Autumnal flowers

It is the equinox, the hills are getting snow, and the last of the summer colour is going. Robyn has harvested the apples from the garden. We have lit our first fire for 2018. And I managed to get some of the last of the garden beauty, between showers.

Only two photos… the gallery (tiled at large size) will link to the big files. Which are 28MB or so, despite being taken with a 16 MP OM-10.

As the weather gets worse, there will be more analogue. I have film from summer to develop and scan.

Driftwood and snow.

We had a few days of cold and rainy weather. This translated to snow on the mountains, when we could see them

The photos were white balanced against the snow, and this prings out the golden haze of what should be late Summer. When you are supposed to find driftwood, but not snow.

At a crib.

There are two colloquial words that are regional in New Zealand. In the north island, a “bach” is a holiday home, generally simple, small and plain, and somewhat scenic. In the photo shoot I have a ruined bach. In the south island they are called cribs.

And they are dying, beucase the scenic areas now have subdivisions. This one is between two subdivisions, and will soon be no more.

Photos taken with Nikon one and Olympus OM-10 mark II. Processed in Darktable.

After Dinner photos

After dinner we dropped some rubbish off, and then went to Jacoh’s creek, where I managed to take some photos in the gallery. Then we drove up to a lookout, where we scouted for sunset photos.

On the way up we noticed that a lot of campervans were parked on a sandbar. Robyn and I drove there, below the usual water level for the lake, and took some more shots.

Half were taken with a 12 MP nikon V1, the other half with a 36 MP Nikon d800. Both are old cameras, and both are fairly good.

If you pixel peep you should be able to work out which is which.

Dublin Bay.

I don’t use my 50 mm (normal) lens very much. Perhaps I should.

But the reason I do not is that I get less photos per session, and a lot of missed shots.  Which is irritating. Particularly when the light changes.

Sunday walk, Dublin Bay, Lake Wanaka.

 

Fog and a seal.

I have just reviewed all the pictures from last weekend, and the highlights were catching the fog in the inner harbour and the coast behind the Otago peninsula.

And a seal.

I think the seal wins.

New 55 is dead (and more).

New 55. who made polaroid film with a negative , has ceased business.  I found this out as i was about to find some of their R5 developer, which I used last. It made developing medium film easy. I will not be able to get the film. I may be able to get the developer.

We had to stop because the pod supplier dropped out.

The cessation of regular production of New55 PN is laid out here in Bob Crowley’s Dec 13th ’17 blog post, where Bob highlighted the project’s achievements and lessons learned.

For background, the “Pod Crisis” originated in summer-2017. It was very inconveniently timed during a crowdfunding campaign which had to be cancelled. The contemporaneous account is in the announcement made then on Kickstarter.

New55 is over. Famous Format (http://famousformat.com) will have what remains of stocks beginning mid-January. Monobath will be available then, too.

I would like to do a book. What do you think?

Yes, I have shot analogue and monochrome. Since Film Soup basically stopped, it has been hard to develop, and in the last year I have not had time to set up a darkroom.

Though I do have a shed, it does not have running water and is not lined. Or light tight.

I had to shrink this and shrink. Like I would a raw file.

In the meantime, I have managed to (use saved points) to acquire an AOC 4k screen. I chose this because it comes with the screen calibrated in the factory,

And it is huge. A screenshot is 5 MB: I have to reduce the photos to get them posted.

More importantly, the colours are accurate. This gives me more confidence with wildlife and (the very little) portraiture I do: it will help when I start scanning the New55 film I have kept.

And there is a little to share. To give you a hint, after I took this with the cellphone I went and got DLSR with a wide angle lens.

 

 

Wreckage and restoration.

Taken while driving from Central to Dunedin: we parked for a break and I saw the wreck. The vintage car was chased, and I was taking photos through the windscreen as we entered Dunedin.

And some flowers.

Nikon V3. 10 -100 zoom, processed in Darktable.

Lake Whakatipu.

Robyn was scouting for a shoot, and I chose to go in the opposite direction. It was hot, very hot. There were a lot of bathers, and I don’t want people in my landscape shoots.

I was mainly shooting analogue, for the first time in a year. However, I bought along a one inch sensor camera.

Nikon V3, raw, processed in Darktable to 2000 pixel PNG file.