Archive for August, 2010

More Random Street Shooting

More random street shooting images from the Rolleiflex.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Mixture of Fuji Neopan 400 and Ilford FP4 125 ISO Films.

Broken Laptopย Revisited

Another shot of the broken laptop (original here)

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.4, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film

Sunday Vege Market

THis is shots from last Sundays vegetable market on Victoria Street. This is one of the times that I get to go to work early and do about half an hours shooting before the doors open.

Its one of those great places for this kind of photography because there are lots of people crammed into a small space…Kind of like shooting fish in a barrel.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford FP4 125 ISO Film.

Kaikoura Sunset

Sunset taken while passing through Kaikoura…

Nikon F5, Tokina 19-35mm Lens, Fuji Velvia 50 ISO.

Fatherhood Friday 21: Amanda Makes me Smile

No pics of kids this week back to that next week ๐Ÿ™‚

While I was cleaning up the kitchen this morning I spotted a note between the cleaning products…

On closer inspection this is what it said…

Not sure if it was for me or for those hiding in plain sight that I possibly can’t see… Either way it made me smile so I took these images and then put it back ๐Ÿ™‚

Nikon D70s, 50mm f1.8, ISO 200

A Couple of Street Shooters

Thought it was about time that I introduced you all to the two cameras responsible for most of the mess of images that I put up here. The one missing, because it was taking the images, is a Nikon D70s with a very trashed 18-70mm Lens.

The Rolleiflex is the latest addition to my camera collection and I have to say that at the moment its a bit of a favourite (Dont tell the F5). Although not in perfect condition, with some lens destruction caused by someone trying to dismantle the lens assembly, it still takes a very sharp image.

I’ve had the F5 for the last 8 or so years. I bought it second-hand in London just before the advent of well priced DSLRs and it has lived up to all that I have asked of it and some that no camera should go through. Its starting to look a little rough and I’m onto my second 50mm f1.8 but it is still an awesome piece of engineering as well as doubling as a weapon if required.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200. Product table with 2 200W tungsten lights.

Random Street Shooting

Still coming to terms with the back-to-front composition ๐Ÿ™‚ Upside down and back to front is fine but right side up and back to front is still kinda doing my head in.

Here goes some shots from wandering around Wellington

Rollieflex 2.8 E, Ilford FP4 125 ISO and Fuji Neopan 400 ISO films.


Cemetery portrait…

Rollieflex 2.8 E, Ilford FP4 125 ISO Film

Motor Scooter Revisited

First roll of 35mm film I put through the Rollieflex and I saw this motor scooter that I took a photo of with the first ever film I put through it (Original Post Here)

Looks like its been fixed up a bit since I last saw it.

Rollieflex 2.8E, 80mm Zeiss Lens, Ilford 35mm HP5+ 400 ISO Film.


I don’t usually take images of buskers but these guys were seriously going off with some mad jazz styles.

Looks like they were doing pretty well ๐Ÿ™‚

Rollieflex 2.8E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film

Always Take Your Piano With You…

Just missed the shot of the guy riding and playing the piano, he just hopped off to help get it up a steep patch and then of course this was the last shot on the roll of film ๐Ÿ™‚

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.

Fatherhood Friday 20: Amanda and Sam Go South

This week Amanda and Sam spent most of the week in Dunedin visiting Amanda’s Nanna who was in hospital.

All I can say is WOW! how easy is it to look after one kid not two ๐Ÿ™‚ Me and Emily ended up going to the beach and having a picnic on Wednesday and then going swimming at the pool after Playcentre on thursday.

It might have also helped that Krispin (a friend currently living in Aus) came to visit (Amanda flew out in the morning on Tuesday and Kris flew in in the afternoon) and Emily really enjoyed playing with him.

All in all it has been a pretty cruisy week ๐Ÿ™‚

Sam has now advanced from walking to running and apparently had a great time with her cousins in Dunedin

Emily had a pretty good week at home probably feeling like an only child again with all the attention she got ๐Ÿ™‚

Rollieflex 2.8E ย with 35mm Rolliekin Adaptor, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.

More Pigeon Houses

Those urban pigeons will pretty much live anywhere.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.

Wheres the Fire?

Still coming to grips with the handling of the Rollieflex so forgive me if the images aren’t quite as good as they could be ๐Ÿ™‚

Rolliflex 2.8E, 80mm Carl Zeiss Lens, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film.

More NDX Goodness

As promised here goes some more NDX shots.

