moody and dark

Sunsets.  They’re always good for the soul.

It’s good to gave a colourful close to a day – it’s as if nature is finishing the day with a poetic full stop.

Well, thats all fine and dandy, but the internet (and indeed my own photo collection) is full of shots of sunsets.  They happen every day in millions of different places around the world – they’re almost as common as a Ford Fiesta.

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flowers

The one good thing about my little LX5 (yes, I’m still harping on about it) is that it has a macro capability, plus you can set it to different aspects on the camera (square, landscape etc) – which is pretty handy for composing flower type pictures.

I’m not really that into taking shots of flowers – they’re pretty enough and close up, they can be interesting I suppose – but I’m just not that good at taking them for the most part.  I’ve seen some corking flower photos – some people can just visualise something that the looks good.  I’ve also seen black and whites flower shots where the picture is all about form, light and texture – now that I do find genuinely interesting.

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fuzzy logic

I’ve been watching England steam roller Australia in the second Test of the Ashes series at Adelaide.  What a pleasure that is after last time over here and all the over confident jibes from the Aussies over the years.

I’m not getting ahead of myself though, there’s plenty of cricket to play yet and things could easily turn around, but I’m sensing strength, patience and team cohesion from the English, whereas I’m seeing raggedness and increasing desperation and frustration from the Baggy Greens.

I suspect rain will force a draw at Adelaide, but that draw totally belies the one sided-ness of the this test.

We’re a bit chilly down here this week – only 22-25C – brrrr.  Ok, I say this just to piss off anyone in the Northern Hemisphere that is currently suffering from feet of cold white global warming.  We had a very low tide today, so I went for a paddle in the sea.  Hey, its a hard life down here, we have to put up with snakes and spiders dontchaknow.

Now I need to go for a run to get some Tim Tams, so I shall leave you with a crazy photo of the beach that I took a few weeks ago, hope ya like.

The films, they are back!

I’ve been waiting eagerly for these ever since I got the call on Thursday to say they were ready and being posted back to me.

Well, they arrived yesterday and I’ve been scanning a few of the shots already and I’m pretty happy with them.

It was a bit of a camera combo this time

1 roll of 35mm from the (now dead) Supersampler
2 rolls of 35mm from the Olympus Trip 35
1 roll of 120 from the Holga
3 rolls of 120 from the Hasselblad

So, here’s a selection in the same order..

The Lomo Supersampler

The Supersampler has 4 lenses and no viewfinder – it simply takes one shot through each lens over the course of a second or so, making very interesting images.  Sadly, our one has broken and the films get scratched and broken trying to get them out.  These were taken in Melbourne and are relatively unscathed.

The Trip 35 – slide film cross processed like transparency film

Trip 35 – black and white

The Trip 35 ones were a little disappointing – there’s something a bit bland about the way the shots seem to come out and I’m pretty sure it’s not the lab or the scanning.  The cross processed shots have very vivid colours –  lomo-esque, but without the charm of the Holga’s lens distortions or the delicacy of the medium format film. I wonder what these would have been like if I’d got them processed correctly?  Ah well.

The black and whites were very grey on the prints – I think the Trip tends to meter a little on the light side of the middle of a scene, which is okay I guess, but it can leave the pics a bit washed out.  A quick push through photoshop for a little tweak of the curves and levels soon brought a little punch back, although not as much as I’d like.  You live and learn I guess.

The Holga and Hasselblad shots I’ll save for another post.