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Bianchissimo (Unheralded Return)

 

Too many hobbies, too little time.

 

This bike is done, and it’s gorgeous (this picture is from the day I brought the frame home, which was probably four weeks ago. I finished building it about two weeks ago). Building it and riding it are two of the many things I’ve been doing instead of photography. I got back home Wednesday from a six day backpacking trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway area of western North Carolina (unfortunately, we were blown off Mt. Mitchell by a hailstorm, but nearby Linville Gorge is incredibly beautiful and has some of the most technical trails I’ve ever hiked), and spent that week surrounded by people who are enthusiastic about photography. This made me want to get back to shooting. Hopefully I will.

Apparently I’ve missed a few things since I’ve been, well, doing other things. I’m a bit of a gear nerd, and I’m working on catching up on the things I’ve missed. Most notable so far:

-Pentax’s K-x, which I can find precious little information about but has an impressive buzz (good for Pentax)

-Pentax’s K-7, which doesn’t seem that impressive to me (come on, Pentax, I thought a K#D would be a professional model, not a K20D with the zero dropped)

-Nikon’s D300s, which means my body of choice is now 1 1/2 iterations out of date

-Canon’s 7D, which is yet another violation of the number-of-digits-before-the-D-connotes-the-level rule (definitely not worth converting over)

I’m sure there’s plenty more that I’ve missed (unfortunately, this does not seem to include a $50 35mm f/1.2 Nikkor or a $75 10-20mm f/2.8, though I am still looking), but I’ll catch up eventually. For now, I need to start shooting again (and to get a Nikon lens that will go wider than 50mm. Or longer).

 

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, ancient Minolta strobe somewhere off camera.

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In the Studio (Part I)

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This is one of the many places I’ve been instead of here.

Starting to combine my interests in music and photography.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, Minolta strobe triggered remotely bounced off the ceiling.

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Vera

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What wlil become of you?

I need to figure out what I’m doing with all of this film by making a longwinded rant about it. Though I am not ready to do that, I did get bored and set this up under my desk.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, optical slave triggered ghetto Quantaray high just left of camera.

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Where Am I?

It’s so easy to forget about April showers.

Well, since part of the piont of the new blog was for me to make posts without photographs, in a way I’m accomplishing my goals. There have been a lot of milestiones in my photography lately but very little shooting, which feels strange. I do, for some reason, feel like I need to add some updates.

Things I have paid for in the last two days:

1). Manual focus Nikkor AIS 35mm f/2.8 (because I love normal lenses, I love manual focus, and the price and availability beats the new G version)

2). Ridiculously obscure old flash unit with manual controls (the precise brand of which will remain a secret for the time being because Strobist-compatible flashes tend to get very expensive when the word gets out, and I think I’ve earned the option to pick up another two or five of these in the $9-15 range for the hours I spent finding out about them).

What does all of this mean?

Well, the lens is just something I needed.

But the flash means I’m finally diving into artificial lighting (one $15 step for man, one timid toe-dip for this photographer). To keep you interested, here are a few of the many photos I find inspiring and would love to be able to get close to:

“Lucia”

“Quiescent Monkey”

“Russ Studio 1”

I am about four days of nonshooting away from calling this a hiatus.

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Commerce

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There are only a few ways to make money with a camera.

See it bigger here.

Having photographers’ block combined with days and days of rainy weather means I really have to be creative (or uncreative) with my shooting. After spending the last few days looking at various old Nikkors on eBay (which I know I’ve sworn off before), I decided to try my hand at an eBay-style product shoot. Quick, dirty, and cet up with a “borrowed” flash, an $11 optical slave, and printer paper.

Here‘s another version with the original white background. What do you think? To me, it’s technically better but less interesting.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

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Golden Dawn

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Around and around and around again.

I think this is pretty self-explanatory.

The exciting news is not that the camera body got here today (which was expected), but that the lens and CompactFlash card arrived a full four days earlier than UPS predicted. That was definitely a nice Friday surprise.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, off-camera flash (“Promatic FT700”) medium-high right with printer-paper-and-electrical tape barndoor assembly triggered optically with the onboard flash.

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