Remember

Remember

Not long ago I was at the dawn service in Melbourne and I saw the carpets of Red poppies lining St Kilda Road on the way to the Shrine of Remembrance. It was remarkable on so many levels. There was a sense of the time, effort and care taken by so many people to respect the fallen.

Then there was the reaction of people seeing them all laid out. For some that was more visual than emotional; the children who grew up without parents or grandparents who served or tourists who don’t have that emotional connection either. For me they were both visually and emotionally powerful.

I came across this tree in a smaller town almost a month later. Fewer poppies yet just as strong.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

The new computer is settling in well. Most of the work is in repurposing the old one and making sure all my images have been transferred but that will wait until the end of semester. More processing power equals getting to work more images, it is also making it easier to complete my final assessment so I’m glad I brought this forward instead of waiting for after graduation later this year.

One folio to share from Remi Rebillard I like the story being told in the first set of images with the car window. (Warning, the folio does contain NSFW images)

 

Listening to Eddie Vedder

This disruption brought to you by

This disruption brought to you by

– The unexpected arrival of a new computer to the household.

 

This was something I had planned to do after graduation but there was an opportunity today and I went for it. The down side is that most of the day has gone into migrating to the new machine and there are other things I needed to do for Uni. That left no time for cameras or such and the same applies for the rest of the weekend.

I tend to hang on to computers for a while so I really tend to notice the jump in performance when I upgrade and this time was no exception. The concerns I was having about running out of drive space have also reduced for the moment.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

This time next month I will be free of academic burden but for the moment there is work to do and less time left to do it in… Oh my!

The only portfolio I have spent any time looking at is by Suki Dhanda Images four and five in book one stand out for me. It’s a particular sense of being right there that I get when I look at them.

 

Listening to Ed Sheeran.

 

 

Old glass

Old glass

Continuing with the theme of putting odd vintage lenses onto modern digital cameras this week I took the screw mount 50mm prime from off an old Praktica SX SLR  sitting on my shelf, gave it a clean and tried it out.

The results were what I would expect with sharpness and contrast being particularly noticeable. The softness is not necessarily a bad thing unless you want high fidelity. In hindsight should have taken a newer lens with me and repeated the images for comparison but the weather just closed back in.

Older lenses are far more compact compared to their all singing, all dancing autofocus cousins but they are more tricky to fine focus unless you do so with the aperture open at 2.8. I can see the attraction for digital natives that never really used film or manual focus cameras. Having grown up with that technology I found this more nostalgic than novel.