This filter gives a colour cast if you havent noticed and I find some of these shots hard on my eyes but they definitely have more of a post apocalyptic feel to them. The other reason I usually convert them is in the upper left hand corner and is more apparent when there is just sky. My Nikon D70s gives me a nice pink cloud effect which is really annoying on really long exposures and is apparently caused by the contacts with the autofocus system heating up, you don’t get it with manual focus lenses (all mine are auto focus so havent tested this out to see if it is true or not)

NIkon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200, Cokin NDX Filter. All exposures f8 at around 10 Minutes


Broken laptop in alley off Leftbank Mall

Rollieflex 2.8E, 80mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Lens, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO film

I Dont Think You Think That I am Taking a Photo of the Same Thing

This is a case of people thinking I am taking an image of one thing when really I am taking a picture of them.

Its kinda like camouflage but not really.

But that being said I was still taking an image of the broken post that someone must have backed into which has now been repaired but is about to be dug up due to massive roading change (all said really really fast and in one breath)

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.

New Oakleys

I managed to lose my Sunglasses a number of weeks ago and since they were worth a bit (left over from when I had money and no kids) decided to claim them on insurance.

Yay they finally came… Good old Oakley X-Metal Juliets.

Thought Id better do a pic before they got all scratchafied.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200. 2 x Electra 500w Compact Studio lights shooting into white reflect umbrellas. f29 @ 1/640th sec (even though its only supposed to sync up to 1/500th)

FatherHood Friday 19: More Conversations With Em

Yet another week draws to an end. We have had a pretty good week with everybody being well for a change (although Amanda seems to be coming down with a cold again)

Samantha is up and walking around now and seeming to be a lot less frustrated as she chases Emily and the cat Luc (next door neighbours cat who comes to hang out most days) around the house. Teething has also taken a bit of a break this week ๐Ÿ™‚

Took the extra wheel of Emily’s running bike and took her to the bike track across the road (still not finished). After a few near crashes she got the hang of it pretty quickly and was racing round.

Conversation with Emily:

“Dad…we had a good day today riding my bike at the bike track and then at the beach didn’t we?”

“We sure did Em”

“Mum didn’t have as much fun as we did, did she?”

“Probably not”

“All she had was “Crap! Crap! Crap!” Cause she forgot her cellphone charger didn’t she”


Emily Monkey.

Sam on a Slide

Amanda helping me out with a lighting setup…

First Roll of 120 Through Rolleiflex

Here goes a few images from the first roll of 120 film I put through the Rolleiflex. These are all straight off the film with no corrections and using the camera meter.

All I can say is WOW…Even with a couple of ย good-sized cracks round the edge of the lens this camera is giving a sharp image and the meter is spot on ๐Ÿ™‚

You can see the extent of the lens damage in the top corners of this image as a darkening of the sky but all in all not too bad and could be post produced out with a bit of vignette.

A little bit of flare here as well but this was across the sun so was kinda pushing it to see what it would do…

I likee ๐Ÿ™‚

Not the best photo but hey it’s not everyday you see a couple of stormtroopers walking down the street.

I almost got them front on but need more practice with focus and reverse panning techniques…

I think this might replace the F5 for a little while as camera of choice for street shooting… Well we’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, 80mm Zeiss Planar, Fuji 400H Film

NDX Filter Shots

All these images were taken with a Cokin NDX filter which reduces light by a massive 13 stops, ie you can’t see anything through it.

They are all around 10 minute exposures in the middle of the day with lots of people around but because of the long exposure they seem mostly deserted.

I converted them to black and white because unfortunately the filter has a colour shift which is near impossible to correct.

I like they way they feel…kinda deserted and slightly disturbing.

Not entirely happy with the result and will go back and do again possibly when it is more overcast so the shadows aren’t as problematic.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200, Cokin NDX Filter.

Ferry Sunset

Sunset taken from the Interisland Ferry leaving Picton a couple of years ago.

I think there might have been fires in Australia which accounts for the intense colour of the sky. (No modification in Photoshop)

Sorry this is a quick stock one while the excitement builds for the Rolleiflex I get back tomorrow!

Nikon F5, 19-35mm Lens, Fuji Sensia 100 ISO Film

Rolleiflex Action

This week at work someone dropped in a Rolleiflex TLR camera that they didn’t want because it wasnt working and the taking lens had some chips out of it where someone had tried to fix an earlier problem.

Now this doesn’t sound the best but if you have ever handled one of these cameras it’s a pretty awesome piece of mechanical engineering. It also had the bonus of having a 35mm adaptor which when I took a couple of test shots means that you don’t get any loss of image quality from the marks on the lens!

Anyway took it to a camera repair guy today and he is going to reseat the lens and tidy it up a bit so hopefully later this week I will get it back and be ready to go shoot.

I will post pics of the camera when I get it back ๐Ÿ™‚

These 2 shots were only test so sorry they aren’t more interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ These are actually taken when the lens wasnt seated properly so hopefully will be sharp as when I get it back.

Must remember to see what is leaving the scratch down the entire neg…

Rolleiflex 2.8e, 80mm Zeiss Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film


Playground toys can be great to photograph…

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film