Archive for June, 2011

A Little Photoshop For Amusement

Someone suggested the post would be funnier if it was Pubic rather then Pulic… I don’t usually do much Photoshop on images but it made me smile on this cold and rainy day 🙂

Enjoy

Photoshopped from original… I don’t usually do this being a bit of a purist


Pulic Ownership?

I think someone may need to learn to spell… I Googled it just in case there was some hidden meaning I was missing…But no just a misspelling 🙂

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


Sleeper On The Waterfront

This was one of the reasons I wasn’t too worried about getting the Slut Walk (yesterdays post) all confused since I would have missed this sleeper if I had…

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


Slut Walk Wellington 2011

On Saturday I endeavored to go and photograph the Wellington Slut Walk. It started at 2 at Waitangi Park… simple enough… Unfortunately as one part of my brain said Waitangi Park the rest of my brain said Frank Kits Park. So I was wandering round going “where is everyone?” and met up with a friend who said he was going to Waitangi Park to photograph the Slut Walk (at this point I’m still hearing Frank Kits Park). So we wander past Frank Kits park and through Civic Square and head along Cuba Street and onto Courtenay Place towards Waitangi park… Halfway there I decide to head back to Frank Kits Park cause that’s where my brain tells me to go… Greg must have thought I was being weird 🙂

Anyway I got back to Frank Kits and of course no-one was there so I wandered round town aimlessly and just as I was heading back to the car I noticed a gathering of people on the steps above Civic Square… I had missed the walk but got to hear the speeches etc… Not the best place to take images, the walk would have been better but you take what you can get.

I’m currently looking for a new brain where the left and right sides don’t get confused while communicating with each other so if you know where to find one going cheap let me know 🙂

You can get more information on the Slut Walk HERE

 

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


Drawing

After yesterdays fantastic weather it seems to be back to raining again today so hopefully I will get some time to develop yesterdays films. On the down side it seems I probably over did it yesterday which I discovered when I tried to get up this morning (at 645 Care of Sam) and found that my ribs were almost back to square one 😦 although I did find that extreme pain is a great way to be fully awake very quickly.

Anyway here is  a shot of someone drawing in Civic Square sometime in March…

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


Good Days Shooting… And Some Old Stuff

Things finally came together today with a nice day on a Saturday and my body being happy enough to let me carry a camera and bag without causing too much pain and not affecting breathing…

I finished off the roll of film that had been in Rollei for the last three weeks and managed to fill another one as well, which is pretty unprecedented for me. After a slow start to the day I even managed to get a sleeper which all going well should be a good one in a new spot 🙂

Hopefully things should be back to normal in the next couple of weeks.

I still have to develop the film so unfortunately we are still on older shots that I have found on my computer which I have missed or thought “Ill put that up later”…

This was a World Festival held in Civic Square about the middle of March

 

 

 

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


Sleeper?

This one is possibly a cheat as I’m not really sure if this guy was asleep or just lying in the sun…

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


Googlie Eyed Squid

The eyes were a nice addition… I wonder if they were added by the artist or someone else?

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


4 x 5 Flowers

Not being able to go out and take images means that I get to be at home and look through images that I have taken in the past.

These  shots were from a final year paper at University and were shot using a 4×5 camera and then each image was mounted in custom made light boxes (made by me).

I still have the series floating around somewhere I must get them out sometime and look to see if they are still functional or not…

Horseman 4×5 Camera, 180mm Lens, Fuji Velvia 50 ISO Film, 2 Studio Lights, Nikon Coolscan 9000 ED Scanner.


Going Slightly Crazy And A Picture Of A Dragon

The start of week two without shooting due to a combination of a back and rib injuries from a miss-spent youth. The weather hasn’t been especially friendly either and the few times I have tried to venture out with either half frame or D70s (yes I have dusted it off, literally) it has either been raining or has started to rain when I was in transit to where ever I was going.

Carrying a digital again has been due to a Fujifilm competition which wont let me enter scanned images…Um don’t they make film too? The first prize is an Fuji X100, which I have to say would be a quite nice camera to carry around to compliment Rollei. It is quite hard to be inspired when it is raining and not shooting 6×6 (everything seems to look better square) but we will see how it goes. It is supposed to be a nice day tomorrow so I might take Sam out in the  push chair and have a look round and see what is up.

