Multiple usage of dolls
My analogue photo experience continues. After running a few rolls of film to discover I have two working cameras and one that needs a washer; I decided to spend yesterday afternoon being a little more scientific in my evaluation.
I borrowed a couple of she who must be obeyed’s posing dolls as subject matter, and placed them next to a card on which was written the name of the camera, the lens, and the exposure settings. I then spent a couple of hours taking multiple shots with each of the three available lenses on each camera with varying exposure settings; whilst all the time squinting down the rangefinder to focus on an eye of one of my models.
The objective of all this is to make sure both cameras are focusing correctly, have similar shutter values, and to identify the best lens. None of this would have been necessary had the Germans had the foresight to develop digital camera technology and LCD screens before the second world war. Still, if they had I would probably be writing this in German.
A local bookshop ran an “ultimate book sale” last month with 40% off all titles and I picked up a couple of books. Annoying, because this month they are running a “super-ultimate books sale” with 60% off all books; so I had to buy another. It is called “Fine Art Flower Photography” and it has a load of good ideas (and stunning photos) for a super-ultimate price of 384 baht.
Many of the example shots required totally blurred out backgrounds; and I can do no better for that than my Canon 300mm lens. But the lens does not focus very close, so I rummaged around in my store of bits and discovered an extension tube which allows much closer focusing.
She who must be obeyed’s dolls were still posing on the table and so they were used again; this time to see how close I could focus.
The answer was “almost a doll’s head in frame” distance which is not quite as close as I would like; but I’ll give fine art flowers a go; just as soon as I have taken a little trip in order to finish off my two test films.
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