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The second Nikon I owned with a trusty roll of Tri-X that I always used when shooting B/W. In 1971, much of the work with this camera went to The Evening Argus, the daily regional paper of Sussex, England. I used to shoot “space fillers” – anything of interest with a bit of a story summed up in a 50 word caption which I also wrote. The film was stuffed into a special orange ‘Press’ envelope and put on the next train to Brighton after I phoned the picture editor. I’ve still got quite a few of the old press cuttings but unfortunately none of the negatives.

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 85mm PC f/2.8D
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/43
Flash: Nikon SB800, SB-R200 x 2
Flash Mode: TTL
Post Processing: Lightroom 2, Photoshop CS3

Main flash through opaque perspex sheet, and the other two either side of a Dome Studio Light Tent.

© 2008 John Hooton Photography

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Comments

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 6 years ago

    Very cool John.. I do that now part tme.. About 10 round ups a month.. Only digital.. Great shot and an interesting tidbit shared.

  • Good for you LJ, is that in colour or B/W? Thanks for commenting, it’s nice to know that it is working for you. ;-))

    – John Hooton

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfalmost 6 years ago

    Nicely lit John. Sorry I could not help myself. I have never owned 3 flashes yet alone know how to set them up. This photo shure shows you know how to use them properly.

  • Thanks Paul, I am usually a single umbrella man, but I thought I would try some table top lighting using Nikon’s wireless flash synchronisation. I like the colour balance, it is straight out of the camera.

    – John Hooton

  • midzing
    midzingalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic shot,,, well done

  • Thanks Wendy. It’s nice to remind oneself how we used to manage!

    – John Hooton

  • Nic Relton
    Nic Reltonalmost 6 years ago

    Camera porn! Very nice… I have one of these on my shelf. Dads old work horse.

  • Cheers Nic – It may be porn to you but I was married to this one!

    – John Hooton

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 6 years ago

    Great shot and great old camera

  • Thanks Hans. The real test of all good things including photographs is time.

    – John Hooton

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 6 years ago

    Great pic of an old camera and a stiring story to go with it. Perhaps you could get hold of the negatives in the Argus archives? Thanks for sharing. Don.

  • Thank you neighbour. If they are there in the archives Don, I’ll leave them there – they are probably safer!

    – John Hooton

  • tayforth
    tayforthalmost 6 years ago

    Nice shot. I like the contrast between the subject and the amazing technology Nikon now give us which you used to take it (CLS etc)

    Domhnall

  • Thank you for an interesting comment Tayforth, you have made a very significant point there that I did not think of.

    – John Hooton

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...almost 6 years ago

    Great shot, would not expect anything less from you.

    Evening Argus still exists, style and quality of editorial has changed, sadly not for the better.

  • Thank you CJ. I was wondering if the Evening Argus was still around, I had a vague feeling it had closed. Thanks for putting me straight.

    – John Hooton

  • Kaimarie
    Kaimariealmost 6 years ago

    excellent shot, that looks like such a cool camera =)

  • Thank you Kai-Marie. Although mechanical (except for the meter on this one), they were totally reliable. Always worked come rain or shine and never let me down.

    – John Hooton

  • Christian Hartung
    Christian Hartungalmost 6 years ago

    good old nikon yeah the best going round

  • Yep, tough, reliable and fast. That advance lever sat just right.

    – John Hooton

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