New Available-light Project

May 21, 2015

I am starting a new personal project.

For the first time in a long time, I have started thinking about shooting film with a 35mm camera again. I have long-since gotten rid of every piece of film-camera gear that I owned, but recently, I’ve had a change of heart and decided to pick up a 1973 Nikon F to play around with. Lens choices are easy, since I still have an array of manual-focus Nikkor lenses.

This is the Nikon F I recently got with a non-metered eye-level prism.

This is the Nikon 1973 F that I recently got, with a non-metered eye-level prism. The camera works flawwlessly.

Really, this bit about gear is neither here nor there, except that getting a camera that’s almost as old as me has inspired me to start thinking of photography as art again, instead of just as a means of income.The project will be shot in 35mm, and perhaps 4×5 (since I envision getting another studio camera soon…whoa is me…) as well as in color on digital, and the project itself is very straightforward.

The images, which are planned to be a series of portraits and figure studies, will simply be shot on a background in diffused light from the picture window in my living room. I will not be using supplemental lighting whatsoever, except for whatever reflectors or diffusers I need to get things to look interesting.

Here is the basic studio set-up:

Here is the basic Studio set-up for my new Available Light series of portraits and figure-studies.

Here is the basic Studio set-up for my new Available Light series of portraits and figure-studies.

…and here is a selfie in that set-up, since nobody else was available today:

This is a self-portrait with the above studio set-up. Camera: Nikon D700 with manual-focus 50mm f/2. Exposure: 1/60th-sec. F/2 ISO 320

This is a self-portrait with the above studio set-up. Camera: Nikon D700 with manual-focus 50mm f/2. Exposure: 1/60th-sec. F/2 ISO 320

I will post more images from the project as I find models and it gets under way. Stay tuned!

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