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.
Although amateur models are not the most reliable of creatures I have managed to work with some real gems. Here is one. She was great fun and did her best to make sure I got the images I wanted even though she was modelling in a style she was not used to.
Some snaps of a pretty amateur model. She was a bit inexperienced, you might even say shy, may have only ever posed nude for a boyfriend before, but she still made a very nice girl next door type photo. She appears to have only worked with a handful of photographers and then vanished from the scene. It’s a common enough story. It only takes a month or so to discover the pitfalls of modelling.