Category Archives: Photo walk abouts

This section is for any posts that are mainly just photo walk abouts…

…update time, what have I been up to? fixing cameras, burning film etc. etc.

I know, I know, I said I would be posting more frequently… I have been, but still probably not as often as I should be. haha

Landscape taken from test roll of expire Ilford fp4 shot through Minolta x370s with Minolta 21mm f2.8 home developed in tmax developer 1:9 and scanned using Epson 4990
Landscape taken from test roll of expire Ilford fp4 shot through Minolta x370s with Minolta 21mm f2.8 home developed in tmax developer 1:9 and scanned using Epson 4990

While I have been a little quiet here the last month, I have actually been really busy in whatever spare time I get. Whilst a lot of my time away from work has been in preparation of the birth of our first child, I have still managed to steal away often enough to go for wonders with my camera. I must admit I have been starting to formulate a focus in my shooting as of late. While in the past I freely admit I have been predominantly a snap shot shooter, still am to some extent, I am trying to focus myself on creating more images that are of a nature that they would stand up to printing or display in a gallery, I have had quite an interest in rural landscapes to this effect as of late, I will share some once I feel happy enough with any of the images I have created.

Continue reading …update time, what have I been up to? fixing cameras, burning film etc. etc.

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

It’s about time I picked things back up…

Wow, looking at my last post about getting my A7r being from November 2013, I feel almost ashamed knowing it is now early/mid October 2014 as I sit down to write this. Saying that, admittedly I was already starting to fall behind last year… I still have many great shots from a trip to Melbourne in October last year and a second lot from our trip to Margaret river last year amongst others from Nick and Kaylene’s wedding which we shot the video for etc. etc.. haha
I will have to get around to doing belated posts for some of these, I intend to make an effort to get back to more regular content on here.
(as usual click on images to see larger and sharper)

...old man walking;melbourne trip 2013
…old man walking;Melbourne trip 2013 – Nex5n w/voigtlander 35mm f1.4
Nick and Keylene's wedding nov 2013 - Sony A7r w/spiratone 17mm f3.2
Nick and Keylene’s wedding nov 2013 – Sony A7r w/spiratone 17mm f3.2

Winding out 2013 was a turbulent time I remember thinking as I was going through it. Continue reading It’s about time I picked things back up…

My first play with my dream camera, the Sony A7r!

Ever since I first got into the Sony Nex system cameras early in their inception with the Nex5, I knew there was something special about these little cameras and their 18mm e mount. Packing the power of an apsc dslr sized sensor into a tiny package that can easily be thrown in your girlfriends handbag, it was pretty easy for me to fall in love with it. The only thing that held it back was the lack of lenses. We originally started out with the 16mm 2.8 prime and the 18-55mm kit zoom. The zoom is satisfactory but the surprise of the two was the great little 16mm f2.8 prime lens, which is a great little wide angle.

Wanting something more but disappointed with the lens selection available I turned to third party manufactures after Sony made the prophetic decision to make the e mount spec freely available for third party manufacturers to produce for. Continue reading My first play with my dream camera, the Sony A7r!

Photographers in Perth, first official photowalk… Part 1.

I had been an admin as part of the Facebook group Photographers in Perth since it’s earlier days. I had for a long time been in charge of setting the group theme challenges, when one day I was informed by my fellow admin that they had in fact decided that they no longer desired to run the group and had made the decision to leave the group completely. I was informed that I could either take the reigns of the group or shut it down entirely. I straight away decided shutting down the group was not an option so the only other way to proceed was to try to keep the group rolling. We have come a long way since then and our membership has more than doubled to over 300 members. A few months ago I brought in Lisa and my mate Graham to help with administrative duties as it was now growing to be more than I could keep on top of on my own. All good things, we managed to keep our little photography group and even grew under the circumstances. It had dawned upon me however that we had never had a proper group photo walk since I had been bestowed with running the group and also since I had made the minor name change to Photographers in Perth, Western Australia. Which was made as we had a few Scot’s starting to sign up as they though it may have been photographers in Perth, Scotland. haha.

We have been just starting to come into our nice weather season and I wanted to capitalize early for the group photo walk. Continue reading Photographers in Perth, first official photowalk… Part 1.

A new acquisition: Zeiss Pancolar 50 1.8 Initial test

Just last Friday afternoon this nifty little Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f1.8 in m42 mount arrived on my doorstep.

I had scored it for a fair price on the old eBay and was keen to give it a quick test run. Being Friday afternoon and that Lisa and I were off work as we were off to a friends wedding the next morning it seemed like the perfect time to take it out for a quick shoot, so we decided to go down to the pub for a quick beer while at it. haha Continue reading A new acquisition: Zeiss Pancolar 50 1.8 Initial test

Expose WA streetwalk with Nex5n, Voigtlander 35 1.4 and Nex5 with Minolta 35 1.8

A few weeks ago Lisa and I signed up for a couple of the Expose WA photo events going on around Perth. The first event to kick things off was Sean Breadsell’s streetwalk around Northbridge and Perth.

Being a street photography walk, it seemed perfect to take the Nex’s and use 35mm for that classic 50mm field of view. I had been meaning to test my recently acquired Minolta 35mm 1.8 so I loaded that on my Nex5 for Lisa, I must admit this lens performed exceedingly well.

(as always please click on images to view larger and sharper)

Taken by me on Nex5 using Minolta 35 1.8 @ f4, setting the camera up for Lisa

Being a street walk where discretion is key, i just had to through my Voigtlander 25mm 1.4 on the Nex5n, I shot this on the day and it performed very well as it always has.

