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.

London Street Photography Festival Entry? And A Shot Of Me.

I have been thinking of entering this competition for a little while now and there is only a week and a half to go before entries close… Any images people liked or were memorable? Cant be a posed shot which is most of what I do anyway and can be a single image or a set of images…

Let me know


Here’s the link to the competition: http://londonstreetphotographyfestival.org/competitions/street-photography-award/entry-information-open

Here’s a shot that Andrew aka Saturday Harrasser took of me when we were out shooting after the rugby 7’s earlier in the year. Shot with a Nikon D700 and processed using Silver Effects Pro to look like Ilford Delta 3200 ISO Film (which was what I was shooting that night). There’s not many shots of me I actually like but this is definitely one of them and I have to say that the film grain is pretty damn close to what Delta 3200 actually looks like… Good work Andrew we should got out shooting again some time…

Si aka DarkHalide

Tripods, Another Short Rant

Tripods… Not glamorous like a new lens or body.

Tripods… Not cool like remote flash triggers.

Tripods… Absolutely essential if you want your long exposure to be sharp!

OK so that sound pretty good without too much rant… deep breath…. but…

I work part-time in the photography retail sector and the number of times I have the following conversation is astounding:

“Hi Im looking for a tripod for about $150, what do you have?” (all prices are in $NZ just for clarification)

“What kind of camera are you putting on it?” (at this point I’m really really hoping it’s going to be a point and shoot…please…please)

“A Canon 5DmkII” (Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!)


“With a 70-200 f2.8″ (Double Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

“… …”

At this point I usually go into rant mode…

My usual equation for tripods is that the tripod should be worth somewhere between 10 – 15% of the value of the camera equipment that is put on it. Anything less and the very slight movement from the cheaper tripod renders any sharpness of the equipment utterly void.

Now this might seem like a funny thing to get angry about but I guess that’s just me. People usually have a laugh when they see me lugging round my tripod but no-one every laughs at the result and admittedly I use mine for my 4×5 camera as well as my F5 and D70s (which isn’t a particularly large camera).

What I think people are trying to say is that they want a small compact tripod and think that a cheap one will do the trick but once shown the error of their ways can be shown the benefits of sturdy leg materials like carbon and basalt.

And then there is the suspicion that I am just trying to up sell them into something more expensive… No! I just think you should respect your camera and get something you wont hate in 6 months because it gives bad results!

Anyway there are some cases where cheap tripods are good… Usually if you are going to totally trash then in salt water etc… but generally buy something decent!

Rant out

Lubitel 166U, Manfrotto 028 Tripod

Lomography and a short Rant

Taken on a Lubitel 2 (borrowed) 5 minute exposure on Velvia film

One of the things I find increasingly funny in the photography world today is the large proliferation of people who have expensive DSLR’s who spend large amounts of time in Photoshop making their images look like it was shot on a cheap Lomo type of film camera with a plastic lens. You know who you are!