Friday 13 November 2015.

Yet another dark, dark day for humanity.

People murdered, cold blooded, unreasoning, brutal.


I don’t really know what else to say, it’s just so heartbreaking that our species can behave in this way.

Been a pretty busy month, although not quite as hectic as October…
I was contacted by Getty Images creative team to contribute some food photography to their stock, a pleasant surprise. Although, I’ve had work in iStock, and several other libraries and made next to nothing from it!

Here are a few shots from some of my client portrait work over the last month.

When I’ve had time, I’ve also been doing some more studio work with the Fuji GX680…these were all shot with the standard 135mm lens at f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11
Fomapan 100 & Rollei RPX 100 developed in Kodak D-76, stock solution. 
Model: Cyndie

More portraits with the Fuji GX680, 210mm lens
Rollei RPX 100 - Kodak D-76 stock

Model: Ines

You’ll notice a couple of repeats here, I stopped down one stop on the second version of the photo; didn’t make a great deal of difference! The bellows came adrift during the shoot, hence the snazzy light leaks on these shots! More experimentation to follow. 

Fuji GX 680, Rollei Superpan 200 - Kodak D-76 1+1. 

Model: Amel

I’ve had to buy a new digital camera; decided on a Nikon D3; I’ve had great results with my D700 over the last few years and although the newer sensors are excellent, in the D600/ 610; D800/ 810 and D4 etc I needed a good workhorse that didn’t break the bank. It’s a business, so, budget and longevity are paramount for me.
Obviously a digital back for my Hasselblad would be great too, but at the moment, a tad too pricey.
Spend, spend spend! A new studio flash, a cheap and cheerful 300w/s which is doing duty as a hair and background light (I can’t even remember the make offhand!).
Also a Fresnel lens from Walimex, for that George Hurrell style lighting ;)

Bought a couple of old Nikkor lenses on Ebay, the Ais 105 f/2.5 (which I owned years ago) and the Ais 105 f/4 Micro-Nikkor. Both fabulous bits of glass and a steal compared to the ‘equivalent’ modern lenses. No autofocus obviously. For film photography scans, I tried out Silverlight SE and subsequently bought it. The improvements to my scans are really noticeable and it comes highly recommended!

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