I think Sam is going slightly crazy too with not being able to get outside much… She is currently under my desk untying my shoe laces (hopefully she’s not tying them together) and talking a  mile a minute.

Anyway here goes a shot from earlier in the year at the dragon boat festival…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 900F Scanner.


A Couple Of Boats

 

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

 


Sleeper In The Rain

Not a particularly good sleeper but I couldn’t get a better angle since it looked like he had a friend nearby who wasn’t asleep.

It pretty much sums up things at the moment with it raining the last 3 Saturdays when I usually get these shots.

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


More Alley… Before And After.

I was cleaning out some stuff on my computer last night when I came across the top image of the Alley from last year. It was almost from the exact same viewpoint as one of the shots from the post on Wednesday so here they go side by side (or one above the other).

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


Sand Relocation

A truck coming back from dropping off a load of sand along Oriental Parade. The trip before this one he really booted it through the water sending spray everywhere but toned it down this trip possibly since I was standing there with a camera and Sam was too impatient for me to stick around for another pass.

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


Alley Revisited

I was walking past “The Alley” the other week and I noticed that the gate was open… Sweet… So here goes some shots from inside my favorite Ally after it has been painted entirely white and boring… with a few embellishments and on the bonus side it didn’t smell of urine like it used to 🙂

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


Me Again And Yoga Related Injuries

Yup it’s another self-portrait… I may have to call this series something like “Things I do when its raining and I cant get the shots I normally take…” although that does sound a bit long-winded.

Somehow last week I managed to injure a rib whilst doing yoga (yes I know that sounds pretty dumb and I’m sure my friend Adam would say “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!) and if you have ever had a rib injury you will know that it hurts worse once it starts healing than when you did it in the first place. That pretty much hit yesterday and I didn’t quite know how bad it was until I made the mistake of going out shooting while carrying Sam in the backpack. About half way along things started getting real painful and the rest of the walk turned into a slow haze of pain… Hopefully this wont put me out of action for too long.

I still have a backlog of images to post so it shouldn’t change too much here… I think its time to start planning a darkroom session anyway and this might give me time to sort out what to print and put together a series to take to some galleries…

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


Beware Of The…Teddy?

Seen on Willis Street guarding a digger…

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


Happy 2nd Birthday Samantha

 

Today Samantha turns 2. Here are some shots from this year as we have been out and about.

I sometimes wonder what my kids will think when they are older and all of the photos of them are shot on cameras from the 50s and 60s and are predominantly black and white, I hope they like them 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Canon Demi S Half Frame, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner


Giant Bubbles

 

It was finally a nice day on Thursday so me and Sam went for a wander along the waterfront shooting after not being out for a couple of weeks. As we were walking past the rowing club we both noticed some rather large bubbles out across the inlet. Upon further investigation we came across the bubble maker who was testing out his bubble mixture. This is one of the few times I wished I was shooting colour…

I don’t think I have ever seen bubbles bouncing off the surface of the water before and Sam was more than happy to stay and watch where as she usually gets bored easily in the backpack if we stop for too long.

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


Self Portrait Mode

Over the last couple of weeks it has been raining pretty consistently in Wellington which makes for difficult shooting conditions with the Rollei. Obviously I can’t take it in the rain and shop awnings become dark enough to make for slow shutter speeds and focusing difficulties, not to forget that people tend to congregate less when it is raining so there is less opportunity to capture interaction between them.

At times like this it seems like I go into “Self Portrait” mode and start looking round for things that reflect…

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

 


The Final Days Of Real Groovy Wellington

Last week Real Groovy record store in Wellington closed its doors for the last time. Its had a bit of an up and down roller coaster ride financially over the last few years but the iconic store has always seemed to come back… I guess not this time 😦

I took these shots the week before it closed for good where they were selling everything off cheap.

You will be missed…

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

 


Half Frame Night Pano

A 4 shot pano from a couple of weeks ago when I went out with some friends to shoot stuff at night.

I like the simplicity of creating panos this way without all the high tech stitching programs…

Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner (Scanned as one image)


Solace In The Wind

I really like this statue on Wellingtons waterfront but I can never get it looking the way I want it to… This one was close…

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


Lunch

A couple of groups of people having lunch last Saturday.

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