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

Msc….

March 28, 2010

Taking a hard earned break

The Adelaide Foothills, Palmer to Tungkillo

Sunset at the Glenelg Bay, South Australia

Yuri Lane Video Clip

February 22, 2010

This is great stuff…….

Traditional Processes

January 26, 2010

Here is a great set of clips on platinum printing. Hauser is a photographer in Paris, and he’s using all sort of modern and traditional processes to make his fantastic images. In these clips, he runs us through his technique on producing platinum prints. This is something that I want to try in the future, but space and time constraits are preventing me from doing this anytime soon.

The first clip gives a little background on V. Tony, and the last two in the series get to the nuts and bolts.

Check out this video, about Paul Nicklen’s trip to the Antartica, and his encounter with a deadly Leopard Seal. This is amazing stuff!

Leica M9 Is Coming!

August 3, 2009

I started a thread HERE on Photo.net a few months ago stating that the M9 was coming in September. I had it on good authority but I was well and truly bashed on the forum, and was told the M9 was a long way off. Well it seems inevatable now that an announcment will indeed be made on the 09/09/2009 to inform us about the new 20mp full frame Leica M9. Phase One has a listing for the M9 in their Capture One Pro v4.8.2 software release, and the French Chasseur d’Image magazine has published a September release date also. It is also rumoured to house a Canon sensor based on the one used in the 5DMkII. Price? You know what they say, “if you have to ask……..”.

I hope Leica has a great deal of success with their new M series, as well as the just announced S-sytem medium format camera. They are a tiny company compared to the likes of Canon and Nikon, and many famous brands are either no longer around, or around in name only (read Voigtlander). Hasselblad came to the brink of collapse with the advent of digital, and Leica have not had a smooth transition into digital either. There has mixed reaction to the price release of their new medium format system, but it seems to me to be well placed when compared to their competitors offerings in the same target market.

Whilst it is great to see Leica progressing into new segments, and continuing to refine the M system, my first love is film. It still offers me the best image quality for what I shoot, and to me, that is what counts the most. Waiting a couple of day for my negatives to come back from the lab, or coughing up the extra expense of buying, developing, and scanning film, is a small price to pay when the images I make will, no doubt, outlast my lifetime.

My Leica IIIa circa 1937 with a Leitz Summar 2/5cm lens

My Leica IIIa circa 1937 with a Leitz Summar 2/5cm lens

Here is a video series that I came across some time ago, but I was recently reminded of it.  It is a presentation by Ken Henderson, and he focuses on traditional techniques that are still appropriate today.  Some of his methods can be simulated in Photoshop, but there is something special about the craft of creating something in camera, particularly if you do not have the luxury of an LCD screen on the back of your camera to verify your results.

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Voigtlander Nokton 1.1/50mm

Looks like Scott over at Mainline Photo has just received his first shipment of the new Voigtlander 50mm lens, which sports a maximum aperture of f1:1.1. A few images are showing up on the web and so far it looks to be a good little lens. Now I say little, and it is by SLR lens standards, but really this is large for a rangefinder lens. It is not as big as the Voigtlander 1.2/35mm but it still blocks about 1/8th of the viewfinder on an M series camera. That’s no big deal, and an optional vented lens shade can be purchased to help with visablitly. That is the pay off if you want or need a super fast lens.

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Optional vented hood

You can purchase the lens here on Scott’s website. I have no affilliation with Mainline apart from purchasing gear from them. I am always impressed with their product knowledge and service, and I like to recommend people who make things easy for me.

It is hard not to compare this lens with the Leica Noctilux 1/50mm, and some have said it is a close match is some regards, but the new Nokton is around $10 000 cheaper than the German beast. Now that sort of money can buy a lot of film.

Wow! Check out David Wood’s DR5 site here. I haven’t had the chance to try this out, but I will just as soon as I get the chance. HP5 @ 1600 ASA with all the quality of frames shot @400 ASA….sounds exciting. Just shoot the film, send it to DR5, and you get back b&w chromes with the option of high res scans.

Here is a link to an interview on Inside Analog Photography with Stephen Schaub discussing his take on a hybrid workflow.  You can also visit The Figital Revolution by clicking on the link in the Sites Of Interest section on the sidebar.  Stephen produces some fantastic work combining state of the art scanning and printing techniques with traditional cameras and lenses such as pinhole attachments to a Leica M7!