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Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/800s ISO400 Lumix 14-42mm G zoom
There are times when I really like using a telephoto lens. I like the way one can compress and capture a narrow field of view. This is another of Olympus’s mini masterpieces razor sharp and beautifully rendered colour and as to be expected zero distortion. I’m just praying for a bit of spare time to take a trip to the coast to photograph some sea birds and some waves with this lens for a day or so…
As many may know Perth is the most isolated city on the planet. With the mineral resources boom that the state of Western Australia has undergone over the last seven or eight years there have been lots of corresponding imports imports of goods. The commodities leave the state in bulk carriers as a result these containers are for the most part one way shipments and they are piling up. There are at least three huge sites scattered around Perth and Fremantle where all these containers are stacked up at least six high. Its crossed my mind on the many occasions when I have driven past these piles that here is a resource. The world is accommodation poor and there are numerous architects and designers who have designed beautiful modern low cost dwellings but nothing ever comes of these small one off projects. The Shire that I live in even has bylaws limiting the use of sea containers on land that people own. Something to do with tunnel vision and limited taste I suspect. We are at the point where very little is manufactured in Oz anymore here is a resource where the young unemployed could learn the many skills involved with turning thousands of containers into something of lasting use. As I see it, its a triple bottom line and that is the way that any venture has to be considered henceforth.
This believe it or not is the first time I have ever used Ilford XP2 as 120 film. I have used the odd roll in 35mm ( or was it XP1 ) and I remember being impressed but most of the work had to be in colour film then so to be honest I really didn’t pay enough attention to how good it really is. A few years later I went completely digital so it didn’t get a look in anyhow. I do remember reading a piece by Roger Hicks where he praised the film and he also uses mostly 35mm I believe, that was in the late eighties. Anyway this film is really good and it gives me a reason to use the old Pentax and Yashica’s more often. The only problem is I have to drive 35km to get 120 processed.