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    And a trip by 4x4 to the National Park Pelister. 16. 17. 18. 19. North-Macedonia is definitely worth a visit! Thanks for watching and making it to the end of this post 😀
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    I took a different approach this year for the safari trip and rather than relying on the staid & reliable Nikon or Sony 35mm DSLR systems with their plethora of long stabilized lenses I brought along my Fuji GFX medium format system instead. I used the GFX50s, GF 100-200/5.6, GF 250/4 and 1.4x teleconverter pretty much exclusively with a back up Sony RX100 VI just in case. I think that it worked out well as I got a bunch of images that I think match anything that I've achieved before. I just need to work through the hundreds of images to select the keepers. Here's a sample set - all taken with the GFX50s:
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    A view from the Reichsberg Castle. Lumix G9 + PLeica 12-60mm @ 1/1000 f4 ISO200
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    The meeting of the Rhine & Mosel at Koblenz. From one of the Gondolas. Lumix G9 + PLeica 12-60mm @ 1/1000 f4 ISO200
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    Dallas, Here's a gullwing Mercedes for you (Mercedes 300SL). Could be a nice restoration project for you!
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    Hopefully there'll be some interest in this Analogue Club along with a few posts as well. I've been back with film (monochrome only) for over two years now, and for me it's been the best thing I've done for a long while, having completely reversed what was a declining interest in taking photographs, which I had initially thought was just a natural thing after nearly 50 years of being involved professionally, but has since been proven to have been caused by a boredom and disenchantment with the digital methods having taken over, and the predictability and expense of both the outcomes and the incessant update cycles of both camera and computer equipment that has resulted. Having recommissioned my dormant darkroom and bought a virtual barrow-load of film cameras from 35mm through to a half-plate Thornton Pickard, including a bunch of pristine lenses to suit (and all for less than the cost of a single pro digital body), I have an equipment arsenal that will outlast me with nothing further to buy than film (after I get through the dozens of rolls in the freezer left over from when digital became mandatory in the industry), and fresh photographic paper when and as needed (which costs less than plain cotton-rag inkjet paper), and therefore I'm all set for a film-based retirement. Meanwhile my digital outfits have been gathering dust, other than when I use the Fuji to photograph my film cameras and lenses to illustrate posts on my equipment the Internet, or the Sigma sd Quattro H to photograph the negatives to post the images online. I have now settled on the somewhat quirky Pentacon Six cameras as my go-to system , and somewhat enjoy the intrigue of why there is always a question in the back of my mind when I am using them as to whether they're working correctly or not (everything is pre-1990 in manufacture, after all). However the results continue to please me greatly, and that is no doubt helped by being familiar with the medium through having spent the greater part of my career using nothing but film, and most of all B&W film. Unfortunately I have discovered that the conversion of film negs to digital and the reduction in resolution through resizing for the Internet is not at all successful in transmitting what an actual photographic print from the negative actually looks like, an idea of the appearance of the finished article can be obtained. However, and almost inevitably, interpolation accentuates the graininess of the image often to a ridiculous degree, which is partially why I am sometimes reluctant to post. However, that aside, I welcome this subset club of Fotozones and hope that it does attract at least a few participants. Last Friday I escaped the dreary cold of the fog shrouded valley in which I live to take a day's drive up into the Tasmanian Midlands town of Ross, and once again came away amazed that I'd managed to spend a day with my camera and yet only shoot 10 frames on one film, most of which I was perfectly happy with. The difference between that and the now over-shot barrage of images that a normal digital shooting day routinely involves is obvious, and it's a working style I far prefer, carefully composing and calculating each shot before pressing the button, rather than "shooting around the shot" and leaving a headache of editing in front of a computer monitor to follow. Again, low-res copies, but here are a few that I took, mostly with the extraordinarily good and flare-free Carl Zeiss Jena 4/50 lens on a Pentacon Six body and expired Ilford 400 Delta Pro film. There's nothing in Australia to beat the Tasmanian mid-winter light on a still, cool day, and nothing like the silvery glow of B&W film to to justice to that light. Church Street, Ross, without the summer hordes of tourists: Ross Uniting Church: 1836 Ross bridge: Overgrown sign at the Scitch Thistle Inn: And one for good measure - the next morning the fog still hadn't lifted in New Norfolk, but that, and freezing temperatures were not enough to stop hardy Tasmanians holding the usual Saturday morning street market, even if attendance was below par:
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    One of my favourite animals to photograph are wildebeests. They are often considered to be one of the ugliest animals in the bush, but I love them. This shot I am really happy with as they seldom look you in the eye - they are extremely skittish around humans. This with the Olympus E-M1X and 300/4.0 PRO.
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    Taken recently. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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    A chrome finish to this roadster.
