Though time gets you worrying my friend, it’s okay. Just take your life easy and stop all that hurrying, be happy my way.
I wish Jethro, I wish. Things are taking it in turns to piss me off again and I have a habit of turning molehills into mountains. People I know think I’m laid-back but the truth is inside I’m a nervous wreck. Being bone idle doesn’t help. Some of my problems would disappear if I got off my fat arse and did some work. This is where a nagging wife comes in handy with her retirement list of jobs that need completing but alas I have no one to crack the whip.
We are only a few weeks into the new year and I’m totally stressed out. Paranoia is my middle name with everything pissing me off. No wonder I want to stay in bed all day.
Another set of snaps found during a random dig into my collection. They were shot with a Nikon D200 and 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor zoom lens, my long time standard set-up. Lighting is the same old boring arrangement I have used for the majority of my indoor shoots. I promise not to be so predictable with the lights for any sessions I manage during 2016. Honest.
The Who. The Seeker. 1970. I’ve been searchin low and high, I wont get to get what I’m after, till the day I die.
Time to get serious about finding new talent so I’ve posted casting calls on the well known modelling web sites but it’s been like a night in the box, most of the models who have applied don’t come anywhere near fitting the brief, in fact I’ve come to the conclusion that either they can’t read or they are taking the piss! Depressingly the more I look at model portfolios the more I’m realising just out of step I am with what is now considered attractive, it’s all so fake. Where has all the natural beauty gone. C’est la vie.
Another mishmash of an update. The indoor snaps were taken using a Ray Flash Ring attachment and the outdoor stuff was shot on a couple of visits to the rec.
There’s no fool like an old fool. While working through the settings on my new D810 camera I’ve discovered that one of the most important functions, pressing the shutter release halfway down, doesn’t do what I thought it did. I have always believed that the focus and exposure were locked at this point but it appears that this is not the case. Exposure isn’t set by default. You can of course go into the menus and turn it on, which I have now done, but this may explain why when working outdoors with digital cameras I have always struggled to get correct exposure. I’m now sat here wondering where did I get the idea that focus and exposure were tied together. Surely in the past one of my cameras did operate in this way and I’ve just carried on with the assumption. You are a numpty Big Ears. May be it’s best if I struck to using an incident light meter, a safe method for old timers, and left all this whizz bang technology to the youngsters.
In spring I decided to all but abandon using the standard zoom lens on my Sony NEX camera and go with a fast prime (wank words!) instead. Why? I prefer to shoot at wider apertures than those available on a slow zoom lens to get narrower depth of field and better bokeh (wank word!). I also have this irritating habit of continually zooming in and out praying for better framing. I already own the 50mm f1.8 but I find that a touch too long for full length shots. To fit everything in you have to stand too far back and the only way you can communicate with the model is by shouting. I felt the 35mm f1.8 would be a better all round option so off to eBay I went with my budget set at what I thought was a sensible £275. It actually took me close on a dozen attempts before I won an example in excellent used condition. Beats me why people bid so high on unguaranteed second-hand equipment. Since July I’ve been using the NEX-5N and 35mm lens combination for all of my outdoor sessions and I think the results aren’t bad. Here’s a selection of snaps taken at my favoured f2.0 aperture.