Flowers, film, testing

This is stuff I have casually shot over the last week or so, generally using either a Fuji Xpro or a Nikon V3.

All photos straight from camera, and resized in wordpress.

Two panoramas.

These were taken using a Nikon V3, freehand. I had to walk 30m between them. There are 17 shots stitched into a very large TIFF file that I have cut down considerably.

One of the reasons I live in Dunedin.

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And this one has about eight photos in it.

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Photos processed from embedded JPEG using Hugin, and Shotwell.

First go, New55 monobath.

I shot two rolls of film: this one, which is on Ultrafine 400 film, and developed them with New55 r3 Monobath. As I was going out (to shoot more stuff) I diluted this 1:10 and then let it sit for 50 minutes. I got a moderate result with this on this film, which looked cloudy… but scanned up fairly well.


Fujifilm GSW 690 6×9 medium format camera, scanned using Epson V800 scanner, and some processing post scan

On Pukekos.

A pukeko is a flightless bird in NZ. It is one of parts of the local fauna. And it is the name of the server I had. The pro photographer and I found a bunch of pukeko chicks. Stopped the car. Pulled out what was in the car — which was the D800 with a 70 — 200 zoom and then started to try take photos[1]. These are the best files we could get.

Plus a thistle, and a cat.

16 bit PNG files, processed in Darktable.

1. Given a choice, I would have used a 55 -150 APS zoom onto a Nikon V3. The Nikon has a very fast Frames per second rate and the CX sensor means a mid range zoom gives you 450 mm of reach. But that was at home…

Sensor size , Industrial and X-trans.

I avoided getting or playing with X-trans sensors when they first came out. Decoding them was a pain, and there workflow was not there. This is now solved, and Fuji is releasing a new version of their sensor which is competing with in the 20 MP sweet spot. But these are taken with an older 16 MP sensor.

I have a hate/love relationship with megapixels: I own a D800 so deal with 34 MP files, but most of the time that stays home and I’m using micro 4/3 or APS cameras. Because they are easier to fly with.

But… the current generation of CX (one inch), cellphone (at least my one), micro 4/3 (Panasonic G8) APS (Fuji X-pro 2, Nikon D500, and many others) and pro Full frame (Nikon D5, Canon 1 current model) produge 20 MP files. This has become the sweet spot: there is some improvement over 16 MP but not enough to upgrade just for that…

And the large landscape DSLRs — the D810 replacement, the Canon 5, the Sony… are now in the 40-50 MP range. Where Medium format sensors were a while ago.

But… that is still nowhere near where you get with medium format and a scanner. One of the reasons film is not dead is that for the cost of an X-pro 2 body (about 1600 dollarw) you can get a full Bronica Sq-A kit, and a scanner. If you are chasing megapixels, go analogue.

But better still, take more photos.

Backyard and cat photos.

This is my most photogenic cat, outside my back door (I am shooting through the door) using an Xtrans sensor, with the jpeg set as Vivit (Velvia).

You can process raw Xtrans photos (.RAF) with Darktable. It is quite fast: faster than the Nikon Raw photos, and you don’t need to correct exposure as much. Please note that I, by preference, cut the vibrancy down. Velvia is a film I don’t use much, and I don’t mean because it is e6: I find the colours a bit too much.


Wet day shooting.

Dunedin, summer, and the death of film soup.

Reatha Kenny, who has run Film Soup, solo, is having to retire her business because of health issues. She has turned her facebook group into a place when people can discuss film, and she is finishing up the last orders she has. As part of this she asked me to find some photos.

This will leave a gap for people who can develop E6 (C41 is still fairly easy to get developed here). Here are three of the scans she did: there is more to come.

As Reatha has shut the business, I have removed her link from the site.

Today, however, I went electronic, using the Nikon V1, and a prime and wide angle lens. The camera (even though it only has a once inch (CX) sensor) produces 20 MP raw files, and I have been processing and cropping them in rawtherapee.

I will continue, of course, to shoot film. I am just going to have to increase my developing skills. C41 seems fairly easy, but e6 is a challenge.

Hugin, Micro 4/3, and panorama stitching.

I am back in Dunedin from my holiday, and have a couple of Panoramas to share. Firstly, I stitched these using Hugin. All shots were taken with an Olympus Om-10, and in this stitch (From four photos) I was using a 14 mm lens. The files were saved as jpegs, and the 36 MP .tiff file that Hugin generated has been downsized to a 2000 pixel .png in Darktable.

I took the shots on the 30th December in Howick, when the tide was out, on a track that follows an inlet.

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And here is one at Lake Hawea, on New Year’s Day.

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Dec and annual Stats.

Let us start with the stats for December, from Statcounter.


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Over the year I had 1000 odd views according to Google 1700 views according to wordpress here. Low traffic, but thank you!

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