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    From Wikipedia: The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, province of Utrecht. Completed around 1425, it combines land and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450. The gate was built between 1380 and 1425 as part of the second city wall. The whole wall was completed around 1450. The gate was attacked in 1427 during the siege of the city. This attack was repelled. The gate was opened and closed every day by the appointed raddraaiers, "wheel-turners". A minimum of twelve wheel-turners were collected morning and evening by several guards. It was an extremely dangerous task; if they did not begin walking simultaneously, then one could fall, dragging the rest along with often fatal results. Before the gate could come down, it had to be raised, to pull out the iron pins that held it in place. Only then could it come down. While the gate was going down, walking in the wheel grew ever easier and faster, and many people stumbled and broke their limbs. The koppelpoort was also never breached. The Koppelpoort was given its current appearance during the restoration by Pierre Cuypers in 1885 and 1886. Among other things, Cuypers removed a step between the two gates and replaced it with a slope. From 1969 to 1993 a puppet theater was situated in the gate. The latest restoration was completed in 1996. It was carried out very cautiously, and with respect for the old building materials. For this the town of Amersfoort received the Europa Nostra Award. Fujifilm X100
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    Now it's a circa 1908 Thornton Pickard half plate camera, using Ilford Multigrade IV print paper as the negative, today I photographed the old #1 Railway Bridge over the Derwent river at Plenty, Tasmania, using the original Thornton Pickard Rapid-Rectilinear f/8 lens. In open sunlight the exposure was 8 seconds at f/45. Two versions are posted of the photo, both with an added effect to mimic the appearance of a gold-toned albumen print still common when this camera was first used. Unfortunately the original Thornton Pickard behind-lens roller blind shutter is no longer serviceable (a common enough situation with these things) and was removed from the camera a long time ago, so method of exposure is via good old lens cap remove/replace while timing the seconds on a stop watch. Brings back memories of my early studio days when we used incandescent light for set-up photography, although we did use proper Copal shutters with a more friendly "B" setting. The first photo is a more-or less straight rendition after copying with a Sigma sd Quattro-H camera and reversing the result to positive, the second was after applying a "equalise" command in Photoshop and demonstrates just how much detail actually exists in a paper negative - the paper of course being orthochromatic at best and therefore insensitive to blue light. What was also very apparent is that the camera was completely outclassed by the detail in the ultra-fine grain paper emulsion and lost a lot of fine detail particularly after downsizing for Internet. The last is a 100% screen capture to give an idea of the detail that was captured, as well as that marvelous atmospheric softness rendered by that old, uncoated glass (the "grain" is from the copy camera's sensor, the image is perfectly grainless even under the strongest magnifier I have here). I was also amused by the shadow play on the pylons which made them look like they were leaning heavily to the right, which of course they weren't as is evidenced by the vertical lines of rivets in the upper structure. ...and the camera in question, at its first test location The shot I took on that occasion to establish the ISO of the paper (3 ISO, by the way) made for an interesting tone-dropout:
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    This wall art by 13HOOG was commissioned by NS/Dutch Railway and the city of Amersfoort (Holland). It's located at the site where the NS/Dutch Railway used to have their maintenance and repair facilities.Fujifilm X100
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    At the end of a long day, Antarctica served up a spectacular light show. All these photos were taken in the space of less than an hour.
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    Then there's the added fun of the paper emulsion not only being insensitive to red light, but also having limited sensitivity to yellow and even some greens. Ergo, a still life takes some tomatoes, a jar of tomato relish and one of beetroot and gives them both the appearance and tone of onyx. And just to prove these dark, stoney looking things are tomatoes, here's the setup: A lot of light was needed - 2x 1000w/s monos pushed through softboxes, 6 flash actuations required at full power @f/11. Primary side-light flash tube about 4.5 feet from subject, front fill tube about 6' away.
