Dear Reader (2019-05-12),
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was a time of successes. It was a time of pain. At long last, spring returned, and the new back deck was open again. April and I went galivanting through CBC’s Calgary Reads book sale and found a suitcase of books. I had my second session with a model. It was an outdoor session in a seldom used corner of Fish Creek park. The diet of Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and Amoxycillin has grown thin. The dietary restrictions should end tomorrow morning, after I have had a root canal. In the afternoon I return to the working world. The income will be good. The loss of time will reduce the frequency of daytime photo rambles – the night rambles return.
Having an income leads to the possibility of a new camera. Now there is a rabbit hole which you may want to skip (go to bye bye rabbit).
I am not interested in making movies. All I want is a really good still camera with the capability to correct perspective. Up until yesterday, I thought I was bound to Nikon. Actually, I only have one lens that could be used on a full-frame Nikon that is of sufficient quality to support a high resolution. In other words, my bias towards Nikon is familiarity, habit, and emotion.
The first contender is a 4 x5 digital view camera that LargeSense is still developing and will have an estimated retail price of $US 48,500.00. That is just crazy talk and is only a lottery win away. A Phase One camera is equally priced and unobtainable. It doesn’t even have perspective controls. Really – what’s the point? The tonal range and pixel size of a medium format is very appealing, but traveling with one reminds me of an observation made years ago, when I was wandering questionable streets of Quito, Ecuador. My camera of the time, which I still have, was a Nikon FM, and I was shooting Kodachrome with a polarizing filter (for the blue). I remember seeing a woman off to my left with a Hasselblad around her neck and dressed to match. Nothing says rob-me quite like a Hassy. There are still some trails to walk literally and figuratively. So, I’m back to a camera that supports a full-frame sensor, to which I can attach a tilt-shift lens. At this point brand is unknown – stay tuned
Bye Bye Rabbit
There are two collections today. The first collection is from this past Wednesday. Unable to concentrate I went out to a familiar area (Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park) and walked a new trail. The skies were at times ominous and wet. The second collection is from yesterday. Sunray Suzie (see Model Mayhem) was a pleasure to work with. She also gets credit for making all three of the dresses she posed in. This was my second shoot with a model, and I was pleased I had first practised studio lighting with the also ever so helpful Elora Dawn (see Model Mayhem). As I started to assemble the collection, I realized that putting Suzie with Glenbow Ranch was too disconcerting, so today is only a short introduction.