A continuation of my recent series of twisted and gnarled trees in countryside fields. This is from the same day I was driving around with my 16 month son a couple of weeks back while there was a large bush fire off in the distance. I was basically just jumping out the car when I saw compositions I liked snapping and jumping back in and moving on before he got too frustrated with me/woke up from napping in the car.
As many of you will well know, if I am gonna do something… well lets just say I never do them in halves. haha. Thus explaining all my camera gear, music gear, film etc. etc. Well whilst collecting film oddities to try over the last few years, I also managed to squirrel away that desirable of desirables from our film emulsion yesteryear’s, some famed e6 film. In my collection I have some ektachrome, velvia, provia etc. etc. being expensive to have developed I had left it there for a little while and once I started home dev’ing e6 was the last of the things I intended to try.
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However a few weeks ago curiosity got the better of me,
This Saturday just passed, I had arranged a rare opportunity for myself. Two close friends of Lisa and I, two sisters in fact, had both given birth recently. I took it upon myself after they were home and settled to offer my services to provide them with a newborn shoot, so as to give them some images they could remember their little fellas at this stage for the rest of their lives.
We met at one of the girls places and I quickly went about setting up my two Yongnuo 560II’s and triggers, and my two Yongnuo 380 LED video lights. Once we had decided on the place to shoot and setup a table the two mums got their young fellas and I went about snapping. I shot on my Nex5n with my Minolta 85 f2, asahi super multicoated 50 f1.4 takumar and my asahi 105 f2.8 takumar. I am very happy with the results, and was very happy with how my portable lighting setup performed as I had to do very little post processing.
Here are just a few of my favorite shots from the day. There are many more, but I just thought I would share a few. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
(I should have taken better notes as I have lost track of which lenses I used on which shots, I apologize)
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Just acquired this lens recently.
Took it out for a quick test the day it arrived. It is interesting manual focusing without any focus aids, however these preliminary tests still came out alright I feel.
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These were taken in the imediate visinity around my house. I am impressed by the initial sharpness of the lens on the KX. My reasonable focus accuracy and the overal rendering of the lens.
It seems to render colours quite naturally which is always a plus.
As said before, I am surprised at how accurate I can focus this lens with out the help of focus aids. I look forward to trying this on my K30 which does have focus peaking.
I find the sharpness quite pleasing. I think this could make a good portrait lens.
The depth of field is quite nice. These were all shot around f2-2.8 still nice OOF and good sharpness.
The lens seems to have a nice amount of 3d pop to it.
I’m quite happy with the viewfinder of the KX with composition of this lens, seems quite good. Of course will only be better on K30.
I am very impressed, I must say, with how nicely this lens draws on this 12mega pixel sensor of my Pentax KX. Very sharp and has a nice quality to it I feel. Over all my initial tests show great promise for this combo.
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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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:
…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.
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. 😀
With all this talk about the Leica Monochrome and the vintage B&W setting on the colour M9 and M8 it got me thinking can I do this type of thing on my digitals?
I was pretty sure I couldn’t with the Nex5, as it has a real high contrast black and white, so I did not try with that. However I knew that my Pentax KX had a large amount of options built in that I had never really delved into. I went through the menu to the colour profiles section. I flicked all the way through till I found B&W. I set it and was quite happy with the resulting redition, if not a touch cold for my taste. I then noticed a ‘tint’ setting with colder bring more the left want more aged or warmer to right. I gave it one click to the right and was pleasantly surprised by the change to a warmer more vintage B&W film look. Infact it even reminds me a little of that monochrome look. haha
I just thought I might share with you a quick few snap shots I took while messing around.
These were shot on my Pentax KX using my Pentax SMC F 35-135mm macro zoom.
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The great thing is that the Pentax let me shoot all these RAW!
I shot these last 2 Jpeg to see if there was any difference to rendering in camera jpegs with this setting. I was actually impressed at how well it rendered these Jpegs.
So I just thought I would like to point out to you all. While we are all dreaming and pining over that latest greatest new piece of kit. Get into your current cam and have a play, you might just be surprised what you find.
Till next time, keep well and happy shooting. 😀
While dropping off the films from our Kings Park day to be developed I spotted this Pentax KX marked down by 50%! I could not deny myself I had to have it. I posted about my initial thoughts on the Pentax KX here. Here is my entire gallery of my initial test shots upon returning home with the camera.
I hope you enjoy.
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I acquired this Sigma UCII 70-210mm auto zoom lens for Pentax with a sigma 24-80mm and Pentax MZ-60 35mm film camera. As soon as I left I threw the lens on my Pentax KX digital body wanting to test the lens, here are my first test shots from that morning. These were shot in Leaderville, Perth and Lake Mongor.