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    At the moment I'm absolutely besotted with the cantankerous, temperamental, idiosyncratic Pentacon Six cameras and their Carl Zeiss lenses, so any recommendations might end up being biased towards that system. I simply love using the camera more than just about anything I've ever used before - although many will call me crazy for even suggesting that given the lengthy list of shortcomings the experts will reel off at the slightest mention of the name. In contrast, and while it has taken three examples of each to end up with a good camera, as far as 35mm goes I always used to, and now still do swear by the Olympus OM1 and the Minolta SR-T 101. there are literally dozens of these available on ebay in good working order at around $60-$120 for a body only, and maybe $30 or $40 more with a standard lens. The dodgy areas appear to be the meters, and of course the unavailability of the original 1.35v mercury button cells that used to power those meters. There are substitutes, and I've found them to operate well enough with plain 1.5v LR44 Alkaline cells, or better yet with more stable silver oxide versions. Both cameras are accurate enough, the Minolta can also be adjusted by changing the position of two tabs located under the base-plate, although, as mentioned, getting one that works in the first place is very much the luck of the draw. Get lucky and you can have a pristine 35mm camera and a wide, normal and moderate tele lens for around the $200-$250 mark, which is almost a joke when considering what these things cost, even second-hand, when film was still the means of taking photos. As far as processing goes, Paterson tanks complete with two reels are available new for around US$30, chemistry is easily available in economical 1 litre bottles, and bulk 30m rolls of film and daylight loaders are also available. My materials supplier since 1983 has recently been increasingly turning his business over to supplying film-related product; you can get an idea of just how undead film is by having a look at his site for the sheer variety of choice that exists off-the-shelf/in stock here: Photoresource Eventually I suppose some manufacturers will start producing film cameras again, but with the huge numbers of good second-hand gear that fell out of use when digital hit still surfacing on ebay, it might be a while yet before new gear becomes a viable thing to manufacture again. Unfortunately they'll never manufacture the Pentacon Six again - that was a permanent casualty of the Soviet collapse, and Pentacon itself was sold off and dismantled as a company by 1990. As the highest serial numbers reached were around the 205,000 mark (which includes the several thousand around #185,000 that were sold as chassis to Exakta in West Germany as the base for the Exakta 66), there really aren't going to be that many available into the future, particularly given their reputation for being rather delicate in construction and tricky to repair - if you can even find someone to repair them.
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    Time for some zeBras! Here in Africa we call them zeb-rahs, so I had to issue some corrective elocution to some of our guests. This little colt stood there posing like this for about a minute. Very considerate animal. He'll either go far in life or get eaten because of his curiosity. Then a mother and smaller colt.
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    On Friday and Saturday, we were honored with a visit of a mother bobcat and her three small kittens. It was amazing and deeply moving to observe them for many hours playing, nursing, and climbing trees, all the while under the patient and watchful eye of Mom. Our home is clearly a safe place for them, with a deck to sleep under, many trees to climb, and a fenced yard to keep out predators. I hope that these photographs will deeply touch you with a profound respect and appreciation for these magnificent creatures. Out of respect, these photographs were taken from inside our home through windows, and sometimes screens as well. Fuji X-T2, 90mm f/2
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    Not from the recent Fotozones Safari, but rather from a boat ride I took yesterday up in St. Lucia Wetlands. I took my wife there for a night away and we did a boat ride on the river (the exact same boat that our 2009 safari took). I had my Olympus E-M1 and 12-100/4.0 PRO on hand to photograph a few of the bloated residents.
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    Found some time to edit a few more photos today, so here's a rhino with a lilac breasted roller on a tree behind her.
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    I am posting a few more tundra shots. Many of these are done with a different "macro" lens. I have been making more use of the Leica/Panasonic 100-400 lens. I am getting further back, stopping down a bit, and taking advantage of the depth of field I cannot get with my macro lenses. Alaska Harebell Alpine Bistorts p
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    Last one from KR, here's one of his hyenas. Looks like a heavy metal "singer" in full voice.
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    Nobody cares about the giant lizzard climbing that rocky mountain... Nikon Z6 & Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon. Thank you for looking.
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    Pedra Furada is located at Jalapão State Park. It´s a pink formation rising suddenly in the plains with two big holes in it. These girls are friendly french tourists who allowed me to post these pictures. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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    Here we go... DSCF4325 1 Is that what you were thinking of or even lighter? My thought is that it isn't quite as strong an image, but I can understand that there is a large area of black in there too which may not appeal. Perhaps a tighter crop like the other picture is needed, but then I'd loose the cranes and I only had one lens with me and couldn't get them in from the other side of the river.
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    While having a sun downer after a game drive this Jackal came up to a few meters from us. Taken in the Welgevonden Reserve ZA.
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    Although German beer ain't 'arf bad neither.
