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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

Short skate vid. “saturday sesh”

I cannot believe I had not posted this yet. I shot this a few weeks back now, it must have totally slipped my mind some how.
Anyway, my brother Liam and I caught up for a few beers on a Saturday afternoon about a month ago now. Liam is a keen skater and is in fact currently training to compete in Canada in 8 months. Well, Liam decided to have a bit of a skate in the park, practice a little bit of his freestyle, and I thought I would practice my video skills with some manual lenses. I shot this on my Nex5n with my Minolta 16mm f2.8 fish eye and my Nex5 using my Asahi 35mm f2 Takumar. I edited it in Power Director 9. I am quite happy with how it came out in the end. The Asahi 35mm f2 was great to shoot with, my copy is very smooth focusing which made tracking easy. The Minolta 16mm f2.8 also again is great, but I have found this lens to be nothing but fantastic when pairing with the Nex5n ever since I first put the combo together. I have not done much video, but am definitely enjoying learning, I find the nex platform great for this, the focus peaking is fantastic. The audio track is Ontology by The Advaita Concept.

Saturday Sesh from Joshua Perera Photography on Vimeo.

city views – Minolta 28mm f2.8 on nex5n, 21 image stitch

This shot was taken on my recently acquired Minolta 28mm f2 lens. I bought this lens as fast wide to mainly shoot live bands in lowlight but have just been starting to test it. It seems to be a reasonable performer, but what I like most about this shot is the fact that it shows both river shores on either side of me. This is a 21 image stitch shot in a grid.
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Perth city on zeiss planar 50 1.7 with nex5n, 11 image stitch

This shot was taken taken using my Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.7 planar manual focus lens on my little sony nex5n. I have had this lens a while and really like it’s sharpness and colours, however I do find it suffers a little from CA. I like all the detail in the building in this shot. This is an 11 image stitch from left to right.
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Cockman Downs – Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 on Nex5n Four image HDR, cockman house

I took this while out on a walk in the parklands near Cockman house in Wanneroo on my Sony nex5n with my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 manual focus lens.  This is a HDR merged with Nik HDR fx pro.
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This is four exposures shot freehand with about 1ev stop of difference between each exposure.

Pathway to the Lake – Part 1 – Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 on Nex5n Four image HDR near cockman house

I took this while out on a walk in the parklands near Cockman house in Wanneroo on my Sony nex5n with my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 manual focus lens.  This is a HDR merged with Nik HDR fx pro.
(as per usual click on images to view larger and sharper)


This is four exposures shot freehand with about 1ev stop of difference between each exposure.

Pathway to the Lake – Part 2 – Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 on Nex5n Four image HDR near cockman house

I took this while out on a walk in the parklands near Cockman house in Wanneroo on my Sony nex5n with my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 manual focus lens.  This is a HDR merged with Nik HDR fx pro.
(as per usual click on images to view larger and sharper)


This is four exposures shot freehand with about 1ev stop of difference between each exposure.

HDR landscape of lake near Cockman House, Minolta 21mm f2.8 on Nex5n

While on my recent little photo walk around the Cockman House building I recently posted about Here, I took the time near the end of my walk to switch from my Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 to my Minolta 21mm f2.8 on my Nex5n. Here is a nice little HDR I took of the nearby lake to the buildings. I want to return to this spot.

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This is four images shot freehand taken about 1ev stop apart then merged into a hdr image later using NIK hdr efex.

Portraits snaps from Easter Sunday on the Swan River south foreshore. Minolta 85mm f2 and MIIDA 300mm f3.8 on Nex5n

Some of you who read my blog may already have read my last couple of posts sharing some of my landscape snaps and stitches of the Perth cityscape from Easter Sunday down on the Swan River foreshore southside, if not, for those that are interested you can find the previous 2 related articles here:

It was a beautiful day by the river and I wanted to get the most out of it as you can probably tell from the amount of shots I took. However beside the landscape stuff, since I had the family around I thought I’d like to try some portrait stuff. Here are a few of those shots.

This first one I was playing with my big MIIDA 300mm f3.8 manual focus tele lens on my tiny little Nex5n when Saxon suggested I take a snap of my brother Liam while he was trying to photograph something. Well I turn to focus on him, realised I was to close for the big lens, took 2 steps back reset my tri-pod focused and snapped 2 great shots. The first of him looking through the camera, the second he had put the camera down. This is the second one as I believe it came out the best of the two.
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Later in the day I wanted to give using my flash during the day a try for portraits. So I put my Minolta 85mm f2 manual focus lens on my Nex5n setup my tri-pod and Yongnuo 560II flash on external flash triggers and snapped a couple of portraits of my brother… I think Saxon got in there for one too. haha

First up here is the one of Liam and Sax together. Good father and son shot in front of our beautiful city.

This one I feel is the best one of Liam just relaxing in front of the city.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my images.

It’s time for an update. Protas V1.2 & 3/4

So, I felt it was about time our little sight had an upgrade in appearance…
…What do you guys think?

I’m still ironing out a few bugs so bare with us while I try to iron out said bugs.

I think the new layout is great and has a new spacious feel to it. haha
I think I can get used to this for a while.

I have also added more mobile functionality to the site. It should be much easier to view from Mobile phones now, as well as the all new Desktop site visual upgrade.
Please do let me know your thoughts.

This is just a quick update for now, but I do have a lot of great articles coming up for you.
For the Photography buffs, I have been playing with the all new Pentax K30 and the not so new but equally matched Sony Nex5n since I got these for my birthday just past. Great presents… if not a little quirky. I have also been having a play with a few HDR software packages with varying success.

However this Sony 16mp sensor that is in each is quite a nice performer.
I have been taking plenty of test shots so hope to have a review of each for you soon.
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Lisa took this on my Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom lens
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I took this on Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom, this is actually a stitch of 17 images
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I took this on Sony Nex5n using my Meyer Gorlitz 29mm f2.8 manual focus lens
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I took this of my favourite beer shop using my Sony Nex5n using my Carl Zeiss Felktagon macro 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens
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I took this on Nex5n using my Miida 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens
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I have also started a new group here in Perth called: 1 Day in 1 Roll
The idea being that everyone who is interested joins our little Facebook group then goes out and shoots and entire roll of film on a date each month decided upon by the group.
The idea being we get a day in the life of Perth as shot by different photographers, using different gear on different films, whilst also supporting the local film developers.
Tomorrow Saturday the 27th is our first day out, I really look forward to seeing everyones shots.
If you feel you may be interested in this please join our little group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/152975388180408/
…on a side note the leaderville camera markets are on again this Sunday. Any camera buff should check it out.

We also have lots of interviews coming up, namely Perth heavyweight Tusk will be up next. Along with some great reviews of some great new material being released by some great bands.

It’s all looking up here at PROTAS so make sure you keep checking back to see what is going on.
Till next time,
Have a good one my friends.