Archive for April, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday Emily

Hard to believe that 5 years ago today Emily was born 🙂

Cameras various


In Between Buses

Lots of In betweens going on here…


Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Half Frame Experimentation

Still trying to get my head into altering images within the Canon Demi S half frame camera.

Here go a couple of attempts. I have to remember to take more notice of leading/following edges in order to line stuff up. Of course I could do this post production but that would be cheating and spoil all the fun.

All the half frame images I am taking are scanned as one piece so its pretty much how it looks on the negatives.

Canon Demi S Half Frame, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Post Zombie Apocalypse Wellington Part 2

This series was shot at the same time as yesterdays Rollei shots but with a 19-35mm on my Nikon F5. A much wider angle of view than the Rollei but somehow I like the square images better.

Nikon F5, Tokina 18-35mm Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Post Zombie Apocalypse Wellington

Ok the title is slightly sensationalist but came about from a friend mentioning that there was no one around in the city on Easter Friday and that it was like a Zombie Apocalypse had occurred.

Stuff like that makes me think… I have done some stuff over the years to take people out of the cityscapes (long exposures, multi stitch images) but not really gotten a truly deserted shot that I liked. So when Samantha woke up at 5am on Easter Sunday I decided to go out and try to get some (after Amanda had been woken up).

I left the house at about 730 and 30 seconds later it started to rain so I went back home and got an umbrella and the extra cable release I had forgotten and headed out again.

By the time I had parked the car (plenty of parking at 8am on a public holiday) it was still raining but not too badly so I took a couple of shots on Cuba street then the rain stopped.

There were still a few people around so for lots of the shots I had to wait for a bit and 1 image had to have someone I didn’t see taken out but other than that they are all as taken.

I like the way my eye looks for shapes that might be people since this is how I am used to seeing this scene.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Smile

Smile during shop hours 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Urban Jungle

The council has put in free WiFi internet on the waterfront of Wellington, probably for the Rugby World Cup later in the year, so there has been an increase in computer users in this area.

I kind of like the comparison of the real trees and the large pole structures as well as the fact that there is no one else in the image apart from the computer user.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


St James Sleeper

This guy was asleep outside the St James Theatre on Courtenay Place. This is the same place where I took the image of the drunks the day after.


Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


Man Reading Sign With Foot?

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


More Cemetery Half Frame

Some more shots from the Demi Half Frame.

The light at the cemetery was awesome just as the sun was going down.

Canon Demi S Half Frame, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Mad Hatters Tea Party?

Outside Armageddon/Comicon… I have just finished reading Alice in Wonderland to my daughter and this shot reminded me of the Queen of Hearts with a gesture of  “Off with your head!”

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


The Kind Of Shot I Want to Be Taking More Of

A shot of a couple of drunks on Saturday morning.

This is definitely the type of shot that I want to be taking more of, but constant don’t take due to being afraid to ask.

As it turned out the guy on the right asked me to take his photo after he saw my Rolleiflex and commented that it was a “cool camera”

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Dragon Boat Festival

This is the second post from the Dragon Boat Festival from the 19th of March (oppps is it really a month since this was on?). This is the day after I was taking photos with the Rolleiflex, I decided to take my Nikon F5 with my 80-200 f2.8 and get a bit closer to the action.

I had scoped out the best position to be the day before and just before the first race I went down under the bridge onto a floating pier and lined myself up with the middle of the only lane close enough to shoot down. Amusingly about a minute after I was in place one of the Dominion Post photographers came along… He stood on one side of me… Then the other side…Then back to the first side… At this point I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat (yes I have just finished reading Alice in Wonderland to Emily) as he stood beside me with his 500mm telephoto cause Id snaked his spot (small things amuse me).

I just noticed as I was putting this post together that the girls on the bridge in image Dragon Boat 4 are the same girls in their bot in image Dragon Boat 7 and 8… Weird.

Nikon F5, 80-200mm f2.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Government House Foray

Last weekend Government House had its first open day in about the last 4 years. They have just completed a multi multi million dollar refurbishment and I guess were trying to justify it to the public who paid for it.

