Last shooting session with the Nikon Df. Thank you guys, it’s been fun.
And what a day to shoot because it was pouring like cats and dogs. While waiting for the rain to stop, I took some shots using the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G lens. The Df is a head turner. Some passers-by slowed down and tried to look at the camera around my neck. It has a good vintage look.
The lighting was bad due to heavy rain, and people either walked fast or ran to cross the road. I dialled the ISO to mostly 1600, so I could get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the movement of the people.
Nikon Df has a weather sealed magnesium alloy body. I wanted to test it by exposing it a bit to the rain, but maybe next time. It’s not my camera yet. Again, Santa, are you listening? Christmas is only two weeks away.
Sometimes photography is a waiting game. You wait for the light, for the moment, for the right timing when all elements come together in a picture. I stood under the shelter and my eyes wandered looking for subjects to photograph. It was a busy intersection, but patience can be worth it.
I dialled the shooting mode to Manual and set the ISO, shutter speed and aperture. With people moving and some backlighting, it’s easy to get different and wrong exposures when shooting in auto or aperture/shutter priority mode. By shooting in manual mode, I free myself from worrying about the exposure and just focus on my composition.
It has been fun shooting with the Nikon Df. Time to return the camera. I will miss the dials on top of the camera, but I hope all cameras in the future will have those dials for the frequently used functions. I just love vintage looking cameras. Thank you again to Nikon Singapore for having me to shoot with the Df.