1 Day in 1 Roll : Event #1 ….and #2

Film, Photography Discussion

So as some of you may remember from my last update post, I had created a facebook group called 1 Day in 1 Roll where we go out once a month and each member shoots a whole roll in one day then has it developed the subsequent week. Our first outing was Saturday October 27th, and I was pretty amazed that we got the 12 participants that we did, as I had only started the group a week and a half earlier. haha

As the rolls came back from dev. and people showed there shots, I was simply amazed at some of the work. We had everything from b&w to lomo, from 35mm to medium format. It was quite inspiring looking through some of the work.

I will not show others work here, as I have not asked their permission and I know how some are about sharing their images on the net, so I will share with you my roll/s.

It was relatively early for us, when Lisa and I went out to shoot our rolls, for a Saturday that is. We had decided to head into Northbridge as we had not been there as a shooting destination yet. It turned out to be quite fantastic actually. There is some great sculpture work on display at the moment.
After heading out of Northbridge, we crossed the tracks and did a round through Peth too.

This album was taken for the first of hopefully many 1 day in 1 roll events. I would like to share with you all my roll that I shot for our 1 Day in 1 Roll – Event #1 All shots were taken on my Minolta X700 using my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens on Peruts Primera 200iso film Expired 2008 but cold stored. I think the film performed quite well, however I fear my trusty X700 is developing a light leak. May have to be off to Max. I was mainly out for a street shoot, however you will notice I started having a play with Depth and Depth of Field. All in all I think it was a great day, had a few set-backs but still turned out to be another positive experience. I hope you all enjoy having a look.

Anyway, I loaded up a camera for Lisa too, my Contax 137MD with super lucky 100iso film, however in the end she decided she did not want to shoot it… So I shot it as well. haha
Here it is:

It has now taken me that long to finally get all the pics up to photobucket, that we have since had our Second event on Saturday the 17th of November. The group decided on this date as many wanted to shoot the Beaufort street festival. I had to record with my drummer on this day say was doubtful I’d get out to shoot a roll. I got just enough time at the end of the day to go finish a roll of kodak pro image 100 I had previously loaded into my trusty Minolta X700. I shot these with the 35-70mm manual zoom lens, the last image is a 12 image stitch I took of Lake Joondalup from Neil Hawkins park:

If you think you might like to be a part of our little group, please do join us here: 1 Day, 1 Roll group
I hope you enjoyed my little play with film for the first two events of our fun little film shooting group.

An Original Collaboration… A new adventure into video production!

Digital, Film, Photography Discussion, Videos

I recently had a mate approach me to help him with a performance project for a Western Australian Performing Arts Academy assessment.
He was to produce the audio and he was to collaborate with a local visual artist of some kind to create the visuals to go with it.
He asked me if I would help him out.
He gave me some basic criteria of what he desired and off I went.

It is a layering of a couple of pieces of video I shot on my Sony Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens and my Pentax KX with my Pentax SMC F 35-135 macro zoom lens. As well as stills shot on my Minolta X700 with my Minolta 50mm F1.4 manual lens and 50mm F2 lens on both Fuji pro 160s and Ilford XP2 400 B&W film along with B&W stills from the Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4. I also incorporated some simple effects I made in after effects and some transitions from my basic director compiling program.

The theme/story I was going for was nature overrunning urban decay and our retrospect from our future technological selves. I was trying to stick to the guidelines given to me…but the audio just kept giving me this alien kind of vibe. So I like to look at this as though you are viewing the decay of mankind and the reclamation of nature through some futuristic alien looking device. But that is just the feelings I got from this fun little project.

I am quite happy with the results as I am mainly a still shooter and only really dabble in playing with making video.

I like to see how other people perceive it too, so please give me your comments. Isn’t that the magic of art, perception?

I hope you enjoy. 😀

The rumors were true… the Leica M Monochrome.

Cameras, Photography Discussion

So it seems all the rumors about Leica releasing an all new M9 with a dedicated B&W sensor were true. At an official announcement party yesterday they made the announcement along with the release of an all new 50mm F2 aspherical lens. While this is great news for Leica fans, it seemed a lot of the sheen was taken off the proceedings by the general shock and bewilderment of the price point on these new releases. While we all know Leica to be a superior optics company who produce a supreme mirror-less digital range finder body, which are already priced to only those with deep pockets. The announcement of this all new colourless camera body for $8000US was quite a shock to most. Then the announcement that the accompanying lens the all new 50mm f2 aspherical would be priced at $7992US had most jaws squarely locked to the floor.

