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.

Ghosts In The Machine

Finally got round to finishing off a roll of film I had sitting in my Lubitel 2 TLR Camera.

Lets just say it has a problem with light leakage… It did however give some interesting images with bits burned out of them…

Lubitel 2 Camera, Ilford FP4 125 ISO Film (expired) Shot at different ISO’s because I forgot what film was in the camera, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Negative Space Portrait

This is definitely one of my favourite shots that I have taken recently.

A portrait within a portrait…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Fuji Neopan 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F Scanner.

More Scanner Action: Cemetery Panos

Still playing around with the new scanner and finally getting to scan some stuff which I havent been able to scan properly before like these cemetery shots from a Noblex Swing Lens camera.

I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed with the scanner in the fact it’s not really resolving the grain as much as I would like… maybe it just needs some tweaking and more experimentation… other than that its a really kick ass piece of kit! Scanning black and white as 16 bit image rocks!

All these image were taken just after the sun went down using Delta 3200 ISO film which makes them look a bit ethereal with no shadows.

Noblex 135U Camera, Ilford Delta 3200 ISO Film.

Just Uploaded 3 Photo5 Competition Entries

finally got round to uploading some of my Canon Photo5 Entries.

Single drop of water with a picture of a cityscape inside it hanging from the head of a pin.

Bubblegum Portrait

Incense Black and White

Still have to do:

Confetti Motion

Inspired by sound

Only about a week to go so will have to crank it up to get the last two done… Wish me luck

How It Was Done: Water Drop Shot

Ok so I havent done one of these in a while and the entry’s for the Photo5 competition have closed so theoretically no one can copy this for the competition.

Anyway here is the finished image that I submitted to the competition….

Competition Brief: Eye Dropper

This brief is asking you to use your lens to look closer. Use the eye dropper to place drops of liquid in any arrangement you want. You can use a single drop, or as many drops as you like.

And you’re not limited to just water – feel free to use liquids of different colours and consistencies, such as milk or tomato soup. Just make sure you get close.

OK that seems simple enough…

I had the idea to suspend a drop of water from the head of a pin and using a slide projector somehow get an image into the drop (at this point I want to say that using Photoshop wasnt an option that I really wanted to use).

Equipment Used: Kinderman Slide Projector, Nikon D70s with 50mm f1.8, 2 x Nikon PK13 and 1 x PK12 Extension Tubes, Tripod, Cullman Macro Rail, Various supports like chairs, 1 x Pin, Bluetac and a 42″ translucent reflector (used later on)… Oh and various slides.

So I set up the projector at the same height as the camera and blasted a slide onto the drop of water (which took at least 15 minutes to get to stay on the head of the pin) which produced the following image.

Even at 1/5000th of a second this was about as good as it got… Not really the look I was going for…

Step 2: Place a 42″ reflector in front of the projector to act as a screen… At the moment the projector is about 1.5 metres away from the water droplet.

Ok at this point I stop thinking “what the heck am I doing this is never going to work I must be crazy”! And start seeing a small glimmer of hope projected down a very bright slide projector.

However still not really what I had in mind when I initially set out.

Step 3: Time to move everything back away from the projector… now about 3 metres away still with the reflector in front acting as a screen.

I keep forgetting stuff… The slide was projected onto the screen upside down so that it was right side up in the droplet.

OK now we are cooking but still not quite right.

This is what the setup currently looks like (the images are from a point and shoot so sorry about quality/focus issues)

My studio is soooo sophisticated 🙂

Who needs a macro lens when you have a bazillion extension tubes…

Opps almost forgot to say that I added a small pop of speedlight at the pin just to give it a bit of a catch light.

Anyway I found that by moving a reflector backwards and forwards I could alter how much of the image would appear in the drop so after a lot of stuffing round (293 images from the first shot) this is the image that I liked the best…

This is the file straight off the camera with no processing

With a bit of straightening and a saturation boost and not to mention all the dust removal here we go 🙂

And before I forget here is a scan of the slide that I used…

All droplet shots on Nikon D70s with 50mm f1.8 Lens with 2 x Nikon PK13 + 1 PK12 Extension Tubes.

Last 2 Canon Photo5 Images

Here go the last two images I entered into the Photo5 competition.

If you missed the earlier ones they are here

Not quite as happy with these ones cause they were a bit rushed. I would have liked to have done the spray can one in The Alley but unfortunately time was against me.

f5.6 @ 1/40 Seconds

The one below is the inspired by sound entry but basically just turned into me having a bit of fun with Xmas lights, a power drill and some LED lights. It kinda fits the brief… Sort of 🙂

f11 @ 61 Seconds

Nikon D70s, 50mm f1.8, 200 Iso.

Nodal Ninja 360 Degree Panoramic Images

Wow! That title is a bit of a mouthful.

This week I have had the fun experience of borrowing a Nodal Ninja (or as Amanda calls it a “Noodle Ninja”)

For those of you who don’t know what this is… It’s basically a device that enables you to pivot around the absolute centre of your lens when you are taking images to stitch together.

unfortunately WordPress doesn’t display these too well since they are really wide, but you get the idea…

All the below images are made up of 22 images stitched together with Photoshop.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, Nodal Ninja, Induro Tripod.

Canon Photo5 Competition Registration

Just sent off pre-registration for this years Canon EOS Photo5 competition (Click here for last years competition)

After you register they send you a small box with 5 photo briefs in it which you have to shoot. It was pretty fun and I especially enjoyed working out what I was going to shoot.

If you are in NZ or Aus registrations open on the 10th of Sept… Check it out and have a go 🙂

Last year the briefs were:

Hundreds and thousands for a Macro shot

Practically Black

Some paint powder for a “Splat” shot

A pair of cardboard glasses for a portrait

Bokeh masks to create Bokeh effects

Thought I would show last years entry (and yes I know I dont shoot canon but who cares…)

Hundreds and thousands


Practically Black

I ran out of time to do the other 2 briefs but managed to get some test shots done

Here go a couple of Bokeh test shots…

Nikon D70s, Various Lenses, ISO 200.

More NDX Goodness

As promised here goes some more NDX shots.

This filter gives a colour cast if you havent noticed and I find some of these shots hard on my eyes but they definitely have more of a post apocalyptic feel to them. The other reason I usually convert them is in the upper left hand corner and is more apparent when there is just sky. My Nikon D70s gives me a nice pink cloud effect which is really annoying on really long exposures and is apparently caused by the contacts with the autofocus system heating up, you don’t get it with manual focus lenses (all mine are auto focus so havent tested this out to see if it is true or not)

NIkon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200, Cokin NDX Filter. All exposures f8 at around 10 Minutes

NDX Filter Shots

All these images were taken with a Cokin NDX filter which reduces light by a massive 13 stops, ie you can’t see anything through it.

They are all around 10 minute exposures in the middle of the day with lots of people around but because of the long exposure they seem mostly deserted.

I converted them to black and white because unfortunately the filter has a colour shift which is near impossible to correct.

I like they way they feel…kinda deserted and slightly disturbing.

Not entirely happy with the result and will go back and do again possibly when it is more overcast so the shadows aren’t as problematic.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200, Cokin NDX Filter.

Cross Processed Flowers

When you cross process Fuji Velvia 50 ISO (develop a colour transparency film using a colour Negative process) you get a lot of green.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 lens, Fuji Velvia 50 ISO film Cross Processed

Fire in a Bottle

Another shot from the “Fire in a Bottle” series.

Nikon D70s, 50mm f1.8 lens. f1.8 at 1/80th of a second. ISO 200