Fuji Tag

Life is very strange these days. I was discussing shades of grey with a chap who makes model battleships and we were able to classify them into various navies, time periods, and such and it was an interesting historical discussion - we got to 50 of them. Perfectly amicable conversation.Yet when I asked a lady whether she knew all 50 shades of grey she coloured up, started sweating, and slapped me. I have no idea why  model battleships should provoke such an unusual response.I am now hesitant to raise the subject here in the shop, yet I can anticipate the customer who tries to get a swingeing low price for a camera or lens by quoting the internet price from an eastern states dealer. In some cases it will be cheaper than we can buy from the Australian importer - so much cheaper that it immediately alerts us to the colour of the deal.I've already mentioned in previous posts the business of the warranty - or not, as the case may very well be with the super-low pricers. As far...

Ah, Watson, you're here. I hope your in-laws enjoyed their visit.What? You are astounded that I know of it? But you told me the whole story as you walked up the street. The slightly bent posture and the way you held your hand told me that you had recently handled a heavy object on one side of your body - a valise. The fact that you have a spot of Vicker's steam-oil on your right boot speaks of a visit to a railway station - specifically Paddington as the only railway company in the Great Britain that uses Vickers is the Great Western Railway. Your posture and fatigue exactly coincides with the departure of the 5:12 for Taunton - where your Bother-in-Law and Sister-in-law live. And the look of relief on your face is indescribable...

Did goe to the parke yesterday and was greatley amused.The Vauxhall Owners Club was having their annual " Show and Shine " display. The venue was a local riverside park and the area was coated with picnickers, little dogs, and aged British tin. It was also coated with the bane of the photographer - bright noontime sunshine.Perth does not have the advantages that Melbourne has - if you are a photographer there and you find that the light conditions are unfavourable for your subject, you can go have a cheap cappuchino and come back in a half hour and it will have changed. We get neither the cheap coffee nor the convenient scrim of cloud. We have intense bright sun blasting down on us.Witness the shadows on the Vauxhall cars - I've softened them up a little with photoshop Elements but they are still black as an ironmonger's heart. As the sun was overhead - it WILL do that at noontime, despite repeated requests - it makes for some pretty unflattering lighting. Had I included scantily-clad models with the cars...

We have all seen things that have been designed by committees - civic architecture, Soviet operas, and a great many British aircraft - and the results always seem to be distinct. Or was that dey stink? Whatever - you can tell when there have been many cooks stirring the broth. Sometimes it makes you wonder what they were using for the stirring...

We rarely get an opportunity to practise food photography here at the shop - you only get a half hour to eat lunch and it's just too tempting  - the subject disappears before the camera comes out. We don't play with our food.But there are those who do . Sometimes for money, too, which is a pretty strange thought. But let us address the whole idea of picturing food. If you are new to it think along with meThe first thought that occurs to most is which camera to use. Unless your final product will be on  billboard in Roe Street, you don't need a big camera. Any of the DSLR's, most of the mirror-less, and some of the compact cameras will do it fine.Lenses? Whatever works - standard focal length for overall views and a close-up lens for the detail shots.Lighting? You could do it with speed lights if you had the Nikon or Canon wireless control systems in operation. You might be better to think of a small studio set like the Elinchrom D-lite's with the options that...

I was a little taken aback when a client asked for a lens hood recently. It was a good idea, of course, as it would shield the lens from stray light and tree branches. But the lady was most indignant when I showed her the one that was recommended by her camera's manufacturer. It was the straight barrel variety, and she had seen petal-shaped ones on her friend's camera. She wanted the petal shape.It took a little demonstrating with her lens to show her that the front part of her lens rotates when it focuses. That means that the hood does as well...

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the practice of announcing a venue to be smoke-free and then turning on a theatrical smoke machine in front of the stage smacks of hypocrisy? In the case of a dance show that wants photographic coverage it smacks of failure too.Thus my  last Saturday's coverage of a dance show in a suburban hall yielded photos that were of...