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    Ever since Alan started to share his results using the xtrans sensor I have been interested in these cameras Rather than buying an entry model and going through the cycles of upgrading to newer and better model I decide to go with the X-T3 I wanted the xtrans sensor, a tiltable screen and a sealed body, Amazon Mexico offered it at an attractive price - body only - so now I own an X-T3 7 year ago that I bought the D800, in April , I decided the next body I'll get would have to have some significant innovations ... and I waited for the nikon mirrorless ... The nikons Z6/Z7 came out but l don't know, lenses are large and being the new models way too expensive. So here I'm, owning the new camera and using it currently with adapted Nikon lenses The aids to focus manually are truly useful The processing in capture one express is surprisingly easy, the files are quite maleable The camera is quite easy to use in manual mode The viewfinder looks great, much better than the V1 which is my other mirrorless The camera is very responsive, I went for a walk on the streets, and never felt it slowed me down (the V1 would be incredibly slow and frustrating in similar situations) The camera feels solid, but I'll be getting a better grip, now if there was an L-bracket with grip that will be something Love the sound of the shutter I'll share a few shots I have taken First a detail of the top of the camera, I like the retro look , and while the camera has separet physical dials to adjust speed, iso, and aperture on the lenses, everything can be adjusted via the command dials while looking thought the viewfinder, so it has the looks and can be used like my DSLR
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    Last weekend my wife and I took a drive into the Natal midlands to get away from the city for a morning of country air and antiquing (not that we are antique fans). Along the route we chose one encounters the Mandela capture site. This is where he was arrested in the early 1960's, so we popped in to have a look at the well publicised sculpture that has been erected there. Basically one walks along a 500m long pathway, where there are historical markers of his life. At the end of the "long walk" there is this series of metal shards in the ground, which when looked at directly show up an image of his face. Interestingly, when viewed with the naked eye one doesn't see the image as clearly as when looking at a photograph of the same scene. I don't know why that is, but we both remarked on how weird it was when looking at the shots I took on my iPhone later. Short of getting into the forbidden political slant of Mandela's legacy, I found it amusing that this sculpture has as it's backdrop a row of power lines. In the past week South Africa's power grid has been the subject of intense political and public scrutiny as Mandela's organisation (the ANC) attempts to explain why our nation's state-owned (and only) power generation company has fallen into complete and total chaos, with rolling blackouts the order of the day now. Mass corruption on a scale that I don't think has ever been seen anywhere in the world is unfolding before our eyes. General elections coming up in May. Interesting times ahead, for sure!
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    Dog, with the nikon 105 f2.5 ais Moon with the 70-300AFS zoom, @300mm wide opened, 100% crop , surprised by the amount of detail I was able to obtain Director, shot with the nikon 50mm f1.8 E series, shot at f2.8, heavy crop, again surprised with the detail, beautiful skin tones, and very pleased with the manual focus aids All processed from the RAW file using capture one
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    Yes, I know I am repeating myself in saying that photography is a more precise medium than video. We sincerely love video because it is live, it is colorful, it is soundly, it is cinematographic. It is fiery tail on our animated visual and earring senses. All those things that photography cannot compete in terms of modern popularity. But strangely still images seem to last longer in our memory and be more informative than a stream of pictures. Glimpses of selected reality (as perceive by their auteur) photography offer a full view of an instant visual memory. Just think about the multiple aspects of a face expression photography is may be the best way to freeze those fugitive moments of great signification. Behind and beyond the image are always part of the mental process that a picture can trigger in our mind. There is the pictorial story on the paper (or on the screen) but there is this other story that our brain is developing about the picture itself. It is self-information added to the strict imagery of the picture. The complexity of the train of thinking triggered by a photo can be infinite as for the multiple personal interpretations we can give to it and this is the beauty of it. We have to not forget that photography is in fact an instant glimpse of the past since it is already a selective past moment. Every time we look to a photograph, we see an imperfect repetition of a subject or a context. Un-static Memories Is there a learning curve about imagery? Because photography is segmenting our timeline almost on an infinitive base every single picture got the glimpse of eternal history into our mind memory. So, it happens that picture became a reference you can remember under every circumstance you wish to do so. With time passing by all those pictures are stacking at a point difficult to apprehend and many picture frames of our distant past experiences seem to vanish of our voluntary recollection but time to time they appear without notice. Mind is complex because it memorizes not only pictures, odors, tastes, sensations but also impressions even interpretations. With age we sometimes experiment warp return of past moments to our astonishment. It demonstrates how the process of our mind is ongoing continually. I have once said that persistence is an important creative factor in photography because the subject of it is in continuous dynamic of change. Light, position, context, etc. are in constant evolution and the photographer as an observer should take all the opportunities to note and memorize the movement of life surrounding us. Training yourself to translate your impressions on a 2-D support is a perpetual task to accomplish with curiosity and will to repeat. So, photography is an expression of learning life through a mind process of apprehending selecting instants moments.
