Scores On The Doors

This year’s progress so far. 3 casting calls posted, 1 shoot completed, 1 shoot arranged. The casting calls threw up half a dozen potentials but most of them are girls I have worked with before. Fresh talent is proving difficult to find. In the good old days any girl willing to show her fanny was suitable but nowadays I’ve seen it all before and want something special. Unfortunately I think I will be pissing into the wind for the rest of the year and beyond.

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Progress, What Progress

Last Monday I managed to get down the rec with a model to take what will probably be my final outdoor shots of the year. I was using my Sony NEX-5N camera and 35mm f1.8 lens which is very much my default set-up when working outside nowadays. Did I get any cracking snaps? Well no, I’ve struggled to find my mojo this year. As a yardstick I’ve taken to analysing the outdoor “fashion” photos from other photographers and I’ve become more and more dissatisfied with my own efforts. Okay they are certainly using more Photoshop post processing than I do but that’s not the whole story. I’m thinking that the 35mm lens is not long enough to give a pleasing enough separation between the model and the background and maybe I should go back to where I started and use a 50mm. One step forward, two steps back again, the story of my life.

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Shake Rattle And Roll

With my advancing years and the weight of my mighty megapixie D810 I’m finding it increasing difficult to keep the camera steady throughout a photo session. Now I do own a tripod, a Gitzo, bought aeons ago for my medium format photography. It is so massive I think it’s capable of supporting a medium sized anti-aircraft gun but I’m reluctant to start using it again because I’ve always believed that one of the major faults in my snaps is that they look far too static and a tripod is only going to compound the problem. I suppose I do have the option of switching to my smaller lighter Sony NEX-5N camera, or even cutting the length of my photoshoots and saving some money to boot. What are my other options? I’ve been looking at monopods but I’ve not seen anyone using them in a studio situation, only outdoors supporting weighty telephoto lenses. Has anyone tried using a monopod for a glamour shoot and got an opinion to share? Failing all else I might have to get into the gym and do a few weights to build the muscles back up.

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Neighbours

Everybody needs good neighbours! What do they think of my salacious pastime? I haven’t a clue, I don’t think many of them even know about it. I keep myself and this web site pretty anonymous and rarely discuss it unless an interested party asks a question about how the operation functions. My photo sessions usually take place during the week when people are at work and I only shoot in the garden when I’m sure no one is around. As for the rec, I keep it subtle. Occasionally visitors to my humble abode have commented on the various lighting arrays scattered throughout the house but I just tell them I take photographs and leave them guessing. Taxi drivers must be curious about the Chateau de Vaughan though. All the fares are attractive young ladies travelling from and to the railway station!

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