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.


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.


Book Reading On Cuba Street

Before the Rugby World Cup Wellington was a much more peaceful place where people knew how to interact with each other in interesting ways that made for good photography. Now with lots more people around you would think this would happen even more, but no… Lots more people and not a shot to be found, well maybe a few :).

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


Parliamentary Rugby World Cup

The world has pretty much gone rugby mad around here with the Rugby World Cup on at the moment.

This shot is from the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup from a couple of weeks ago, lining up are the United Kingdom and Argentina for their national anthems . This is an actual thing and all the players have to work for their countries parliament.  The light was super bright and contrasty and most of the stuff I shot on 35mm I didn’t really like ( I will post the ones I did like when I get a chance).

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


Devil On Stilts

Yet another shot from the Petone Fair… This time a Devil on stilts.

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


More Shooting In The Dark

Another shot from the Petone Fair in the weekend. This one wasn’t quite as successful with the plane of focus falling just a little short… I still quite like it though… Makes him a bit more mysterious 🙂

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


Shooting In Dark

We went to the Petone fair in the weekend. We got there just as it was getting dark so after I finished the roll of 400 ISO film I pushed one to 1600. If you have ever shot a Rolleiflex in low light you will know how near impossible it is to focus so mostly this was using the distance scale which at times it was even too dark to see.

This was the best one of the night 🙂

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


Sleepers Are Back

With the weather warming up sleepers seem to be coming back out of the woodwork.

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


Police On The Waterfront

With the Rugby World Cup on here at the moment there is certainly more of a Police presence around town. The city really has a bit of a strange vibe at the moment, people aren’t gathering and interacting as they usually do.

Maybe its just the full moon 🙂

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


On Cuba Street

On Cuba Street a couple of weeks ago…

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


Manners Mall

It was quite bright last weekend, I like the light shining through this guys beard… At the time I don’t think I even noticed the girl… But maybe I did 🙂

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


The Taller You Are…

I guess the taller you are the further you have to look to change music…

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


Fatherhood Um… Wednesday: Rolleinar And Rolleipar

Quite some time ago Wellington street photographer Julian Ward lent me a Rolleinar 1 and a Rolleipar for use with my Rollei. The Rolleinar 1 acts as a close up lens meaning you can get much closer than the Rollei’s 3.5 feet close focusing range. The problem with this is that since you are looking through the “viewing” lens which sits above the “taking” lens you get parallax which means the image you are seeing doesn’t correspond to what the camera sees. Thats where the Rolleipar come in. The Rolleipar bends the light so that both lenses see the same thing.

Anyway I finally managed to find an occasion to test this out when the girls had their faces painted at a writers week event in Civic Square a couple of weeks back.

Next step is to take it to the street now I know how it works 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Rolleinar 1 close up filter, Rolleipar paralax correction Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Knitting Graffiti And Solace In The Wind

Things are still a bit stop start at the moment, sorry, due to the fact that I am trying to develop and scan a backlog of film to get back to normal.

It looks like the knitting graffiti crew have been at it again. This time with the sculpture “Solace in the Wind” which was looking like a surf lifesaver in the weekend.

These shots occurred just after I had managed to lock my keys in the car. I decided to just leave them there and continue to shoot and then went and borrowed some tools and broke back into it later on… I must be slipping though because it took much longer than usual to get back in… Lets just say we got some funny looks while trying to get in 🙂 And I think Hamish got some images of me breaking in.

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