Milky

 

Model: Milky

Evoke – Milky

On Monday I shot Milky for the first time in a few years, and took a couple of infrared images with my old Nikon D100. Looking at these images one thing is abundantly clear. Equipment really doesn’t matter.

The model matters. The light matters. The idea matters. The execution matters. But the camera? My D100 is 15 years old. It has a resolution of 6 megapixels. It was good in its day, but that day was over a decade ago now. The lens was a mid range Nikkor zoom, the 24-85mm f/2.8-f/4 AFD.

Any DSLR you buy now will be better than this setup. OK, mine is infrared converted (a simple internal low-pass filter change), which is why I still use it, and I really should replace it. But it takes images like this one, and that’s hard to dislike.

The moral of the story is don’t worry about your gear. I have better cameras and far better lenses. They don’t take better photographs.  

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Taking shape

More glue

More glue

I’ve now glued sides and the bed onto the rear standard, and after a bit of a panic about the orientation of the crossbar on the top, I’m happy that everything is lining up as it should. The holes for the focusing spindle had to be enlarged slightly with a 4mm drill, but that appears to be by design as it allows for a good friction fit. I still don’t have enough clamps.  

Camera bed

Camera bed

Focusing spindle

Focusing spindle

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Clamps

Bulldog-8x10-4Gluing has begun. First lesson: buy more clamps. This’ll be much quicker with more clamps.

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Bulldog 8×10

Bulldog 8x10So after many years of procrastination I’ve finally decided to get into 8×10 photography, primarily to shoot tintypes and wet plate collodion.

After hunting for a vintage or second hand modern camera on eBay for a while, I decided to go with the Bulldog 8×10 kit. Vintage cameras tend to use (by modern standards) odd plate sizes which would make finding suitable film and plate holders more difficult, and modern gear is just too expensive for my level of experience.

The Bulldog is made from laser cut MDF, but so far it looks quite promising. The bellows and focusing screen (the important bits) are good. I just need to buy some glue and clamps and decided how to finish the ‘wood.’

More posts to come as the project develops, assuming I don’t glue myself to something.  

Bulldog unboxed.

Bulldog unboxed.

Bulldog parts.

Bulldog parts.

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Gatsby

GatsbyBefore they were married we’d been talking about a shot of Alix and Marty, but time wasn’t on our side. So recently we managed to sort out our schedules and took this one next to Glasgow Cathedral.

It was the first outing for my Gitzo carbon fibre tripod too. A great new toy that’ll make travelling with the tripod a lot easier.

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Music

HanzelUndGretyl-141015-18In the last couple of months I’ve been getting back into music photography. I’ve shot Je$us Loves America, Hansel und Gretyl and the Nanobots. The lighting is challenging, but low light is kinda my thing, so hopefully there will be more of this sort of thing in the future.

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