I managed to sneak a few hours to head off with a friend to a train graveyard and to a semi derelict quarry. Needless to say it was a good afternoon spent looking over my shoulder waiting for security to collar us but we didn’t see any sign of them!!
Didnt get many shots due to it raining and me feeling particularly uninspired with digital but here are a couple so you can see where we were, can’t wait to get back there with a model, it should produce some amazing shots. I’v got a couple from the quarry on medium format, I just need to scan them in but I’v been busy editing images from the childrenswear shoot.
Well I bit the bullet and bought a nice and shiny Nikon D300. Its in a whole different league to my Nikon D50 in every way. I haven’t had a chance to use it in anger yet but I thought I’d give it a test by attempting to catch my dog in mid air after his ball. The light was fading rapidly and I set the auto focus to full auto 51 point to see if it could pick up Bracken quick enough. I had the camera around my neck on its strap while I threw the ball, I then had to pick it up, zoom, let the camera focus and shoot before the dog had hit the floor!! And due to it getting dark I was shooting at 2500iso with the nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 lens wide open, I figured this was a good test of the camera.
And I’m glad to say that it passed the test! Whilst quite a boring shot, its amazing that it would have been impossible to capture on my D50. It also auto exposes with my manual lenses which leaves me to get on with focusing them. Will come in handy for weddings and such like where I am pushed for time in setting up a shot.
I got my first film back today out of the Mamiya C330 Professional and all seems well! I had been using my Nikon DSLR as a light meter and had been warned that some Nikons seemed to give a low reading thus causing you to overexpose by upto two stops. This turned out to be the case but the Ilford film has handled it ok. I now have a light meter and it reads a little lower than my Nikon does so hopefully that problem is solved.
Heres a couple of pics from the test reel so I’m looking forward to putting it to proper use now!
I am wayyyy too excited about finally getting my hands on a medium format camera! Found this little beaut in a camera shop in Stafford. I’v got two weeks to take it back if I don’t like it.
Anyway….I went out and took 6 shots of Naomi today and I will be using it at the weekend for the shoot but I’m using my Nikon D50 as my light meter so until I get some films back developed I have no idea whether the old Mamiya C330 is working properly!!! Everything seems to be working well but it really is an unknown quantity at the moment. I just love the viewfinder you can really compose the shot so much better!
Fingers crossed for the Mamiya though otherwise I will have wasted a lot of money on stupid 120 film !!!