Getting into Portraits with the Pentax 6x7
23 Oct 2018
We went to Stanley Bay in the evening to catch the sun setting behind the harbour bridge and as I was setting up this cat appeared.
It would not stop hissing at me. It was seriously pissed off for some reason. And then when I got closer to take a photo it hissed loudly and started coming towards me.
I wussed out and ran away, but managed to get this shot.
I am enjoying the level of detail that I can get out of these medium format shots. I feel like when taking portraits especially there is a whole other feeling that you get with medium format.
Also, when I take images of landscapes sometimes I feel like that extra detail doesn’t add much.
So I find that I need to be more careful when shooting landscapes with this camera (samples below).
Early Morning Photography
01 Oct 2018
I’m a morning a person. Every day while I have been in Christchurch for the last two weeks I have been up at dawn, exploring the city in the hours that I can before I have to go to work.
This old school 1950’s Studbaker sat on the side of the road.
This is my routine whenever I go to a new city. Spend an hour or two exploring. Then most importantly to the coffee shop.
Panoramas with the Pentax 6x7
28 Jul 2018
Another new camera?
This beast of a camera came with a 45mm f/4 lens and a panorama kit. Now I can do super wide shots like the above.
The pano kit lets a roll of 35mm film cross the entirety of the 120 frame. I can get about 21 shots off the roll.
Get ready to scroll…
The Yashica 35 M
22 Jun 2018
Look at this beauty!
The Yashica 35 M is now the oldest camera I own, from 1973 it’s more than twice as old as I am.
It shows its age in how you use it. It has a lightmeter on the front that I thought was a flash hahaha. It uses Selenium, a chemical, to measure the light rather than the more modern silicon semiconductors.
The lightmeter displays a number on top of the camera telling me what the EVS (exposure value scale)is, so that I can choose an appropriate aperture and shutter speed myself.
The other noticeable difference with this camera is that it’s a rangefinder. Sadly the viewfinder is not very visible and makes focussing this camera difficult.
And look! It’s me. Also, the self timer on this thing is mechanical. It’s pretty cool to hear the ticking and winding as it counts down.
A Photographer's Perspective
29 May 2018
My camera is always by my side these days. And I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to look at things. The same things I look at everyday.
The photo above is from a cafe called Rabbit. The main seating area is lofted above the kitchen, but I never once had a reason to lean over the edge and have a look down.
But now I do.
I am curious.