Archive for September, 2011

Abandoned School

Last weekend Fergus AKA Cunningvision took me to an abandoned school out by where he lives. Lets just say I wasn’t expecting the school to be quite as large and run down as it was… In short it was way cooler than I was expecting 🙂

Apparently it used to be part of Hutt Valley High School but hasn’t been used in quite a while… Must go back again…

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

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Drummer Girl

Petone Fair again…

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


Sleeper Manners Mall

More sleeper action… This time on Manners Mall.

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


African Drummers

Walking through Civic Square at the moment there pretty much always seems to be something on… I guess the rugby world cup tourists need something to keep them entertained between rugby matches.

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


Dog At The Window

Some things just make you smile… Samantha spotted this one so I just had to take the shot 🙂

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


Rollei/Ringflash Test 2

This is the second attempt with a ring flash on the Rollei.

I’m still trying to make this work to apply to street portraiture but even at f22 @1/500th of a second the background is still pretty bright.

In the second shot the flash didn’t fire so you get an idea of the difference….

Today’s test subject is Heather (her blog HERE)

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Rolleinar 1, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, Nikon SB80DX Speedlite, Ringflash adapter, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Rollei/Ringflash Test 1

I was playing around with a ring flash adapter the other day (one that you put a normal speedlite into) when I realized that it would work with the Rollei… The light fall off was pretty extreme so I had to use the Rolleinar 1 close-up adapter and then used my light meter to get the correct exposure.

I wanted it to darken down the background so shot at something like f16 @ 1/250th of a second.

Alex (his blog HERE) was nice enough to let me try a few practice shots in different light conditions…

I don’t think I nailed it but there is definitely something there to work with and the last one against the wall probably turned out the best although it would have been good to get a bit of separation between Alex and the wall. The catch-lights in the eyes are pretty cool… I’m also thinking that this could be a good project to shoot in colour… I can hear your gasps from here 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Rolleinar 1, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, Nikon SB80DX Speedlite, Ringflash adapter, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Fatherhood Friday: Adventure To The 800 Year Old Rimu Tree

The other day, Emily had a teachers only day at school so we decided to go and have an adventure finding the 800 year old Rimu tree at Otari.

I took the backpack for Sam but she ended up walking most of the way holding Emily’s hand which was very cute.

I have to say that the XA3 did a great job of the tricky light conditions.

Olympus XA3, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film Pushed to 1600 ISO, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Tables And Chairs

Another Petone Fair shot :).

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+400 (pushed to 1600) ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Tall People

This is from a couple of weeks back when the South African rugby team received a Powhiri (po-for-re)  or traditional Maori welcome to the city.

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


Rugby Ticket Information People

Bumped into these guys on the same day as I locked the keys in my car. They were giving away fliers about the Rugby World Cup and small bags of Jellybeans.

Hamish distracted them and I took their photo. This diversionary tactic seemed to work quite well and I used it again later in the day 🙂

Not sure what was going on in the second image though.

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


Whats Wrong With This Image?

Another shot from the Petone Fair. This time of another photographer.

So what is wrong with this picture? Anyone who knows me know I hate cheap tripods (See previous rant here) and this guy sporting two camera bodies and seems to have forgotten to spend some money on his :).  Its probably lucky that it was an absolutely still clear night for those firework shots latter on 🙂

I’m not judging… Just saying

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