Bokeh, M mount A12

This is a test shot in the kitchen. I am using a Jupiter 8 (Russian) Leica thread mount 50 mm lens, wide open, on the GXR M mount. The focus is not exact, but the bokeh from this old (and fairly cheap) lens is interesting.


A coding aside: a full size, minimally compressed JPEG file for this sensor is around 12 MB. The equivelent 16 bit PNG file… is 57 MB. There is a reason I crop most of my photos

Deterioration (Little Huia)

This blog is quite low traffic: it gets as many posts in a year as my theology and retrogrouch one gets in a month. The irony is that while I am talking about the destruction of our social system all too frequently, I rarely get to see it. But here it is… in what used to be the nice parts of West Auckland. I stopped because I saw the creeper climbing up the trees, and the shop was on the other side of the road.



Ricoh GXR, 18 mm lens, A12 sensor, f 4.5 1/1700 second, iso 200

One Tree Hill

This is what happens when you get up at 0530 to drop a child off at 0800 and the light is still horizontal on a volcano in Auckland. Relax, it’s extinct. It’s the field of lava under the volcano that you need to worry about… and that island in the harbour? That’s Rangitoto, another volcano, which is dormant: last eruption about 1300 AD.




Did I add that the city I grew up in can be beautiful? It now has huge problems, but it is.

Ricoh GXR A12 28 mm lens, generally F4.5 and 1/1000th second, ISO 200.

Bethells Beach

Ricoh GXR. 18 mm A12 (28 mm equiv) to A12 sensor. The sand is the correct colour: the iron in the rocks turns it black.


Key Summit.

This is the last set for the day. At this point, we were running out of room on the cards we had, and the son (who spent more time on the summit and had the camera) got selective on what he would shoot.

Key summit is a steady climb above the Kepler Track, which is a steady climb up from the terminus of the trail at the Divide. What the photos do not show is the wind, and the cold: it felt like the wind was coming off the snow.



Mirror Lake.

I am processing all the photos from a three day FIordland trip… having dealt with the Nikon V1 I’m now working through the shots taken on one day.

This is mirror lake: an oxbow lake left by the movement of a river at the bottom of a glaciated valley.

It is a standard place for tourists to stop in Fiordland. Most were, like this gentleman, using ipads or phones to take photos. I felt out of place with a dslr, even though the biggest lens I took with me was a 50mm f1.8. (The kit that day was a v1 with 18 mm and a DX kit zoom, a d800 with a 20mm voightlander, 35 and 50 mm Nikkor). It all fits into one backpack.

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Milford sound and the Voightlander Colour Skopar f3.5 20mm

On the way out on Milford Sound I was using a 35 mm f2 Nikkor. That got the featured shot. On the way back I wanted to get a better perspective of the scenery so I pulled out the only manual lens I use with the Nikon d800 — the Voightlander Colour Skopar 20mm.

This is why you have a wide angle lens in your bag. Taken on a trip in Milford Sound, on the way back: the light was coming out.

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