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Back to Basics

A rather long and rambling post about two visits to the local bay for the sunrise last weekend.

On Saturday morning I took a large camera bag with a trio of large, autofocus weather sealed zoom lenses. On Sunday morning I took a small camera bag with a trio of small, manual focus prime lenses.

The trio of small, manual focus prime lenses is the back to basics kit I put together after an accident last year left me with restricted movement in my right shoulder and a weaker right arm. My arm and shoulder is now as good as it’s going to get and most of the time I could be carrying and using the big, autofocus zoom lenses.

Except, on Sunday morning I realised that I preferred using my back to basics kit. I don’t miss the convenience of being able to zoom a lens to get the composition I want. I prefer the simplicity of manually focusing and setting the aperture on the lens.

Back to Basics discovery
Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise on Saturday with my autofocus zoom kit.
Colpoy's Bay at sunrise with my Back to Basics kit
Colpoy’s Bay at sunrise on Sunday with my manual focus prime kit.
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Nostalgic

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgic prompt.

It took me a while to come up with a theme for the challenge. Then I thought about my ‘getting back to basics’ project and I had my theme.

A few years ago I put together a kit of manual focus prime lenses to shoot digital the same way I used to shoot film in the 1970s and early 80s. It was a way of getting back to the basics of photography.

Then an accident last year left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm and I slimmed the kit down further to three small, manual focus primes and a small mirrorless camera.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgic
A snow and hoarfrost covered Oak tree photographed in the early 1980s.
A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags
My camera bag containing a handful of manual focus prime lenses when taking the above photo. A couple of years later the bag was too small.
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Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise in winter nearly 40 years later. Taken with my lightweight, back to basics kit.
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My lightweight, back to basics kit on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise when taking the above photo.
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Wordless Wednesday: 19th August 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 19th August 2020
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Weekly Photo Challenge

Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing.

On reading the prompt one thing came to mind immediately so I decided to go with that rather than the topic discussed in the prompt.

The thought that came to mind was my downsizing of the camera equipment I carry for my personal work. I started downsizing about three years ago, I was looking to get back to basics and shoot the way I used to in the 1970s and early 1980s. A small bag with a handful of manual focus prime lenses.

Then an accident 16 months ago left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm. Another reason to further downsize.

 

A Fan Of..... Old Fashioned Camera Bags

My original small kit in the very early 1980s, a Tenba P595 in the snow. The P595 was the smallest bag in the range. A decade later I had two larger bags in the range and the P595 was stuck in the bottom of a wardrobe.

 

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Downsizing

What I wanted to downsize from a few years ago, my Domke F-2 containing a DSLR and three weather sealed fast zooms. This is already downsized from what I used to carry in the film era. In the 1990s and early 2000s I carried my film equipment in a backpack.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools

My current downsized bag, a Domke F-10 JD containing a small, mirrorless camera and three manual focus prime lenses. I can’t explain why all the photos were taken in the snow.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: 22nd January 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 22nd January 2020

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Silent Sunday: 1st December 2019

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