Hey guys, I finally broke down and bought an AlienBee strobe light. I'm quite impressed with it, and was playing around with it last night with my daughter and my dog Max taking some portraits. Thought I'd post here and see what you all thought. These were taken w/ my ist DS, 50mm 1.4 lens, and an AB800 strobe w/ umbrella (no other lighting) at about 1/8 power. For all pics: ISO 200, f/8, 1/180. I know that I need to probably go for more of a 2.8 or so aperture to blur the background as well as having more space b/w the subject and BG, but I was just playing around. Your comments/critique are appreciated.