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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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Narcissus papyraceus

Narcissus papyraceus


Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ6.3 1/60s ƒ2.8 Macro

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Reed trigger plant or Stylidium junceum

Reed trigger plant or Stylidium junceum



Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ4.5 1/100s ISO200 60mm ƒ2.8Macro


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The first flowers of Autumn, seasons upside down under!

The first flowers of Autumn seasons upside down!

Lumix G3 f4 1/40s ISO160 50mm Zeiss Tessar f2.8

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I there were no flowers in Western Australia at this time of year at least growing in my little corner of of the state. Well 6 days into autumn a lily appeared, of course in the northern hemisphere this variety of lily would be a spring flower – seasons upside down,down under. We had just a small sprinkle of rain but it was enough to trigger growth and produce a spray of lovely white lilies.

On another note I have been testing some of my old lenses on the Lumix G3 slowly I am working my way through them. This is a was shot on a Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f2.8 Tessar originally used on a Practica in the 1960’s It was a solid camera that had a very good specification for its price. The camera is long gone but the lens remains and once above f2.8 it is sharp, at f5.6 it is tack sharp and continues that way up to f16 where a little bit of defraction creeps in. As can be seen in this image the bokeh is smooth and buttery. The colour rendering is very accurate and does not over saturate the way that many modern lenses seem to do. On the Lumix this checks in as a 100mm lens and focuses down to approximately 200mm which makes it quite useful for large flowers. I have seen this lens selling for as little as USD30.00 which makes it something of a bargain. The other camera that I used was the Rollei T for Tessar and I wish I had never sold it. The Yashica Mat was reputed to be a copy of the Rollei T I still have one these and over the weekend I ran off a roll of Fuji acros film. Just need to dev it now…

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Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis - Threskiornis moluccaLumix G3 f7.5 1/250s OLYMPUS M.60mm F2.8 Macro

The  Australian white Ibis is one tough specie they have given up wading and fishing to become urban dwellers.
Many shires treat them as pests because they foul up sports fields and given chance can get aggressive .

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Quince flower…


Lumix G3 f5.6 1/50s 14-42 mm lens

I always look forward to seeing my small quince tree in flower they are the most delicate of fruit tree flowers and sometime one can just catch a wif of an equelly  delicate fragrance…

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Shiro Plum Flower…


Lumix G3 f8 1/60s ISO320 50mm CanonFD Macro

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Princess Anne in the rain…

Canon 5D f5.6 1/60s ISO160 Lensbaby soft plate

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Book Triggerplant…

Canon 5D f10 1/100s ISO320

Trigger plants – the ultimate in quickies… a mere 20 miliseconds!!!
With over 300 species of these mostly small plants only found in Australia they are remarkable for performing the fastest reproductive sex act in the plant kingdom! A quick flick of the stylar column and pollen is deposited on an unsuspecting insects back who then flies off to transfer the pollen to another flower.

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Oxalis… White Oxalis purpurea

Olympus Pen EP-2 f11 1/20s ISO160 Canon 50mm Macro

Most varieties of Oxalis are classed as weeds in Australia with some more invasive than others… This is another South African

In Europe and the US many people grow them as garden plants and some nerseries even breed them , the number of  varieties in this family is enormous. In my garden they will die off by October but will return next winter… I have recently learned that

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