Archive for the ‘Landscapes’ Category

Weir

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 by


An old shot, from my hiking trip through Scotland in 2005.

Technical details

Shot on my Miranda MS2 Super, with its original kit zoom, on Kodak HD200 color print film.

Why I like it

Mostly, I like the sign.

Fish ladder

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 by


Just a quick picture to show I’m not dead yet.

Shot two weeks ago in the east of the Netherlands, a close up of a fish ladder. A little experiment with shapes and close-ups.

Technical details

Leica M3, 135mm Tele-Elmar, Neopan 400, developed in Rodinal 1:45

Bus lane

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 by


A more abstract street shot. I’ve had a 8X12 of this on my whiteboard for a few weeks now1 and once I get my darkroom set up, I intend to make a bigger one to frame2.

Technical details

Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, Neopan 400, developed by my lab in Ilford chemistry.

Why I like it

It’s something new for me, but one of the first shots where I really think I got to the gist of B&W photography (at least what I want to do with it).

  1. Whiteboards are great for keeping test prints. Much like a pinboard, but with the ability to add notes. []
  2. Unfortunately, my normal lab prints B&W shots on colour paper, which doesn’t look as good as I want it, you get a kind of pinkish undertone in the midtones. []

Trees

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 by


An picture shot earlier this year in Germany when walking down a hillside.

Technical details

Shot handheld on Velvia 100, with Canon 30 and Canon 50mm.

Why I like it

The dappled colours of the trees, which, especially in a big print, gives the picture a watercolor-like texture.

First week

Monday, August 17th, 2009 by

Well, the first week is over. I shot about 6 rolls, most of which were `calibration shots’: bracketing like hell and checking the contact sheets for best exposure.


When scanning, I was once again surprised by the big exposure latitude of negative film. This shot was the +1 exposure from a `Sunny sixteen’ batch, and gave a better image than the real sunny sixteen exposure. Expose for the shadows, I guess. (That’ll take a while to get used to.)

Another lesson learned this week was that when Mike Johnston said to make notes, he meant it. During the calibration rolls, I made a few unbracketed shots1, guessing exposure as best as I could. In some cases, I didn’t write down what exposure I used. As Murphy dictates, those exposures were dead-on, but I have no idea what values I used…

  1. In situations where bracketing wasn’t appropriate or possible. Snapshots []

Ducks in evening mist

Friday, August 7th, 2009 by


In between all the gear-talk, time for a real picture.

I shot this late in the evening after a hot day. The water was cooling rapidly, casting a fine mist, and the setting sun gave it a warm glow.

Technical details

Shot with my Canon 400D, using an old manual-focus, T2-mount 500mm f8.0 lens, branded Sunagor. I might even have had a 2x extender in there as well, I can’t remember. This is a glass lens, not a mirror lens, and wide open it’s pretty soft, as you can see. Still, it was only 1% of the price of a Canon 500mm1.

Why I like it

The softness of the lens, combined with the mist and distance combine for painting-like effect. As someone who usually strives for sharpness, I’m honestly surprised. I guess it pays to experiment.

  1. Though I doubled the price by adding a Wimberley lens plate to it. Tripods, wonderful things. []

Slate & leaves

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 by

This slate rock wall has been slowly sliding down over the years, with the loose slates mixing in with the old leaves and broken branches near the side of the road. Kautenbach, Germany, spring 2009.

Technical details

Shot on Velvia 100, with Canon 30 and Canon 17-40mm. Tripod was down to ground level and composed using an Angle Finder B.

Why I like it

The nice play of the black slate, the remaining red autumn leaves and the fresh green spring shoots. I also love this kind of wide-angle trickery, the rock wall in the read is in fact just four or five feet away from the front of the picture.

(Click on the image to see a larger version)

A photo

Thursday, June 18th, 2009 by

As this site is about photography, I’ll post a picture now and then. Most of these will be mine, but if I feel like it, I’ll post pictures by other people as well (with their permission of course).

This picture is a good example why I always carry a camera nowadays. My lab opened 5 minutes late when I wanted to drop off some film before work. To pass the time, I shot some snaps of the fountain across the street. This was among them.

Technical details

Shot on Provia 400X with my Miranda MS2 and Pentax 50mm f1.7. Note that this is just a quick scan, and my scan-fu isn’t brilliant to begin with.

Why I like it1

The colours mostly (as I said, not the best scan unfortunately), the way the tree acts as a natural GND filter, becoming nearly translucent in the process, the way the exposure is just right on the fountain (no droplets, no white haze). It just comes together.

(Click on the image to see a larger version)

  1. if you should care []