Haven’t the chance to go walk around and shoot. So I had to make do with any subject I come across, mainly dogs.
Also back to shooting raw files (losing my film profile looks) on capture one pro.
Capture One pro is really another beast compare to the simplicity of Lightroom. But the image quality and raw handling is on another level. Need to learn, learn, learn.
The X100f’s versatility really amazes me. It’s leaf shutter is really useful with playing with strobes. You gain the ability to cut the ambient light/ background light to black.
With softbox (sb900) at 1/8 of power. About 1 feet away from the subject. X100f at f8 ss1000 and iso200. That’s all you need. No black muslin cloth needed to cut out the ugly clinic setting.
Only problem I have is focusing. If the dog is active it’s a pain in the ass. I’ll try manual focusing next time.
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When I got the Yongnuo Rf603 ii I immediately tried to sync my old sb-900 with my x100f. 3 hours later I still haven’t figured out how to sync them. “Screw it. Maybe this RF603 II is busted.” So I returned to the store to return the transceiver. Lo and behold it just turned out that i’m a big idiot. ha! No surprise there. I just needed to turn turn the built in flash off.
FLASH SETTING- Built-In Flash- OFF
First try. Playing with flash will be fun.
Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!
When I started using film I had this idea/dream that every photos I would take would be the “SHIT”. Oh how right was I when the first roll got developed and printed. 35 shots of crap (under, overexposed and out of focused shots) and 1 decent photo. I blamed everything less but me. Maybe the camera is broken it’s old, maybe the meter is fried, maybe my film stock wasn’t handled well being developed yeah that’s it bad developing. But deep down I know it was my fault. So I did what any normal person would do before running a film thru a new camera: Read the manual. Ha! so it’s center weighted metering, that’s good to know.
Next thing I did was browse through the works of Josef Koudelka and learn from him. Ofcourse I admired Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Robert Frank and most of the greats but it’s with Josef Koudelka’s work I resonated with.
Great work takes time. Koudelka took around 5000 photos of the Prague 1968 invasion but used only a fraction of it. Only later when “Invasion 68:Prague” that other photos would be used, it featured 250 awe inducing photos most of them published for the first time. That’s 250 out 5000 photos! He had a tight body of work spanning all the years he was taking picture but the quality of it was absurd. So be patient and enjoy the learning process.
After shifting to film my compulsive behavior to shot 10 or more photo of the same thing completely disappeared and was replaced by extreme skimping. 1shot per 1 subject that’s all I gave myself. Only after looking at Koudelka’s contact sheet did I realized that if you feel there’s a “Shot”, you can work the scene out. Compose, recompose and shoot. Don’t skimp. Which made me think of this quote:
” In the end you only regret the the things you didn’t do”
Let’s rephrase this
” In the end you only regret the photos you didn’t take”
My favorite photo. Took me a bit of experimentation but I got it. When life seem dark always look to the light. I always look to you my light. I am grateful having you. Thank you and thanks for reading!
The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
– Will Rogers
Meet Hershey Zafra, a cute and playful puppy. But he lost half of his left ear due to an infected wound on the left pinna which was left untreated for weeks because the owner didn’t notice it due to Hershey long coat. So please check your pets daily while petting and caressing them, it could prevent some serious problem. ( Or atleast half an ear)
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”