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

Out & About, Photography Discussion, Ramblings

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.
(As usual please click on images to see larger and sharper)

Lisa took this on my Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom lens

I took this on Pentax K30 using my Pentax SMC-F 35-135mm zoom, this is actually a stitch of 17 images

I took this on Sony Nex5n using my Meyer Gorlitz 29mm f2.8 manual focus lens

I took this of my favourite beer shop using my Sony Nex5n using my Carl Zeiss Felktagon macro 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens

I took this on Nex5n using my Miida 35mm f2.8 manual focus lens

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.

Gotta love it when people try to help….

Photography Discussion, Ramblings

I was hoping to get a larger post up tonight about my shooting on the weekend with Ilford XP2 film and Kodak Ektar film. Both fantastic performers and I am thoroughly happy.

However I am running a bit late after trialling new bass players for the band this afternoon after work. Then I realised I had not done a ‘Paranoid Ramblings’ post in a while. So I thought it apt that I share this observation a friend took the time to share with me a few months back now.

You have to love photographers that are all too keen to share their knowledge. ūüėÄ


Till next time,
Look after yourselves guys.

Crazy Comparisons: Sony Nex Vs Pentax KX – Wideangle lowlight action battle

Cameras, Digital, Lenses, Photography Discussion

I know I’ve been a little slow with articles lately but that is just because I have had so many weekends full of shooting as of late. One such weekend recently was Serial Killer Smile’s debut EP launch on the Friday night and my band From Isolation also had our first all ages show down at HQ in Leederville on the Sunday.

As you know I had only recently acquired a Pentax KX to go alongside my Sony Nex5 and there was a sigma 14mm 2.8 lens that I had been really wanting for it. Luckily I had got the funds together and acquired the lens that afternoon of the SKS show.  So I thought this would be a good comparison between not only the two cameras, being that they both have Sony sensors (the Pentax has the slightly older sensor configuration with only 12.9mp, while the Nex5  has the slightly newer 14.2 mp count), however the Sony Nex5 is mirrorless whereas the Pentax KX has a mirror. It is also a good comparison between the Sony 16mm F2.8 pancake vs the Sigma 14mm F2.8 wide angle lens. Both shows were shot in near total darkness other than the stage lighting, this is a great test of the auto focus as well.

First up just a few shots from the Nex with the 16mm f2.8 lens:
These shots are from the ‘Serial Killer Smile’ EP Launch

This shot is a great comparison between the Nex and Kx my partner and I took almost the same shot at almost the same time. (The Pentax shot is shown further down)

These next shots were taken at a show I played at YMCA HQ all ages venue, these are of course shots of the other bands on the bill with us.


And Now the Pentax Kx with the Sigma 14mm f2.8 lens:
These shots are from the ‘Serial Killer Smile’ EP Launch

The Pentax ‘comparison shot’

More shots with the Pentax at the YMCA HQ show


I found both to render, rather similarly, lots of colour and quite sharp. There is however a bit of ISO grain but that is more due to my poor setting on the camera than anything else. I found auto focus surprisingly enough to be rather comparable on both systems with comparable hit and miss ratios. I did find the Pentax to be more pleasurable to shoot due to the viewfinder. However when the Nex nailed the focus it is sharp beyond belief and the rendering is sublime. The Sigma 14mm lens however could almost be considered a macro lens with how close focusing it is, it’s quite remarkable. You can almost touch the subject you are trying to shoot and still have them sharp, in view and focused.
I am extremely happy with both rigs and for different reasons, the sharpness and rendering of the Sony with it’s 16mm is sublime, and the super close focusing ability of the Pentax with the Sigma 14mm couple with the viewfinder means I can grab some really nice action rock shots. I will continue to keep testing and reporting my results.

For all the shots from the SKS launch, you can find them here:

and for all the shots from our HQ all ages show, you can find them here:

Inspirational Moments #3: Mark Brierley


Welcome to our third installment of our ‚ÄėInspirational Moments‚Äô 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:

Up today is Mark Brierley of Barko Photograpy. He has been shooting bands and live music events in Perth for a while now and does a really great job capturing people having a great time. Enjoy!

Hey Josh,

Cheers for wanting to profile my work.

Barko Photography specializes in Live bands and Nightclub photography, through the eye of a lens. All photos were shot with a Canon EOS 60D and a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm XR Di II LD. With the aid of a Canon 430EX II speedlite set to 2nd curtain for the nightclub stuff.
I chose these shots as they show everything I love about live bands and in general the nightlife


If you would like to see more of Marks work, you can contact him here or search Barko Photography on facebook.

Kodak files for bankruptcy – A whole generation will never know ‘A Kodak Moment’

Photography Discussion, Ramblings

It turns out that as of January 19th 2012 Kodak filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern district of New York.
As it turns out they have been in a downward decline for the last few years, having trouble with adapting to the new digital world. It does seem funny that the company that was seen as the big yellow grandaddy of photography, seems to have been all but sunk by it’s own brainchild, digital photography.

Having dominated the world of film, it seems they were slow in coming to grips with the fast uptake of digital photo taking worldwide. Instead of embracing this new digital world by creating new devices to participate in the race, it seems they feared for it and instead tried to protect their dying film business. Ultimately it would seem it would be their downfall.
So what will it be for the cherished technologies produced by Kodak,  that people still enjoy to this day? Will it mean the end for all they have created? What will happen to their beloved sensor used in Leica digital cameras and their famed Kodachrome films?

Thankfully it would seem no. Last year they offloaded their sensor technologies to a holding firm, who is now looking at offering this intellectual property to the highest bidder. Rumor has it that Samsung and Sony are currently in a bidding war for this technology. I personally would hope that Sony would acquire it, as it is widely believed their sensors in the NEX-5n very closely rival that of the Kodak sensor used in Leica cameras. So lets hope that technology goes to a company who knows how to implement it.

As for Kodak’s classic films… The rumor mills believe Fuji is in the process of making a bid for the Kodak factory and film technologies.
It would seem all is not lost. The great technologies they created will live on, albeit re-branded.

So what will happen to the Kodak name in the future?¬† Who knows?… the most probable outcome will be that after all the technological bones have been picked, the name will be sold off and most likely just become a brand name tacked on cheap knock off cameras in the future. It is very sad for a company that was once the unquestionable giant of photography, to now have been reduced to but a shell of everything their founder worked for. It would seem Fuji is our new photography visionary for the future?

It is sad to think of the generations that will now pass through this world never knowing what a ‘Kodak moment’ is…

When shooting jewellery… you can never have enough light!

Digital, Photography Discussion

So Lisa has been busy setting up her Etsy store for all the awesome jewellery she makes, so of course I offered to help with the taking of the photos.
Now having done this a few times I have learned a thing or two…

  1. Set your self up properly, make yourself a nice little rig for draping the jewelery, where you can aim plenty of lights.
  2. Get yourself a macro lens, you want to get really close to the subject. It is good to use a nice prime to shoot the object in a nice setting, but you want the macro to show the real detail in the product. For this, the nice close up macro shots were taken with my Vivitar 35-75 FOV FFL manual focus macro zoom lens, and the set shots with the flower and candle were taken with my Minolta 55mm 1.9 FOV FFL manual prime lens.
  3. Most importantly, you can never have too much light! Use whatever you can, as you can see I have even brought in a torch just to bring in some extra side light to help diffuse the shadow I was getting on the right side of the pieces.


Here are just a few of the shots I took of her jewelery for her yesterday:






Isn’t her jewellery great!
You can check it out here if you are interested:
Metal Fish Handmade Creations