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The beginning
 

Here are 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 PhotoImpact 12.

     

The Garden of my Childhood.

   

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This 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 blocks.

     

Astrophotography

     
   

A rare, urban view of planet Mercury

 

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 recorded !

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).

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Lunar Nights

 

Lunar, Planetary and Stellar Landscapes

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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 astro images.

However, the 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.

There is no substitute for a truly dark night sky, but fairly simple digital image processing techniques may provide a bit of a taste of the deep-sky wonders waiting out there.

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Themes

     

Sunset Sky

 

The Flowers and the Bees

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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
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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....
     

Nature / Wildlife

     

Winter Birds

 

Wild, wild animals

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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 winter.

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!!!).

 

MF Lenses

     

Tamron SP 350mm f/5.6 Model 06B (Adaptall-2 system)

  Tamron 24mm f/5.6 Model 01B (Adaptall-2 system)

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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 teleconverter.

 

The 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.

     
     

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