Sow’s Ear, Silk Purse?

With nothing better to occupy my time I’m considering having a big snapshot clear-out. A quick shufti through the filing cabinet reveals more than enough disastrous photoshoots with models who I should have known better than to hire and technical cockups aplenty. What was I thinking about! I suppose I could do some posts featuring one-off shots of a selection of different models, a sort of best of the worst, after all just because I don’t like the results doesn’t mean that everyone won’t like them. Wishful thinking Big Ears.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer

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.

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Dog Days Are Over

Well actually they aren’t. I really am trying hard to find new talent for you all to savour, or whatever you do when looking at my snaps, but nothing I see makes me jump up from my chair and shout Eureka! The few good looking localish models are ruined by tattoos and the well known faces who might risk a shoot with me are too far away. I do have sessions arranged with a couple of girls you have already seen. I probably won’t shoot any new ideas but at least I’ll have a laugh and a good old gossip. Oh well, let’s post a casting call and see what pops up.

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