Here is the first shot I took on the day while on our way to meet up with the group. This shot makes me laugh every time. Taken on Nex5n with Voigtlander 35 f1.4 @ f4

I must admit I was shocked to see how large the group was as we assembled near the Alexander library. It was a very impressive turnout.. which also meant discretion may not be o easy to achieve. haha

Taken on Nex5n with Voigtlander 35 f1.4 @ f4

After we were given the basic run down we split into two groups and started off on our walk. The first half of our walk we were indicated that we would shoot down through nearby north-bridge before heading back to the center of town for the second half of our walk… I think that was about the point where the organization ended. haha. We were off in small groups of like minded shooters exploring the streets. haha

Nothing like a line of vespers to state your in a cafe district. Taken on Nex5n with Voigtlander 35 f1.4 @ f4

BYO wing and beer? Taken by Lisa on Nex5 with Minolta 35 1.8 @ f4

After finishing up in North bridge we meandered our way to the meeting point in the center of town near the big cactus monument… Lisa and graham had a run in with an interesting character and generally we just kept laughing and snapping.

Gotta love a sharp seagull. Taken on Nex5n with Voigtlander 35 f1.4 @ f4

Got depth? Taken by Lisa on Nex5 with Minolta 35 1.8 @ f4

Once re-joining the group, most of us just hung around the center of town and kept snapping. It really was a great meetup and it was great to meet some friends we had previously only ever spoken to online. I will leave you with one more shot each, then because I don’ want to bore you with all our shots, I will post a slideshow of the rest from each camera underneath. thank you so much for taking the time to look, and thank you the Expose WA for the walks, I look forward to next year and I hope you enjoyed this short little post.

New friends with great cams. Taken by Lisa on Nex5 with Minolta 35 f1.8 @ f4

The bond between mother and daughter. Taken on Nex5n with Voigtlander 35 f1.4 @ f4

Here are the rest of the shots in slideshow. First Lisa’s amazing photos from the Nex5 with Minolta f1.8

Hood_66's nex5 with minolta 35 1-8 album on Photobucket

…and here are the rest of my shot taken on Nex5n using Voigtlander 35 1.4, thank you so much for looking and I hope you have enjoyed our little street walk.

Hood_66's Nex5n with voigtlander 35 1-4 album on Photobucket

A day of shooting: Kings Park on film cameras, digital cameras, even our phones!

A few weeks ago Lisa and I were stuck for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Feeling like getting out of the house, and Lisa wanting to participate in the Panorama challenge on her Tadaa iPhone app, we decided to go to Kings park for a morning of shooting.

Bee in front of City

This shot was taken on my Minolta 700si using Fuji Superia 35mm film

I hadn’t been to Kings Park in a few years. I instantly fell in love with the place all over again after only moments of starting to walk around the beautiful gardens. I had to try taking some nice stitches with the Nex5, the setting was just too beautiful, even if the day was a tad overcast.

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 22 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Jupiter 8 50mm f2 manual lens.

 

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 33 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Jupiter 8 50mm F2 manual lens

 

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 21 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Jupiter 8 50mm F2 manual lens

 

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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 18 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens
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Click image to see full size and the clarity will appear, this is a 16 image stitch taken on our Nex5 using my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens

Of course half the point of coming was so Lisa could shoot some stitches on her iPhone using the Auto Stitch app. So we took turns in snapping a few off.

 

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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4
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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on Lisa's iPhone4

I could not leave my little Motorola Defy out of the party. The battery was dying (surprise, surprise) So I only took one using my Photaf image stitching app. for Android.

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Click image to see full size, this is a stitch taken on my Motorola Defy

Always keeping my Minolta 500si and 700si loaded for just such occasions I could not help myself but to snap of a roll or 2 of Fuji Superia 35mm film in both.

Minolta 500si on Fuji Superia

Minolta 700si on Fuji Superia

I could not leave out the good old Nex5 could I? Of course not so I also shot some with my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens and my Kenlock 135mm F2.8 manual lens. With some great results.

Minolta 45mm f2 manual lens

Kenlock 135mm F2.8 manual lens

All in all it was a very good day out for us and great day of shooting… it’s was made even that bit better as I picked up my Pentax KX when we dropped in the films for developing after this.

Joondalup Night Markets: A walk around with the Minolta 50mm f1.4

I was busy writing an article for PROTAS last Friday night, when I got a phone call from Lisa saying she wanted me to meet her at the Joondalup Night Markets after she finished work. ‘Great’ I thought, we had not been since last year. It always has a great atmosphere and particularly this year it had some great lighting. So I packed up the Nex-5 and threw on my Minolta 50mm F1.4 lens. This is already my favorite low-light lens, but it is quickly becoming my favorite all round lens. Great colour rendition, even in dark situations, and it is pretty darn sharp to boot. Any way I will let you be the judge.

This is not an official review of this lens yet. Just a good low-light test for you all to see how this lens performs on the Nex-5. This lens gathers up the light so nicely I was actually able to stop it down between 2.8 & 5.6 all night, quite amazing actually!

As you can see this Minolta lens is a stellar performer! I will have a full review of it for you guys soon.

The Joondalup Night Markets run from December to March every Friday evening. I definitely suggest checking it out, there is a great atmosphere. I also suggest taking the camera, as you can see the place is just so vibrant and photo friendly.