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  1. 5 points
    One of the nicest houses I have photographed this year. A really simple, but wonderfully flowing layout from front to back. Shot with Olympus E-M1 and Leica 8-18mm. Edited in Lightroom and Aurora 2019.
  2. 4 points
    Absence easily explained: Top centre left: install plastic Fresnel/microprism/split-image screen with optional separate glass grid overlay in Pentacon Six 51mm x 51mm viewfinder, thereby replacing dull, fat glass standard screen (balanced middle right) and sourced from dead Kiev-60 (top right) which supplied its standard 55mm x55mm screen (several hours of patient sanding to reduce the glass overlay 2mm on each edge keeping the grid centred that way, and less time to do the same with the plastic Fresnel screen). Finally cut three layers of old film to a 1.5mm wide border square to separate the glass grid from the split-image bulge (can be seen as a pinkish line on this angled shot, top left, but invisible when seen through the viewfinder). Then many more hours sanding an old piece of window glass sequentially with 180, 360 and finally 600 grit wet-and-dry carborundum paper to make a fine ground glass (balanced middle left) and, with breath held, cut glass to be an exact friction fit onto the film transport rails/film plane to allow a tedious back-and-forth sequence of remove viewfinder screen sandwich, adjust three support screws, replace screen sandwich, check focus of film plane ground glass with screen.... and repeat...etc... until both were exactly the same, instead of 4" front focused (at 2metres with 120mm lens) from the original's position. You wouldn't think a fine Fresnel would add that much error, but my first film before the adjustment certainly showed this to be the case. Meanwhile partially dismantle and restore to working order an old Praktica Super TL camera kindly donated by Hugh_3170 with a cocked but jammed shutter and a meter which only maxed the needle out when switched on and thus didn't give a reading. Then dismantle an otherwise beautiful Meyer Optik Görlitz Oreston 1,8/50 so as to remove the old and really dried-out helicoid and aperture ring grease and give both a light coat of modern, non leeching grease. And finally, lower right, grind a circular piece of cheap and disused +1.5 dioptre reading-glasses lens into a circle using the slow, geared-down knife-sharpening wheel on an electric bench grinder to snugly fit into the Pentacon Six metered prism detachable rubber eyepiece and held with a minimal amount of plastic glue so that I could focus that without glasses - the standard prism must have about a +1 dioptre correction as it didn't give me a clear picture with either my reading glasses or my distance glasses on, and naked eye viewing is well and truly past tense for me, no matter what standard viewfinders come with. All of this is to comply with my intention that my return to film photography and provide the classes I'm teaching in using B&W film to be as economical as possible, and anything that could be made or fixed from parts in hand or supplied, would be. This is what photography used to be, anyway - a career of forever improvising and making equipment to suit or as needed to replace that which was broken, before digital came along and totally upset the apple-cart with its sophisticated electronics, glued tight plastic constructions and proprietary bespoke software. I mean, Daguerre and Fox Talbot didn't just order stuff from B&H or Adorama - they made almost everything they needed themselves, which to me was always part of the intrigue and fun of photography. Well.... you did ask.
  3. 4 points
    I stumbled across this old photo hidden away in an shoebox on the attic 😉
  4. 3 points
    Obviously a 19th Century farmhouse was once attached to these fireplaces, but beyond that I have no details.
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    But rather New Rope. The wooden blocks are from the Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII. The rope is not original. PVL
  7. 3 points
    Taken yesterday. Df & Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon. Thank you for looking.
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    Abandoned slab hut, Central Highlands, Tasmania.
  10. 2 points
    Being away from home for 1.5 months now, leading Workshops non-stop since September! Today we were talking with the guys about Iceland's cold vs Scotland's cold, and this image came to mind. Jokulsarlon at sunset, taken in December 2017 with Leica SL, Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm and Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Ultra filters. Thank you for viewing, best regards Vieri
  11. 2 points
    I bought this lens some time ago, WITH the 1.4x TC. I did it largely based on Dallas's recommendation as well as a few other reviews. I used it sparingly, and then purchased the Panasonic/Leica 100-400. While I have NOT done an exhaustive comparison... It must be very late for me to be making this admission, but I think this lens, with the 1.4x TC, may be as sharp as the Panasonic/Leica that. I realize the 100-400 has more reach, and I do need to do a more exhaustive comparison; but this 50-200 with the 1.4x TC is a really good lens/combination.
  12. 2 points
    I must say that the South African houses that you have shown us are very impressive, as is your presentation of them. I just hope that the Estate Agents and their clients apreciate your fine work.
