It’s that time of year again where I struggle to get enthusiastic about anything. I don’t bother getting out of bed much before midday and then idle my time away watching daytime TV or YouTube videos. There’s a long list of things I should be doing, some important, some frivolous, but no matter what I just can’t get motivated. It’s nothing new, when British Summer Time ends my mind and body shut down.
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.
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.