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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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Weekly Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Essential Tips and Tools

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools.

Having got interested in photography in the mid 1970s, studied it in the late 1970s and working as a professional from 1980 some of my essential tools date back decades.

 

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

My Tenba Pro Pak P595 in the snow in the early 1980s. Having purchased a Tenba P595 when they were first imported into the U.K. I have grown to appreciate camera bags with easy access to the equipment. It makes them quick and easy to work out of.

 

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

My Domkenstein F-6 in the snow a couple of years ago. Tenba stopped making the Pro Pak bags in the mid 2000s so when I needed a smaller bag a few years ago I picked up a Domke F-6. The reason I call it Domkenstein is because it has a Ciesta padded insert divided up with Tenba dividers and a third party memory foam shoulder pad.

 

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Essential Tips and Tools

One of my UNI-LOC tripods and my Domke F-10 JD on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. I am a habitual tripod user with a selection of models used in different situations and conditions. My newest tripod is now 24 years old. The UNI-LOC dates back to mid 1990s, I’m not sure if the company is in business anymore.

 

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

When I read the prompt for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital I had a couple of ideas. I hadn’t decided which I was going to go with on Sunday afternoon when I was doing some table top photography.

That was when I noticed just how many brands of photo equipment used capital letters, or is that CAPITAL letters, for their logos. So a quick and dirty photo session later I have a completely different post from anything I had been considering.  In this case dirty actually means that, everything was photographed “as is” rather than being cleaned up, because that’s the way it is in real life.

My OLYMPUS OM1 from 1976.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

My OLYMPUS OM2N from 1981.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

My ARCA-SWISS B1 ball head for a tripod from the early 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

One of my UNI-LOC tripods from the mid 1990s.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

Fast forward a couple of decades, my DOMKE F-10 JD from last year.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

 

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Monthly Squares

January Squares: Flashlight

A bit of a cheat, as a Brit I’ve always called them torches but if you say torch to someone in North America they think of mobs with pitchforks and flaming torches.

For day nine of Becky’s January Squares: Light photo challenge I went with a flashlight.

This is a small flashlight clipped to the strap of a camera bag. I keep one clipped to the strap of each of the bags I use regularly. They’re useful for finding my way when heading out an hour or so before sunrise. Then when I get to a location in the dark I can unclip it from the bag if I need to check something in the dark.

January Squares: Flashlight