Strawberry Fields…

I still do not hate good old portra 160 for landscapes. :) Taken on Portra 160 with my Pentax Z1-P using my Sigma 24-70mm Developed and scanned by Valentines Camera house in fremantle. :)
I do love to shoot the strawberry fields when they are planted out. The great lines and colour…and who doesn’t love a good strawberry… also I still do not hate good old portra 160 film in 35mm for landscapes. :) Taken on Portra 160 with my Pentax Z1-P using my Sigma 24-70mm Developed and scanned by Valentines Camera house in Fremantle.

 

 

…one way road to no where….

...oneway road to no where...
…one way road to no where… Taken with: Sony A7r using Minolta 50mm f1.2 manual focus lens Recently over the Christmas break, Lisa and I drove down to the beautiful Margaret River to spend some time with the family in the beautiful surrounds. I stop at this spot every time we make the long drive down south. I like to keep shooting certain scenes till achieve just what I am looking for….unfortunately there are never any clouds when I pass this spot, always giving it quite a harsh, spars feel.

…Melbourne trip 2013… an eerie recollection

How can you not love the street art of Melbourne?
How can you not love the street art of Melbourne?

Having posted the photos from our recent Melbourne trip yesterday, it reminded me that I had never actually posted my snaps from the last time I went to Melbourne in 2013 as part of a work trip. It’s quite trippy how reminiscent both sets of images are I think. I only got a couple of hours to walk the streets on my own with my cam to make the most of it. I do not remember all the stories that go with these now, so instead will allow the images to speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy. :)

All images were taken on little sony Nex5n with my voigtlander 35mm 1.4, Jupiter 8 50mm f2 or Spiratone 20mm f2.8 manual focus lenses.
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Melbourne in December…beautiful!

I have done rather limited traveling in my adult life. In fact I have never really been on a proper trip in my adult life other than for work. Which was also to Melbourne a few years back. (I still need to post those pics actually. haha) Ever since I was determined to go back and take my girl with me.

You're in the free tram zone...
“You’re in the free tram zone…” Taken on Sony A7r with Minolta 50mm f1.2 manual focus lens; edited on IPhone4s with snapseed.

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Ok, so it’s now 2016…

Ok, so it’s now 2016…

….and life has been crazy the last few years. Bands have broken up, bought a house, got engaged, done some traveling etc. etc. and all the while life got so crazy that I neglected some of my most favorite things. Like my little photography blog…

Well it’s 2016, a new year with a new outlook, time to get back to enjoying this life more. :)

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Minolta 58mm f1.4

Minolta 58mm f1.4 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 58mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: to be confirmed, multicoated.
Diaphragm: to be confirmed
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Minolta 58mm f1.4 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
I purchased this lens to add to part of my Minolta lens collection on it’s reputation for being a great portrait lens without being as big a chunk out of your back pocket as the fabled 58mm f1.2, while I would love the 1.2 I could never afford one so went with this. My initial testing on nex when I first got it wielded what I felt to be unimpressive results, so I shelved it for a good amount of time. I must admit in my initial tests I tested this lens with what I now realize was a rather dirty filter in very low light conditions. While this lens is fast, I do not feel low light is it’s strength but more subject separation, having a smooth bokeh and being pretty acceptably sharp wide open this lens renders in a rather nice 3d way I have found on this latest testing on the a7r which I fell would lend itself rather nicely to portraiture which is what I feel this lens was initially intended back at it’s design phase.

I started out with the usual test subjects near or around the house:
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper.)

Minolta 58mm f1.4 on sony a7r
Minolta 58mm f1.4 on sony a7r

As you can see the the bokeh is super smooth and the spherical highlights are rather pleasant from this lens in my opinion. Continue reading Minolta 58mm f1.4

Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens

Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 35mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: 5 elements in 5 groups., multicoated.
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Nikkor-S 35mm f2.8 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
I acquired this lens about 12 months ago from fellow local photographer John Austin, I have only shot this lens a few times but every time I shoot it I am impressed. This lens covers 35mm full frame and is an old film lens. It displays some vignette when shot wide open as exhibited in test shots bellow along with a small amount of distortion. It is quite acceptably sharp on the Pixel dense 36mp a7r sensor and I find the bokeh quite pleasing for a reasonably wide normal lens. This lens to me displays qualities of that classic Nikon signature rendering I see from work shot with classic nikkor primes. I really must admit I have a soft spot for this lens it always seems to deliver.

Here are some general test shots mounted on my Sony A7r:
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)

Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r
Nikkor 35mm f2.8 on Sony A7r

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Nikkor 28mm f3.5

Nikkor 28mm f3.5 manual focus prime lens

Focal Length: 28mm.
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5.
Min Aperture: f/22
Optics: 6 elements in 6 groups, multicoated.
Diaphragm: 7 blades
Filter Size: 52mm
Close Focus: 1′ or 0.3m

This is my Nikkor 28mm f3.5 manual focus prime lens. (picture of lens to come)
It is one of my more recent acquisitions so I have yet to take it out for too much testing at this time. This lens covers 35mm full frame and is an old film lens. It displays some vignette when shot wide open as exhibited in test shots bellow along with a small amount of distortion. It is quite acceptably sharp on the Pixel dense 36mp a7r sensor and I find the bokeh quite pleasing for a reasonably wide angle lens though you can see a swirl to the out of focus area in the fifth photo of the flowers. This lens to me displays qualities of that classic Nikon signature rendering I see from work shot with classic nikkor primes. I really must take it out for some more thorough field testing in the future.

Here are some general test shots mounted on my Sony A7r:
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)

Nikkor 28mm f3.5 on Sony A7r
Nikkor 28mm f3.5 on Sony A7r

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Kodak Max 800… for speed, not so much for low light…

Kodak Max 800 (expired ’06?)…for speed, not so much for low-light…

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Since getting back into shooting film a couple of years back, I have had this re-occurring urge to shoot a live band on film. To do so however, I know from experience, that I would need at least 800 iso film at the very minimum. So whilst on another one of my random online film splurges, I purchased a 5 pack of Kodak Max 800 Expired in ’06 (from memory) that was assured to have been cold stored.  Being a great believer in the old adage ‘Know Thy Gear’, Continue reading Kodak Max 800… for speed, not so much for low light…

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