I went camping the other week and we camped at the base of this tree, possibly because I wanted to shoot star trails through it, unfortunately it clouded over and there were no stars to be seen.
There also seemed to be a bumble bee nest quite close by…
Nikon D90,Sigma 12-24mm Lens, ISO 50
This is where I went camping for a couple of weeks over Christmas 🙂
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 😦
A few more night shots from Palmers Head overlooking the Wellington Airport.
10 minute exposure at Fort Balance. This is the last shot Rollei took before having a bit of a malfunction which meant the 20 minute exposure didn’t come out 😦 Might be time to send Rollei away for a bit of a service.
For the last couple of weeks we have had a circus (Circus Aotearoa) set up on the field across from where I live. I had been meaning to photograph it at some stage but hadn’t really gotten round to it until I looked out the window one night and saw that a heavy fog had rolled in. Unfortunately once I had got my tripod and camera it was starting to disappear.
I went out anyway but it never came in as much…
We tried to get tickets to take the kids but it had sold out 😦 I heard it was really good. We ended up having our own circus at home to appease two disappointed children, one of whom has asked to have a circus every day since so it cant have been that bad 🙂
I have been away camping with the family for the last couple of days (hence no new photos). Did a bit of playing with long exposure shots and the D90 to see how it would handle… The first one is a 20 minute exposure which has been a bit over tweaked in Photoshop (sorry not quite back in the real world yet) and the second one is a 30 second exposure.
The files look good but I have to say that the camera processing time was crazy! On the first shot the exposure was 20 minutes and it nearly took that long to process the image after the initial exposure so 40 minutes all up. I am hoping I just left a setting on which would increase the processing time so will have to look and see what other people have said…
These are some shot taken on the same day as the other storm shots I posted.
These one were taken on my Nikon F5 with a Tokina 19-35mm lens and some Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film which expired in 2006 and a red filter.
There was some seriously funky things happening with the film including mold on a couple of shots so most of these under went a fair bit of Photoshop retouching.
I really like how old they feel… I still have about 10 metres left on a bulk roll so might have to try this again next storm 🙂
While I was out shooting I had a woman come up to me aghast that I was taking photos in the middle of a full on storm to which I replied “but its a great day for photography” I think the images speak for themselves… I really need to look into getting a Nikonus 5 underwater camera for this sort of stuff though…
So there is a bit of a winter storm happening over New Zealand at the moment so when the first snow flurries started to hit I decided it would be a good time to head to the south coast and get some images as the storm rolled up from the south island.
Its school holidays which meant that Amanda was home to look after the kids as I put on as many clothes as I could find and headed out.
The great thing about owning an aging digital SLR is that you don’t mind so much if it gets a bit wet so even though the spray off the waves was pretty bad I still got some shots. I also took my F5 which was pre loaded with some expired Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film so it will be interesting to see how they come out since I was getting up to about a 10 second exposure, hopefully I will develop that roll in the next day or two.
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…
Its been a while since I have done any light painting so when Fergus and I were out shooting the other night I spotted this cool piece of art and decided to give it a bit of light treatment.
Unfortunately the Rollei lens wasn’t quite wide enough to catch the whole mural but I have some shots with a 19mm Lens on my F5 which should give quite a bit more angle.
Colour Image: Nikon D70s, 19-35mm Lens, ISO 200. f16 @ 15 Seconds
Black and White Image: Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner. f16 @ 30 Seconds
Finally got round to developing and scanning the Black and White film images taken the other week at Titahi Bay.
This was the first roll of Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film through the Rollei and I have to say that I like it. This week I am trying Kodak Tri-X 400 which should also be interesting to see how it comes out.
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.
Managed to get in a darkroom printing session this week so of course I had to get a photo of it 🙂
This is the City Council public darkroom and at $5 NZ per hour is a pretty good setup with everything you need except chemicals and paper (there a both of those there to use but are other people’s cast offs so wasnt too keen to use them)
I spent the first couple of hours thinking my paper was dud since I couldn’t get any contrast even with using a whole heap of magenta filter and then discovered that the filters had been disengaged on a switch on the side of the enlarger and once this was discovered things went a lot more smoothly… A trick to remember for next time.
It’s nice to know that I can still be a Dumbass sometimes 🙂