Of course -- I should have known by the subject
Of course -- I should have known by the subject
Hi there, one from today:
One major fault with medium format and aurora is slow lenses and short exposure times and poor iso performance. Aurora moves and faster shutter times reveal better shapes and colour. With my rather slow 18/3.5 Zuiko I need ISO 400-800 and 30-90 seconds. One of the best aurora shooters here uses mostly a 24/1.4 lens between f/1.4 and f/2. (Larus)
Thanks for posting that link to the aurora images, they are nothing short of amazing.
Thanks for the links Hrannar. I like those shots a lot, but they are almost too crazy for me. I have never seen the aurora like that, but they are amazing, artistic shots. It's interesting about using the 1.4 and f/2 lenses though. I had never really considered doing instantaneous exposures. I would have thought that the longer ones would allow the aurora to show up in more places in the photo.
I also wanted to say that I saw your flickr page before and I thought you had some really nice stuff. It seems like you hang out at Grotta a lot too . I am in Brooklyn right now, waiting for my work visa to Iceland (I have spent a lot of time there, but I don't officially have a residency permit yet). When I am there, I live on Vesturgata. When there is a particularly beautiful evening I shoot over to Grotta since it is the darkest place I have found in Reykjavik.
In any case, if you would like to get together and shoot some time, let me know. I am always interested in meeting more Icelandic photographers.
I do have some photos from Iceland up on my website... www.stuartrichardson.com
Just playing around with my new Hassy H3DII-39 using an older 180 CFE Zeiss lens and 1.4x teleconverter to see how the files held up.
While the image is rather boring (just a quick grab shot through my sliding glass door to the patio) I was impressed with the file quality. The image goes from almost total black in the lower right hand corner to almost white in the sky. I love the 3D quality of the branches from the birdhouse and the bokeh is pretty outstanding IMHO.
I love my M8 and Nikons, but the MF is just very special. I can't wait to get out to Death Valley in December and start shooting landscapes of importance.
A few shots from earlier today with the Mamiya AFD and 80/1.9 manual focus lens.
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Last one ...
I still remember the image you sent me taken with the DMR and the 35-70 elmarit - that image had a similar sort of scene as this recent one but had so much more depth and pop to it. Now that you have shot both formats how do you feel about MF?
My wife wanted to display her grandfather's banjo from the 1920's, I being curious, wanted to see what type of banjo it was. Opened up the back of it and found all of these signatures of his friends and relatives that we have heard so many stories about. So we figured that this would be the best way to display the instrument, in a photograph.
Taken with a Hasselblad 500 C/M, 100 CF @ f16, CFV back @ 100 ISO, lit by two Nikon SB800s triggered with Pocket Wizards.
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VERY cool Al!
Cool - always wondered what the back of a banjo looked liked. Very nice heirloom.
David, I'm glad I spent the past several years working on my manual focus technique. The days of her wanting to be a willing target are over as we work our way through the preteen years.
Now she's forcing me into refining other skills. I'm onto the next phase, working on my stealth street shooting skills ... as you can see, I've got my work cut out for me.
On vacation in Northern Michigan. Mostly crap light as I am with family ... no early mornings or sunsets
Grand Traverse Light House ... a landmark in need of upkeep.
Handheld H3D-II/39, HC 28 with polarizer ... color may be off as I am on my laptop.
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I am in Maui.. Here are a couple from the Crater... H3DII-31 and 50-110mm zoom.
I still look back at shots with the 35-70/2.8 lens and marvel how good the optics and microcontrast are with that lens. As a side note, one point that is worth noting is just how well the files from the DMR and M8 hold up at large sizes. The files from my D3 seem rather flat in comparison at larger sizes.
I'm still a MF neophyte and have a long way to go in understanding how to get the most out of the format and files. But, I've seen enough in a few short months to know that I do like what I see and will be able to use the files to accomplish what I want to accomplish. The examples that I posted were all shot very close to wide-open so they are not going to highlight a strong sense of the 3D look that others are getting with shots that are more stopped down. Also, remember the Mamiya 80/1.9 is a $200 lens and certainly doesn't have the same mojo or price tag as the 35-70 elmarit.
I've been doing a little experimenting to see how close to wide open I can get with several of the Mamiya lenses I currently have and still get an image that excites me. I've attached a more representative image ... this is with the Mamiya 150mm lens at f3.5.
