Took the day off work yesterday to do a fundraising photo shoot for my local Playcentre (its kinda a parent run pre school centre)
This was the flyer we did a pre-shoot for a couple of weeks back that was designed by one of the other dads.
Since my lights weren’t really up to the task of running all day we had to borrow some from local photographer Adrian Heke who lent us a set of Hensel 1000Ws… Cheers Adrian!
So basically we shot family portraits from 9am til about 4pm (we did have a bit of a break in the middle)…. So needless to say it was a pretty long day, not to mention the just under 2000 images I still have to edit and post produce 🙂
And then if I wasnt tired enough already I went and hung out with a whole bunch of Zombies on a Zombie walk for a couple of hours… the press guys who I am starting to get to know a bit better still find it amusing that I am shooting film and lets just say the Rollei isn’t built for speed but put my first roll of 3200 ISO film through it so will see how it comes out.
I think I currently have a backlog of 5 x 120 films and 1 x 35mm film to develop so hopefully I will get a chance to do them soon.
Still playing around with the new scanner and finally getting to scan some stuff which I havent been able to scan properly before like these cemetery shots from a Noblex Swing Lens camera.
I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed with the scanner in the fact it’s not really resolving the grain as much as I would like… maybe it just needs some tweaking and more experimentation… other than that its a really kick ass piece of kit! Scanning black and white as 16 bit image rocks!
All these image were taken just after the sun went down using Delta 3200 ISO film which makes them look a bit ethereal with no shadows.
finally got round to uploading some of my Canon Photo5 Entries.
Still have to do:
Inspired by sound
Only about a week to go so will have to crank it up to get the last two done… Wish me luck
So I finally went out and bought a film scanner today that would let me scan 120 film since that’s what I’ve been shooting the most lately.
I bought a CanoScan 9000F which will let me scan up to 9600 DPI… Sweet… I’m not convinced my computer agrees with some pretty big files going through it tonight.
I downsized these for the blog but were originally about 250MB and that was only at 4800 DPI
Found these images from a couple of years ago of the top of the Rimutaka Hill which were taken with a 6 x 12 rollback on a 4×5 camera with a 90mm lens.
This is the hill where all the trains used to go over to get from Wellington to further north. They eventually just dug a great whopping tunnel under the whole hill so now the old rail trail is used by mountain bikers and walkers.
From memory it’s about an hour cycle up to the top through tunnels and some pretty cool countryside and they were in the process of putting in signs and information along the way which was pretty cool… Must go back some time.
Ok so I havent done one of these in a while and the entry’s for the Photo5 competition have closed so theoretically no one can copy this for the competition.
Anyway here is the finished image that I submitted to the competition….
Competition Brief: Eye Dropper
This brief is asking you to use your lens to look closer. Use the eye dropper to place drops of liquid in any arrangement you want. You can use a single drop, or as many drops as you like.
And you’re not limited to just water – feel free to use liquids of different colours and consistencies, such as milk or tomato soup. Just make sure you get close.
OK that seems simple enough…
I had the idea to suspend a drop of water from the head of a pin and using a slide projector somehow get an image into the drop (at this point I want to say that using Photoshop wasnt an option that I really wanted to use).
Equipment Used: Kinderman Slide Projector, Nikon D70s with 50mm f1.8, 2 x Nikon PK13 and 1 x PK12 Extension Tubes, Tripod, Cullman Macro Rail, Various supports like chairs, 1 x Pin, Bluetac and a 42″ translucent reflector (used later on)… Oh and various slides.
So I set up the projector at the same height as the camera and blasted a slide onto the drop of water (which took at least 15 minutes to get to stay on the head of the pin) which produced the following image.
Even at 1/5000th of a second this was about as good as it got… Not really the look I was going for…
Step 2: Place a 42″ reflector in front of the projector to act as a screen… At the moment the projector is about 1.5 metres away from the water droplet.
However still not really what I had in mind when I initially set out.
Step 3: Time to move everything back away from the projector… now about 3 metres away still with the reflector in front acting as a screen.
I keep forgetting stuff… The slide was projected onto the screen upside down so that it was right side up in the droplet.
This is what the setup currently looks like (the images are from a point and shoot so sorry about quality/focus issues)
Opps almost forgot to say that I added a small pop of speedlight at the pin just to give it a bit of a catch light.
Anyway I found that by moving a reflector backwards and forwards I could alter how much of the image would appear in the drop so after a lot of stuffing round (293 images from the first shot) this is the image that I liked the best…
And before I forget here is a scan of the slide that I used…
All droplet shots on Nikon D70s with 50mm f1.8 Lens with 2 x Nikon PK13 + 1 PK12 Extension Tubes.
This is one of those shots where you just look down at the viewfinder and there it is
All I can say is that it has been a full on couple of weeks!
Samantha finally got Chicken Pox, unfortunately on the day my parents arrived for a 4 day visit, and after the first day Emily had a 3 day bout of vomiting and diarrhea. So lets just say that the girls werent at their best for the visit.
Anyway here are a few shot from one of our trips to the ,still being built, bike track.
Here go the last two images I entered into the Photo5 competition.
If you missed the earlier ones they are here
Not quite as happy with these ones cause they were a bit rushed. I would have liked to have done the spray can one in The Alley but unfortunately time was against me.
f5.6 @ 1/40 Seconds
The one below is the inspired by sound entry but basically just turned into me having a bit of fun with Xmas lights, a power drill and some LED lights. It kinda fits the brief… Sort of 🙂
f11 @ 61 Seconds
OK so I probably spend too much time here but this alley keeps producing stuff for me to photograph.
Not really sure what was going on here. It could have been a small protest who knows… Just another random happening I was happy to record.
A leftover from the anti Search and Surveillance Bill Protest.
Shot while waiting to have coffee on The Terrace…
Saw this last weekend on my pre work walk…
Again I love it when the universe throws me some weird stuff to take photos of in the small window of opportunity that I have to capture them 🙂
This bear looks like he has had a hard night out on the town.
Found in favourite alley off Leftbank Mall.
Ok I know it’s another one from the protest march but it kind of needed its own post.
If you didn’t know it was at a protest it could just be random people.
I really like the gesture from the old lady on the left 🙂
This is the rest of the shots from the protest against the new Search and Surveillance Bill currently going through parliament.
I have to say that it was quite challenging walking backwards while focusing and checking exposure with the Rollei and the F5 would have been a lot easier to use… but shoot what you got and Rollei it was. Didnt think they came out too bad.
It was slightly ironic that I was taking pictures of people protesting against people being able to take pictures…
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.
Managed to take some images of a protest against a new Search and Surveillance Bill on Saturday.
This was my favourite shot of the day.
School holiday fun in the sun (about the only sunny day)
More shots of the Kingdom Come abandoned set.
I especially like the one of the wall where you can see the patterns of glue that were used to stick on the stone frontages.
A couple of weeks ago I posted some digital shots of a burst water main in Manners mall (original post here).
I finally got round to processing the film from my Rollei along with some follow-up shots.
Apparently the City Council doesn’t have accurate plans of where the pipes in this area are and the water pipe does an unexpected U up towards the surface which is where the digger driver hit it. He should have been safe to go about another 30cm deeper… No one was hurt and only One shop suffered enough damage that it is suing.
People in the top floor of the apartment pictured behind who had their windows open got a bit soaked.
You can see in this shot that the pipe goes up and over something… Apparently this isn’t in the plans.
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford FP4 125 ISO Film.