Bristly Cottonheads…

Bristly-Cottonheads

When these fluffy yellow fellows the Bristly Cottonheads pop up in clumps throughout clearings in the Jarrah forest its a sure sign the spring is here even though the heavy rain and the thermometer would indicate otherwise…

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The many branches of education…

The-many-branches-of-education

A slightly different take of this series of the education departments complex looking through to the subject I remember going inside this complex on a job just after they first moved in. It would be an experience to go have a look twenty years on, and education perhaps…

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Many more steps in the education department

Many more steps in education department

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Education is a long building!

Education is a long building

 

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Downward spiral perhaps to a car park…

Downward spiral perhaps to a car park...

Not only does the spiral go up in this castle of education they have dungeons as well, likely a car park but a bit of drama always sounds good…

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Silver City The Architecture of W.A. Department of Education, take 2

Silver City The Architecture of W.A. Department of Education take 2

Another photograph in a series about ‘Silver City’ a group of buildings built in the late 1980’s that house the Western Australian department of education.

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Silver City The Architecture of W.A. Department of Education

Silver City The Education Department of Western  Australia

I like IR photography it allows me to take photographs in the middle of the day rather than fighting with shadows and the intense light of Western Australia. I had an Olympus EM-5 converted its light has lots of lenses there is even a tilt and shift which I feel is somewhat redundant with the software tools available today, but its there if you really need one. I’m playing around with converting RAW files in different ways. This building is a tiny part of the State of Western Australia’s Education department. Nick named the ‘Silver City’. Its quite contemporary, built in the late 80’s and austere. It is interesting that the ground water reticulation overspray has softened its austerity almost like photographic toning – more later, TBC…

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MS Optical 35mm Lens on an Olympus EM-5

Olympus EM5 with MS Optical 35mm

Olympus EM-5 with a 35mm MS Optical lens mounted

The Parar lenses made by a Mr Miyazaki of MS optical in Chiba Japan. At least with this one and the earlier offerings are a commendable Japanese attempt to return to the original lenses that photographers had available to them in the early part of the 20th century. It probably comes as a surprise to many of todays photographers that there have actually been very few major developments in lens design in the last sixty years or so and even then they can be counted on one hand. The main ones being Aspherical lenses and ‘nano’ lens coatings. Granted materials and production techniques have improved no end but basic design not much. The super triplet is one that I am quite proud to own and are based on a British design that dates from 1893. It is still made today for cine and large format lenses by the same company. They were Ansel Adams favourite lenses and have been used by likes of Rollei  Voigtlander and many others. Its a design that produces incredible clarity and sharpness in the MS optical manifestation and worth every cent if you can lay you hands on one. I used this one mostly on my M9 before it was stolen by a pair of our local abo miscreants. The other ‘ancient’ lens I am extremely fond of is the Zeiss Tessar I have a 2.8 50mm that dates from my school days. At some point I would like to lay my hands on a 28mm and a 35mm. they also made a few telephotos 75mm and I believe a 135mm but I have never seen one of those…

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Finding things in nasturtiums…

Nastsurtium tickles bees tummies for pollen

One never knows what one might find inside flowers! This is a humble nasturtium that self seeded and managed to climb almost two metres up a shrub. And very conveniently at the moment, I still can’t kneel down. EM-1with the 60mm Macro Crutch used as monopod! I watched as a bee had its tummy tickled while entering this humble nasturtium…

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Orange Forest…

Orange forest a very smokey sunset

Olympus EM-5 full spectrum converted.

If anyone tries to convince another that total knee replacements are painless its an absolute lie it hurts like hell I’m doing the exercises and tonight I walked a km. The twenty something physio said the more exercise you do the less pain you will have thats a lie to, besides what the heck would she know! Rant over…

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