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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

I’VE BEEN WITH A PRO. (14/04/14)

Look at this, it comes with nothing except the camera body. I am not a photographer but I would like to think I could work a camera. I can’t. This is serious money and very complicated. I thought I was spending like a drunk with four arms  and five pockets when I went Canon. There is a Canon hidden in there but it comes in two boxes. He already has a Bertha.But he does not have the MP-E65. I can see a trade coming to mutual happiness  here. It has as a monster battery pack and I have ; well. Nowt.

_MG_3376      Far cheaper than Phase One though.

He sorted the Blipping I had on the time lapse. Shoot f8. I usually do or maybe F11, I did but couldn’t drag shutter enough and he says drag with filters after that. Fair enough. I was already five stops under . Three with an ND8 and the polariser at two gave me when I shot the time lapse. I bollocks by setting interval at 5s. He said just over /recover is good. I think and hope he was talking write to card times. We went out with the Bronica and I got the meter out he said you just guess, like you did with your first camera press and reserve the bullshit for after. I still don’t know his name. He is patient or will be if he doesn't get his arse in gear and learn me.

It’s a beautiful sunny day, He isn’t asking for penny but is worth more than Cleggy or DITHERY.

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He is a proper snapper . A nice bloke. It’s why my photos are free. That video camera weighs the same as Bertha. Hard and fit are snappers.

Nice meeting a bloke that works for Winter Watch again.

29 comments:

  1. HI Adrian Glad you got something sorted. That beast looks much to heavy for the 'older'person (like me!!) I love the scenic shot.

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    1. Margaret, it is a posh bit of kit. It's not only heavy but very expensive.

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    1. Laura, I'd like a video/still camera like this. I'd have to sell my soul to get one though.

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  3. Hi Adrian, quite the rig that is, did you say it was a Canon? Never seen one like it. Will have to look around and see what it is. Guessing the ambient light for a professional is like cutting your own throat. It's OK for amateurs as your not getting paid for the images, but professionals need to be on every time with every shot. That's why professionals over shoot every job, just to make sure that they have the shots they need. I'm surprised that he told you to guess.

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    1. Horst, I use an incident meter but for landscapes it doesn't seem that reliable. To be honest I usually use the Canon then drop half a stop for Velvia then and a full stop for HP5.
      The camera is not Canon it just happened to have a Canon lens on.

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  4. Not all snappers are fit and healthy look no further then myself :o) Fascinating bit of kit.

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    1. Douglas, I am still wondering which one you are in the picture. I did narrow it down assuming that you aren't into cross dressing or black. It's dangerous to make assumptions.

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  5. Would love to get my hands on one of these too.

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    1. Mersad, you may one day. I suspect that I never will.

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  6. What ARE you talking about, Adrian? Enjoyed the sunny day, though...

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    1. Frances, I was hoping someone would be kind enough to tell me.

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  7. I agree ith Frances, thought you had gone all Pentecostal and was speaking in tongues. Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Pauline, I ought to start another Blog for things I don't understand.

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  8. You know that a camera brain is expensive when the warranty insurance alone is £1500. As for the rest of what you said I understood most of the words and signs. The order they were in was a totally beyond me though.

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    1. Graham, I haven't priced one but they will be in the same price range as Phase One or Alpa. 50K to £100K.

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    2. Didn't understand a word of it - why does "more money than sense" spring to mind?!
      I just aim and click with my little camera - I get my daughter's cast off every time she upgrades -suits me. The only trouble is the last upgrade looks far too complicated for me to cope with so looks like I am very happily stuck with the one I have got. Enjoy it anyway Adrian.

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    3. Pat, I suspect they are all purchased by film companies. It would be nice to have the money though a camera like that would be wasted on me.

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  9. So you meet guy like this and you get a major education.

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    1. Red, the daft thing is he is only a camera man and not an editor. He knows Lightworks though. He certainly knows cameras. He has chests full of gear and cables for this that and the other.

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  10. Those RED cameras are seriously expensive bits of kit. I can't figure out exactly what it is but looking at the price list and the parts I can see in the photo I'm guessing there is at least $60,000 worth of kit there.

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    1. Mark, I was impressed to put it mildly. I had a look at the Red System earlier. I thought ALPA were expensive.
      I must remember to buy a lottery ticket.

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    2. Mark you are about right from what you could see. He had over a hundred and fifty thousand pounds worth of Red gear and lenses. They rent them from a firm in London. He has his own tripod and fluid head that looked to be worth another £10K then two battery packs at well over a grand a piece. No wonder it is so expensive to go to the flics. I tried to sell him Bertha but he already has one.

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  11. It looks more like a piece of military ordnance than a camera. Very impressive!

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    1. Gary, it is the first I have seen. It certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles.

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  12. I refuse to hear you say you're not a photographer, what??

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    1. Maria, I have enjoyed cameras since I was young but never thought of trying it as a job. I do regret that now. I should have trained properly and gone for expedition photography. I could not stand taking pictures of weddings or wars.

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    2. You don't have to have it as a job to do it well. You do it very well, and not compare yourself to others.

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    3. Maria, when I occasionally see the professionals at work it opens my eyes. They work so fast and with such assurance. It is wonderful to watch.

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