Sunday at the inlet.

I packed lightish: D800, 85 mm f 1.8 Nikkor, and 20 mm Voightlander f 4.5. I regretted bringing a longer zoom, as there was considerable bird life. These are the shots from a one hour walk.

Processed in Darktable.

Seals, beach, fog.

In autumn the seals spend a fair amount of time on the Peninsula Beach.

Nikon D800, Darktable

On the usefulness of a CX sensor.

Yes, one of htese shots is the same as yesterday, same size… but instead of being taken with a D800 and a 0 mm lons, the other with a 10-100 CX lens that gives the equivalent of 300 mm reach.

A CX camera can shoot raw, you can use the same workflow, and it can, within likits produce good photos. But it is much lighter. The advantage of using the Nikon one series over the alternative (such as the Sony RX 100 camera) is that you can use a prime lens (there are fast ones) and a superzoom: you don’t have as many compromises with glass. And the glass, now that the V series is not being promoted, is becoming cheap. The system is smaller than the similar options for a micro 4/3 and as a little more pixels.

THis is my current travel solution: the previous one was a Ricoh GXR.

Pohutukawa and other flowers (and a cat)

We are in the process of unpacking, including pulling out the cameras. The Pro Photographer is thinking of when to upgrade her cameras. I am not. I’m still using a D800 as the main camera. Today I put on a second hand, ugly zoom (that was bought off a press photographer, with the hood held together by duct tape) and took it out into the rain, and shot all the photos but the one of the cat.

I was trying to get shots of the Pohutukawa flowers. This “The New Zealand Christmas Tree” normally flowers around Christmas. It is flowering a month late, even in the South: we are having a miserable summer, with snow on the hills in what should be the warmest time of the year. But the roses like it.

Slightly different processing: photos were imported using rapid photo downloader, which is lighter and faster, and then processed in Darktable. D800, F2.8 70 – 200 zoom.

A mamiya 7, Dunedin Harbour.

I’m moving and all the darkoom stuff is in storage. So these are downloaded from the Darkroom site: one roll of 120, shot with a Mamiya 7ii, no processing.


Dunedin, Spring: there are corners where the blossoms are

Fuji X Pro one, generally wide open. Not many keepers as anything not in focus in front blurred.

On my birthday.

I turned 56 yesterday, and after church we planned a walk. We did not expect that the temperature would drop from the teens to below freezing if the windhcill was taken into account. I can fit a nikon one under the jacket, and was able to take a few shots, while the pro photographer ran back to the car before she became hypothermic.

Nikon One V3 with 18 mm 1.8 lens, processed darktable.

Ocean Beach.

The Pro Photog pulled out her cellphone here. She noted that the sand was dead flat, and needed it as a file she could use for a photoshop project. Cellphone cameras are now good enough to be useful in such a manner: if the micro 4/3 camera has replaced (in effect) the video camera (and it has, particularly the Panasonic GH8, which handles 4K video for about $1200 US or less), then the simple point and shoots are indeed killed by the cellphone and instagram.

But when it comes to landscape, it gets a lot harder. I shot a lot of this at 18 mm on the fuji, at which point it vignettes (it is a zoom) but by cropping it worked out well: the other pictures were taken with an 35 mm prime.

Fuji X Pro 1 with 18 – 55 mm zoom and 35 mm prime: processed in Darktable.

Seaweed, Doctor’s Point, High Tide.

The Sunday walk was foreshortened by stones, deep and cold water (I managed to get a thorn through my foot and waded for a bit to manage the pain) and kelp.

d800, processed in Darktable, primarily 85 mm Nikkor 1.8.

Water creatures.

I use a different system for birding trying to get reach: a nikon DX 70 — 200mm zoom lens on a Nikon V3. The lesson from this walk was to use a tripod, to get better shots even with moving animals.

Nikon v3, most shots at 200 mm (600 mm effective) processed in Darktable