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Blogging Black Hole.

Posted in life in general, photography with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2012 by Sarita

I know. I haven’t been posting AT ALL recently. I have no concrete reason apart from feeling extremely blah, with nothing particularly special to offer you – and let’s face it, you deserve riveting reading and hilarious humour, neither of which I feel capable of churning out at the mo.

I think my naturally boring nature has finally caught up with my online incarnation. Lord.

I switched over from Nikon to Canon – *goodbye Betsy, hello Missy* – only because my D700 was getting on in age and the D800 file sizes made absolutely no sense to me for the amount of shooting I do, top that off with the fact that most of the photogs I associate with shoot Canon and the choice was clear-ish – I still miss Betsy though, and grieve over her. Couple that with my also saying goodbye to my little Leica V-Lux1, all to minimise the trauma of getting Missy, my new 5DMk3 on my credit card, and you have a recipe for no blog posts.

Having said that, I did go to New York for the first time ever to trade in my gear, and made the expected pilgrimage to BH Photo, to worship as most photographers who have passed before me have. My first experience with them was in their used dept. and I was underwhelmed at best. If I had not just travelled over 7 hours to get there, I would have turned around and left without hesitation. I suppose when you get to be that big you don’t need to be polite or even acknowledge when people walk into your store, but in my little world, where most fish are tiny, ‘Hi’ or even a nod go a long way, and not even the cool girl by the 5DMk3 counter who loved my camera jewelry made up for that first impression – I would think long and hard and have to be desperate before spending any more money there…

Compare that to the treatment at Adorama, where within 5 minutes, Andy at the used counter was calling me ‘Trini’ and Gene was bending over backward to get deals for us on the system and it’s no wonder that in a 4 day trip, I went back to Adorama 3 times and bought stuff, including my whole new camera system and accessories that I don’t even need for crap I don’t even use – everyone there, from Meyer who called me on the Sunday before I travelled to NY to ask about my trade-in, to Jack who offered to throw in an extra $500 on a 1DsMk3  belonging to a friend even though it was a slow seller, made Adorama feel like a home away from home, and somewhere I would happily blow all my money in in a heartbeat. One loyal customer coming right up!

So now I have a 5DMk3 and although the kit lens it comes with – the 24-105/4L is extraordinary, I find the camera itself to be just ok. Is it the noise at ISO levels Betsy would have breezed through? Or the not-quite-so-pink-people-tones of its predecessor the Mk2? I don’t know. All I know is that it doesn’t feel like an extension of my arm the way Betsy, or even Markie did (Scully’s Mk2) – maybe it’s the trickle of blood still oozing out of my credit card that’s colouring my judgment, or the tabanca I still feel over Betsy and Leica. Maybe I just need to get over myself and realise it’s a tool like any other…


Ok, enough self pity! Wanna see some pics from NY? Ok then:)


Broken, But Beautiful!

Posted in behind the picture, photography with tags , , , , on September 22, 2011 by Sarita

We were shooting stills for a production company doing a cool new series for local tv yesterday when, horror of horrors, Betsy decided to pitch a fit and stop functioning. (I don’t want to assume it’s because Markie was in such close proximity to her for so long, but what else is there?)

At first I thought it was early onset retardation on my part, and that I may have accidentally flipped something or pressed something and caused her to get all PM-essy, but her autofocus stopped working and she refused to show me anything on the LCD, so after clicking and pushing, twisting and turning and even swapping out lenses and batteries, I laid her to rest in my camera bag and sent out an SOS email to Nikon, who, as luck would have it, serviced her 3 months ago, with the service warranty expiring last week. (I haven’t gotten a response from them yet…)


And she’s so beautiful, with her little 50 f/1.4… 😦

Broken, But Beautiful.

I’m going to be seriously upset if I have to pay to get her fixed AGAIN, and even more upset if I’m forced to contemplate sell(sniff)ing her, since a few posts back we established that I’m a hoarder.

Which is not to say I won’t get over it pretty quickly if Santa brings me a D3s for Christmas:)

It’s That Important.

Posted in photography with tags , , , , , , on September 6, 2011 by Sarita

I’m editing wedding images from a really fabulous one we shot this weekend gone – Peter Gabriel’s Book of Love is playing on my iTunes playlist (how appropriate is THAT?) and it’s making me feel all fuzzy and warm (maybe it’s the 5hr. energy or the most excellent crock pot curry beef I just ate:)

Since I started shooting weddings (total aside – wow, now All I Ever Ask by Freddy Jackson is on – does my iTunes have a serious tabanca or what! ‘Tabanca’ – an extreme sadness and/or a depression following one’s breakup or separation from one’s significant other) I’ve met some amazing people, and been privileged to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives. It’s humbling when people trust you enough to capture details that will form the things that they remember from that day – from little things like cake toppers

It Wasn't Me:)

to important people like favourite aunts or grandparents – and I’ll never forget the biggest lesson learned from top wedding photographer Doug Gordon, at a workshop held here earlier this year, who said that, and I paraphrase, photographers shoot many weddings in a month, but for each couple, it’s their only one (hopefully) and it’s special to them, AND you never know if that would be the last picture they have of them with a parent or grandparent or sibling, so that makes your job even more important…

Not to be a total wet blanket, but a very big reason getting married is not very high on my list of priorities, apart from the fact that it would take someone with the tolerance of a SAINT:), is that most of the important people who would feature on my wedding day are already dead (and I can’t see my brother assuming ALL the roles, superdude though he is:), so I realise even more, how special those little pieces of picture history are…

Ring Around the Rosies

Posted in behind the picture, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Sarita

The pic above is one that I really like – taken at a wedding last weekend – fabulous decor – the details practically begged for someone to shoot them. Like the box above, with a pretty charm on top that said ‘Thank You’ and some YUMMY wedding cake inside (sweets, my kryptonite 😀).

I’m really lucky to have hooked up with the photographers I shoot with – they’re great people on top of being great photographers. And I’m really lucky they think I’m good enough to shoot with them :p

Here’s another one taken at the same wedding – both shot with my 50mm f/1.4 and ambient/available light (window light for the bouquet).

Have a fabulous day!:)