Lessons Learned and Forgotten

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I’ve been looking at old slides lately, thinking about the differences in taking photos 15 yrs ago compared with today, and I came upon this session from 1998. Shot with my Nikon FM2 and 35mm f2,8 lens on 100 ASA Fuji Sensia.

One thing I’d forgotten is how much I used to hunt for light.

The light here is all natural – just window light. It was a portrait in the workplace to go with an article, shot in half an hour.

Looking back to those days I remember I was always trying to find light. I spent much more time concentrating on where the good light was.

I was much bossier about getting my subjects to move in to the light. These days with digital there’s always enough light, and maybe that can make us lazy.

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My favourite shot from the session is this one. There are lots of portraits on the net showing my subject (Meryl Tankard) being serious, but here she’s smiling.

I think this was because I’d convinced her it would be a good idea if she and I swung round dancing in circles while I tried to get a few shots with blurry backgrounds showing movement.

Her kindness in humouring this dumb idea shows through even after all these years.

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