With movie images changing into increasingly common, it’s no marvel persons are branching out into surf and movie images. 

Megan Barrett is a surf and underwater photographer residing in California, USA. She has been a outstanding determine within the movie images neighborhood for years, a lot in order that in the course of the 2019 Movie Pictures Paideia, she was among the many 12 photographers introduced in as a speaker. Even earlier than that, 5 years in the past, Fstoppers wrote up an article about Nikon Nikonos cameras and reached out to Megan for quotes and images for the article. 

For only a little bit of background, Barrett was born in England and moved to the US and finally studied marine biology by means of faculty and, as one would think about, spent quite a lot of time within the water. She was launched into the world of movie images by means of the Canon AE-1, and in an effort to keep away from the large underwater digital camera setup, Megan actually appreciated the compact nature and flexibility of the Nikonos system and to at the present time makes use of the Nikonos III – not the extraordinarily common Nikonos V, which is able to aperture precedence mode and was made up till late 2001. Her favourite movie shares are Kodak Ektachrome and Kodak Portra 160. She shoots round 5 to 10 rolls a month between her images within the water and images on dry land. 

For me, I used to be already impressed by Barrett’s physique of labor provided that the Nikonos system make the most of zone focusing. Zone focusing, for these unfamiliar, signifies that you focus the lens by estimating the gap between you and your topic, setting the lens to that distance after which firing away. Given that you simply don’t get any real-time suggestions by means of the viewfinder or the rest, out of focus pictures should not unusual. Except for being caught to zone focusing methodology solely, the Nikonos III which Megan makes use of doesn’t have a built-in meter. This wouldn’t be such an enormous deal if she have been taking pictures on dry land the place she may use a correct mild meter. Personally, the thought of no built-in meter and no capacity to make use of an exterior mild meter provides me a bit of tension in simply excited about taking pictures slides. This doesn’t even appear to faze Megan, as she very confidently responded to my shock by merely stating that there are primarily three metering circumstances: swimming down and taking pictures upward in direction of the sky, taking pictures straight forward, and taking pictures under. With sufficient expertise (and movie), she assured me it was an achievable activity. Earlier than I transfer on, let’s mirror on this: taking pictures with a Nikonos III, you haven’t any capacity to get real-time suggestions on the accuracy of your focusing, nor do you get any real-time suggestions in your metering.

Of the movie photographers that I’ve interviewed right here for Fstoppers, Barrett was the primary individual for whom images was completely a interest and whose fashion could be very particular. As such, I used to be actually curious if she had comparable experiences to me in that when she takes a trip, she decides on a location based mostly on whether or not it’s nicely suited to her images fashion. Certainly, that was the case, and for the primary time, it got here to thoughts that I wasn’t alone. What’s extra, she has not sought to monetize her images however slightly to maintain it as a interest, which I tremendously admire.

All pictures used with permission.

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