A little tilt shift, first photos for 2012.

Happy new year everyone!

It’s finally starting to feel like summer! I can’t believe it took so long, but I guess that is what happens when we had the coldest start to summer in 50 years.

I spent new years day with a few friends at dam in Sydney’s northern beaches. Nat (of dear little house) kindly organised a lazy afternoon picnic to help recover from the NYE festivities.

While we were there, one of my friends Nick let me try out a tilt shift lens he had made. He’d put it together using parts from on old medium format camera. For those of you who are interested, the lens is an Agfa Agnar 85mm /f4.5 from a Agfa Isolett.  Nick has posted the details on his flickr account here .

Using the lens is really fiddly and a little slow since it is completely manual. You aren’t going to be shooting any fast moving subjects with this one. None the less, I managed to grab some shots I liked and given it only cost Nick about $12 to make, I think I’ll have to get one of my own.

Finally here are a few of the better shots using this lens:

And for comparisons sake, a  few of the other shots I took using one of my standard lenses (Nikon 17-55 f 2.8):

All shot with my Nikon D7000, processed in Lightroom 3 using VSCO film presets.

 

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