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    For those of you sweating through those Northern Hemisphere summer heatwaves, a little snow from down here. I had a few days over in New Zealand last week. Double Cone summit above Remarkables Ski Area Shadow Basin - I didn't realise at the time, but that flat area in the centre contains a small lake, and I just happened to ski over it!😧 Wye Creek valley and mountains beyond the southern limit of the ski area. Looking back into the ski area from the same point as the picture above. Clouds I was lucky much of the time that the clouds were either down below or up above or even both at the same time, but quite clear where I was. As the sun started to drop in the late afternoon, things could look quite dramatic. More Clouds, somehow managing to stay out of the valley! All shot with X-E3 and 27 f/2.8. I wanted to keep the set up light and relatively compact to avoid damage - I suspect I may have rolled over it a couple of times😖. Despite it's small size, I didn't have any problem operating the camera with thin gloves on and could almost get away with it using thicker gloves as long as I just stuck to the main settings. No problems with the cold, although I would only take a couple of photos before putting the camera back in the bag - it didn't get above 0C most days.
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    Following my earlier snowy post, here are a few more shots from the same trip, but lower down the mountains. Remarkables - the snow shots were taken behind the ridge in the centre of the picture, with Queenstown down below in the foreground. Looking west, somewhere beyond the mountains and across the ocean is home! Steamer on the lake, the mountains of pic #1 in the background. Sunset over the lake. Slipped the camera in my pocket on the way out for dinner and managed to grab this shot. I nearly didn't bother taking the camera with me, which would have been a shame. All taken with Fuji X-E3, first three using 18-55 and the last using 27 f/2.8.
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    Here's a kudu having a drink. Getting creative (this took about 10 goes before I got something I was happy to show - not that easy on a dirt road). Found you! Dwarf mongooses.
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    Here are some tufted fleabanes taken with my 100-400 Leica/Panasonic lens. I was researching the name, and found an explanation that claims to have the right word etymology: A "bane" is a poison, so this flower (or the plant?) is toxic to fleas. I have no fleas on me, so maybe it works☺️ I also included a macro shots. I find the shadows cast on the petals a nice plus. This is a fairly common tundra plant in our area.
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    LOL. A lot of windshield time spent listening to them. Do you like Corvettes? This is a rare one Thanks for looking
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    Here's one from the same sighting taken with the older E-M1 and Olympus 12-100/4.0 PRO. As mentioned already this is a really handy lens to take on safari.
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    Another from today's edits. People tell me that medium format digital is terrible at low light/night work. I humbly disagree!
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    Here's a cool shot I just edited. So on the first morning (2nd drive at Selati) we went back to the dead giraffe and discovered that the remaining lions of the Southern Pride (which had sadly been mostly decimated after an attack by some rogue males a few months ago) had taken over the carcass and were fending off a huge pack of hyenas. At one point one of the females went off to the side and was surrounded by hyenas who tried to intimidate her. I think that she may have gone off on purpose to distract the hyenas away from her pride who were trying to strip the remaining meat off the bones. Olympus E-M1X + 300/4.0 PRO
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    D4s & 70-200mm f/4G. Thank you for looking.
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    A village church on the banks of the Mosel, among the vineyards. Lumix G9 + PLeica 35-100 2.8ii @ 1/1600 f4 ISO200
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    A Disposal Unit for Canon equipment? Robert
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    Just to blow my own trumpet, the Fierce Knocker on another forum to which I belong garnered a whole host of likes! Hugh, there is no war between the two Mikes, just a civilised discussion among English gentlemen! He stated an opinion and I told him, he was wrong, very civilised. 😉 Perhaps we should charge this drinking horn and quaff a few noggins!
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    I'm so glad I've returned to film, perhaps yesterday provided the clearest explanation to me for this yet. I had modified my adapted lens hood for the Carl Zeiss Jena 4/50 Flektogon that had been vignetting, and with one frame left on the film I walked 1km from where I was parked, saw the scene below, took just that one last exposure, and returned to the car for the drive home. When you do this, and the shot turns out exactly as you envisioned, there is way more sense of accomplishment and satisfaction than finding the shot in a cluster of dozens of digital files that you bashed off to "make sure" that you had the shot (not to mention not knowing that I'd also defeated the vignetting until I'd processed the film - although that was a result of a camera limitation as the Pentacon only shows 51x51mm of the 55x55mm image in the viewfinder). I guess that's it for digital and I for good - I can hardly remember the last time I got real satisfaction from a digital shoot like I got from this shot.
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    The Original AC/DC 1973 Tour Bus. Quite 'armless, really. 😏😬🙄
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    Waiting for the St Algegund lock to empty. G9 + PLeica 12-60 @ 1/1000 f4 ISO200.
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    I enjoyed another group day in London yesterday photographing buildings that fall under the Brutalist architectural description. The images below are of the Trellick Tower in Kensal Town which is Grade 11 listed!
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    Whilst scouting out the barracks (see here if you are wondering why), I thought I'd better get some other photos too, so as not to look too suspicious.😎 DSCF4353 This is Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance. For all the tall buildings visible from here, planning restrictions prevent towers from as much as casting a shadow across this view. DSCF4364 And closer. Then turning around .... DSCF4361 DSCF4367 Shot with Fuji X-E3 and 27 f/2.8 or 55-200.
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    Another attraction of Jalapão State Park. It is 15m deep and we walk along a shallow creek with water dripping all over us. The place is dark and full of plants and pink rocks. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6
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