Entry number 130 for the 365 Black & White Challenge is a photo from a headshot session for my wife’s roller derby team.

Roller Derby Headshots
365 Black & White Challenge – 130/365

This is my wife. She’s pretty … and a little scary.


Again … What a week.

After the epic weekend that had many MANY photoshoots, came the week that had many MANY germs and days away from work and school. Yep, all three of us had the dreaded “lurgi”. My wife and daughter are still suffering to different extents.

That’s not really exciting to read about it so I’ll shift to a story of manifestation.

On Wednesday night we all rugged up and drove to the Ted’s Camera Store close-ish to us so I could try a lens on my new camera. This is a lens I already have in the old format, but I was looking at the “native” version, made for the Nikon mirrorless range and able to take advantage of the new technology.

We arrived and I pulled out the camera and attached the demo lens to quickly try it out. I knew there would be a slight improvement but “Cheese and crackers” I didn’t expect the improvement I saw. OK, I should have expected it as it’s maximising the available technology but jeepers, the focus is incredibly fast and the lens is so flipping sharp.

Or in human speak. The lens acquires focus pretty quickly and has the potential to take really clear photos where the eyes are crystal clear.

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So, to the manifesting …

The next morning, whilst feeling a little less than death warmed up I started googling prices in preparation for an anticipated tax return. I got to thinking how I’ve been wanting to reduce my camera kit a little to make it more mobile. Then I remembered Ted’s does an excellent trade-in thing that saves a lot of hassle when compared to Facebook Marketplace or eBay.

To cut a very long story short … 18 hours after I tried the lens I traded in a camera, the older version of the lens from which I was upgrading and the one lens I never thought I would ever part with … and $45 to become the proud owner of the new lens.

I’ve used it on a couple of shoots now and have absolutely no regrets, it’s an incredible lens and paired with the Z9, it’s a dream to use.

Proud of myself for letting go of the other stuff and allowing myself to grow photographically with the new.

Really looking forward to working with this combination of camera and lens at the upcoming tournament. I used this combination for the last third of the headshots I photographed for my wife’s roller-derby team. 

If you’ve made it this far, as always, thank you for your time and your attention! I will see you for the next post.




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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon Z9 | Lens: Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200 f/2.8 S @ 175mm | Settings: 1/100, f/2.8, ISO 400 | When: Sunday June 5, 2022 | Where: Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia
Cameras: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max | Nikon D4s | Nikon D700 | Nikon D750 | Nikon D810 | Nikon D850 | Nikon Z6 | Nikon Z9
Lenses: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm 1:4G ED | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4G | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) | Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm 1:1.4E ED | Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200 f/2.8 S | Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro
Lighting: ICElight
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