The Traveler

The Traveler

A composite image from two different photos. Below are the two original photos used for composition.

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Nikon D800E with Nikon 28-300mm lens

I have written in the past about the Nikon 28-300mm and the versatility it provides as a travel lens, so I am not going to analyse its pros and cons in detail again. In a few words, it’s a great all around lens with the usual cons of a 10x zoom (inferior image quality but not by that much, and slower apertures). I always add the 50mm f/1.4 in my bag so I pretty much covered for most of my needs.

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With the 28-300 I can go from landscapes to birds photography for example without having to change lenses and carry a heavy load all day long with me. It does not do anything perfect, but it can do a lot of things adequately, and that’s enough for me. On the D800E you get one more advantage, I can easily crop up to 450mm equivalent and still have 15 megapixels left. And for web use, I can crop even further ! This lens also has stabilisation so I can get away with slower shutter speeds to anticipate the slow apertures.

Now, for serious work the 24-70mm, 85mm and 135mm are invaluable, but for the casual trip, this lens is really great.

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Vaia on film

Three more images from my recent photo session with Vaia Daldis. Two images shot with the Plaubel Makina 67 and Efke 25 film, and a third photo taken with the Polaroid SX-70 and Impossible Project b&w film.

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Vaia

Although most of my images on this blog are landscapes, I also photograph people. From time to time I will be involved in certain photoshoot sessions, but most of the times this work is not uploaded on my blog. Today, I am posting images from a recent session with Vaia Daldis (you can check out her site here).

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For a project like this I would normally use the Nikon D800E, but since I was also shooting video, I used the Sony A7s with Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 and Leica Elmar 135mm f/4 lenses. Despite being marketed as a video camera, the A7s can also make great images. I find the 12 megapixels a little bit restraining for this kind of photography, but for web work and decent size prints, it is fine.

This session was all about natural light, I didn’t bring with me any flashes.

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The Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 is a great portrait lens, and the razor thin death of field can help a lot in isolating your subject without having to step far away. The Leica 135mm f/4 is actually 40 years old and has a very distinctive soft look when shot wide open. I really love the results I am getting from this lens.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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Tree at dusk

Tree at Dusk
(Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8)

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Polaroid Concept

A few images taken with the Polaroid SX-70 camera. I used the Impossible Project Color and b&w film and a flash for the SX-70. The black and white images were not developed well (reason unknown) but at least they managed to capture the subject.

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I really like the picture with the woman wearing the hat, the messed up chemicals/development created a vintage look that is very pleasing to my eye. On the other hand, the portrait b&w image would be far better with a better development. Well, Polaroid is unpredictable and despite these flaws, I really enjoy shooting instant images with the SX-70. What I should do soon, is use the Polaroid back on my large format camera and produce some more instant photos.

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Polaroid sunset

Polaroid Sunset
(Polaroid SX-70, Impossible Project Color film)

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Golden

During a photoshoot session that took place last weekend, I had the opportunity to make some video shots with the Sony A7s. It was more like a behind the scenes session, but I managed to isolate some clips during golden hour and sunset and make a short video.

I used the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 and Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 lenses, mostly to get a narrow depth field (which the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 cannot provide). As usual, the high ISO performance of the A7s proved to be very useful in low light conditions.

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One tractor, two cameras

An abandoned tractor and two cameras to capture it. First photo taken with Nikon D800E, second photo taken with the Polaroid SX-70 camera.

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Before and after the flood

Before and After

Photos taken before and after a flood at a nearby field.

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