Howick, high and low tides.

OK. These photos are taken over two days, converted from Raw in Shotwell, and posted unmodified. Please note that none of these shots were taken in idea conditions: the light was harsh and hazy at high tide and there was barely enough light to get back up the hill at low tide.

Zuiko 14 –28 mm lens, Olympus OM-10, processed in Shotwell, unenhanced.

Simple processing, a broken camera, and small sensors.

I have suprised myself by breaking the winding crank on my Mamiya C330f TLR. It will require fixing: Reatha at film soup said it took about $300 to fix her Medium format Hassleblad. I can get a c330s — which is the last version of the body, and the best, for around that. However, I do have some photos because I was using the Ricoh as backup…. and the rest of the trip will be electronic — I bit the bullet and got a micro 4/3 kit in the post christmas sale.

Which is a pity. A comment on the photos. These jpg are taken directly from shotwell’s rendering of the raw photos using the ricoh 12 MP sensor. I think they are a bit underexposed: however, this is a quick way of working o when you are in the field.

Onto small sensors. The Ricoh does not have one — it has an APS-C sensor (just like a small DSLR) in it albeit of an older generation, and I think fixed lenses. I debated between taking it or the (Far more flexible in harsh daylight Nikon 1 kit: the one inch sensor Nikon it now has more megapixels than the micro 4/3. And the kit is very light. However, the micro 4/3 world now has very good lenses… in particular there are the Voightlander ultrafast lenses. Which can wait.

The trouble is that my ideal kit for travel is pretty much what I carried for the c330: a wide angle prime, a normal prime, and a short telephoto. I can do the same thing with two zoom lenses provided one goes wide angle. I have a two prime one telephoto system for tne Nikon one — but I have destroyed one of those bodies as well. The reason I took the c330 with me is that (a) it is not fragile (I thought) and (b) you can get replacements for it and … I thought, being mechanical, it would be easy to fix. I was wrong.

Perhaps when I travel next, I should just take a small sensor lens set. But the TLR and tripod produce such good shots…. And I miss the beast.

Bees and wild Fennel, Coromandel.

We are on holiday, with both film cameras (the beast, a Mamiya TLR) and the Ricoh GXR. These photos were taken on the way to the coromandel. Yes, these are beehives, and yes, that is wild fennel.

Ricoh GXR with 50 mm macro lens, processed in darktable.

St Kilda, Sunset, Ektar.

This is what happens when I have to cool down from an argument. I go somewhere by myself. In this case, St Kilda beach, on a cold spring evening, as the sun set.

C41 (Kodak Ektar) film: Mamiya 7 with 54 mm lens: processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup.

Film Soup, cellphones, killing Flickr, and some digital photos.

Apparently Yahoo are selling people’s photos from Flickr. This is annoying: I do not mind sharing — in fact I would donate photos to good causes. But I don’t like people taking. As a result, I’m backing everything up to Smugmug and Dropbox, and letting the flickr account die. The only good thing in Flickr is the cellphone app — and Instagram does a better job of that.

I understand that this is in part because most people take photos on cellphones. The newest phones sensors are approaching 18 MP — in a very small area: ironically a bigger pixel count that some high ISO sensor full frame cameras. And for snapshots, a camera works. But not for everything. These were taken using a full frame camera with a Nikkor 35 mm f 2.0 lens: apart from some fringing they have merely been converted. One of them is not mine — it should be obvious as the person who borrowed the camera is a professional.

The other important local news for photographers is that Film Soup’s kickstarter is in the final hours and that one should support it. With the amount of film being generated (I have to send another lot off) the jobo machine that is used will need replacing, and that will cost $8,500: she has around $3,700 at present. Reatha is the best film processor I have worked with and a thoroughly nice lady to boot. If you are a local support her: if you are not, five bucks will get you a cool patch.

Finally, the links have been updated to ensure Film Soup is there (it should have been) and to remove the sites I am not using to backup, instead linking to SmugMug.

Juniper and Adelaide.

Juniper is one of my cats and the mother of the others, and the Photog looked at that photo on the ricoh GXR and considered it good. The other photos were taken with a Nikon One, in Adelaide. All processing in lightroom.


And yes, those birds are black swans.