Alan7140

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  1. Thanks, Hugh. By the style of the building I'd say this house also dates from around the WW1 era or shortly afterwards. Given that, it's also probably likely to have asbestos-cement sheeting for ceilings and the lining of the rear scullery area, which in turn will make demolition an extremely expensive proposition given the rules and regulations concerning removal of that stuff these days. This is probably why it has been left standing and overgrown to fall down under its own steam, hopefully without anyone noticing it.
  2. These are simply excellent.
  3. And another vote for the lady on the stairs.
  4. Thanks for the comments. Armando, I'd been waiting for an overcast, still day to shoot the old house next door in order to avoid any harsh, confusing shadows and contrasts caused by all the trees and other objects, but all the same the sky in this scene was a lot brighter than the subjects which did require careful exposure to avoid blowing the sky yet still hold shadow detail. I think a scene like this is at the edge of what the Fuji sensor can handle all the same, although it is something I would have had to HDR with the D3s back when I was using that camera. This shot is also a two-shot stitch of horizontal frames shot one above the other in order to get the whole scene in with the 23mm lens and so not get too much of a distorted perspective as when using a single shot taken with an ultra-wide zoom at around 12-14mm. Also, I really like using the Fuji 23/1.4 lens, which, although being one of their earlier XF lenses, is the one where I think they finally nailed lens design for the X-Trans sensors. Since then they have produced numerous superb lenses, such as the 90/2 and the 50-140/2.8 (which is perhaps the best zoom I have ever used). When the third generation of X sensors appears in 3-4 years time, this camera system will take some serious beating - the current sensor, good as it is, is still a bit behind what the later lenses are capable of producing.
  5. Thanks for the comments. I didn't venture inside - the property as, dilapidated though it is, it has fences and closed gates around it. Going in could lead to a charge of trespass - I photographed this from what could loosely be described as a footpath - more like a roadside embankment on the public side of the fence. As for the tone - I realise it looks slightly sepia on any calibrated monitor (I take no responsibility for what it looks like on an uncalibrated monitor or a phone screen, however ), but when printed with my Epson 7800 on my preferred Innova Smooth Cotton Rag paper this tone almost exactly matches the tone I used to get with straight prints on Ilford Warm Tone Multigrade photographic paper in the darkroom. This keeps continuity in the look of my prints past and present, even though the technology behind them is 100% different. To prevent confusion or mistakes in printing later, I prepare all images I think might be printed in future to be ready for printing at final save after processing, and save them in a separate folder to any others not destined for printing that I might also save from a shoot or restoration job. For anyone who may be interested, here's what it looked like in colour, which in turn explains why I resolved to use B&W right from the start, even before taking the first exposure at the site.
  6. Lots of wooden houses here, Mike - Tasmania was virtually coast-to-coast old forests when the first English penal colony was founded here in 1803, and timber was a logical building material choice. Sandstone, while abundant, was of variable quality, mostly poor, so the best grade stuff was used for public buildings. As the forests were increasingly stripped of millable wood, brick started to be used from the 1950's onwards, and now wood as a cladding material is almost defunct in new buildings - just the odd house clad in imported Western Red Cedar or made out of plantation pine logs.
  7. CLP

    (He's still alive and she hasn't been arrested....all is OK.)
  8. Thanks, guys. Yes, Mike - I reckon it's toast as far as being resurrected. I'd imagine the mould and rot inside would be horrendous after all those years of never having any sunlight to dry things out. As for the latter request, I'm afraid I am rather determinedly embarked on returning to B&W whenever possible. Hopefully in time I'll develop a former proficiency that has gone very rusty since digital invaded my working life in 2005.
  9. Behind the abandoned house in my previous post, there is a rarely used old farmyard as well - for many years its main occupants were a succession of feral chickens, no longer there these days. Probably all ended up as road kill, as they were forever out foraging on the road verges.
  10. Since moving to this area over 22 years ago, I have driven past this spot maybe three or four times per week at least - on a downhill bend in the road there was a tremendously overgrown property with two huge willows overhanging the road and obscuring what lay behind. A few weeks ago a wind storm caused a good part of one of the willows to fall onto the road, so last week the block was totally cleared, presumably under instructions from the roads board and local council. What this revealed was an abandoned house behind, which probably hasn't been lived in for several decades, but which has escaped the usual vandalism on account of being invisible the whole time. Given that the vandals will soon trash the place now you can see it when driving past, I took a four photo stitch freehand today to get a high resolution image (54MP). With a bit of PP it looks positively sinister, though. X-T2, 23/1.4 lens, 4x shots 1/250@f8, 800 ISO.
  11. Nicely done! I like the third one, and the third last one (with the cactus) best. Careful, though - you might overload Mike... .
  12. Nicely seen - the road almost looks like 3-D waves .
  13. +1 to Anthony's comment - exactly the words I was going to use!
  14. There are updates there that I cannot understand. I do wish Fuji would get their terminology sorted to make some sense - a lot of this just reads as gibberish to me (maybe this will change when I try these things with an updated camera in hand). The two immediate ones that stand out as excellent (WiFi "tethering" to a computer) and "about time" (copyright and photographer's name in EXIF) are the ones I think will be of most immediate benefit to most people. I can also see me using the new selectable pinpoint AF bracket size a lot, although I'll probably still default to manual focus and 10x focus peaking enlargement in such critical focusing. Got to hand it to Fuji, though - this free firmware rejuvenation of cameras during their lifetime is a welcome customer service thing, particularly given that the cameras are not overly expensive in light of the cost of their alternative opposition in the first place.
  15. Sparks fond memories of jacaranda avenues during my childhood in Johannesburg, and something unfortunately not seen in Tasmania.