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    For those interested in migrating Apple Aperture libraries to Capture One I created this video that illustrates the process and details what metadata and organizational structure is migrated into Capture One. Here are some notes I made while testing this process over and over again in preparation to make the video. What Aperture Library information is imported into the Capture One Catalog Image files are imported into Capture One by reference Aperture Color Labels import correctly to Capture One Color Labels AA Color Labels – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, gray CO Color Labels – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple NOTE: AA purple translates to CO pink, AA gray translates to CO purple AA Duplicate Versions become CO Variants All keywords and IPTC metadata come over (flattened due to an Aperture deficiency) All ratings come over What Aperture Library information is NOT imported into the Capture One Catalog Flags – suggest filtering for flagged images in AA and add special keyword Custom Metadata – Move custom metadata field information to standard IPTC fields Keyword Structure – Aperture keyword field does support nested keywords Image Stacks – Capture One only stacks variants of the same image (Versions) – I recommend making an album of each stack if you want to preserve it. Aperture albums are imported as Capture One albums. Books, Slideshows, Light Tables, Web Journals, Web Pages Organization of Aperture Libraries vs Capture One User Collections CO creates a top level Group (Folder) with the name of the AA Library that was imported All AA organization structure is imported and placed within this top level CO Group Aperture Projects become Capture One Projects Aperture Folders become Capture One Groups (Folders) Aperture Albums become Capture One Albums Aperture nested Folders become Capture One nested Groups CO creates an Album in each imported Project containing all images from corresponding AA Project How do Aperture and Capture One Differ Aperture associates images with Projects Capture One associates images with Albums Aperture Versions can reside in different Albums Capture One Variants are kept together in all Albums AA Stacks are not retained in CO does not have an equivalent CO Stacks can only stack all of the variants of a single image Selecting a Folder in Aperture WILL display all the images it contains Selecting a Group in Capture One will NOT display all the images it contains How are Aperture and Capture One Similar Selecting a Project displays all the images in all the Albums it contains Capture One Projects cannot contain other Projects Changing Inspector / Tool Tab panels does NOT change browser/viewer Full Disclosure: I am a Capture One affiliate. I earn a small referral fee if you use my affiliate link to purchase subscriptions, licenses, style packs and bundles.
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    No batteries either, Mike. Oh, and not to mention a requirement that you know and understand what you are doing, as there is no cpu/processor/programmer's code to have the camera help you out in even the smallest possible way. If only I could post something that actually looks like the paper neg does under magnification, but the technology doesn't exist to do that, as any monitor is woefully inadequate compared to the resolution of that paper's emulsion, never mind the inadequacies of the digital capture device. Given the impracticality of contact printing the paper neg (which shows both the paper fibres and has the resin-coated matte backing spread the illuminating light), the only way I could make a hard print of this appearance and resolution these days would be to get involved with the collodion wet plate process, and I really couldn't be bothered taking things to that extreme. I'm thinking that this will end up being more than just a passing experiment, though, as having spent 37 years of my career involved with dealing with the copy and restoration of original photos from earlier eras I',m finding that this has been the nearest I've got to duplicating the look and feel of those images, something I've previously failed to achieve with more modern processes and cameras.
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    Bertie hasn’t quite got the hang of fetching a stick! iPhone 8 of my granddaughter.
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    Z6 & Otus 85mm f/1.4. Thank you for looking.
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