Even older cameras

Adding more and more cameras to my collection, these are some of the oldest ones that I have;  a Japanese Beautycord TLR from the early 50's and a Kodak Brownie Model 2a from the mid 20's.

The Brownie was found on Ebay and is in excellent condition with the original box, I don't think it has been used much at all since the mid 1920's as the leather is still in really great shape.

The TLR was found on Gumtree and bought off an older gent who received it from his father many decades ago.  When I collected it he was reminiscing about his youth and the many great shots he had acquired hen using it; he was sad to see it go.

Melbourne Holiday - September 2015

The family and I spent five nights in Melbourne which was a fantastic break even though the weather was far from delightful.

I found myself taking a lot of long exposure images of the city; here are Flinders Station, St Kilda Pier and Docklands.  All these images were taken in daylight and are between 1 to 1.5 minutes.

Old camera collection

My vintage camera collection is constantly growing; either by searching op shops, ebay, gumtree or from family and friends passing on their old gear.

Here's a small selection of the collection; Olympus OM2, Olympus Trip 35, Practika LTL, Minolta Himatic 7s, Minolta 16 and a Lucimeter light meter.

Seems I have a penchant for 1970's silver and black cameras.

Caboolture Camera Club - Hunt and Shoot

The Caboolture Camera Clubs' annual Hunt and Shoot was on again and as usual is always a fun activity.  A list of 8 subjects are given to you moments before starting time and you have 2.5 hours to capture something for each subject... but there are some rules.

1. All images must be taken in order and have consecutive file numbers (no deleting)

2. Must be within a set zone/location - we were limited to how far we could walk from Shorncliffe beach.

All these images are straight out of the camera and have not been edited in post.

Shorncliffe Sunrise

Visited a new spot that I haven't been to before at Shorncliffe and thankfully it paid off. Located halfway between the old pier and Baxters Jetty is a rocky wonderland; a photographers delight everywhere you turn. Add to that a cracking sunrise and I am one very happy guy this morning.

Nikon D610 | Nikon 18-35G @ 26mm | 5 sec | F11 | ISO50 | ND8 soft grad | edit in LRCC

Caboolture Historical Village

Visited the Caboolture Historical Village this morning for their annual Gem Fest held by the Caboolture Gem Club. It's always great to visit the village, especially with the kids.

I spent some time watching the blacksmiths working the metal, looks like hard yakka.

Nikon D610 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 70mm | 1/250sec | F4 | ISO1000 | Edit in LRCC

New lens test at Brighton

I headed down to Brighton this morning to test out my new Nikon 18-35G lens on the D610. I headed to a few spots around Redcliffe and Woody Point before settling in at the western end of the Hornibrook Bridge. The sun put on a great show throwing a fair bit of colour into the clouds before the rain set in on the horizon.

The first shot was taken with just grad filters and the second was shot using an ND400 filter to blur the clouds and water giving a completely different feel to the morning.

Nikon D610 | Nikon 18-35 F3.5-4.5G @ 24mm | ISO50 | 1 sec | F11 | ND4 + ND8 soft grad

Caboolture Car Show and Swap Meet

A yearly ritual for me is to visit the Caboolture Car Show and Swap Meet.  It's a bit of a family morning out with my Brother In-Law and Father In-Law taking their cars to get primo parking at the show'n'shine so we don't have to walk forever to get to the swap.

I decided to try something different and make a collage of different headlights on all the classic cars; how many can you recognize?

Superior 4WD Racing - Elimbah


I attended the Superior 4WD Racing finals just to see what it was all about and was glad I did - What a hoot.

The weather was pretty average but I made a last minute decision to drive up and check it out, it was only 3km from home.

I spent 3 hours in the confines of the tiny viewing area which did not give great scope for different locations.  I set up on the inside apex of a big sweeping corner and captured most of the cars broad sliding their way through the mud - highly entertaining.

Rolling Hills | Mt Mee

A lovely sunset on Friday evening from Settlement Road at the top of Mount Mee.  

I took Friday off to take the family to the local show (helps to avoid crowds with young kids), we spent the morning there and then decided to take a drive up the mountain to check out the views.  

I had been searching for rolling hills and went in search of them in the local landscape, this particular location on Mt Mee is only a 30 minute drive from home and the scenery changes dramatically.  It was peaceful at the top, in the fresh mountain air watching the sun set in the west, I think the kids had a good time exploring the fence line and the country roads.

