We cycled down to the port of Nagoya into the industrial and dock area. Alex brought his speedlights with a stand an an umbrella, and we played around with various settings and angles against the backdrop of a warehouse door.
The three versions of the same photo below were a great lesson in use of flash with available light and the problem of flash appearing in sunglasses. Not sure which I like best. They are so similar and each looks great to me (they would do I suppose, subject being my wife and all), even though the lighting in the background is uneven. Would have been good to have used either a second light on the left side or a reflective panel.
Shoot and learn.