Party for Three…


…or “The Flash Test – Color

Seeing as how the odometers are about to roll over for three of the gang, a big party was in order.

These were shot on Portra 160 using the Metz flash.

The flash was (accidentally) turned off for the fourth one to (intentionally) give you the impression of the sort of conditions I was shooting under…


Given that the house was pure chaos, I think they turned out pretty well.

Thanks for looking,















10 thoughts on “Party for Three…

  1. greg g49 says:

    Looks to have been a brilliant party! So many great shots! Love “the Moms”, “the Wild Bunch” melee, and Baby J & buddy looking over their shoulders (which looks like it could’ve been shot by William Eggleston). But I laughed and laughed at the (pre) blowing out the candles shot(s)… those two are such a hoot, the yin and the yang… wonderful.

    PS Happy Birthday to all.

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Greg!

      …and a melee was exactly what it was. (I believe I even used that word behind the camera!!)

      I’ve got to look up this Eggleston guy…never seen his stuff to be quite honest.

      Hope you’re well,

  2. Abilio says:

    I agree with Greg…absolutely love these! The “film look” is just so classic and perfect for capturing such a memorable event. You really caught some wonderful interactive and emotional moments with these!

  3. Jason Timmis says:

    Wow Mark. For a guy trying to ‘learn’ flash I would say you can check that one off the list!

  4. andygemmell says:

    Mark nice 2nd round (and happy birthdays).

    I think I preferred the B&W in these early trials. I’d grab a diffuser with the colour film as B&W seems to bring about a more even tonality (given it’s a cross a grey scale) where as colour can bring up more contrast particular if the flash is too bright.

    Given I’ve got no idea how to use a flash you could always just ignore the above comments and keep going!

    • mewanchuk says:

      Andy I agree with you on all counts–

      I too prefer the B&W…and these are a little “brash” but that was exactly the sort of “I’m using a flash” look I was going for.

      I will try a diffuser though…just have to find out which one will fit this little thing, and whether it will mess with exposure.


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