Not since the long gone days of the camera clubs have I discussed the ups and downs of my adventures with other photographers but recently I’ve felt the need to discover if it’s just me having problems finding suitable talent. If you follow the modelling web site forums everything seems to be hunky-dory so is it only me who’s cursed? Nowadays many girls want to pick and choose how they are portrayed, which is okay to a point, but some of the photos on their portfolios are a long way from being art and surely it’s the tacky glamour scene where the money is, what little there is left in internet modelling that is. So if you are a fellow “artist” I really would like to know how you are fairing in your quest for models.
A few weeks ago I said I would report back on how I got on using the Hasselblad 120mm lens on my Nikon D810. Well the results were disappointing with all of the photos suffering from a lack of sharpness. I thought the problem would be manually focusing but in fact it was holding the combination steady that proved impossible. All of my shooting over the last 20 years or so has been with lenses in the 35mm to 85mm range so I’ve lost the knack of supporting a telephoto lens, even a short one. The situation wasn’t helped by a dose of old-age pensioners shaky hands so next time I use this lens I will definitely be employing a tripod. Here are some snaps from the shoot. The first set were taken with the usual Nikkor 50mm, and the second the Hasselblad 120mm. I’ve added some sharpening in Photoshop to try and hide the softness of the second set.
If you hadn’t already noticed Zoe has given me permission to post a few of her selfies on xHamster. Link is on the Movies page. If she kindly sends me more I will arrange to have that gallery updated. I live in hope that one day I will get her to pose on the green sofa but being a pessimist I’m not holding my breath.
Meanwhile let’s return to the back garden on a warm sunny afternoon for this posting.