All manner of surprises await you when opening the door to a new model. In this case it was Jesus Christ she doesn’t look old enough! It was a good job she had her driving license with her or I wouldn’t have let her in. She was an inexperienced amateur, the variety that more often than not will chicken out and no show you, so I had nothing set-up which was a pity because she turned out to be a little beauty.
For over a year now my electricity supplier has pestered me about fitting one of their so called smart meters. Being an awkward cunt I’ve resisted, until that is a couple of weeks ago when they tricked me during a phone call. I would like to let you all know that they really do save you money, well they failed to make the appointment so had to pay me compensation! I’m looking forward to the new date and hoping they don’t turn up again because I need all the help I can get with reducing my energy bills.
Something I miss now that I’m in a sort of photographic semi retirement is young ladies turning up at the Chateau de Vaughan and showing me their party frocks, and what they intended to wear underneath. I can’t ever remember going to an office party where the females wore anything provocative but then again I worked in a overwhelmingly male environment.
Since buying a Nikon D810 and making it my primary indoors camera I’ve made do with just the one 50mm lens. This in most cases has been adequate for the type of snaps I take but every now and again something in the short telephoto range would be more suitable. Because I’m not shooting as much nowadays I can’t really justify buying yet another lens when I have a number of old discarded ones lying around gathering dust. After a bit of research I found my expensive in it’s day Hasselblad 120mm could be mounted on a Nikon with the use of a cheap adaptor so off I went to eBay and bought myself one. It only allows the combination to function in manual mode but I will give it a go and let you know how I get on.
I was bored with how the shoot was going so I thought I would try a few snaps in the window using natural light. Normally this doesn’t work well because I struggle to get enough fill on the shadow side so I decided to put to use one of the expensive Nikon flashguns I have lying around gathering dust. I mounted a SB-800 in the D810’s hot shoe and the display lit up showing me it was in TTL BL mode. What! What is this TTL BL mode? Surely I had seen it before but must have forgotten about it. Being in an adventurous mood I gave it a whirl and looking at these results it’s done a far better job than my normal mix and match lighting attempts. Methinks I must remember to use this accidentally found mode again.