It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here and it comes down to I haven’t had much to say let alone to update on. My life is not exciting and worth writing or documenting about in any form on a regular basis. It’s not a bad thing in my mind as I enjoy my quiet life. Still, I felt it worth posting a bit of an update as I have had a small adventure since the year began.
I own many film cameras but only one digital camera. My wife and I are not rich and live a happy yet frugal life and that’s just fine by us. So when my Digital camera finally gave out instead of going and just buying a replacement I had to spend time thinking about what to get and invest into. I was happy with the performance of my Sony SLT A33 as I don’t need anything fancy but since its release so many things have advanced that I’ve been wanting to explore. As such I finally decided on a camera and what should have been a simple order and wait for its arrival turned into an interesting surprise. Instead of getting the camera that I paid for, the Sony A77II, I received a Sony A7II. If you aren’t familiar with the Sony lineup to put it simply I paid $900 and got a camera package worth (at least at the time I ordered it) a little more than double that price. I found this funny because my last entry here I wrote how I wasn’t ashamed of my crop framed sensor. Hell, more and more professionals are shooting on them because of advances in technology and certain advantages they get from the sensor size but now here I was looking at a camera that was full frame and possibly to become my new digital camera. Keeping a long story short, I spoke with the company I purchased it from and about the mistake that was made on their end. They wanted me to pay for return shipping/stocking and were giving me the run around. I’m not going to name names here but in the end after talking with management I was told to keep it. I am now the owner of a full frame camera and paid a lot less than market price.
This does give me a bit of an issue though in that all my glass is a-mount and the A7II uses e-mount. The lens that came with it is OK but I’m really happy with the glass I have now and have been using for years. Luckily there is an adaptor of which I ordered and with its help have been getting to know the camera. Still, I long for the A77II because a good portion of how I shoot the use of a crop frame sensor is a nice bit of help. Namely that I use glass built for full frame and thus get a bit of a further reach. Besides, when I ordered the camera I also picked up extra batteries and a grip for it so I’d like to put them to use because again, the company wanted me to pay for its return and even stocking yet I’m not the one that made the mistake. In the end it’s their loss really.
So now I’m getting to know my A7II with plans of purchasing the A77II soon. Though I did buy a used A200 for $100. It was barely used and came without even a scuff mark on it and I’ve been looking to shoot on one for fun. It was my very first DSLR and ever since I sold it years ago I’ve felt bad for doing so. While not the best camera out there, even when it was brand new, it was still a champ at what it did and I’m honestly glad to have one in my hands again. As such I’ve gone from only ever having owned one digital camera at a time to now owning two and soon will own three.
Neither the Sony A200 nor myself are professionals but I still enjoy the results.
Miracles can happen and sometimes I get my way. My wife never lets me take photographs of her and the ones I do have, after realizing what I’ve done, I get “the look” as she hates pictures of herself. I can understand though as I hate photographs of myself as well but recently I wanted to test some shots using a small LED light panel and asked if she wouldn’t mind helping. First image I got was the one I liked the most and after letting it sit for about two weeks and a little persuasion she gave me permission to display it. Like I said, miracles can happen.
I thought I’d take the weekend to branch out more into social media. Some say it’s good, others say it’s bad. All I know is I’m not pushing the aspect of it down throats so here are the links if it seems interesting enough.
I guess not a normal post but I’m not sure what is and besides, this is a blog of what I’m doing with photography and I guess visual art so with that said here’s something else I recently did. It’s the beginning of a series I call “Chasing Clouds” where I time-lapse the sky above me and bring out the dance the clouds do but we are unable to see.
Even if one isn’t a film a photographer there is a film that will be missed even for those who have yet to discover it. While it’s been a while since it was announced I have been sitting back taking it all in, the news that Fuji will stop production of its FP-3000B film. A peel a part film resulting in a black and white photo of remarkable whites and intense blacks will be lost and probably forever. I cannot express how much I have loved this film since the day I saw it let alone since the very first picture I took with it. As a fan of high contrast black and white photography this film gave me so much happiness and it certainly helped that it was instant. Sure, I love film photography for its guessing and waiting nature. That no matter how well you know your camera and the film stock you are shooting on sometimes a surprise could happen. Especially if you shoot toy cameras or street photography or anything that is a style requiring a moment to just come together for a split second. Digital is great and truly has its advantages but in film it’s almost like opening a gift every time a picture is developed. And while I am not one to argue film vs. digital as I love both there is a certain place in my heart for film, especially this film we all are about to lose. Even those who aren’t enthusiasts will miss it. I have friends who at times have enjoyed being able to use one of my cameras to take a picture and peeling apart the film exposing to their eyes what they just did. Losing this film makes a sad day for us all.
I have some packs tucked away in my small refrigerator and while money is tight I plan to do all I can to get more in stock so that I can enjoy it for as long as I can. Sure, the color pack film for now seems to have an ongoing life and I shoot with it as well but FP-3000B was my choice film when it came to 3×4 peel apart. I was able to take a picture and in less than a minute have the photographic print in my hand with a tonality result I found pleasing. No Photoshop, no in depth camera settings and really no manipulation to the basic photograph. Just a moment in time captured in its purest form.
There is a petition to hopefully save this film and I truly hope it is able to do as such.