Category Archives: Film

Secondary growth in the Jarrah Forest…

Secondary growth in the Jarrah Forest
Sigma DP2 in mono ƒ8 1/25s ISO100

Forest series

I have been thinking a lot recently about monochrome and how I can get the results I would like in this forest series. I would like to achieve the the look of some of the orthochromatic films that I enjoyed looking at years ago.  I haven’t tried the mono only setting on the DP2 Merrill since the last firmware upgrade. And while I don’t remember reading anything about any improvements via the firmware it looks like there could have been some improvements through that or in the last update of Iridient raw converter. Which as it happens is to my knowledge the only converter other than SigmaPhotoPro that will handle DP2 files. Every time I use this camera I am just knocked out by its files qualities.

 

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Almost night on the Jarrah forest walk track…

Almost night on the Jarrah forest walk trackLeica M2 ƒ/2 1/30s ISO 400  40mm summicron C  Ilford XP2

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OMD'ees

DXO Olympus sensor comparisons

I just read some where on an older news feed (Rumors?) that the sensor in the Olympus EM-1 OMD is actually a Panasonic sensor and not a Sony as in the EM-5. So I decided to take a look, I know there is a lot of controversy about DXO comparison tests BUT at the present time like for like DXO is consistent at a glance for key factor stuff. Incidently I am seriously looking at incorporating DXO optics pro into my workflow as a RAW converter, its impressive. But I digress,  this sensor comparison is interesting especially with all the hype floating around about how good the Sony A7R and A7 are supposed to be.
Now I would not be so foolhardy as to suggest that the Sonys FF’s are a valid comparison to a micro 4/3  sensor but Panasonic have a certain likable image quality in their sensors that I find quite appealing. Its the same kind of difference on a larger scale between Leica lenses and Zeiss lenses I like both but have a soft spot for Zeiss because of the warmer colour render, that probably comes form using the Zeiss M42 glass in the 60’s and 70’s. As I see things at this juncture in time we have the Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Sigma and several others that all produce different sensors and all have a real discernible look about them. Much in the same way that was the difference between films, now there’s fodder for a good discussion!
However how small, there is a difference between the E-M5 and the E-M1, while I haven’t used the E-M1 to any extent I’m so tempted to switch, maybe I’ll convert the E-M5 to IR. The E-M1 feels so right in the hand and the controls perfectly fit my fingers when the camera is raised to the eye which I struggled with on the E-M5. Fact is I have had real problems with it on the E-M5. Without the extra grip I have almost dropped the camera twice while changing lenses. The other features that make it for me? The WiFi capability for sure, a back focus button capability that I surely miss on the E-M5 and the weather sealing, but its the ergonomics that are the clincher (LOL) for me.
For small product work and real-estate shooting micro four thirds really has come of age and become a workable professional tool I can’t see any reason to return to a DSLR…
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Sort and clean… All about film

How-film-is-made picked up in Hamilton Bermuda

I am in the process of sorting out most of my collected books pamphlets mostly about film and photography that I have accumulated over the years in preparation for a move to better things. In the process I have found numerous publications that date from the fifties and sixties that may be of interest to people who are starting to use film.

I still use film and enjoy the qualities that it produces, I really don’t have a preference for analogue or digital photography its the finished result that counts the fact is I recently bought another film camera to try some things that I always wanted to do but never got the opportunity try earlier in life. I really don’t think I want to return to photographic printing but do I have a serious lust for an 8×10 or even a 11×14 to then make alternate contact prints from. I found  some negs that I did on a 4×5 Sinar and the prints I made from those excited me enough to consider and even larger format but this will come later.
In the meantime if you are curious about how film is made have a read of this from Kodak. I picked it up from The Camera Store in Hamilton Bermuda in approximately 1967….How film is made

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Wide angle Macro and other accessories

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Lumix G3 f5.2 1/25s Lumix 14-42 X series lens

In the ebook Wide angle macro the essential guide written by Paul Harcourt Davies and Clay Bolt Click here to view more details the authors mention several different lenses and very small (thin) extension tubes. I would like to add to this list and that contrary to the normal macro lenses there is one macro wide angle lens that I purchased when money was short too many years ago. Its made by Sigma a 28mm macro lens, mine is a Canon FD mount but there are others Olympus OM Nikon Minolta and Pentax. The the quality is better than average and quite good once at f5.6. Its not a true 1:1 life size macro it goes down to 1:45 which for this kind of work is all that is needed. I just had a quick look on ebay and prices start at USD9.90 there are sixteen for sale at the moment. With regards to very thin extension tubes I have a Canon FD set that starts at 5mm and those are pretty rare items… The Novoflex adaptor converts the FD mount to Micro 4/3 this was shot with the Lumix 14-42 X series zoom. My experience with adaptors is buyer take care I have tried a few cheapies Kiwi Photo comes to mind and one a Fotodiox which was not so cheap, these were poorly machined or assembled and were just plain loose when mounted. Novoflex (German) and Elephoto (Japanese) are excellent…

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