Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

The cheap set of clip on phone lenses I ordered last week have arrived and present some promise for photography on the go.

This week I have chosen some folios that are not so safe for work, mainly because the photographers chose to mix nude images into their folios.  It seemed a shame to exclude them because of that and besides, you should not be surfing the web at work anyway!

So here is the work of Arno Lam, Adrian Holmes,  Christopher Griffith and Andrew Fladeboe

Listening to Stanley Jordan. Such a unique playing style

 

Waiting for a bus

Waiting for a bus

I recently mentioned the need to make opportunities and that has led me to using my phone for photography more often. I was at the bus stop with nothing better to do when I noticed the texture of the headlights grazing across the paving.

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This is one of the images I made as I waited. I could crop out the blown highlight or remove the cigarette butts though I like this as is. Given this was hand-held in low light with no manual control I’m impressed and encouraged to do this more often.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

I’m beginning to see the rain as a good thing as I can find time to read. This week I got my preorder copy of the Headshot by Peter Hurley. I really like his approach of dealing with the inside as well as the outside of his subjects.

Maurice Mikkers, Andrew Rucker and Mark Edward Harris round out the folio selection this week. A bit of a mixed bag but each offered something.

Listening to Tim Freedman and the Whitlams, Bernard Fanning with Powderfinger and some Missy Higgins

Phoneography

A lot of the images on this blog are from my phone. While it has not replaced my DSLR it has become my everyday carry but it does have limitations when it comes to lenses. When I saw this article on Boing Boing for a cheap set of clip on lenses it got me thinking about whether or not it was worth the trouble. Looking over to my left I noticed a similar but larger set of accessory lenses from one of my oldest digital cameras a Kodak DX3900 that I no longer use but have held onto since 2003.

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I figured these lenses were probably slightly better quality but I lacked a way to attach them. That said, I figured I could try freelensing using my phone instead of risking getting the sensor on my DSLR covered in dust. This way I could have some fun until I worked out how to attach them or gave in and a bought a cheap clip on set.

Enter my trusty studio assistant Edwood. A simple two light setup on my desk resulted in these images.

This was a quick and dirty test of different combinations. I tried stacking the macro lenses onto the wide and tele but had difficulty focussing. The macro was probably the standout for me but overall the lenses are too big to freehold and really impractical for use outdoors. The results are also a little soft but I could probably improve on that if had more control over aperture.

I’m now sold on the idea of getting some add-on lenses though and having something universal rather than for a specific phone makes sense.  I would also like to see if there are telephoto options so I think I will see what else is out there.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

My break is over but I got something new to read. Edward Weston: 125 Photographs is a beautiful object in its own right and the reproduction of the images within it was done with great care to preserve the tone and contrast of the originals. I am trying not to drool as I write this but honestly the seeming simplicity of the subject matter and the approach that screams this is the work of Edward Weston and no one else, make this a delicious feast for the eyes. All the more to appreciate when you consider the photographic technology of the time Weston was working.

Almost any photographer I would list this week would come across as less than so I put up this link to a small collection of Weston’s work (Warning: There will be images that contain nudity)

Listening to Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave and Chris Cornell. I guess I’m still stuck in the 90’s

 

Gloomy

Gloomy

I’m beginning to get an understanding of what Seasonal Affected Disorder is about. The cold saps my motivation to pull out my camera and when I do the light is terrible. Rather than focussing on the lack of good light I have decided to use the time to focus on my workflow and post production so I have that in place for when opportunities come up.

I don’t do a lot of post processing of images except for converting to black and white. I have collected a hodgepodge of different tools for collecting, editing and managing images and have been trying out more since I stopped using Adobe LightRoom. I could go back to it using Adobe Bridge to convert my files but I want a more simplified and streamlined approach. I was going to go with Camera One but like LightRoom, there are far more features than I will ever use.

I use Intensify and Snapheal but they don’t let me organise images. Macphun also have an application called Snapselect that may cover this so I’m trying that out.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

I just finished reading “This is a call: the life and times of Dave Grohl” It took a lot longer to get through than I expected. So did this post as WordPress lost some edits and I had to start over. (Not impressed…)

Portfolios have been plentiful this week. Here are images from Magnus Reed, David Jay and Mark Mann. The Scar project by Jay will be a little confronting for some but I found a sense of dignity and respect in the work.

Listening to some Nirvana covers that take grunge and clean it up a little