Good grief, I can’t believe I didn’t post about this. I suppose it’s because of the whole everything always in flux thing. But that’s for a follow-up post.
So it’s been nearly a month now since I had the first official official shoot with the new lenses. And it was a shoot a loooooong time coming. Originally, Fox and I planned to do this shoot way back in early spring. Might’ve even been late winter. Regardless, I pushed it back because I wanted to have the new lenses and approach to shooting in place.
Well worth the wait. Shot for nearly four hours and, while previously that would’ve resulted in about 2000+ photos, we got just over 500. And even that number is high because about 100 of those were shot specifically for animations. (I mean, I can’t NOT shoot a fox waving her tail around!) There were some lessons learned regarding my approach.
- The lenses. Absolute magic. Post-processing involved the usual touchup work that I do but honestly, they could be published as is, straight out of the camera. In fact, there’s very little change to the actual look of the images. I didn’t apply some “vintage” filter to the photos; they naturally have a very vintage look, coming from all three lenses. Which is just fantastic and I reallllly love the way these look.
- The camera cases. Except I definitely need to rebuild them so they’re better organized. With this shoot, we set up a base location where we kept most of our stuff and shot in an area in the forest that was probably half an acre. So I kept having to pick up both cases every time we moved. I need to make it so that I’m only carrying one case. Not like they’re cumbersome. At all. Just simplicity is best.
- One and done shooting rather than just holding down the shutter button. I honestly can’t believe I’ve been shooting the other way. Nuts.
What Didn’t Work
- My memory. I couldn’t remember to switch out the manual focal length in the settings whenever I changed lenses. Not a big deal but it’d still be really nice to save that data.
As for the shots themselves, you can get a preview of them in the model section once I add them up to Fox’s galleries. One of three sets is already available for purchase in the usual spots. The other two sets should be coming soon. But here are a couple of samples from the shoot. Absolutely love these.