A Nurse with a Gun

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Nikkor 500mm ƒ8 Reflex

Yes, I finally found a subject that it captured beautifully. Thank you.

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Anonymous TJP said...

And no donuts!

If you can do a portrait like that with a slow mirror lens under house lights, then there really isn't anything else out there that would be a challenge.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Mello said...

Really amazing, Xavier! I've used one only once, and found it extremely difficult to manage, too light, no diaphragm... congratulations. One sure shot.

9:01 PM  
Blogger JAFO said...

Can't say I think much of the guy for wearing USMC service dress in that situation. even if he did earn it at some point.

Excellent pic, though :)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Chris Byrne said...

I kinda like the slight light falloff in the corners, as a portrait it's a nice effect.

The only thing I'd say is, it could be a half stop brighter... but maybe not. It would bring out a bit more shadow detail, but then again it might change the feel from a bit soft to a bit harsh.

Either way, nice photo.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

JAFO, I thought the same thing, but tried not to let it get to me too much........

5:55 AM  
Blogger JAFO said...

:nods: same here-- definitely an awesome pic, and I'll bet he was rockin' the joint at the time :)

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally don't care if he earned it or not. It's disrepectful. What is this shitbirds name? I'd like to know if he's playing anywhere near me.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Anon, I agree, it's disrespectful. His name is Kenny Bill Stinson. I really don't think he knew that the use of the uniform in this manner was disrespectful, and during the concert wasn't the time to approach him about it.

If he had known he would offend, I'm pretty certain he would have swapped to something else. He was playing a Sgt. Pepper tribute, and no doubt wanted a similar outfit to the one the Beatles wore. Chances are, a USMC uniform tunic was all he (or his manager most likely) could find at the time. I don't doubt he would swap out for a drum major's tunic if he had known the reaction the service dress blues would cause among Marines.

I don't know for certain, but I doubt he served.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Pawpaw said...

I'm with JAFO. Even taking into account the technical aspects of the photography, the guy didn't earn the stripes on that uniform. He didn't even earn the right to wear the tunic.

The musician might be a nice guy, he might be totally clueless about his dress. Still, it pisses me off.

If you know this guy, Xav, clue him in. It's disrepectful to a wide range of people.

6:08 AM  
Blogger B.S. philosopher said...

Were you intending to catch the slight anti-gun lean of your subject in this pic Xav?

That fella has some kinda fruity medallion pinned right over the top of the crossed rifles on the Sergeant chevrons.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

It's my guess that he believed if he pinned something on the chevron it would make it a non-uniform. a wrong belief, of course, but a common one.

5:51 AM  

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