It’s been an extraordinarily busy last few weeks as the autumn season wound down. I had several successful photo shoots that have kept me busy and not posting to Visual Notebook. I think it’s going to be considerably slower in the next few months however, as people dig in for the winter and metaphorically hibernate.
The decision to offer my services as a pet photographer has initially been more successful than I thought it might be. But I’m already seeing myself straying a bit off the pet path – my last shoot had nary a dog or cat, but instead was a family affair. Mother, father, three daughters and their daughters a stray husband resulting in a portrait of 10. Of course then there we all the “sub” portraits, which I expected and had hoped would be requested. So now, am I to expand to people and pet photos? Maybe. I’m finding I’m enjoying the interaction and I sense a new confidence building in my directing people.
Still, I don’t want to lose sight of the reason for pet photography. But the fact is, that reason also applies to people. If someone leaves us early and we have no good images to remember them by, the despair of loss deepens. Having a photographic journal of our loved ones, whether professionally done or simply taken with a Nikon J1 will result in memories that can be easily revisited.
Seems my photography and me (I ?) or morphing before my very lens.
A few weeks ago I had a post titled Dreaming of a New Camera in which I lamented the small buffer of the D7000, D7100 and even the D610. D610? Hey, I know that camera – I just bought one! I finally pulled the trigger and jumped to full-frame. The buffer isn’t as generous as I’d like, but it’s more than the D7000 and considerably greater than the D7100. At 14 Raw images it’ll at least provide a couple of full seconds until the buffer’s full, and if I ratchet down that 6 fps to say, 4 fps I’ll gain more time to shoot continuously before the buffer fills and frankly, most of the time I think 4 fps would be fine. And of course, if absolutely necessary I can shoot jpegs – over 50 before the buffer fills.
Okay – enough techno talk. How do I like the camera? I’ve had it since Wednesday and done a lot of shooting indoors. I used auto ISO and oftentimes the images would be shot at ISO 6400 – I’m very pleased at how clean they are even that high. Just beautiful. I don’t know if I’d print one much above 11 x14, but from what I’m seeing I’m really, really pleased. The pastry shot was at ISO 800. The Cousteau image is 6400. And just to show how the noise looks at 6400, here’s a 100% segment of the photo in the blurred area behind his head. No noise reduction has been applied, and while you can clearly see it at 100%, it’s so consistent and colorless that it’s not all that unappealing – sort of like grain in the old black and white films; and looking at the image as a whole, well, I think it’s a wow.
I didn’t really have an Fx zoom lens in the range of 24-70, so I got the “kit” lens that comes with some of the packages, the Nikon 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 VR model. The shots you see here were taken with it. Again, so far, it’s an excellent lens, nice heft, nice build, but mostly nice imaging. Really, really, nice (yes, that’s four reallys in the last two paragraphs, but it’s really really good stuff!)
And I guess that’s about all you get for a review. I’ve said it before – it’s hard not to buy a good camera these days and any negatives I could possibly have would really be just nit-picking. It’s a great camera. Period. End of story.
This week I start the last round of doctor’s visits and I’ll be done for the year. Five visits over the next 11 days and the “bump” in the road (as my doc describes it) should be behind me and if true could provide me with an opportunity for a much more exciting 2014 than 2013. 2013. Wow, what a bizarre year. Another month and the door will close on this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde year.
I know I’ve been a bit derelict in posting the last few weeks – well, guess what? Because of my upcoming sessions there’s a good chance I’ll be derelict for another couple of weeks. But please check in – I’ll be back on a more consistent basis in a few weeks. Maybe not “2ClicksAway” consistent, but, well, more consistent.