I was invited by Rhode Island Free Clinic (RIFD) to photograph their 15th anniversary last October 22. The invite came through my behance account where they found my work. Their invite could not have come at a better time because I am currently taking an architectural studio called Future Health Systems.
RIFD's mission is to provide free, comprehensive medical care and preventive health services to adults who have no health insurance and cannot afford those services, and to serve as an educational training site for health care professionals. They are a fully-licensed Outpatient Ambulatory Care Facility; the Clinic has eight modern exam rooms, ophthalmology unit, podiatry suite, four counseling rooms, and a Wellness Center. Their main focus of treatment is Primary Health Care.
For the event, I brought my Nikon D800 with both the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VRII and the 50mm f/1.4. I also brought my speedlight SB910 with a diffusser. This is usually my default equipment for events.
I started off the night using the speed light and the wide angle lens. I used a slow shutter speed of about 1/30 to capture the ambient light and get more mood lighting.
The camera, wide angle lens, and the flash combined soon became a bit too heavy. Lucky enough, there was enough ambient light in the event that I could use my 50mm at f/1.4 without the flash. However, I had to boost my ISO up to 800 which I never do. I was incredibly shocked to see that the quality was still great on the D800.
At the end of the event, I couldn't decide which sets of photographs are better, with or without the flash. What do you think? I would love to get some feedback and you can leave them through the comments section below.
The event itself was very educational and I got to witness how organizations in America fund-raise their organizations. Lessons that I used for my architecture class to design a new health system that I am confident can work in the Philippines.