Portraits of Ellie

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So, while I was back on the east coast, I took a bunch of photos with Ellie. This one was shot using my dad’s vintage Nikon Micro 50mm f3.5 and was lit using my iPhone. I mean, this lens sells for $50 on ebay… and it does a pretty damn good job.

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I’m just blown away by what kind of photos you can get from such an old lens that doesn’t have a f1.4 aperture. This one was shot using an extension tube… I mean, it was probably shooting at f5.6 or higher.

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I’m not sure what it was, but I felt like I needed to get back to photography. It’s been a while, and there’s something nice about having some nice photos of memories. By the way, I shot this photo with her full face… but there’s something nice about cropping it in half.

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It takes a little time to go through all the photos and clean things up in Lightroom, but I kind of enjoy it.

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It’s ironic how I used to take more photos when it was harder, back in the day. Now that photography is so accessible, I find myself actually taking less photos.

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I definitely share stuff, but it’s different. There’s something special about creating a photo, versus snapping a shitty camera pic. Don’t get me wrong, a craftsman doesn’t blame his/her tools… but there is something nice about playing with taking photos with some old school manual lenses.