In Salmon Pink

salmon-pink dress on a mannequin

I don’t know how they can do it – put those mannequins on display with that strange gearstick thing on their shoulders where their necks and head should be. Is it a handle with which to move them around? That doesn’t seem credible because they are high up on the model and not the easiest place to grab hold of. And why not just put your arms around its waist to move it around? So if it is not a handle, what is it?

Who designed these things and who decided they look OK? I may have given the game away about what I think of them. In case you are in any doubt – I think they are bizarre.

This one was in a shop window, and here is the unedited version shot with my iPhone.

And now I give you ‘mannequin-with-dress-and-truncated-gearstick’ that I created by masking off the top of said gearstick and colouring it the same as the background.

Poppy Heads

After trying the X-T10 and thinking it was too small in my hands, I tried to like its big brother, the Fuji X-T1.

But after finding the X-T1 still just a bit too small in my hands, I picked up my Nikon and right away it felt better.

It is easier and quicker to use. The only downside of course, is that it weighs quite a bit more. But then, what’s the point in something more convenient to hold if it isn’t as pleasant to shoot with?

These are poppy heads shot with the Nikon and the 50mm f1.8 lens yesterday. Not the easiest target as they swayed in the breeze, so an impressionistic shot rather than pin-accurate

And that brings me to the point of this commentary. I had a 35mm f1.4 lens on the Fuji. I have never shot an f1.4 lens before. I thought the separation between subject and other objects with the f1.4 would be more or less the same as an f1.8 lens. How wrong I was – the extra stop with the lens wide open made a big difference.