That is the look I like and I really like the 150 for it. Still want the new 150mm 2.8 but this version I just like wide open
Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
Here's a 612, also Delta 100. Probably Microdol-X.
Anyway, I'm happy to be shooting MF again, except in digital this time.
Great images Jan regardless of medium, but at the same time, welcome to the digital MF world!
Agreed....terrific shots Jan. I don't have a 35mm fisheye for my P67s...that's one of the nicest fisheye shots I've seen. Was the "612" taken with a Fuji MF camera? Also, have you selected a MF DB for your Mamiya 645 AFD yet?
Correction to my earlier post.....it was a 300mm EDIF lens, not a 200mm. It's a sweet lens...much better than the earlier 300mm Pentax 67 lens. If only the P67 took a digital back....... :-(
Despite that limitation, I just can't bring myself to sell my P67....and as the saying goes....hope springs eternal.
Eagle River, Alaska
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Horseman 612 back on a Toyo 45AII, Nikkor SW 75/4.5 lens. I still call it MF!
I found a good deal on a ZD back from a fellow forumer. In fact, all I have right now is the back while everything else is on a cross country trip from the wrong coast to me. (Yeah, I know there's the DB Err plague, but I can live with that for my uses.)
Wasn't Pentax going to release a 645 digital, by the way, that would take 67 lenses with an adapter?
Nice Mark. Painterly.
I take it that that 50-110 is working for you quite well.
Great images on this page guys. Mark... love those colors, brings back memories of my long ago visit. Kurt, really like the trolley shot, nice to see you getting good stuff with your back.
Agree all good images on this page.
Mark, that's just the sort of situation that challenges the DR of my M8. One of the major reasons I'm considering MFDB. Nice job.
I tell you the crater is just an amazing place. It almost feels like you are on another planet. I would have loved to spend more time there. With kids and family --- hard to spend a lot of time shooting. Marc the 50-110 is amazing in that it is on the camera 90% of the time. The rest split between the 28 and 210. Mark
Martha Mary Chapel, Early Sunday Morning
From last night. Rollei 6008AF, 80mm f2 lens at f8, iso 50, 4", stitched pano (not finished yet)
I wonder if a shot like this isn't a great candidate for HDR merging?
I was just starting to investigate this myself as I've never tried it.
Bet there are a bunch here that know exacly how to do it.
Rollei 110 f/2
Great shot David! I love that lens, and this is a great example of what it can do in experienced hands!
Wow, I can't wait to get mine back from the shop! It is such a spectacular lens.
Graham what happened to your shot? I liked it, and I am looking forward to seeing the finished version.
The 110/2 is an amazing portrait lens. One day when I finish jerking around my lens/camera wants/'needs'. I'll replace by Hassy/Zeiss version.
It might if there was a more interesting sky.
I have an hdr range of the shot, but there was a fair amount of wind causing the tree branches to move quite a bit between shots.
I have played with a manual hdr but was not too pleased.
This is the result of bringing in the sky two stops darker than the foreground from two images.
Or a bit like this from one image masks and curves.
I haven't finished there or yet tried photomatrix on these shots.
Bob, not sure if you're a plug in guy but Alien Skin has a silly little plug in called Little Fluffy Clouds that I've been looking at. Nothing you couldn't do with your own cloud layer but it does have some appeal. In case you're interested:
And CS has a nifty little filter, "render clouds." Here is a 30 second application, and I am not proficient with it as I never use it. I suspect if one spent a few minutes they could do far better, but at least it's an idea:
Just picked up a 150/3.5N for use (for now)on the 1Ds2 - nice. So far, while not the sharpest tool in the cabinet, it's sharp WO in the center, low contrast and nice painterly colors/rendition (for lack of a better description) as per the streetcar shot on a prior page. In short, looks like a nice small and fast focusing keeper - for under $200 to boot.
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Really like that pano Graham... when you've finished please post them side by side so we can see what it is you've done, since it looks pretty good to me as is.
David, that's a gorgeous image.
From a few hours ago. Rollei 6008AF, Sinar e54LV, iso50, 80mm f2 @ f2.8
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Image taken in northern Idaho on our way home from Alaska
Mamiya AFD II P30+ and 28mm lens. This is two images merged together in order to work on the sky and foreground separately. Jury is still out as it might still be a tad too dark in places.