I caught up with Julien briefly on Friday night, I grabbed a couple of shots while I was there and a video, make sure you check it out. You won’t be sorry.
Almost done with phase one of the website update, I’m just waiting on a few odds and ends to be sent through and I have to finish off a couple of small things. Otherwise things are shaping up well and phase 1 will be complete soon.
Now something unrelated to the site update. My good friend Nat (of Dear Little House) is having a little competition to celebrate the first anniversary (Houseiversary) of her blog. She is giving away a couple of film prints to celebrate, so make sure you check the prints and her blog here. The competition is drawn on the 18th of Jan (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.
The year is drawing to an end, I’ve checked my image library and there are a little over 35,000 photos from 2011. It’s been a busy year, but a good one. Next year I hope to do a much more photography related activities. I’m already in the early stages of planning a revamp of this site which should hopefully focus it more on the direction I would like to take next year.
In other news I decided to enter the London Street Photography Festival Awards. This was a spur of the moment decision and completing the entry took a couple of hours, but I managed to get it done with a little help from Lauren. The winners should be announced on the 20 March 2012, keep your fingers crossed for me!
Ps. The shot’s I’ve entered are shown below.
It’s getting late and I need my beauty sleep. So I hope you all have a wonderful new years and I’ll see you on the other side.
All shot with various digital cameras ranging from my Canon S90 to my Nikon D300 (I’m not too fussy about brand). The shots were re-processed in Lightroom 3 using VSCO film presets.