I took my Mamiya RZ67 out for a spin earlier this week and had a really fun photoshoot. It was one of hose days where everything lined up pretty much perfectly. We got an early start in the day when there were plenty of clouds in the sky. There was a gentle breeze that felt good against the somewhat humid air. Best of all, it was mid-week and there wasn’t another soul in sight leaving plenty of time and freedom to photograph nudes without fear of offending anyone.
I brought the Mamiya RZ67 with me because I have a wider angle 65mm lens for it as opposed to my Hasselblad where I’m still currently limited to the 80mm lens. I knew I was going to be photographing two people and a wider angle lens was going to be useful for that. Plus the sky just looked so wonderful all packed with gray clouds that I wanted to be sure to have enough room in the frame to capture a little bit of that as well. I’ve gotten so used to carrying around the lighter weight Hasselblad that I’m not going to deny I felt a great deal of fatigue hand holding the RZ67 though.
Thirty minutes into the shoot and my arm was killing me for the rest of the day. It guess it wouldn’t be art making if we didn’t suffer a little bit though. It’s the whole “art through adversity” concept in its most minimal form.