

I saw something similar to this last year at a press junket for a Senator here in Oregon.

A photographer was shooting the event with a Canon 1D Mark II and had an assistant with a monopod mounted Vivitar 283 shooting into an umbrella. Pocket wizards where used to trigger the flash and the monopod also mounted an external battery pack for the flash. They even had a length of tape measure hanging off the 'pod for measuring subject-to-flash distances cinematography-style.

It was interesting to watch -- it seemed to work quite well at the busy event to have the camera and light source de-coupled with the ability to travel around independently.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A french wildlife photographer, Gilles Martin, did his own helmet years ago, with no less than 3 olympus T32 flashguns. It was for doing macro shots in armpits deep marshes.
You can have a glimpse of it on his website

2:05 PM  
Blogger Steven Pam said...

Funny, but I expect these are seriously going to catch on. There are plenty of snappers (like everyone here, for example) who (a) care enough about good lighting and (b) are prepared to have a bit of fun and make a fool of themselves.

Oh, and well spotted, Mike! Thanks!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

It was Richard Sintchak who spotted it, so he gets the credit.


6:55 PM  

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