A macrocarpa tree…. and two stumps.
I live in NZ, where things are very photogenic. Sometimes I go out and shoot this stuff using full frame cameras — including Leica and a film. But this is done better by others.
I’m better at looking at small beauty. These photos were not taken with a professional camera, but a Nikon one, walking around Dunedin: in the urban area the issues relating to finding beauty in weeds and bricks are challenging enough.
I’ve just loaded the first (and experimental film) into a Voightlander Vitessa L. Let’s just say that Adorama excelled themselves — it’s georgeous, clean and let’s see how I get to work it.
But it is old and fragile. Not for trips. I abuse stuff — I had the d800 and three lenses floating around in a courier style bag all last week, and the Nikon one lives in unpadded bags. The nikon was bought for travel, and I’m trying to get a small fast rangefincer (currently looking at a Konica Auto — or considering getting an early Voightlander L or R to go into the camera bag basically with black and white film in it. I carry and Android phone, so I have a lightmeter.
Which brings me to the travelwide 4×5 camera. This has a few things going for it.
1. It is large format. Really large format. 4×5 is getting interesting again with the development of instant films and new formulations.
2. It should be as rugged as all hell. Not fragile, particularly with a pinhole. Put in the bottom of the pack not fragile.
3. You can use the attached pinhole, or old copal 0 viewfinder lenses.
In short, I missed out on the crowdfunding…. but when it’s out the GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) will get really bad.
Again, from the Auckland trip: these were taken with my oldest zoom. Just to prove that old glass is good, and you can do street photography on a beach when it is really cold. Besides, I like seabirds.
I spent most of the week in Auckland and did some photography while I was there. I took the D800 with a minimal kit — a 70-300 AiS f 3.6 — 5.8 zoom, a 35 mm f2.0 prime and the Voightlander 20 mm f 3.5
The first pictures are of Maraetai, which is a beach that my Grandmother lived at in her retirement. I was remote when I was a kid but is now a 20 minute drive from where my parents live.
I used two of the three lenses here — which one did I leave out?