Nikon D610 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 70mm | 1/50sec | F8 | ISO200 | 13 shots stitched in LRCC and shot using a Nodal Ninja NN5

Natural Bridge | Springbrook

I visited Natural Bridge at Springbrook in the Gold Coast Hinterland while on family holiday on the Gold Coast. I woke up early and made it to the trail just before sunrise, it was a chilly and I was glad I wore thermal pants under my hiking pants, a fleece under my jacket, and beanie and mittens.  

The cave was spectacular, cold and loud, and I spotted about a dozen glow worms overhead.  It was serene and surreal, sitting by myself for an hour inside the cave watching the sun rise and only getting a tiny bit of light filtering in to where I was sitting.  The water running through the hole in the cave roof was gushing quite a lot and was sending a fair bit of spray throughout the cave. 

I set up my tripod with the nodal ninja attached and mounted my new camera and 24-70 lens, I checked my exposures for outside, inside and the cave roof before working out the rotations.  I decided on doing twelve shots angled at 10 degrees up and rotating every 15 degrees to capture a full 180 degrees, taking 3 different exposures at each point.  I then repeated the process with the camera facing 10 degrees downwards resulting in 72 images to be stitched.

I have found that Photoshop cannot handle the larger multi-row / multi-exposure images so I choose to stitch these panoramas using Kolor Autopano Pro and then get to work on the image editing using both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.

Nikon D610 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | Various exposures | F8 | ISO 200 | 72 images using Nodal Ninja NN5 | Edited in Kolor Autopano Pro, Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC

Story Bridge, Brisbane | Sunrise

I had an early start and needed to pick up some materials for work around Hendra so I headed in super early to Wilsons Outlook a the top of Bowen Terrace overlooking the Story Bridge. I set up my Nodal Ninja to take a series of panoramas, I especially like this one as the sky was just changing and the stars were still visible in the sky.

It took about 30 minutes for my fingers to thaw once I was back in the car.

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 30mm F1.4 | 15sec | F8 | ISO200 | 12 images stitched in LR CC

Centenary Lakes | Club Outing

It must be a rare weekend for photography, this morning I headed out to Centenary Lakes in Caboolture with a few members of the Caboolture Photography Club for an unofficial early morning outing.

There was a lot more chit chat than snap snap but it is always good to catch up.  In amongst the chatter I did manage to capture some images of the local birds; a Corella, Dusky Moorhen and some feral duck. 

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4x TC | various exposures at F8

Bribie Island Sunset

I haven't been shooting much lately and the weather has been terrible.  We had 140mm of rain the day before and the clouds were starting to clear so we quickly ate dinner and packed everyone in the car for a trip to Bribie Island on the off chance that there would be some colour in the sky.

My family doesn't often come along on photo jaunts as it does get rather boring to the non-photographer but everyone seemed to enjoy it briefly; maybe it was just the novelty of an after dinner excursion.  E had packed here camera and stayed rather close to me as I was setting up and moving about looking for the right angle, I hope one day she will be a budding photographer.

4 Shot Panorama | Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | 15 sec | F11 | ISO100 | ND8 Soft Grad over Sky | Edited in LR5 and PSCC 

I have a soft spot for panoramic images but I really liked this single shot image of the Bribie Island bridge too.

Nikon D7100 | Tamron 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm | 15 sec | F11 | ISO100 | ND8 Soft Grad over Sky | Edited in LR5 

Fungi | Australia Zoo


Too hot to be outside today so I'm in the AC going through some recent photos.  Here's a shot of some fungi from the gardens at Australia Zoo.  I liked how a little pocket of light was hitting the cluster on the side of the log.

Nikon D7100 | Sigma 70-200 F2.8 + 1.4xTC @ 420mm | 1/200sec | F8 | ISO1000

Image for Club Judging

I've been absent from the camera club for a while, only going to about two meetings in six months, I really want to start trying again this year to keep attending meetings and outings as well as entering images into the monthly judging.

The subjects for January are; "Things that start with the letter C" and "People"

The first image is of an old camera that I picked up recently at an op shop.  The second image that starts with C is from a shoot that I did at a coffee roaster near where I work; I wish my latte art was as good as this.

While at a family/friend gathering I spotted the three girls peeking through the fence trying to get a glimpse of Max, the Jack Russell.  The second image I shot at a local swap meet where I was having a go at street photography, I really like the colouring in this image and the repetition of the axes.

Hopefully the judge won't rip me to threads and I can post some positive feedback.