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6th July 2013 I`m Getting Lazy.

Ploughman > Ploughman Blog > 6th July 2013 I`m Getting Lazy.
06/07/2013 - 5:38 PM



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Not sure where all the time goes, in fact I`m not sure where any of it goes. However in the last week I have traveled around 230 miles, taken over 150 photos and also done the shots of Poppy. Poppy is a beautiful black Labrador who is photogenic but has poor self control. (meaning she was not interested in the finer points of dog portraiture). Still, that is part of the fun of photographing dogs.

This one is taken in full sunshine.

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In shade.

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I am now committed to my Minolta film gear. The outfit consists of XD7 body, 35mm, 50mm and 135mm lenses as well as a 2 X converter. That gives me, 35 - 50 - 70 - 100 - 135 - 270mms. that's a fairly wide range of lengths for day to day shooting and the good news is the 2x does not appear to noticeably degrade the shots.

When it comes to taking pictures I am learning to slow down and think. Think about which lens to use - where is the light coming from? - Where will be the best angle? - how much depth of field? - do I need a neutral density filter or even a graduated one? - Do I use the 50mm and stand close to subject/object or use the 135mm and stand further back to reduce background? etc. Certainly, not being able to `chimp` the shot and not knowing whether the shot is under/over exposed makes me spend a lot of time thinking the shot through, and despite how hard I found it initially I now enjoy the experience immensely. Not only is this film experience thing making me relearn and respect `old` photo skills, it is also helping me appreciate more my digital gear, and making me slow down at work and start enjoying photography again.

A new experience for me is converting pictures to black and white without a darkroom full of chemicals. In fact on the computer I can do a few sepia.

A few black and white/sepia.

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This last shot leads me to another subject I am passionate about, Old Sewing Machines. Indeed, I even use this treadle myself to make dog leads and collars. Modern machines will not tackle leather and heavy webbing but this 1901 Singer 15k will, with ease.

Tags: 35mm, Black / White, Dogs, Sepia, Sewing machines

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