Sunday, 3 April 2011
Until recently I have been really pushing the digital aspect of my work to the point where I was losing sight of why I got into photography in the first place. Then the other day I heard an interview with Brian Smith on fstoppers.com talking about getting back to basics and getting back to a way of shooting where you actually had fun!
It was getting to a point where on a shoot I would take a DSLR, two Medium Formats, Large Format a Half Frame plus studio lights and portable flash.
By the time i'd switched cameras six times i'd missed out on any spontaneous shots.
So I took my Bronica ETRS and a back up body, a reflector and my Large Format and went to the beach with my friend Justin. I asked Justin to bring his windsurfing board and we waded into the sea, I don't think either of us were prepared for how cold it was going to be.
About 100 yards out I raised the camera to my eye, focused and pressed the shutter button, the camera made a pathetic noise and the mirror stopped half way. So I waded back to shore and swapped over to my back up body and went back out.
Even after about 200 yards due to a sand bank we were still only up to just over our knees in the water and the shot I had in mind involved the water being up to chest height, so to fake it Justin sat down.
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