  13. 2 points
    The key to what I'm doing is the Sigma sd Quattro-H camera - there is no interpolation with adjacent pixels when shooting in B&W mode as there is with Bayer or X-Trans. That means that every pixel is indeed an individual recording of its unique part of the image, which in turn makes stitching accurate as the program can match individual pixels accurately. The lens is less of a concern, more importantly was to get a lens that had a wide enough image circle to utilise the Hartblei P6 shift->M46->Sigma SD adapter and flat field rendition which the Zeiss Jena 2,8/120 medium-format lens with 1.2:1 extension tubes supplies perfectly for these 100MP scans. Using this setup with an LED panel stuck to the copy board and a Durst 1200 Laborator Neg holder on top of that means that nothing changes between the camera sensor and the neg during the exposure - one simply shifts the adapter after taking an initial centre-of-neg shot between 8mm and 11mm (as appropriate), and then it takes a further 9 exposures rotating the adapter to appropriate click-stops around its 360° circle and is perfect for 6x6 negs. Focus never changes during this, nor for subsequent negs, so after a bit of practice the procedure becomes very quick indeed. The slowest part of the procedure is Sigma's notoriously slow SPP raw processor, but as everything is constant I just set the processing to batch with a custom preset and get on with something else while it trundles away in the background. It takes PTGUI approximately two minutes to add the converted TIFF images, crop, stitch and save the pano. I only invert to positive after all this is done and I'm cleaning things up in Photoshop (film reintroducing the joys of dust and micro-fibres on the negs requiring spotting). All that said, for my usual copy setup I use my X-T2 and Zeiss Touit 2,8/50M Makro lens, for larger originals I take segments by shifting them around the copy-board and stitch them for a higher resolution end result. For any original A5 or smaller a single 24MP exposure is usually more than adequate, though. Here's a picture of the final setup, the lens at rear on the copy-board is a Sigma 70mm macro which I use for single-frame proofing of negs - it's quicker to use as it couples with the electronics of the camera.
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    An image of the palace where the previous Queen Juliana and her family lived. It's in Baarn, close by where I live in Amersfoort. After the Queen and her husband died the palace (which already was in bad shape due to lack of maintenance) was abandoned. The palace and the surrounding buildings and gardens are now due to be renovated by a private firm, at a cost of approximately 100 million Euro's. In the image is a statue of the queen and her husband, in their typical pose as they used to greet their nationals once a year on the celebrations for the birthday of the Queen.
  16. 2 points
    Taken today with the D4s. Thank you for looking.
  17. 1 point
    My daughters Blue Staffie, Bertie waiting for someone to throw his ball iPhone not mine.
  18. 1 point
    Thanks, Hugh, I'm as chuffed as you are that I got the thing working again, even if it was a total fluke that the broken mirror clip that must have been jamming the works fell out on its own after I removed the base plate and moved a few gears around. I'll put a strip of film through it before getting too carried away just to make sure it's working as it should, but visually and audibly it appears to be just fine. That the meter now agrees 100% with both my Polaris Dual 5 and my Lunasix 3 gives me added confidence all is OK. I'm also chuffed that the mods to the Pentacon Six worked so well as they have totally transformed the camera in ease of use. Having three operational 6x6 bodies (the Pentacon Six plus two Kiev-60 bodies, one rebuilt by Hartblei, the other by Arax) I think will also prove beneficial, because after learning on 35mm, processing and printing 120 film will definitely help hook people who've never used film into keeping up with it.
  19. 1 point
    Still occasionally use my ageing Mission Cyrus kit, Amplifier, Tuner, CD and Speakers, but more often stream from my computer to a gorgeous pair of M-Audio monitors. Great sound.
  20. 1 point
    Still playing with Starlings Grahame
  21. 1 point
    Those of you who have been commenting on my recent real estate photography would have read that I am now using Aurora 2019 to process a lot of my work. It's a great piece of software and I will eventually get around to making a proper review of it. For now though, here's a super video I found that shows what tools you have available to you in Aurora 2019. Enjoy!
  22. 1 point
    Luc, the MIG21 looks quite menacing in this pose - which of course it was in its day. Thanks for posting.
  23. 1 point
    Yup. I only shoot HDR for real estate and recently I have begun using Aurora 2019 as a plugin to Lightroom. It's a lot slower to use than the normal Lr HDR process I have been using but the results are definitely a lot better. I will be writing a review of Aurora once I have had a little longer to properly investigate all its uses. It's a pretty complex program (similar to Photoshop but running on a more logical interface).
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    In this vlog episode we chat about using the legacy 4/3 lenses from the Olympus DSLR era on the mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M1 (original) camera bodies. We also demonstrate the auto focus speed of the 50-200mm (with a 1.4x TC) in an outdoor situation. Jump directly to the AF speed demo at 16:00. If you have suggestions for future vlog episodes please let us have them in the comments.
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