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Mist studies and slowing down a d800

July 19th, 2014 Permalink

This was the second, and digital experiment of the day. The weather is simply horrible: the fog was very dense, and the object was to find things which look better in that somewhat gothick setting that Dunedin manages to produce for about half the winter On days like today, I try to get as close […]

This was the second, and digital experiment of the day. The weather is simply horrible: the fog was very dense, and the object was to find things which look better in that somewhat gothick setting that Dunedin manages to produce for about half the winter

On days like today, I try to get as close to medium format as possible: But with the first roll through the Mamiya 7 with a 43 mm lens on it I decided to go digital and use the d800 with a 35 mm f2 lens. Let’s say, stepped down, I was exposing well under 1/60th second. Hand held.

Colour correction in rawtherapee, exported to 1500×1000 png.

The Hotere sculpture park, Analog, and not quite crossprocessed.

July 9th, 2014 Permalink

This film looks fogged and the colours came out all funky, but that has given an inadvertant cross processed look, which is more than appropriate given I was shooting at a lookout over Port Chalmers and in the Hotere Sculpture park. On reflection, I under-exposed the film by metering on an exposed view and then […]

This film looks fogged and the colours came out all funky, but that has given an inadvertant cross processed look, which is more than appropriate given I was shooting at a lookout over Port Chalmers and in the Hotere Sculpture park. On reflection, I under-exposed the film by metering on an exposed view and then shooting everything else at the same level: I should have used the zone system. But with a bit of tweaking in Darktable we have some abstractish images.

Ektar (c41) shot using Fuji GW690ii (Texas Leica), processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup, processed in Darktable and now 1500×1000 16 bit pngs.

Analog cloud study.

July 9th, 2014 Permalink

It’s funny. I get film back from Reatha at Film soup and I’m excited by the scans and basically post them straight away. The digital stuff does not hit me emotionally as much — even though I do generally take digital shots of the same things. But this shot is another example of when medium […]

It’s funny. I get film back from Reatha at Film soup and I’m excited by the scans and basically post them straight away. The digital stuff does not hit me emotionally as much — even though I do generally take digital shots of the same things.

But this shot is another example of when medium format works and digital does not. It was a very foggy day, and I was trying to shoot directly at the sun, get the discoid shape, and how the light was reflecting through the haze while still keeping the scene in focus and sharp. I have tried to do this multiple times with a DSLR and I have never liked the results. Again, taken with the texas leica, and again, I only got three shots on the roll (losing some due to film issues — one of the reasons that when I saw a mamiya 7 body going cheap, I grabbed it).

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Kodak Ektar 100, medium format, processed and scanned by Reatha. Minimal processing in Darktable. File 16 bit png, 1500×1000.

Doctors Point, analog.

July 9th, 2014 Permalink

Shooting with a Fujifilm GW690 is difficult and it means you waste a lot of film with leaks. I’m in the process of getting another rangefinder — one where I can swap lenses — but I do like the balky beast. And these two photos show why. Kodak Ektar 100, medium format, processed and scanned […]

Shooting with a Fujifilm GW690 is difficult and it means you waste a lot of film with leaks. I’m in the process of getting another rangefinder — one where I can swap lenses — but I do like the balky beast. And these two photos show why.

Kodak Ektar 100, medium format, processed and scanned by Reatha. Minimal processing in Darktable. Files 16 bit png, 1500×1000.

A wharf, Dunedin inner harbour. [Nikon one]

July 3rd, 2014 Permalink

In the middle of winter the sun comes up late. These were taken in ten minutes while moving between two jobs — and after sliding on black ice. Processed in Lightroom. cold light filters.

In the middle of winter the sun comes up late. These were taken in ten minutes while moving between two jobs — and after sliding on black ice. Processed in Lightroom. cold light filters.

Crossprocessing clouds [Nikon one]

July 3rd, 2014 Permalink

One of the recent sunset periods included the sun illuminating the underside of the clouds. I took some photos with the Nikon one using a wide angle lens. I have processed these i8n Lightroom to emphasise the colours.

One of the recent sunset periods included the sun illuminating the underside of the clouds. I took some photos with the Nikon one using a wide angle lens. I have processed these i8n Lightroom to emphasise the colours.

Bloody closed source [Apple rant]

June 28th, 2014 Permalink

As the few people who read this blog know, I’m generally a linux geek. Most of the time I try to compose in the camera and use darktable or rawtherapee to simply fiddle the exposure and or crop things down for publication. Film is a little different — Reatha from Filmsoup puts all the photos […]

As the few people who read this blog know, I’m generally a linux geek. Most of the time I try to compose in the camera and use darktable or rawtherapee to simply fiddle the exposure and or crop things down for publication. Film is a little different — Reatha from Filmsoup puts all the photos onto dropbox and I then download them and process them (from my parallel dropbox account, which gets really full really fast).

