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The whole idea of buying the Leica was to rid myself of 'tograffeee stuff.
So far this month i have bought several filters including a 4 point star burst, i kid you not! A Hama Compact Pro Traveller Tripod with a lovely little ball head. A Godox cf-18 slave flashgun. A Spudz microfibre cloth in a pouch with a very cool Union Flag design. And a gorillapod!
Thankfully most of this fits neatly inside my new Lowepro Toploader 45aw bag, well, the tripods don't, but thats ok.
I dont really trust my camera on the gorillapod though, so i will use that one for attaching my new flashgun for strobist shooting, an idea i only just came up with after attaching the flash to an Interfit light stand.
Of course, i plan to use all of these, my Manfrotto tripod is way too heavy to lug around all day, the new Hama tripod, when it arrives, will make a big difference, nobody wants to be carrying around heavy gear when walking far. So that will get used a lot.
The Spudz cloth, well, dusty lenses just wont do, and my leica has some very extreme close focusing capabilities, so sometimes it will actually focus on the dust on the UV filter attached, incredible! The pouch is now attached to the camera, always there when i need it. Essential really.
The flash is what i am excited about, it is so basic, and so weak, so challenging. Its completely manual, has one power setting and 4 slave modes. Only arrived today but i have tested it all afternoon, impressed already. It comes with a bracket, but even with the flash attached to the bracket, with bracket on camera, the flash is still way too close to the camera, too directional, so in effect the bracket becomes null and void, however, removing the hotshoe and screw mount from the bracket gives me a ready made tripod attachment, so handy.
I have wanted to try off camera flash for ages, strobist style, even though i own studio lights, i still have a lot to learn about lighting, specially shooting this way, with such basic gear. I think its a good place to start, and the flash was dirt cheap anyway, less than a tenner.
I need to pay a visit to peterborough tomorrow to return a lovely but a bit too big jumper from HM that arrived this morning, far too big for me, so i will get a smaller size, if not available ill get the green one i liked, anyway, after that i shall have a go on location with all these new 'tograffeee stuff and see how it comes out.
By the way, i do have a certain image in mind, with a certain look and feel i wish to create, so there may be many images uploaded between now and whenever of me in the same clothes, which will be the clothes to be worn in the final shot, simply because they look amazing in mono and at night and fit the style perfectly.
All you need for a photograph is a camera and an idea, but sometimes you need a bit more to bring that image to reality, and i dont know many photographers who are not obsessed with camera gear as well, so i doubt i am not alone.
I began writing this entry before dinner, it is now gone 9pm, have had a visit from my niece and nephew since then, these are the results, a way to go yet, but i like them of course, their my babies