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Sunday, 16 June 2013


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"Ned didn't draw a crowd because he was famous or a local bigwig; he was just a nice guy and lots of people liked him. I'm definitely in that group. I only shed a few tears one time; I was working."

Would that I received half so wonderful an eulogy someday.

>>but no amateur has two good cameras around his or her neck.

I use two Nikon D800s or two Fuji X-Pro1s (depending upon the situation) and I am an amateur in the true sense of the word. Are you wrong or is there some contradiction here? ;-)

For a really good time, hook up your d800 with a 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon lens.

Along similar lines as you, I often just bring two bodies and two lenses to a shoot. However, they usually are of the same system. I love bringing a full frame body and a cropped-sensor body along.

My usual choice of lenses are the Zeiss 24mm f/2 and the Zeiss 135mm f/1.8. So that actually gives me four focal lengths, 24, 36, 135 and 203. (With a 50 f/1.4 I get the midrange 50 and 75 as well)

That's a range from 24 to 200 with the slowest lens being an f/2.

My condolences on your loss. And there ain't nothing wrong with shedding a few tears, be it one time, twice or even thrice.

And there's Hizzoner, checking his Blackberry. Nice.

There was a Bob Schley from Milwaukee in my class at Dartmouth. Guessing it's the same family.

[I think that would have been Ned's brother, who died a few years ago. There are lots of Dartmouth connections in their family. --Mike]

Thanks Mike. A moving post. I liked your portrait of Ned from six years ago, and I like it today, too. I imagine Grimmy will be happy with your photos.

It's beaut to be able to share some good photos of friends, with other friends. Especially when the former has 'passed on'.

I do wonder whether the two cameras, or maybe really the expression of active seeing, when 'on assignment', that identifies someone as 'the photographer'.

Must have been an especially charismatic and worthwhile individual, that Ned. That's what shines through in your account, not the grief.

That aside, I've always been drawn to working with two cameras. In the old days, one held B&W, and one color film. Or fast & slow film, or fast prime and slow zoom, one of those dualistic choices. Both cameras had to be cross-compatible, with the same lens mount, because you never knew when the slow film in your camera would need a fast lens, or vice versa.

Now I still work with a pair of cameras, but they're different from each other. On one shoulder, my A850; opposite, there's either a Fuji x10 or a Panasonic LX-7. What one class of camera can't do, the other can-- and there's not much that both can't do very well. I wouldn't be averse to using two brands of DSLR side-by-side, either. Once you could change your ISO within a roll, lens interchangability became less important.

I can confirm that carrying two cameras marks you as The Pro, especially if you have flashes and brackets on 'em...

Was Ned now in a small box or in a large box sommewhere else? Just asking.
As to your choice of gear, how did they perform?

Trust you paddled your tootsies in the water at the lakeshore; hopefully the fish weren't biting.

Articulated screens make those over the shoulder shots easy, but bet before long we will have our evf in something like google glasses. Love the idea.

The Bob Schley from Dartmouth is Ned 's nephew.

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