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  2. Were St/Brighton Beach? - used to be my local swimming hole when I lived in E. Brighton and Bentleigh in my 20's (i.e. the '70's). So many of your photos encompass areas that are familiar to me, Chris - it's good to see how they are faring all these decades later.
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  4. When in college, my friends father had his stereo turntable suspended by 4 long thin springs in an adjacent closet. Best stereo I ever heard. My main photo mentor was a metalurgist and the company moved next to a busy tollroad. The scanning electron microscope had to be placed on an anti vibration support. Principle is clear. Get subject and camera to vibrate together.
  5. Warm but cloudy for our adventure today. The abundance and beauty of Nature and the landscapes were inspiring, and the stillness and solitude spacious and fulfilling. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  6. This variety of Pelargonium is called “Johnson’s Blue”. X-H1 + 35mm 1.4. @ 1/640 f5.6 ISO200, No PP except a crop.
  7. See Aaron in Parkdale -1 for background on this shot. After taking a whole-body portrait of Aaron, I asked to do one more picture, a head and shoulders portrait and this was the result. Nikon D3 zoom-Nikkor 24~70 2.8 AF G N 5.6 @ 1/400th ISO 200
  8. Walton, today I made what is going to be an expensive mistake. I handled the new Panasonic-Leica 8-18mm which they had a copy of at my local electronic goods dealer. That is one absolutely sweet lens for MFT! The quality of the finish and the size / weight is about perfect for me. I didn't get to put it on a camera as the store's GH4 didn't have a charged battery in it, but they did say I should bring my own camera to the shop and try it out. They also have the other new Pan-Leica lenses there, including the 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron, the 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 and the 25mm f/1.4 Summilux. Guess where I am going again on Monday? I'm also very excited that apparently Panasonic have opened up their distribution here in South Africa again which is great for us MFT shooters. I was actually just watching Stephen Fry In America on Netflix this morning and in the last episode he travels up to Alaska. You live in an incredible part of the world I would love to visit someday.
  9. Nice composition, Chris. I would maybe trim it a bit at the top to give it a little symmetry with the point at which the beach enters the frame bottom left.
  10. Really need to make more time to take photographs - and remember to take a camera with me. Untitled Looking towards Melbourne from Brighton Beach. Shot with an iPhone. The detail in the sand looks like a bit over processed to me, but I do tend to find that the phone struggles with soil type pictures (which I tend to shoot a lot of for work).
  11. Hugh: Yes, you have the right place. And I could almost afford a plane if I ever quit buying more photo equipment! (not really.) The villages are almost always either on the coast, or on a river. In the winter locals use snowmobiles (always called "snowmachines" out here.) And In the summer, you go by boat. With the recent changes in mail subsidies all village travel has become more expensive. Commercial Inter-village travel is mostly with Cessna 207's, but the Cessna 207 is becoming ancient. The Cessna 208 (Caravan) is becoming the standard plane for these trips. When I first came here in the mid 1980's I had a job that required almost weekly travel to villages (from Bethel.) I have been to about 40 villages in our region, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (maybe 10 I have only landed at) Due to changes in our cargo and mail distribution, travel has become more difficult (and costly.) It is now about $675 round trip, to Anchorage. In better days we had multiple 737 flights per week. But not now. So all travel has become much more expensive. Many years ago I managed to stick a small knife almost through my hand. It was Sunday, and the weather was bad. I had trouble controlling bleeding, and really needed a few stitches to fix it, so I paid for a charter to Bethel to get medical care. Since it was rotten weather, I had to take a twin and fly IFR. By the time I was done the stitches cost me about $1500 a piece. The 12-50 is 43mm, only, when in Macro mode. I have also used the 30mm Olympus macro. And I keep coming back to the 12-50. It will be a while before I even consider another lens purchase and I am not likely to buy the 60 Olympus, unless I can try it first. I also need to spend more time with the 60mm Sigma and the 30mm Olympus before I pass final judgement.
  12. Thanks Hugh. I only asked him to stand in front of the white wall, so the background would be clean and not distracting. The pose he struck was one that he chose. Robert
  13. I like the pose that your subject has struck or you have coaxed him into. It belies his status in life - a positive face on a tough existence. Good work as usual.
  14. Nice one Mike. These are a versatile flower - ours are still in bloom and it is less than a month away from our shortest day.
  15. I like the first image with its double rainbow. If you get the chance to try Olympus's own 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, I am sure that you will like it. It is my most used lens after my 12-40mm. Sorry that your Sigma 60mm has not ticked boxes for you, as I have heard others say that it is a good lens, but as I have not used it myself, I cannot comment further. Your 7.5mm lens looks very similar to my Samyang 7.5mm M43 lens (which in turn is a clone of the Robinon 7.5mm and a few others). Major difference is that mine has a red strip around its base.... ************************ Just looked up St. Marys on Google Maps - my word you are around 440miles / 700+km west of Anchorage. How do you get around - do you have plane?
