Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jury is still out....

When I was a working photographer, I used a pair of Nikon D2H bodies along with an assortment of lenses for shooting everything from news photos to commercial work. I even I one image blown up to approximately 6 feet x 12 feet for use on a billboard. In with the lenses, was a Nikkor 3,5-5.6/18-200mm superzoom that I used for both work and travel. This setup suited me well during those years (2003-2013). I sold all of that equipment in 2013 when I retired from paid shooting and bought a couple of Fuji X-System mirrorless cameras.
Fast forward to today and I recently have been dissatisfied with my images. So, a couple of weeks ago I bought a refurbished D2H along with a used 18-200mm superzoom to try and rekindle my photographic spirit. I was able to set up the camera like I did when I was working. I have even learned a few things about the camera that I had forgotten.
I am still not sure if I am going to keep the setup as it is a heavy setup for carrying all day like I did back in the day.
This photo is of a couple of window washers doing their duty on the square. The gentleman closest to the camera I met over a year ago when he had just left a job with a local corporation as he wanted to strike out on his own. Business is doing well and he has hired an employee to work with him. I imagine most folks glance at this pair and just keep going. But, for me, it has been a learning experience to get a little of his background and, with it, a little insight into his hopes and dreams.

Still trying to determine the fate of the Nikon gear. I will be posting a few more photos over the next few days that were taken on my recent visit to the square.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just a tug

I recently purchased a refurbished Nikon D2H and Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 superzoom to see if I could rekindle my joy and passion in photography that I felt was lacking with the Fuji equipment I have been using. I have only taken the Nikon out once but I am already thinking I made a mistake.
I used a Nikon setup for several years with these particular pieces of gear and loved the flexibility of the lens and the camera. When traveling, this lens would spend 90-95% of the time on my D2H giving wide angle to telephoto range of 27-300mm, just about every focal length I would want.
After using just the fixed lens Fuji X100S and its 35mm lens for the last month or so, I now find the lens cumbersome at best. Add in the fact that the D2H and 18-200mm which used to feel so comfortable in my hands now feels like a ton of bricks. The camera and lens are in super condition for gear that is several years old but I just don't seem to be getting the joy out of them as I once did.
There is a second reason I am not taking to the setup that I once loved. I have been trying for the last four years to change my way of seeing with just fixed lens equipment. I did not think I was making much progress in that effort but after seeing my initial set of images with the D2H it is obvious that I have made strides in changing the way I see. My goal when I shifted to the Fuji gear was to try and see images like some of the first photojournalists like Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Dosinea, and the like. Upon seeing my efforts with the Nikon, it looks like I might have succeeded in doing that.
I am going to give a little more time to the Nikon before making a final decision on whether or not I keep it.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Grand Turk Reflection

From a recent cruise to the Caribbean. I took only my X100S which forced me to try and see (photo-wise) with a 35mm point of view. It was an interesting endeavour for me after almost 4 decades with zooms. Now I am trying (in my old age) to just carry one camera and one focal length and focus on seeing subject matter differently.
This photo happened as we were sitting at a local bar & grill called Jack's Shack in Grand Turk. I noticed the servers being reflected in the glass table top and thought it might make an interesting image. This one stands out from the rest because I was able to capture two people in the shot. I did no cropping of this image but was lucky enough to pay attention how everything was playing together. Even the slight cutting of the head of the man on the right is the same at the top and bottom of the image.

As always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting...