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.
New model gallery added for my friend Lin. Our first shoot was very creative and enormous fun. Much of what we do is collaborative, so more interesting work to come from that partnership.
Her gallery is here: Lin
After far too long a break, I got Sharon back in front of the lens for some light painting and infrared shots, which is alway great fun and was very productive. After posting Portal and Emblem on Facebook I got a bit of a spike in traffic on her page here, so they’ve been popular images. More to come from her in the near future I hope.
Having survived her first light painting shoot, a portrait with her sister, Sharon kindly agreed to come back and pose for some of the images that had been rattling around in the back of my head since that first shoot, and did a great job helping to translate those ideas into reality. We shot some light painting, some Lensbaby and some infrared, and I discovered a rather fantastic new light – a little LED torch that my friend Stephen gave me – that I used to light both Fixation and Checked.
After much delay, being too busy, and schedules not quite meshing, I finally got Sharon (right) and Lin (left) into the studio to take the pair of portraits that we’ve had planned for ages (shown here as a single image). It was Sharon’s first time in the studio and so, me being me, I threw her right in at the deep-end with a standing light painting pose. All went to plan and much fun was had by all. More to come from both in the future I hope.
Very occasionally I get the chance to shoot an image that has been rattling around in the dark recesses of my brain for ages. In this case I really wanted to take a long-exposure shot of a pole-dancer spinning round a pole while covered in lights that would leave a trail in the air as she moved. The only problems were that I didn’t know any poledancers and I didn’t have access to a pole.
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