Jul 21 2014

HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR and the rest of the kids

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Duncan Turner of DLT photographic had the brilliant idea to repurpose his child bicycle trailer into a camera gear trailer (No actual conversion is required).  The only downside is the looks people give, some people clearly want to get a peak at what must be a cute baby and still others look on disapprovingly as you carelessly subject your little one to dangerous maneuvers.  All the while though the cameras are snug as little bugs shielded from the rain and mud.   While the bulk of my gear was being towed about I had my Pentax K-3 slung over my shoulder with the HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR mounted on it.

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There was a lot of rain that didn’t let up very much, which dampened my photographic spirits, but had no effect on the camera or lens.  Here is a sampling from that gear combination.  It’s not the fastest lens nor does it have the least distortion but it does give me some focal length reach which I appreciate.

 


Jul 17 2014

Infrared Spring

Garry Winogrand is quoted as saying ‘I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.’  so in that spirit I took these infrared images not so much to photograph the things depicted but to see how they looked in infrared.

I used my Sony DSC-V3 in nightshot mode with an infared filter.  A camera that is nearing 10 years old now but has far outlived its expected usefulness.

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Jul 13 2014

Interactions #9

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Jul 11 2014

Canon 110ED rangefinder

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Yes that’s right this little 110 film camera is actually a rangefinder with a slider on top that adjusts to bring the two images in the viewfinder together and in focus.  I had this already out of date film in the camera for several years treating each frame like it was some sort of precious commodity never to be seen again, which it pretty much is.  The camera itself probably occupies more volume than a 35mm Olympus Stylus Epic and is very heavy so you really need to want to take pictures on a tiny little chip of film to justify using it.  There is no denying that it makes distinctive looking images.  I suppose you could argue that the look might be nearly achieved with processing but where is the fun in that?  That’s also why I’ve left the area around the image in the scans why hide the origin of the images it’s part of their appeal.

I didn’t want to cut the film yet until I figure out the details of a holder for it for my scanner so I made this little ad hoc scanning set up with pieces of black paper to hold it against its natural propensity to curl into a ball like a digital photographer that forgot to charge their battery.

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Jul 9 2014

Holga TIM double trouble

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The Holga Tim has some serious limitations when it comes to aperture and shutter settings but what it lacks in that category it gains in others.  With it’s two lenses its possible to take all combinations of exposures from 48 half frames to 24  image pairs as well as multiple exposures and even stereoscopic 3D.  It’s the multiple exposures that I am interested in here.  Advancing the film also sets the shutter but you can reset the shutter again using the slider just above the lenses as well as covering and uncovering each lens with the ‘eyelids’.  I think I understand the appeal of simple plastic cameras but using this camera is anything but simple. When It comes to remembering which ‘eye’ to open and when to reset the shutter using the TIM becomes rather complex. So with that and it’s really limited adjustments I wouldn’t recommend this camera as a fun camera to use without care despite its smiling face.

 

 


Jul 6 2014

High Street at night (Part Two of Two Photographers One Place)

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A night-time visit to the new Mall called High Street provided an opportunity to take some images. It’s always fun to compare other people’s visions, sometimes you see things in a similar manner and sometimes you see it completely differently.  I think that the second circumstance is the best, it’s an opportunity to learn from others and expand your photographic vision. Duncan of DLT Photographic has posted some images that he took at the same time and place in his blog High Street (Night Edition)


Jul 4 2014

Interactions #8

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Jul 2 2014

Chinon Gaf Memo 35EE

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Much in the vein of other simple automatic exposure cameras from the late 1970′s the Chinon Gaf Memo 35EE allows a nice level of freedom for the photographer.  You really only need to concern yourself with focusing and framing an image.  Now it could be said that’s true of nearly every camera since but it really isn’t the same thing.  I feel obligated to be engaged with the technical side of my DSLR that is brimming with potential adjustments but with a camera like this there is no point in worrying about what you can’t control.  I think that this may be the most fun photography for me even if it doesn’t produce the best possible results.  If you look carefully at my camera in the tree you can see that I have sealed the back closed with hockey tape.  This is to ensure it doesn’t pop open or leak light as it has a dent in one corner, I think it adds character.


Jun 29 2014

Niagara Digital Image Gallery 3

The third and final gallery of digital images from my trip to Niagara Falls Ontario.  There are more images but I think that the ones I have selected in addition to my film images already cover the area as I see it well enough.

The other posts are here Niagara Gallery 2 Niagara Gallery 1  and My musings on the area as it is today Two Niagara Falls


Jun 27 2014

Fujica 35SE 2014

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The Fujica 35SE is as beautiful as the pictures it can take.   I say ‘can take’ just in case you don’t like my pictures although why I can’t imagine.  Doesn’t everyone want pictures of random stuff that catches my eye?

I have had this camera for about 5 years now and it hasn’t disappointed me in any way. I would use it even more often if I didn’t have so many other cameras to play with and post about.   Another post about this camera with some images that I am pleased with can be seen here Fujica 35SE Rangefinder Respect.  I strongly recommend this camera though it isn’t all that common.  When you can find one it does sell pretty inexpensively compared to ’it can take’ results.