It has been a long time since I have dragged myself out of bed early enough and make the conscious effort to get to a location from where I can photograph a sunrise. Recently I managed to string it altogether to actually get to Little Beach on cloudy Saturday morning. Unfortunately for me my lack of practice was clearly evident as I managed to make a series of gear fumbles. A late night decision to pack the Sony SLT-A65V in place of my trusty Nikon resulted in a few issues, firstly I grabbed the wrong sized filters, picking up a full set of 67mm filters and completely forgetting that the SAL1680Z (Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5) was in fact an unusual (for a= zoom of that size) 62mm filter thread. To make matters worse I overlooked that the iShoot L-bracket that I have been forced to use on this camera (RRS don’t make one for the A65) is incompatible with my RRS BH40LR head that resides on my tripod of choice. This resulted in a shaky tripod connection, the iShoot bracket will slide right through the RRS clamp, and a lack of filters, save for a borrowed B+W ND 1000 in 49mm on my SAL30M28 (Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 Macro SAM). Thankfully the Nikon J1 and Manfrotto Pixi worked as planned. Below are some of the resulting photos. As always click through for larger and to explore the whole set.
May Lane in Sydney’s Inner West is one of those locations that is often talked about in photography classes and among photographers in general, the thing that brings this interest is the ever evolving street art that is layered in the area. I have long been meaning to visit this location but I have never been able to find the time to visit May Lane although it has been a short distance away from my own back yard all these years. I finally managed to set aside a day to roam the streets on foot and this is what struck me as interesting. I have to admit that I will have to go back as I don’t think it lived up to its reputation, but there was certainly something promising.1
Captured with my trusty little Olympus EP3 + M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 and Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron. As always, click through to see larger and to explore the full set.
I just realised that January has come and gone and I have not been sharing the photos I have been taking, so here is another picture heavy post.
First up there was a trip out to Berry and Bowral.
Then there was a trip out to the Blue Mountains and Evans Lookout…
and in between there were some city wanderings
Then there was the Lunar New Year
Film has been few rolls and far between, so this is a treat. These two rolls of film were fired off in the second half of 2013, and have arrived back from developing and I have only just been able to get around to doing some editing. As always click through to explore and to view larger
First up is a roll of Konica Centuria Super 1600, the one that I was given as part of an “endangered film” pack a few Christmas’s ago. This is the last roll and it has been quite the privilege to be able to use these rolls of film. Being a fast film (albeit expired) I have tried to save it for moments where it would be put to good use, sadly this has meant that I have not been able to keep as many images from it. Loaded up into the Fuji Natura Classica, this film was pushed to the 1600 that it is sold as.
There is something about Ektar that keeps me going back to it. It is one of the few colour negative films that I actually enjoy using. This roll was taken in my Olympus MJU II (Stylus Epic), which unfortunately has a light leak or internal reflection. The majority of these images are from last November’s trip to Perth and Fremantle, and the last of the film was expended locally in Sydney.
To round out my 2013 posts I thought I would share some of the miscellaneous images taken for my Project 365 for the month of December. I have always thought of these as insights into my life for the month, and I often look back to review what I have seen and done. As always click through for larger and to explore more images.