some of my very first pictures. The pictures to the left are the
"original" negatives, only rotated, cropped and inverted. Do they look
rather hazy and low in contrast? They should ! Because that is the
nature and one of the benefits of black and white negative panchromatic film: They
are high definition / have a high
dynamic range and are rich in detail both in high- and low light parts
at the same time. Had they looked more contrast - like the prints from
the family album - chances are that there is something wrong with your
camera settings. The digital camera should reproduce as faithfully as
possible the levels of the original analogue film.
In the wet darkroom the
photographer made the final appearance through choice of the
photographic paper and the way that paper was exposed and developed. In the digital
darkroom we do something similar and in both cases, a multitude of
different effects can be achieved. There is no single "truth" as to what
the right picture is/should be.
The pictures to the right
have been modestly enhanced, merely by using the AUTO-LEVEL function in
Garden of my Childhood.
is the garden of my childhood, photographed when I was 11 and 12 years
old with my very first camera, a Dacora Super Dignette on Agfa Isopan F
- no, I didn't take notes when I was 11 but I can read the film brand
name and type on the negatives. Original negatives
have been converted
by means of my Olympus C50 Zoom with an old 135 mm tele lens as a macro front lens.
Today, this and the neighbouring gardens have been turned into a
desolate, un-enchanting parking lot and the huge lumber yard in the back
and to the right has been demolished to give space for new apartment
A rare, urban view of
I have never seen Mercury before - hardly thought I ever would. But
on the evening of 21 April 2009 at ESDT 21:56 (UT 19:56) it suddenly was
there, visible to the naked eye in spite of air pollution and all.
Thanks to my trusty "old" (2005-release) digital SLR, Pentax *ist DL and my even older
(1981) Pentax SMC K-lens at 50mm f/2.8 this precious moment was also
Origninal raw (pef) file
converted to 8-bit jpg. First image otherwise unprocessed 8 sec
exposure at ISO 200 with Pentax *ist DL digital SLR and Pentax SMC
K-lens, 50 mm focal length at f/2.8. Note on EXIF data: Camera clock
is set to EST (not ESDT).
On 24 April,
sky conditions had improved and Mercury was easily visible to the
naked eye. It even recorded well with my small Olympus C50 Zoom compact
camera (although with some focusing flaws).
Lunar, Planetary and Stellar Landscapes
There is a moon for every camera and every lens - and
for your digital imaging software too.
Landscape Photography? Astrophotography? Or both?
A taste of Deep-sky
Living in the midst of a city makes many things easy - but not deep-sky
astrophotography. Haze, dust/smog and in particular ligt pollution - the
gastly mixture of spectral lines from street lights, shop windows,
vehicles, spots and posters block out all but the brightest stars to the
naked eye and provide a nasty, brigt and pinkish-reddish tint to one's
advent of digital cameras and digital imaging processing makes possible
to suppress a surprisingly large part of the effect of light pollution
on city-astrophotography - if not for scientific purposes then at least
for aesthetic ones.
The setting sun, the sky and the
clouds - there are endless variations of shape, colour and brightness
coming, asking to be captured
Capturing bees working their way through my garden
flowers is a bit like photographing children: It requires quite some
patience - and some luck too
After the Rains
Once upon a Wintertime
Make it a habit to look up and around
after rain. There will often be a rainbow, and rainbows usually record
quite well with a digital camera. As with sunsets and clouds, they are
all alike - yet never the same.
December 2009 through February 2010 and
November 2010: Here, where I live, we usually have to travel south to see the
sun in the summer time and to go north (or south) in the winter time to find the
snow and ice. But once in a while, things become a bit different....
Capturing wild birds at the feeding table is a bit like put'n take
fishery - not very sporty.
And a vintage, rather slow, f/5.6 300mm tele lens (Tamron SP Model 54B)
may not be the very best hunting gear during the dark days of northern
But I got pictures of some of my many fethered friends around our
summer(!) cottage and I am quite happy with that!
Go out in your
backyard and sit still; just sit absolutely still - and nature may come to you
once in a while. (The deer come to feed on my roses!!!).
Tamron SP 350mm f/5.6 Model 06B (Adaptall-2 system)
Tamron 24mm f/5.6 Model 01B (Adaptall-2 system)
Some pictures of, about and first of
all with my vintage (1982)
Tamron SP 350 mm f/5.6 Model 06B catadioptric
(mirror) tele lens with and without the Tamron 01F flatfield
Tamron 24mm f/5.6
Model 01B should be
reasonably fast (f/2.5) but is it sharp wide open? Let's take a walk around dusk
on a grey, late October afternoon to find out.