Travel Warning

August 19, 2011

This letter is currently being distributed to visitors to Tanzania.

Due to the rising frequency of lion encounters across the land, the Minister of Fish and Wildlife for Tanzania has advised all who travel through areas of sparse human population to be mindful of territorial lion prides as well as individual lions currently roaming the countryside.

As the Minister cannot recommend carrying firearms in accordance with the laws of Tanzania, she has issued 3 recommendations to support the safety of travelers.

Attach bells to the belts of everyone in your party to alert lions of your approach. Most lion attacks are a result of startling them through normal silent travel.
Carry pepper spray in lieu of firearms. Pepper spray has proven to have similar effects on lions as it does on humans and can also be a deterrent if sprayed between you and a lion preparing to attack.
Be mindful of evidence of the recent presence of lions.
The most easily distinguished evidence of a lion’s recent presence is feces. While most large mammal droppings are similar in color and texture, there are tell-tail signs that are clear.

Droppings with berries, grass, and of human feces size or smaller are normally associated with harmless animals.

Droppings with bells that smell like pepper likely originated from lions.

Respectfully,

The Office of the Minister of Fish and Wildlife
Tanzania

Loving the new Olympus Pen

August 13, 2011

Shot on the EP-2, with the Panasonc 1.7/20mm.

Out and About

August 13, 2011

How To Load A Leica

January 2, 2011

I just uploaded a little video on how to load a Leica. This will work for the M4, M4P, M6, M7, and the MP.

Medium Format

June 22, 2010

Shot an my newly acquired Mamiya RB67. More to follow………….

Msc….

March 28, 2010

Taking a hard earned break

The Adelaide Foothills, Palmer to Tungkillo

Sunset at the Glenelg Bay, South Australia

Holga

March 19, 2010

It may have been shot on a plastic camera, with a plastic lens, but it goes to show that there is no substitute for negative real estate. This image was an impromtu portrait that I took last weekend. The model is Don Anderson, who is the creator of the Pioneer Village in Karoonda, South Australia. This image looks just great at full size from the 4000dpi scan. I took a spare B+W orange filter and taped it to the front of the Holage, threw in a roll of Fuji Neopan Acros, and snapped away. In my haste, a set the film to the 6×4.5 setting, and all my images overlapped. I was able to salvage most, and the normal vignetting on the 6×6 is not evident on the smaller frames.

Holga 120N with Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Holga 120N with B+W MRC orange filter

Kodachrome

March 19, 2010

Well after a 45 000km trip – from the US to Australia, then back to the US for developing, then another trip back to Australia, I finally have my first batch of Kodachrome in my hot little hands. The colours sure do look great, but I can’t say that the K64 has ‘blown’ me away, as I had expected. I have shot a bit of Provia 100f over the last couple of years, and I have to say that I probably prefer it to the K64. It seems to work better in a variety of lighting situations, it has a greater dynamic range, and a lot less hassle. I guess I’m kinda glad in a way. I would hate to feel the urge to shoot Kodachrome for all of my colour work, only to have to give it up in nine months time when Dwayne’s cease to offer processing. But at least I can say I’ve tried it, and I think I got a couple of good shots. I’m not a huge colour shooter, but the Provia 100f and 400x are still available, at least for now.

Leica MP with 1.4/75mm Summilux and Kodachrome 64

Leica MP with 1.4/35mm Summilux and Kodachrome 64

Leica MP with 1.4/75mm Summilux and Kodachrome 64

Leica MP with 1.4/35mm Summilux and Kodachrome 64

Yuri Lane Video Clip

February 22, 2010

This is great stuff…….

More Mallee Landscapes

February 6, 2010

Here is another of my landscapes, taken at the 5th green of the Karoonda Golf Course. This was a tricky shot to take, as it was hand held and the metering was an estimation as the battery in my MP had died, and I didn’t have time to stop and replace it.