However, the work computer is a mac, and there I use lightroom 4. I have no issue about subscribing to things. I do have an issue with internet access, which is patchy in NZ (the number of times I have to physically connect the phone to the laptop when travelling… huge) and thus want the editing software on the computer.

I considered using Apeture, but wanted to know where my photos are on the computer. Iphoto hides everything, and I shoot raw for a reason. Glad I chose LR, because it looks like Apple is taking the competitor away.

What’s happening, I believe, is that Apple is changing everything about how they handle photos. Jim could have as easily wrote “Apple is discontinuing development on iPhoto.” Or iPhoto Stream. Oh, wait, he did.

At the WWDC conference, Apple was mostly forthcoming on what is about to happen: with the roll-out of iOS 8 and MacOS Yosemite, we’re going to get something called iCloud Photos, and the goal is that all your photos are available on all Apple devices in the same way. Edits made in one place are reflected everywhere.

The open question has been “what do you edit with”? That’s been the unclear part, though at the WWDC Apple also introduced the notion that third parties could add features to whatever that was (e.g. plug-ins).

Okay, that screen shot? It’s apparently a screen shot of the unclear part, an application Apple is currently calling Photos. Notice all that stuff down the right side? Look a lot like Aperture’s controls, does it? It certainly doesn’t look like iPhoto’s controls, which are highly limited and not direct. So I’m guessing that the editing abilities in what Apple produces next are going to be close to what we had in Aperture.

It’s the cataloging, key wording, and database aspects of Aperture that are likely to go away. But are they really going away, or are they moving somewhere else? Note one of the thing’s in quotes on The Loop: “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.” Hmm. Does that sound like Aperture’s abilities go away completely? Not to me. It sounds like Apple has decided that the database of images and information about them lives in iCloud. Then each device has an “editor” called Photos that interacts with that. And third parties can extend the abilities in Photos.

So I’m not panicking at all. What Jim posted is 100% consistent with the publicly available information about Apple’s next steps, and does not necessarily mean that if you’re using Aperture you’re going to be screwed soon. It very well may mean that we’re getting closer to the workflow that we all want.

Finally, it seems that every Tom (not Thom) Dick and Harry seems compelled to add that this is a wonderful turn of events for Adobe. Really? If all your photos are in iCloud Photos and you’re using Apple’s Photos software with third party plug-ins to work with it, how is that better for Adobe? Lightroom is a monolithic, standalone product that still has a slightly inconvenient relationship with Photoshop.

Well I like my monolithic, standalone products. So much that I have three of them on two OSes. But I want to know the following:

1. Where the raw file is. I generally let Shotwell handle this.
2. Where the edit files are. I want to be able to undo things. I want to have saved versions.
3. Where the published versions are. The versions I uploaded. LR and DT and RT all let you say “put them here”. That is useful.
4. Where I have put them. Ideally, the shots go onto my blog and are then shared from there. To where I want them to go. At present I load them to Flickr or Ipernity or Picasa randomly: I would prefer to be able to choose to use one or the other. Including Facebook: some of the most interesting film stuff, such as the local E6 group, is there.
5. What I share. I really don’t want you all to know all my favourite shooting sites. I want geotags off. I don’t want you to know, at times, precisely what I am carrying (particularly when I’m travelling).
6. When I share. I want to do this on bandwidth I’ve paid for, which means hotel rooms and home — and not down a 4G network and a dollar a MB, or worse.

But the trouble is that everyone is moving this way. Adobe wants to run everything over the web. Now, that may help me get a unified workflow because the device I’m using will not matter… but I stretch HTML 5 pretty far with some of my work already, and it is not that robust.

At least I have physical film backups when I go analog.

In short, I don’t trust the cloud for more than keeping my cellphone backed up. For everything else there are USB drives.

Analog waterfront.

June 28th, 2014 Permalink

Same film, same camera, but I managed to get onto the dock one morning and do some quick guerilla photography. Processed by Film Soup, and like the previous post, I just used Darktable to shrink the file and turn if from a .tiff to .png

Same film, same camera, but I managed to get onto the dock one morning and do some quick guerilla photography. Processed by Film Soup, and like the previous post, I just used Darktable to shrink the file and turn if from a .tiff to .png

The Peninsula, monochrome.

June 28th, 2014 Permalink

More from the most recent selection of film soup scans. Taken with the Voightlander Bessa R and a 50 mm Jupiter 8 Russian Lens. I will add that the day was freezing, and the film is Kodak TriX.

More from the most recent selection of film soup scans. Taken with the Voightlander Bessa R and a 50 mm Jupiter 8 Russian Lens. I will add that the day was freezing, and the film is Kodak TriX.

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