Posts tagged “Experimental



Autumn is upon us…

A leaf on my flat bed scanner, with a box over it for a black background. I love how it feels like its just floating there 🙂


LeafCanoScan 9000F Scanner.



More Light Painting Experimentation

A bit more experimentation with light painting…

Light Painting 1

Light Painting 2

Nikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens.


Back From Holiday And A Test Shot

Happy New Year!

I’ve pretty much only just got back from a months holiday (which was AWESOME!) so hopefully you should see some posts turning up again.

While I was away I took a stupid amount of film and now I have a stupid amount of developing to do….. So it might be digi shots for a bit til I get sorted

The shot below is a test shot I did using my D90 with the intention to go back and shoot a super long exposure on film. Unfortunately I didn’t get back to take the one on film 😦

Tree and StarsNikon D90, Sigma 12-24mm Lens, ISO 200

Street Portrait

These guys hit me up about my camera and asked to take my photo so I got one of them too 🙂

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

Holga Pano Test Roll

A couple of weeks ago Fergus found the front half of a Holga while we were doing a bit of urban exploring, He gave it to me and I decided to custom it using a 35mm adaptor. The adaptor I bought was only for single frame 35mm so I cut it out so that it would be panoramic all the way to the edge of the film.

This is the first roll I put through it which was 7 years expired… I still need to make a custom scanning mask so the film doesn’t curl up at the ends…

Holga 120 with Custom cut out 135mm adaptor, Fuji Velvia 100F Film (expired 2005) Cross Processed, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Digital TLR

Digital adaptor for an old TLR… Couldn’t resist… I wonder if the screen has grid lines on it? I did this once with my 4×5 camera and it was pretty cool 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, 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.

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.

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

Homage To The Alley

As I have mentioned a couple of days ago this Alley has been gated off and the graffiti painted over. A friend sent me THIS ARTICLE which says the whys and hows. I have to say the whys are pretty dumb…

Anyway here goes some shots from the last couple of years…


Lots of different Cameras and Lenses and Stuff and Things

Rollei Police Pan

Panning shots with most cameras can be difficult… When your camera is inverted left to right you pretty much have to wing it.

Still even though I missed most of the car the part I did get was pretty bang on… Might have to try it again.

They were racing up to Manners Street where yet another person had been hit by a bus after then whole road layout change thing from late last year… I have that image for another post.

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

Painting With Light

I did a lot of film processing last night but didn’t get a chance to do any scanning of my rugby sevens films so here’s another filler.

This one was taken last week at the Karori Cemetery with a ND8 filter (3 Stops) and a torch… I was playing around trying to make it look more like daylight than at night…

The ND8 filter has quite a nasty?nice? magenta cast so I had to convert it to Black and White.


NIkon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200, Cokin ND8 filter.