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.
I haven’t updated the blog here in a while despite having posted quite a lot of new images in the last couple of years, so it’s time to start doing that again. Recently I’ve come round to John Gray’s way of thinking about small cameras. I recently bought a Fuji X-A1 and and added an 18mm f/2 lens, and have been very impressed by it. DSLR sized sensor and image quality in a very small, unobtrusive package with a tilting screen for waist-level and overhead shooting. I’m pretty sure it will be a very capable light painting camera when travelling light. Now all I need to do is add the Samyang fisheye.
After documenting my collection of cameras, I’ve just done the same thing for the lights that I use for my light painting work. They can be found in the Lights Gallery (under Techniques in the main menu) with each image containing a link to a gallery of the images taken with that light.
As with the cameras, each light painted image on the site now has a link to the light that lit it at the bottom.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been photographing my collection of cameras. They’re now in their own gallery and each image here is linked to the camera that took it – click on an image and you’ll find the link at the bottom. There are now also individual galleries for the images taken with the Canon 5D, Nikon D100, Nikon F100, Shen Hao HZX45-IIA and the Holga 120GN.