So now that I have a small break from uni, I’ve been going through my old photos and I realised that I’ve actually got quite a backlog of photos which I had planned to share with you all at some point, but never got around to doing. I’ve even picked up a couple of cameras (both toycam and vintage) over the last few months, so hopefully I’ll find time to post up some reviews.
As you can see, I took this using the macro on the Harinezumi 2++. I’m actually really amazed at the power of the macro on the Zumi 2++. I’m also equally amazed that this bug decided to let me get close enough to take the picture. It even gave a bit of a wave of its antennae for me!
Today I bring bad news to the Harinezumi fans out there (if you’re reading my blog, you probably are one). Within the last few weeks, Superheadz issued a statement saying that they are fully discontinuing the production of their entire Harinezumi range (including the 2++ and 2+++). Continue reading →
First thing’s first: I don’t know how many regular readers I have, but I wholeheartedly apologise for the severe lack of posts. It’s been about four months, but so much has happened. So, in summary: Merry Christmas and Happy new year for ages ago. I don’t know how many of you know about the huge Queensland floods in January, but we had to deal with that too – thankfully, my house was safe.
The main thing keeping me from my blog right now though is that I started med school at the start of this year. And boy oh boy, it’s full on! They really just hit you with everything from the start. I haven’t done much science in recent years, so I’m really playing a huge catch-up game right now.
Enough about my life though. I took this photo on the way to one of my daily 8am lectures (not fun), using ISO100 B&W mode. There’s really not much to the photo, but I like it nonetheless. It could be the lens flare – everyone loves some good lens flare. Obviously, this building was under construction, and the reason I chose to post this photo right now is that this is how I feel at the moment. My course is making me feel like my brain is under construction.
I’ll try my best to post some more photos in the future (I’ve accumulated quite a few), but I guess I can’t guarantee that I’ll find time these days. Sorry in advance if that happens.
PS: You can’t see it in this photo, but the construction company is called Hooker Cockram. Make of that what you will, but my girlfriend and I think it’s hilarious that the company name got approved.
Heh, there really is nothing cuter than a Golden Retriever (Phillip!!) struggling to hold open his heavy eyelids. He’s so lazy that he just doesn’t react, even if you get right in his face with a camera… Hit the jump for a bonus Phillip photo! Continue reading →
This was taken on a recent trip to the Fortitude Valley, near where I live. I was using the Highlighter mod I mentioned in an earlier post, so that I could get some softer colours. I think that the mod sometimes works in conjunction with the natural vividness of the Harinezumi 2++ and you get photos like this one: soft and dreamy, but with some vivid reds.
Left: Scene with soft-colour mod. Right: Normal photo without mod
While I really, really love the Digital Harinezumi 2++, one of my issues with it is that the photos tend to turn out super-saturated and very contrasty. Now, this isn’t usually a huge issue, but sometimes I just want to take photos with softer colours, which would give them more of a dreamy feel. From the photos I’ve seen, the first Harinezumi does seem to take softer colours, but nonetheless I am determined to get that sort of effect with my trusty Zumi 2++
I’ve been experimenting with lots of ways to achieve this and I’ve finally found a cheap and easy way to take dreamy photos with softer colours. As a proof-of-concept, the image above gives you an idea of what to expect.
This was taken with the Harinezumi 2++, ISO100, set on black and white mode. I do enjoy taking photos with lens flare in it, but you should be careful when doing that. The manual says not to point the camera at the sun, as it causes burn-in, and I’ve heard reports of it happening. Despite that, I just can’t help myself! The way I deal with it is to keep it to a minimum.
I was at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast when I took this photo.
Okay, so the original Digital Harinezumi, ones with firmware V1.1 had this thing which has become known as the “colour hack”. Basically, if you held the OK button and shutter down when you turned the unit on, you got access to a debug menu. In this menu, among other things, you could mess with the red/green/blue colour settings, so that you could mess with the colour balance whenever you wanted. Check out Mijonju’s blog for more details (plus, it’s also just generally a good read)
The Harinezumi cameras released after that, however, don’t have access to the colour hack. Reports say that trying that combination of buttons on later models causes it to freeze. Keeping this in mind, I’ve come up with some methods to get similar types of effects with my Digital Harinezumi 2++ Continue reading →
Okay, so I’ve had the Digital Harinezumi 2++ for a while now, so I figured I’d put up a review of it, based on my experiences. Now, I’m not going to be be giving any sort of overall scores or ratings as numbers for any of my camera reviews, since I believe that each person wants something different out of their cameras.