In Los Angeles recently, I had the opportunity to photograph the beautiful historic street lamps from the 1920s - situated in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard.
Instead of merely photographing the lights, however, I wanted to add a little more interest to the scene. Therefore, I asked my wife if she would pose in the costume that she made to be worn during my photography workshop in Venice, Italy that I conduct every year during Carnival.
I photographed her both with sidelighting from a portable flash - the Canon 580EX (see photo above) - as well as with nothing more than the ambient light (see photo below). I think both scenarios worked out very nicely. For the flash picture above, I used the Canon ST-E2 transmitter to trigger the off-camera flash.
Both pictures were taken with my 14 mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
Note: At BetterPhoto's online digital photography school, Jim Zuckerman teaches an excellent online photo tutorial on how to get perfect digital exposures in low light, and in other indoor and outdoor photography situations. In addition, check out Jim's online photography workshop on flash photography.