So, Saturday the postman brought a little joy into my life in the shape of another camera.
I've noticed I can resist many things, but cameras and computer equipment are definitely one of those habits I'm a slave to.
As I've been going out on the tankers from work a lot recently, I wanted to get back to working with a compact once more, having sold my Sony WX300 which was a nice camera but not a great camera.
So how do I define a great camera ? Well, one that's easy to work is important, especially when you are working unplanned (on the fly) so to speak. Yesterday for work, I found myself photographing both new and safety features on a brand new tanker.
A tech guy came from the tank manufacturer and before we began, I asked him if he could tell me before he did something such as demonstrate a feature, so I could make sure I was in the right place and could make a decision whether I photograph or video.
Whilst he agreed, he just went ahead at speed and showed the driver who will be out driving it today and making things worse, whenever I set up a shot, one of two other onlookers would walk into shot and ruin it.
Fortunately in the afternoon, the visitor was gone, the two pests had gone on to annoy someone else and the driver and I went off to a more aesthetically pleasing location, to go through a list of features I'd been asked to cover by one of the directors.
Before we set off on this adventure, we commandeered Big Stu's office and I sat down with Andy to discuss what we would be doing, how we might go about it and list the things we wanted to cover.
This sort of planning paid off, as in less than 2 hours, we'd made quite a job of it, laughed a lot, for example when Andy was taking his fall restraint harness off which we'd been covering for a Health & Safety video, I said "stop when you get to your socks"...
When I reviewed both still and video footage at home last night, I was most impressed. The camera worked well in low light, for example when pushed into the chassis area of the lorry to capture a component. I didn't use flash for fear of burn out and yet received excellent pictures.
I also managed to get a half decent picture of the inside of a shit tanker before it becomes a functional container today.
I took a lot of video footage, but this one is probably the funniest. Utter lunatic, Big Stu or Scooby as I call him, came across the yard as I was trying to take video of yet another spoiled shot, so I turned the cam on him. He's a huge ham (all 6'4" of him and daft as a brush)
See what I mean, twat even managed to poke an arm into this video
The good thing about using a compact is I can put it in my pocket. The Zeiss lens really does give good results, as it really was a grey day to be trying to get decent pics.
Day off today, hospital appointment. Then Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be a rest as much as possible.