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Continuation

This is a picture of my wife when she was about three years old. Her parents took her to a local photographer and he made this lovely portrait of her with the red telephone. Innocence incarnate. The photographer himself was rightly pleased with the image and made a large print of it, giving it pride of place in his studio window for weeks.

I always admired the photo and not long after our son was born I had the idea that I should have a crack at doing a version of the photo with him so that we might have a diptych to hang on the wall.

I bought a red handset online – it’s actually useable so long as your phone manufacturer hasn’t decided to be “courageous” and remove the headphone jack – and would every now and then bring it out to show our son so that he became familiar with it, and knew more or less what it was and what it was supposed to be used for.

After having the headset for a while I noticed one day that the light was good and (equally important) that our little treasure was in an accommodating mood. I fetched the headset, connected it to my wife’s phone & rang it, giving him the receiver so that he might have a chat.

In the few minutes that I had before he got bored I managed the above image. I was pretty pleased with myself (ecstatic actually) until I noticed on the camera’s LCD screen that I’d knocked the ISO dial on my Fujifilm X-T3 and that the images had been made at ISO 12800. 12800! I always thought that was a marketing gimmick that they stuck on the camera just to tick a box on a spec sheet somewhere. It’s never something I’ve wittingly used. My Canon 5D2 starts getting unruly over 3200 ISO and it has a much bigger sensor.

Crestfallen, I later trudged over to the computer to see what could be done to save the image. I was expecting the worst but it actually turns out that it needed practically no saving at all! There was obviously a bit of noise, but nothing that detracts from the image. I fiddled with the image a tiny bit (I was going to try to replicate the colour cast, and also blur the photo a little – the original is slightly blurred, but decided against it) and then without further ado ordered a similar sized print.

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Forest II

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Iceland

These were taken in 2015. At first I didn’t like them, particularly these first six. Now I find them calming.

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Fallout

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4×3

I’ve been eyeing up old medium format cameras (specifically the Mamiya 645 1000s), so decided to try the aspect ratio out for a while.

These images were taken yesterday along with the others from the previous post, but I decided to keep them separate as I don’t think they fit together well.

After walking back I saw that the clouds were “doing something” in the distance. There’s always something going on in the hills when I’m nowhere near them. Exposing for the highlights in the clouds & hills camera right added a bit of mood.

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Forest I

Some abstracts of the forest floor. I don’t know that much about flora and fauna, and was surprised that there was so much life still hanging on in December. I didn’t have to look long to find something going about its business. Maybe it’s there all year.

Most of these images are macro in the extreme. The greenery is spagnum moss (I think…) and the like. The spider’s body is a few millimeters in length, and that small bug is climbing a mushroom that itself is maybe only a centimeter in diameter. I wasn’t going to include the fauna here, thinking that it would detract from the soft greens of the moss. I might yet remove them.

Fujifilm X-T3, Laowa 65mm, Capture One 20. Contrast is lowered, as is sharpness, structure & clarity. Brightness is increased. There is a curve lifting the blacks.

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Martinsgänse

A local tradition around here is to make Martinsgänse on Martinstag (11th November). The tradition is described on Wikipedia if you’re interested. While I’m not in any way religious I’ll tolerate a tradition if it means we get to eat something different.

After my wife did all the hard work and actually made the things, I sauntered in, ate a couple, and then grabbed the camera to have a play with them.

These geese were to be my unwitting test subjects for some jpeg settings – a Fujifilm “Simulation Recipe“. Snapshots really, but I fancy it’s possible to read some emotion into them.

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Gran Canaria

Earlier this year before the approach of The End Times, we took a family holiday to Gran Canaria. Much beaches, such sand castles. Family holiday and hence family pictures (the best sort…), but I snuck away a couple of times in the early hours with my camera to take a few non-family pictures.

A boy in a plane getting ready to pilot the machine

Though I brought a tripod (a tiny little carbon fibre thing – another advantage to small mirrorless cameras), it was always buried in some luggage or other or we had child things to carry and so was not readily available whenever I needed it. And that’s my excuse. I did bring it with me for these shots on the sand dunes, however.

I really enjoyed trying to find the odd abstract image here and there.

We stayed predominantly in the south although we couldn’t resist a journey all the way to the other end of the island to the aquarium in the north (about 1 hours’ travel). Whenever I go to aquariums I’m always looking forward to the jellyfish. If you’re ever on Gran Canaria, go to the aquarium

And besides the aquarium we also took a submarine ride. We didn’t see much, but, have you ever been in a submarine? Me neither. Was beautiful, and the boy and I got to drive the wife mad with yellow submarine renditions for the rest of the holiday. For the astute, yes that is a Yashica FX-D.

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New York

Long ago in a faraway time, we traveled the globe.

I took a Sony a6000 with me to document it. Not because I loved it, but because I was sick of carrying kilos of Canon 5D2 everywhere. The autofocus made up for a lot (actually the autofocus was amazing), especially coming from the 5D2, but the colours out of the camera were awful and the buttons were tiny and I just didn’t like it, despite it being so highly rated. It did however have a very lovely 50mm 1.8 (75mm on the crop sensor) with image stabilisation, and I got some nice images out of that. I wish Fujifilm produced something like that for the ~280€ I paid for it.

I previously paid the images little attention as I found the colours even more detracting than usual. Holiday snaps from a lovely time to help us remember what we did, but not photographic images with worth in and of themselves. As I also previously disliked the artifice and unreality of black & white they were left untouched, but as I presently love it I am able to improve them somewhat.

This guy was nice. His name is Shareef Clayton and I hope he’s doing well nowadays and that’s happy and healthy. Technically the picture doesn’t belong here as it was taken in Helsinki Airport, but after seeing him practicing in silence and asking to take his picture, I got talking to him and he told me he was giving a concert in a library in Queens in a few days. He gave me a copy of his CD to boot. We turned up at the library where the concert was being held, enjoyed their music, then queued to say thanks and pay him for the CD we already had.

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Africa II

I spent some more time browsing the Africa trove, and came up with these. I re-edited a few, because the old editing didn’t appeal to me as much. Additionally, images that I skipped over 4 years ago are interesting to me now. Tastes change, of course.

It’s interesting (for me at least) to see the differences in the edits side by side. Previously I scorned shadows, the Lightroom clarity slider, and almost never – unless requested – did anything in black & white.