This simple backlit image is a prime example why I love to use fixed focal length lenses. Taken with a standard 50mm f1.4 it’s sharp, contrasty and well balanced (if not a little green). Whilst not as dramatic as some of the wide angle shots I often use, it falls into my good but not great image category.
Today Nikon has announced its next DSLR flagship the D4. This doesn’t happen every day for Nikon (though more common than it use to). The release of their single digit models are quite an occasion. On paper the D4 looks to be a very nice refinement of the D3 lineup with its eyes firmly set on winning back those who turned to the Canon 1D series a few years ago. But is it as revolutionary as the F4 back in 1988? Well, no. Nothing was or has been unfortunately. That said, it’s still a single digit Nikon which means your getting the very best.
With only a 35mm and and 75mm for my Pentax 645NII this 80-160mm should cover all manner of necessity when it comes to those longer shots. A thoughtful present from my late grandfather. With a fridge full of Velvia 50 (120) this lens will certainly be well used in the coming year.
Ever wondered what the basic differences between films such as colour negative and reversal were? Well, here is a brief article that sorts it all out.
Today my first roll of black and white came back. Having never shot it before all 16 frames were pleasantly well exposed. All were taken outside using an 85B warming filter. With 3 rolls of Ilford Pan F 50 on their way, there will be plenty of time to practice.
The use of an ultra-wide angle lens captures just how entangled this rock and tree really are! Spending 3 weeks in the Northern Territory was a great way to see a rich subtropical landscape that is teeming with life.
Wondering what film to use? Well, after trying various Kodak and Fujifilm reversal emulsions, it seems the slower the better! Velvia 50 has always been the benchmark for fine grain vivid results though I’d stay away from portraits with it. This is where Ilford’s Pan F Plus 50 comes into play. The fantastic tonal reproduction and fine grain allow for both portrait work and the capture of dramatic low lit landscapes.
I have been lucky enough to have just been given this original MPP Mircocord, a twin lens medium format film camera. This was my dads very first camera. Whilst in need of a little work to free up the shutter, I will endevour to have it fixed so it can once again produce 6×6 slides.
Inspired by an iconic image of photographer Galen Rowell, I couldn’t resist capturing this cloud as the sun set on the Blue Mountains. Galen proved time and time again that all you really need is a 35mm camera and a backpack to capture the wilderness.