My recently taken infrared photos with the Leica M8. Great weather and a beautiful location was a great combination for infrared photography. It was also a pleasant break from a series of video projects that left me almost no time for stills.
It’s been years since I “abandoned” street photography in favor of landscapes and although I am not returning in making street images, i used my last 10 frames on a Kodak Ektar roll to shoot some street photos on my way to the film lab.
I had the Voigtlander 15mm lens on the Leica M7, not a street lens, but it gave me some interesting looking photos, much different than a 35mm or 50mm which are considered the appropriate lenses for street photography.
My favorite film for street images was the Kodak TRI-X, but I also find the Ektar converted to black and white a very good film. Its slower, but on a bright sunny day that is not a problem. The shutter of the M7 has a very discrete and beautiful sound, very appropriate for street photos. Nowadays, there are digital cameras with completely silent shutters, but compared to a DSLR or my NEX and A7s, its much more discrete. Of course, nothing can beat the lovely leaf shutter sound of the Fuji X100 !
Well, it’s been ages since I shot my last roll of film. I’ve been fully concentrated on video projects, testing my Sony A7s camera and also working on a few photo projects.
I have in a way “abandoned” film, for several reasons. It requires time developing and scanning, and I am not doing much landscape work lately. The Plaubel Makina 67 is the only film camera I use these days, mostly for portrait work, and I usually don’t post these project on this blog.
The three images below were shot after finishing an environmental portrait work, I had three frames left, so I shot them to complete the roll. The film is Kodak Portra 400 Professional, an amazing film with incredible latitude. Some areas may seem overexposed, but even the Nikon D800E struggled heavily in these light conditions !
I rated the film at ISO 250, but next time I will use the box speed of ISO 400, this film really does not need overexposing like the majority of color negative films.
A few images I shot during my vacations. I didn’t spend much time taking images, since I really needed a break and enjoy vacations with my family and friends. Also, my recent involvement with video, has decreased the time I spend photographing.
The Lumix FT5 is an underwater camera I bought for family photos. It produces wonderful images and great video. It’s also shock proof, which means it can take a lot of abuse at the beach. Besides family snapshots, its a great tool for making some interesting images underwater. Here are some of my first images with this camera.
A few weeks ago I witnessed a heavy storm probably far away, since the sky was full of thunders but there was complete silence. I managed to film a part of the storm with my Sony CX730E camcorder. A better low light camera (like my NikonD800E) would probably be a better choice, but I didn’t want to lose time, so I shot the whole thing handheld.
Since there was no sound, I edited the footage and composed a soundtrack for it. For music composition I use Garage Band on a Mac, a very simple but at the same powerful application for writing my music scores.
A timelapse movie shot at Samarina (GREECE) during August. I used the Nikon D800E with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. The moving camera effect was achieved by taking 12 megapixel photos and emulating movement in Final Cut X.
Since Vimeo and YouTube may block the music in the video depending on the copyright status, I decided to compose my own soundtrack, and this is something I will probably continue to do in the future.
Next time I will try shooting with 36 megapixels size. Although it will sure be a burden to edit, the massive resolution will provide more space for simulating camera movement and it can also easily produce a 4K timelapse.
I am back from holidays, and I have just received my Sony a7s, a camera which of course will be almost solely used for video work. It will take a few days of learning how to operate it properly before I start posting videos.
(I know it’s a lousy snapshot, but no time for a proper photo shoot !)
It’s summer, which means that I am relaxing and having fun. My post update rate has decreased since I am enjoying my free time with my family and friends. There will be some new posts during August, not a at my usual rate , since I will be on a 3G connection away from wifi.
The image above was taken with my old Olympus 720SW waterproof camera. I have ordered its replacement since shooting with an eight years old camera (7 megapixels, awful quality VGA video, etc) is not something I enjoy.
My choice is the Panasonic Lumix FT5, which is not a new model, but comes at a reduced price. The main reason was the full HD video at 50fps which I am going to use a lot. The camera will arrive in a couple of days, so probably next week I will have the first samples.