So, I’m pretty sure that this was/is meant to be Brisbane’s answer to the London Eye, but it falls very, very short. I haven’t personally been on it, but I’ve been told many-a-time that it’s really not worth the money or effort. On the plus side, it makes for a pretty picture at night, so I guess that’s a small victory? I figured that it would make a fantastic black & white shot since, well, it’s pretty much black and white anyway!
Recently, I’ve been enraptured by the idea of street photography. There’s just something great about getting out there and trying to capture the essence of the city around you. I think what’s been stopping me is the innate human tendency to dismiss familiar environments as uninteresting, so I hadn’t been shooting much of the style. Once I broke free of that mentality, however, it became a lot easier to spot good photos.
Once, a friend told me that he like to go on half-marathon weekend jogs because that’s the one time of the week that he’s able to let go, be free of everyday stresses and be able to think about other things. Well, I suppose that’s what photography is to me. I realise that with digital cameras it’s really easy to get trigger happy and shoot hundreds of photos and then find the real gems afterwards, but I find it to be quite cathartic to slow down, frame my shot and then wait. And wait.
Take the above photo, for example. I had a very specific shot in mind, so I sat there and waited for the opportunity to arise. I’m not sure how long I waited, but it was quite interesting just to take in the environment, as well as the people around me. I’m not sure if any of this is just me being old-fashioned, but I enjoy it. Looking at the photo now, I probably should’ve used that time to adjust the framing since the lines are slightly off, but oh well. I know that Photoshop can fix that, but I prefer to just chalk it up to another lesson learned.
“Why must life be so hard?!”
I love this photo to bits; it’s such a precious moment! I love it when dogs do humanoid things, like yawn and sneeze. I do wonder though… you know how people say yawns are contagious? Do you think it works between dogs and humans as well? Hmmmmmm I think I read a study that suggested yes, but I can’t remember. Anyway, like I’ve said before, Phillip here will be heavily featured on this blog, on account of him being the cutest dog ever.
On a more serious note, this photo was taken with a gem of a lens that I found in my dad’s old collection. It’s a K-Mount SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.4, and it looks like it’s packing some serious optics. With an effective focal length of 100mm and an aperture that wide, it gives some super creamy bokeh that just ooooooozes. All it took was a cheap K-mount micro four-thirds adapter off eBay and I was up and running. It is a fully manual affair, like all adapted mounts, but that’s half the fun!
I got super lucky with this photo, actually. I was in the process of framing and focusing the photo when, out of nowhere, a bee popped up! It generously stuck around for a few seconds, providing the extra element I was looking for in the picture. If it wasn’t for the fact that C-mounts are fully manual I may have missed this shot completely, but I guess photography is a bit like that, isn’t it? And that’s why I love it.
Two of the most common arguments used against mirrorless cameras (vs. DSLRs) is that there are less lenses and the sensor is smaller. While both of these are true, one of my favourite accessories for my E-P5 addresses both of these complaints in one fell swoop. As you’ve probably guessed from the title, I’m talking about the somewhat obscure C-Mount lenses. These lenses, designed for CCTV (closed circuit television) have a flange distance that is way too short to be adapted for any current DSLRs comfortably (that I’m aware of). That’s where the mirrorless cameras come in! To cut a long story short, the compact nature of mirrorless cameras means that the C-mount lenses can be adapted, which is a good thing. Continue reading
Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 28mm
I’ve always enjoyed playing with extended exposure, but its inherent experimental nature meant it was a hideously expensive experiment when I was only shooting with film. Thankfully, it’s much cheaper to mess around with it on digital cameras! In fact, the Olympus E-P5 has a really handy feature called ‘Live Time’, which will periodically update your photo on-screen while the lens is open. Essentially, you get to watch as your extended exposure magically builds in front of you. This really is as amazing as it sounds as it gives you a crazy level of control, especially over the exposure level. It helps immensely to reduce the number of photos that turn out to be entirely black or white because you got the exposure time very, very wrong.