When we got there the queue to get into the house was about two and a half hours long and having both kids with us there was no way that we were going to be able to wait that long so we joined the rest of the non queue waiters and went around the outside of the house and looked in. The amusing thing was that there were people working at their computers while a multitude of public looked in the windows at them… Very zooish 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Uncomfortable Sleeper

Last weekend I went out early to find sleepers only to find that the council was out in force mowing and cleaning everything in sight. However it did mean that this guy probably moved away from where he usually crashed and this was much more interesting.

In other events I have officially become a sleeper “Snob” walking past one in the weekend because they weren’t interesting enough… Not sure if this is a good thing.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Test Shots From The Demi

After receiving my new Canon Demi S from Trademe (NZ equivalent of Ebay) on Wednesday with the shutter locked I was pretty disappointed. However a  quick Google search pointed out that it was a common problem with this camera if it hadn’t been used in a while and the fix was pretty easy.

So with a bit of trepidation I started taking the front lens assembly off in order to get to the shutter…

After removing the front lens cover and lens as well as the shutter speed ring I was at the shutter. Some lighter fluid on the end of a cottonbud and Viola! I now had a working Demi.

It does have a bit of fungus in the lens and the light seals will need to be replaced but for $30NZ its a pretty sweet half frame camera with a 30mm f1.7 lens which can be used fully manually unlike the Demi or the Demi colour, the selenium meter works and seems very accurate…Sweet!

So in went the first roll of film to see if it actually worked… After dropping Emily off at school me and Samantha were planning to go for a street shoot in town but got stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway after  a crash for about an hour and Sam fell asleep so that pretty much ended the plan for street shooting… I did take some in the car and the last shot of the series you can see the wreck.

So when we finally got home and Sam woke up we went to the cemetery for a walk and to take some images. Again these were snapped off pretty quickly due to the short attention span of an almost 2-year-old 🙂

All in all I have to say I’m pretty stoked with the results as everything seems to be working very well 🙂 Look out for a whole heap more from this camera

Canon Demi S, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


Shooting Some Shooters

When you go to an Event that is like the Dragon Boat Festival a couple of weeks ago with a Rolleiflex a lot of the time it isn’t worth photographing the actual event due to the Rollei not having much in the way of a telephoto ability… But that doesn’t mean you don’t get to take images or have fun 🙂

 

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


Collectors With Guns

The Armageddon/Comicon event was on in the weekend, I spotted this at the queue to get in. Is it ethical for collectors for (I am assuming) the Christchurch earthquake to have guns? Kinda takes it to the next level really. I did also miss a shot of Darth Vader also collecting…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000 Scanner.


Watching In The Sun

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Parkour

A couple of different groups of guys practicing parkour skills down by the waterfront.

 

Rolleiflex 2.8E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


A Couple Of Angels

I haven’t posted any images of cemeteries for a while, having been concentrating more on street photography, so here goes a couple of shots from two different walks.

I really like the Bokeh in the first image…

The second image is from a roll I took with an extension tube and a 50mm lens with the purpose of getting images of textures and things that would be good to use with blending layers etc… Since I took it I haven’t had much motivation to sit in front of my computer much so maybe I will get round to it one day…

 

Top Image: Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Bottom Image: Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 and PK-12 Extension Tube, HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Yet Another Sleeper

Last weekends sleeper find… The poll I ran last week was mostly inconclusive so I am still trying to work out what I should call this category of images.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Wellington Triathlon

Triathlon in Wellington on the 12th of March… Amusingly this was being run in the harbor in the midst of a tsunami alert throughout the Pacific. Although the risk was relatively low and the event would be finished before the tsunami would have hit it still made me smile 🙂 especially when I asked one of the lifeguards about it and got back the typical kiwi reply of “she’ll be right”

It would have been nice once again to have my 80-200 f2.8 but thems the breaks since I wasnt really expecting to shoot at a triathlon…

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Rainy Day

This was shot on a roll of Delta 3200 ISO Film pulled to 800 ISO. I ran out of film on a previous day (which was bright and sunny) and had to down rate  the ISO of my remaining film, of course the next day I was out it was really dark and I could have used the extra couple of stops to freeze this shot… Oh well 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford Delta 3200 ISO Pulled to 800 ISO, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.