Hi fellas this is Alex, this time with a short post about my latest shoot in cape town. As you might know Marie and me are currently on stay here to expand our portfolios. For me this means doing more sports and action stuff. So i set up a shoot with James, a skateboarder from a local agency called FanJam. Beside this being the first time ever for me to shoot a skateboarder without knowing a lot about it, it was also the perfect opportunity to test the AF systems of both the A7 and the a6000.
Doing something for the first time is always a little scaring as it is exciting, But i think to really be successful you have to constantly push your boundaries. I do not want to be just another photographer talking about getting out of your comfort zone since im particularly bad at doing that myself. I always admire photogs being able to just go to strangers and ask them if they may take a picture but i could never do that myself. But I think you just have to find your own way to get out of your very own comfort zone and just do it the way you can feel comfortable uncomfortable. For me this meant to shoot something i never did before related to sports. So i went over to the lovely team of Fanjam here in Cape Town and they introduced me to James, an easy going Model/Skateboarder and also a local. Shooting a local was one of the most important parts since I don’t had the resources to scout around and James definitely showed me some place where I wouldn’t ever bothered to look.
Since Im not a skateboarder myself I had to rely on James to show me some tricks and let me know what would make sense and what would look nice and cool in a photo. Since I completely shot with natural light and had to abandoned the idea to use any reflectors or scrims (hello cape town wind) I did the whole story in black and white and tried to combine straight lines with the captured movement of James. It was a really nice time to hang out with this guy and just shoot. It is kind of refreshing to go on a shoot where you can’t really plan the outcome at all and you plain and simply have to react to the things happening in front of your camera. I would not bore you more with any philosophical writing and hope you will enjoy the photos we did.
To fill that post with some valuable technical information I will add a few things about the focusing systems of the two cameras I was using. The most common thing people complain about with mirrorless cameras is in fact the focusing systems. Since I shot almost the entire shoot with the A7 and the Sony/Zeiss 24-70 I must say it was hardly an issue for me at all. I just tried to stay in the centre focusing area where the system is aided with the phase-detection sensors and the camera was able to nail the shots at a rate of something about 70% which is good enough to me. My Nikon D600 wasn’t better at focusing than this one. There was just on occasion where james was jumping in the cameras direction as you can see in the last shot. Apparently this was too fast for the A7 to handle so i switched to my a6000 and just got the shots i wanted. The focusing speed this nifty little camera can deliver is just incredible. So when you think about getting a mirrorless camera and read somewhere about the poor focusing capabilities better try one on your own and see if it’s a problem for your shooting style. For me in 95% of real world use I’d say it is a non-issue at all.
Hope you guys enjoyed this little post. All the best from south-africa.
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