Speak well of the Aged

May 25, 2017

I have to take a few moments to write down some thoughts based on this past weekend's Wedding and a 25 Year Anniversary for a local Priest.  I was serving my brothers at Matrix Digital Arts Photography as lead shooter and we hadn't done any real hard work since a wedding back in January.  Of course when we shoot ceremonies in our local churches in San Antonio we don't use flash.

I've been taking the new Nikon D500 out quite often, and then I have a D7100 as an extreme last resort backup, but for some reason I had an angel on one shoulder saying "Take the old girl out for a ride!," and the devil on the other shoulder saying "remember she'll wake the dead and make DHS think you've finally blew your last gasket."  I'm talking about my old D700, bought in 2010 when I returned home from deployment.  Over 150,000, maybe closer to 200,000 clicks on her.

I remember charging her batteries thinking, "I can't believe I'm going to do this, please treat me well today."  On both days I arrived at the venues and after putting the old 80-200 f2.8 on it (that's not a VR lens boys and girls), I took aim and pulled the trigger.  "Ka Boom" is what she sounds like.  I can hear Clint Eastwood saying, "that is the sound of the Ak-47, the preferred weapon of your enemy" after every click.

But........WOW!  After processing these f3.5 iso3200 images, I have to say the elderly lady is still smooth, still tack sharp and crisp, and still renders a great RAW image requiring just a few minor adjustments.  Don't get me wrong, I love my new D500 immensely, and I'll put the Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro on the D7100 any day and kill detail shots, but I believe until she gives up the ghost, clients just better enjoy the bass in her voice and the sonic boom of her click, and realize they just had majesty wink her eyelid at them.  I'll be taking her with me at every major event, until she really decides she's done.

To Melissa and Tony, and Father Mauricio, it was a privilege to be your photographer this past weekend.  The images my ol' D700 caught of you made me smile a lot a few days later.  I'll look back on this past weekend and your events as the time you awoke the sleeping, and got her back in the game.

Cheers Everyone!

Dave

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