I’ve been having a bit of a film revival lately, and have managed to acquire a few classic 35mm camera bodies and lenses, some of which I have lusted after since I got interested in photography in my teens.
My current collection consists of the following cameras and accessories:
Canon A1 & Winder A (1983 Vintage)
Canon EOS 600
Canon EOS 3
Canon Speedlite 300TL
Canon Speedlite 299T
Canon Speedlite 199A
Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 (x2)
Canon FD 35-70mm f/3.5
Canon FD 35-105mm f/3.5 constant
Ricoh XR-P & Motor 3
Ricoh XR-X 3PF
Ricoh Speedlite 300P
Rikenon 50mm f/1.7
Tamron AD2 28mm f/2.5
Tamron AD2 28-70mm ()
Tamron AD2 70-210mm ()
Tokina 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 (PK A/PK R)
I am amazed that some of these cameras are are almost 30 years old, but still work perfectly.
The T90 is an absolute beauty and has none of the problems normally associated with this camera (yet) so I am regularly putting film through it to keep the shutter operating nicely.
Likewise, the A1 has no sign of the shutter cough and is a lovely little program camera that has given me a lot of pleasure already.
The XR-P never seems to have been sold in the UK, Aand it is a real beauty, it tells you absolutely everything you need to know (and more) in the viewfinder. The only downside with this camera is that the +- exposure compensation symbol keeps flashing in the viewfinder even when exp comp is set to 0.
Can’t wait to get out and play with them some more.
Well, I can’t believe it, but here we are at the start of 2012, so I guess that its time for some more New Years Resolutions.
1) Shoot more film
2) Focus more on B&W
3) Shoot one good photograph every week of the year (more achievable than a photo a day)
4) Get decent amount of use out of all my “new” 35mm bodies
5) Try to sell some work
6) Keep blog & website updated
7) Use flickr regularly
I think thats more than enough to keep me occupied.
As we had a clear sky tonight, I decided that I’d have a go at photographing star trails.
Basically I set the camerd up on a tripod and set my TC-80N3 intervalometer to take 12x 5 minute exposures with a 1 second interval between each exposure, as taking shorter exposures and combining them tends to reduce the amount of image noise.
The 12 images were then averaged and stacked using the Startrails software.
I did not take any dark frames to help eliminate noise created by dead pixels on the sensor and so there are a number of static hotspots, but they are not too intrusive, although I will make sure that I take a couple of dark frames next time I do this.
I know that the image can be improved a lot, but I was quite impressed at how little effort it took to get this image, I will certainly be doing this again, probably from my parents place in the New Forest where there is a lot less light pollution.
Veins, Veins, Veins
Todays image is a macro shot (approx 1:1) of a backlit Poinsettia leaf, showing the vein detail.
Shot was taken using a Speedlite 430EX with diffuser as a backlight with FEC set to +1EV. Killed ambient light by using 1/250sec f/22.
Although I’ve owned a Speedlite 430EX for quite some time, I have to confess that I’ve never invested much time in learning the art of flash photography and how to best use my flashgun.
Recently, I was looking into using flash for macro photography and was directed to the fantastic resource that is David Hobby’s Strobist Website.
This, together with my New Years Resolution to use more flash photography made me order a couple of budget light stands and shoot-through umbrellas from Amazon, and they turned up today.
The umbrellas needed some 6mm dowel adding to the shaft as they are very thin walled, but apart from that all seems to be good enough quality for my needs.
So hopefully I will be posting my first attempts at studio flash photography soon.