Fellow photo blogger Steve Huff has exclusively had the opportunity to have a 1 hour shoot with the camera yesterday and I must confess the results do seem impressive. You can read his first impressions with test shots here:

However, now having had a day to process the news, it did occur to me that I had seen great B&W images previously from owners of Leica M8’s and M9’s. I wondered if these were all just post processing conversions done in Photoshop. So after doing a bit of a google around I came across articles on forums from Leica M8 and M9 users raving about the vintage B&W setting in the camera and the files they got from using it. They also all reported much higher usable ISO’s.
Here are some examples of the great in camera B&W from the M8 that I found they had shared:
This is a whole folder by E.Mager
and this is another one of by him

and here is a whole folder of work done in this setting on the M9 by Alex Es:

I find it interesting how similar the rendering seems…
I’m sure there are those that have a desire and need for this all new Leica M9-Monochrome, however I also wonder whether it could also be more practical for some of those who desire this look to consider investing in an M9 for $2-3K less than this model or even consider a second hand M8 for around $2-3K, you could by 2 and still have some change.
I’m not sure you would have the same resolving power, but if it is just the look you are chasing, surely one of these options are viable.

All in all you have to applaud Leica for striving to push the boundaries in extreme excellence. While many of us can only dream of using their gear with the extreme price tags, we are at least blessed to live in a world where we can enjoy the lushes IQ of others who can afford to enjoy this extraordinary gear.

Till next time, keep well and happy snapping. 🙂

Saturday 5th of May: 1 day, 1 roll…

Film, Photography Discussion

So I signed up for this new 1 day, 1 roll event on Manual lens forum last week. The basic idea is to promote the use of 35mm film again via the method of capturing a day in the life of the world through the eyes of different photographers from all over the globe. Our mission was to dust off our favourite old manual film camera and go shoot a whole roll on Saturday May the 5th. Then within the next 15 days we were to have the roll developed, then share that roll, relatively unprocessed (of course allowing for basic levels etc.) in whole somewhere then post a link back to the whole gallery along with our favourite 3.I enjoyed this challenge on the weekend and found it a great idea. I got my roll back from processing on Monday and was very happy with the results.


I thought I would use this day by taking the opportunity to kill a few birds with one stone, so to speak. I started by grabbing out my trusty old Minolta X700 and mounting my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual lens as I had been wanting to test it on film, and I was afraid some of the places I might go today might call for the extra f-stops over my Minolta 50mm f2 manual lens.
I then grabbed out 2 rolls of Fuji Pro 160s expired in 2010 that I had been just itching to test, and set out on my day of film photography. I started off by driving down to Fremantle as I like to get away from my local area, and headed out to the old abandoned Power station down there. I have a project that I am helping a friend with that requires some urban decay shots, so this seemed an appropriate place to start, and like I said, kill them birds. It was fantastic at the old power station, so stark and industrial and bleak, yet intensely colorful from all the graffiti art. Not wanting an entire roll on dilapidated buildings, I decided to head into the Fremantle city center to shoot some street around the markets there. I thought a bit of contrast to my urban decay for the roll. As the day started to round into evening I turned up to Reabold Hill before the light faded to shoot some last shots of nature and the view to end the roll on a nice serene vibe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to the next one in a month. I thought I might just take the time to share with you all my roll here. I hope you enjoy!

Till next time, keep well and happy snapping!  😀

Minolta X700: Unexpected great old performer.

Cameras, Film

Last Monday my Minolta X700 film slr/rangefinder arrived in the mail along with the 10 rolls of Agfa Vista film. To say I was excited upon getting home from work was an understatement. Firstly I was eager to try the Agfa film in comparison to the Fuji and Kodak I had shot and secondly as I was excited to see how my X700 would perform, as I wanted this camera to be my film camera that would take all my Minolta lenses.


Keen to get testing, I threw in a roll, mounted one of my Minolta 50mm f2 lenses and went about shooting anything and everything around the house and the street that I could find. I then took the roll in for developing when I picked up the four rolls from Kings park I had dropped off three days prior (that is another post that is coming). Upon collecting my developed photos, scanned to disc I was very impressed. Not only had the camera performed amazingly well with my Minolta 50mm the Agfa to me, appears to have the lowest grain register  out of all the films I have tried so far. I have since acquired some Ilford Xp2 black and white film and intend to use this camera for portraiture in the future, I was that impressed with the results.

This post is just a quick look at this camera and the results, which I am very happy with.


Inspirational Moments #2: Tammy Parr


Welcome to the second installment of our ‘Inspirational Moments’ section. I am showcasing the amazing photographic talents of the people who visit PROTAS. If you would like to contribute, have your photos shown here (you get a permanent link back to your photo page) just hit me up on: protas@metalforfishes.com

Up today is Tammie Parr, she has been helping out local bands in Perth with live photos for a while now and is just starting to try her hand at booking shows now too. Enjoy!


This photo was taken at ‘Murder in the Basement’ using my f1.8 50mm on my Canon 550d.
I like this photo cause of the way the light is on the subject and also think the lines give it a certain flow.


Using the same lens and camera this was taken at ‘Mind Kandy’
I finally learnt that you dont need to take a full photo of the subject but rather what it is that they are doing and I love the way the light sets up this shot.

Same lens and camera.
I love this shot cause the girl is making her own fun by simple means of a colander and some water I caught her pure and genuine enjoyment. What fun on a hot summers day.

You can check out more of Tammie’s work here on her Photography page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Molotov-Photography/100459726726801

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

Digital, Photo walk abouts, Photography Discussion

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.