The New 9-year Old
A portrait of my son celebrating his birthday at the restaurant. I used my flash, but it was mounted to the camera. However, I lowered the power so that it wouldn't look like a flash photo, and used slow/rear curtain synch with a slower shutter speed to get some of the background to burn it. This allows you to set a slower shutter speed on the camera than normal, thus allowing some of the light from the background to register on the sensor/film. Otherwise, the background will be a black void with no detail and the photograph will "look" like a flash photograph. The exposure was 1/25 at f/5.3. My son is relatively sharp at this slow speed for a couple of reasons. One is that I used a stabilized lens which lets me handhold the camera at slower shutter speeds. Two is that he is primarily being let by the flash who's durations is much quicker than the shutter.
It looks like it will be a good weekend, and we have some plans that should make for a good photo outing.