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Come fly with me…

This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.

One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island.  There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂

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A white September

So September came and went super fast; so much happened and it went by in a flash.  As a result focusing on taking shots of white things for my ‘12 colours of 2018‘ challenge just didn’t happen.

So the below shots are a selection of shots I took on the Kauai trip that just happened to be of white things.  Apologies as most of them are (predictably) of flowers.

I will try to do better in October looking for Purple things to shoot.

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Hanapepe

On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe.  The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie.  The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots.  However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

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The chickens of Kaua’i

If you have been to Kaua’i (one of the islands of Hawai’i) you will quite likely think instantly of chickens; not beautiful beaches or hot weather or even Mai Tais… Chickens

Chickens on Kaua’i are like pigeons of London Continue reading “The chickens of Kaua’i”

Transition from tester/reviewer back to Photographer

A couple of years ago I embarked on a journey with the intent to document the small collection of cameras I had, as more or less a personal project. As I progressed the collection grew and the end of the process rather than getting closer seemed to extend into the distance. In the last few months I have reached a point where I don’t feel I have to complete this exercise and I have reduced my collection down to the ones I want to keep and use and am slowly selling off those that don’t meet my criteria of Voigtländer or beautiful or useful.

Building 201 Voigtlander Prominent

So I now have before me (and upon me) a struggle to change the way I shoot and write. For me “struggle” appears to be the right word. I seem to have slipped into a process of shooting purely to test the particular camera I was using and less so looking for really good images that I would be proud of. That is not to say that I didn’t take good pictures I am quite happy with a lot that I have taken over the last year or so. It is just now that I am back to taking photos for their own sake I feel like I have forgotten somewhat where I left off.

Railing Voigtlander Prominent

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July was Blue and August too

Another colour themed post

So for many reasons the July hunt for Blue was a bit of a wash out, actually wash is probably not the right word more the opposite as a primary issue was that it was so hot here getting out to shoot was uncomfortable.

As I was thinking of switching the colours slightly anyway (monocrome is not a colour) I decided to extend blue into August.

As it was I didn’t fair much better in August but here is my selection for your enjoyment.

Hemosa Beach with Voigtländer Vitoret

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Cameras: Nikon 1 V1

I have no real idea why I bought this; it was completely on a whim.  I have a perfectly good (better) digital camera that I love so this really is a mystery.

It happened in a kind of blur… I read a couple of reviews and then fatally checked out that auction site…  some days later a package arrived on my doorstep.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Apart from my Nikonos underwater cameras I have never been a Nikon owner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I guess what interested me about this camera was the look it has; very simple minimalist lines (a sleek black slightly round cube).  Continue reading “Cameras: Nikon 1 V1”

Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR

I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd.   I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

First impressions on getting this is it sits somewhere between my Vitomatic and the Vitessa 500 SE ElectronicContinue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR”

It’s competition Time!

… and there is a prize too!

The image below is a 100% crop of a photo I took recently. I thought it looks interesting when viewed this close and a little abstract.

Decided that if someone could identify what it is an photo of, I would offer a prize in the form of this nice new camera strap from ‘Art Tribute‘ (Shipping anywhere in the USA)

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Red woven camera strap (image from Art Tribute)

So here is the image….

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Cameras: Voigtländer Superb

This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost).  I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.

  • Good viewfinder?  Yep
  • Great lens? You got it
  • Lever based winder? Indeed
  • Spirit level? Of course
  • Parallax correction? Oh yes
  • Frame counter? Certainly

See what I mean?

 

This model was first released in 1933 and I think this actual example was a little later in the run so probably around 1936.  Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Superb”

Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent

I got this and another couple of cameras recently and, for the first time in a long time, I feel like “That’s it I am done buying, it’s not going to get any better than this.”

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I have had the Prominent on my list of desirable cameras for some time but prices have always been above what I was willing to pay.  Now I know that apparently, reasonably priced Prominents are like buses; you wait ages and two turn up at the same time. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent”

June was Pink

The next edition of my series on colours for 2018 which picks a feature colour for each month of the year; June was Pink.

Interesting mural (shot on Halina A1 on Kodak Ektar)

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Thoughts on being explored

So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.

My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!

This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.

This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention.  I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.

Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in.  It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”

Themes: Water

Another review of themes whilst I take a moment to re-calibrate

Water has featured a lot in my life and as such it is not surprising it is a co-star in much of my photography over the years; be it canals, streams, fountains, rivers, lakes or the sea I have shot it at some point.  I am happiest when I am near, on or even in the water and if I can combine that with a camera (or a bike) even better!

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Themes: Shadows

Another on my look back at my photographic themes.

Well, we photographers all like shadows.

After all shadows are what photographs are, otherwise they would be just white light.  The shadows make shapes in the light that we can capture.

But more than that, I do look out for interesting shadows; this is linked to my previous post about geometry and there is a big overlap but I wanted to give it it’s own post as there is something more to shadows. Continue reading “Themes: Shadows”

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