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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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    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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    Taken recently. Thank you for looking. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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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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    Hi, A contestant from a car show I attended last weekend. Thanks for looking
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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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    Fuchsias with a little visitor. Z-E3 with Touit 1.8/32. Cropped to around the half of the original size.
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    Cue Gerry and the Pacemakers singing Ferry across..... Car ferry on the Mosel. Not quite the Mersey though. Lumix G9 + PLeica 12-60mm @ 1/3200 f4 ISO200
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    This is a great idea Dallas and I'm hoping that by joining I'll be encouraged to finish the films in my M6TTL and Canon AE1 and get processing.
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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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    Pleased to say this image has been selected by the curators for inclusion in the Leica International gallery.
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    Finding Maxabeni. I like the way he seems to pop out of the bush here. There was just the slightest of gaps in the foliage for the Olympus 300/4.0 PRO to get him. I cropped a bit off the right side to make it square.
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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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    On our first drive we were taken to the scant remains of a giraffe that had died a day or so earlier. When we got there the hyenas and vultures were picking at what was left. I flitted between shooting with the Olympus 300/4.0 PRO and my own Olympus 50-200/2.8-3.5 SWD. I was very surprised at just how sharp the 300mm is and also how useful it can be, even at relatively close quarters. E-M1X + 300/4.0 PRO E-M1X + 300/4.0 PRO E-M1X + 300/4.0 PRO E-M1X + 300/4.0 PRO Then on one of the other cameras (my personal E-M1 original) I had the Olympus 12-100/4.0 PRO. This lens is very useful on safari for me to make reference photos and the occasional "artsy" shot. E-M1 + 12-100/4.0 PRO
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    D4s & 70-200mm f/4G. Thank you for looking.
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    Not actually a door knocker but it spoke to me as a possible door knocker. G9 + PLeica 12-60mm @ 1/1250 f4 ISO200
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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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    Four walking tour guides waiting for the punters! G9 + 12-60mm @ 1/800 f4 ISO200
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    Warm and calm waters to relax while travelling in the jalapão bad roads.
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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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