  16. +1 from me. I guess that using old lenses on new cameras is not what camera salesmen like, but how few of them understand optics (or photography either it seems)? Good that Sigma is listening to its clients.
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  18. Dallas, Actually with his long coat which was unbuttoned and flowed behind him as he ran from car to car, he reminded me of Groucho Marx, but now that you mention Robin Williams and "The Fisher King" I do see the resemblance. And based on all I've learned from Homeless People while photographing them for over 20 years, I can say without reservation that it is a shitty way to live. Robert
  19. It's very sad to see our fellow man go through this kind of thing. Sometimes though I think that the homeless may have found a kind of freedom that we can't really comprehend. No issues with debts and other related pressures, etc. One of my favourite movies ever is The Fisher King, starring the late Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. I saw it for the first time on TV when I was desperately ill with hep-A in 1993. I recorded it and must have re-watched it nearly every day the entire time I was in quarantine at home. I don't know if I would ever want to be homeless though.
  20. I think that they will probably come at some point in the future. The system is still relatively young when compared to 35mm systems so I guess that the main protagonists were looking to build a larger user base before they started in on the speciality primes. That said, Olympus do make that 8mm f/1.8 PRO fisheye lens, which is very nice, but very expensive. When they bring out a tilt-shift I would be interested.
  21. But a 12mm is still a 24mm on u4/3, not exactly a wide angle in my eyes, and of course 25mm is the equivalent of a 50mm! But my comment wasn’t directed at them, but a dearth of single digit lenses. Its down to conversion factors mainly, I guess it’s the price to pay for using a small sensor, Fuji suffers as well but not quite so much! I find it odd that O & P can produce very good single digit zooms but not primes, down to marketing in the end I presume! Not trying to criticise anybodies lenses and you seem to be happy with the u4/3 range, and so possibly I’m tilting at windmills!
  22. Thanks Dallas. His mood seemed to changed frequently: from being very somber and concerned about the theft of his identity by his Doppelganger to bright and happy as we discussed names and words. He appeared to be a bright, person who had fallen on hard times, both physically and mentally. Robert
  23. I like it. He seems quite happy for a panhandler.
  24. Geez Mike, there are so many excellent primes from both Olympus and Panasonic in MFT mount, probably to the order of many more than Fuji offers. Granted, perhaps not so much in the extreme wide angle area, but they certainly do have plenty between 12mm and 19mm for moderately wide views. One is very spoiled for choice within that range. It gets even more densely populated in the mid range between 25mm and 100mm. I've lost count of the number of 25mm lenses now. Yes, there are quite a few non-AF lenses from a variety of makers. The wide angles don't really present much of a problem for focus since the format lends itself to greater depth of field, plus you always have focus peaking to assist with it. For instance, the 7.5mm Samyang fisheye only needs me to set focus to infinity and aperture to about 5.6 and everything from about a metre to infinity is in sharp focus.
  25. Taken yesterday evening on Queen Street West in Parkdale, a neighbourhood of Toronto that while run down and home to many street people, is slowly being gentrified. As such it is a curious, mixed demographic of old and new, rich and poor that never fails to surprise. While waiting for a photo group I was to lead to show up, I noticed a curiously dressed street person at an intersection who would run along a lane of cars waiting to make a right turn, knocking on each drivers' window, asking for change. When the cars began to turn he'd run along the sidewalk back to the corner and wait for the light to turn red, whereupon he'd run out to the first car in line and begin his efforts again. After watching him for a few minutes he stopped to have a cigarette and I approached him, introduced myself and engaged him in conversation for a few minutes. I then asked for permission to take an informal portrait, which he was kind enough to grant and I took this shot. Nikon D3 zoom-Nikkor 24~70 2.8 AF G ED 5.6 @ 1/640th, ISO 200
  26. I’m not trying to say that the zooms are not good, I see some very good reviews of a lot of themI presume the Chinese lenses are non-AF, so they are of absolutely no interest to me! I’m surprised that Olympus or Panasonic don’t produce really wide angle primes! Whereas Fuji for instance have a splendid range of primes from 14 - 90 which are superb, O & P??? I have also read good things about the 8-18 PanasonicLens and agreed O & P have the zooms cracked but not the primes!
  27. Well, there are some very good zoom lenses for MFT, so my preference is for those. However, there are also some excellent prime lenses in the wide angle area coming into play now too, specifically from the Chinese brands. I have added a couple of them to the MFT database recently. There is a 7.5mm rectilinear (15mm on 135) and there is also the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 which I have used and found to be outstanding. The only reason I didn't buy one was because the 12-40mm 2.8 PRO I have is so good (and I suppose the price of the prime also lends itself against immediate desirability). The 8-18mm Panasonic/Leica product has been getting very good reviews, so it's my most likely next purchase, assuming the RE work remains on the up.
  28. Dallas, I have noticed that you and others who I look at and are u4/3 users don’t seem to use wide angle primes but seem to prefer the zooms! You kindly sent me a link which I did save and peruse for quite a while, again noticing the the prime area seems to stick around what I would call the middle ranges with a scarcity in the wide angle zone, just a casual observation!
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