Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Window Shopping

Walking through a local shopping district, window displays always make for a great subject. Color, lights, textures, reflection . . . they're very much like a photo set waiting to be captured.
What I like best about glass encased displays is the ability to play with the ever present reflections, weaving the light around the manikins, perhaps waiting for the right person to walk by at the right time in the right spot to fill in that one area in the composition that is crying out for something extra. A friend once mentioned that a simple filter could reduce those pesky reflections; I asked him why would I want to do that when the reflections are ancillary to the composition?

I know I said I wouldn't talk too much about what lenses where used for what shots, but would like to mention the Mamiya/Sekor 55mm used for this set of shots. This lens came with a 1000 DTL that I inherited from my uncle. Much of the outfit was in serious disrepair, but this late 1960's model lens still holds its own and is one beautiful set of glass. Attached to the Lumix GH1 with a M42 to 4/3 adapter, it requires full manual operation, but with its aperture range of f1.8 to f16, and the Lumix's on board metering system, it makes for a fantastic combination of old tech and new tech. 

Regarding the 1000 DTL, well, that's been repaired and I'm hoping to soon be out and about with the Mamiya/Sekor, armed with some transparency film, letting this vintage slr see the light of day once again.

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