Wednesday, August 31, 2011

summicron 50/2: Beautiful Aura

The last of my 3 portraits from PEI
The last few minutes of sunlight had a fantastic quality to them,

 This is my Wife with a nice lens flare halo behind her almost like her aura or somesuch

as she is  looking out for the kids as I was on my knee taking photos :)

ISO 160
1/4000th of a sec

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summicron 50/2: Why I bought a Leica part II

When I saw this come up in lightroom, at the risk of sounding sentimental, it brought a tear to my eye.

The last few minutes of sunlight had a fantastic quality to them, this is my youngest daughter with the extreme hair backlighting, I wish I had used a tad fill in flash, but i still like this shot :)

I Love prince Edward Island!

ISO 160
1/4000th of a sec

This is why I bought a Leica

Monday, August 29, 2011

summicron 50/2: Twilight stroll...........

The last few minutes of sunlight had a fantastic quality to them, I Love Prince Edward Island!

My eldest daughter going for a walk in the warm golden sunset

ISO 160 f8 1/1000th sec

Sunday, August 28, 2011

summicron 50/2: Its not slime Its MUCUS! .......

this is pretty much straight out of the camera!

ISO 160
1/125th of a sec

we went to PEI ( one of the most beautiful places around here) and as i was out taking some sunset portraits and such my wife found a frog in the grass , so after a few minutes I managed to catch it :)

 as i said it was all slimy both kids chime in with :

 " Its not slime Its MUCUS! ......." from the disney movie Princess and the frog

check out the length of its shadow!

Super Takumar 200/4 : Summerside Airport 1943

we went to Prince Edward island for an airshow , but were lucky enough to catch the practice on friday afternoon

 A t
T-6 Harvard took off just after the rainstorm and was all wet, and the sun came out and made it all sparkly! wicked

 I made this shot B+W to evoke the impression it was during the war when CYSU was used for training I believe

ISO 400
1/2500th sec

they used Harvards and Ansons back then  when it was called RCAF Station Summerside

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Super Takumar 200/4 : Child in the rain

shot at f8 or f11 I forget which
ISO 100
1/125th of a sec

we went to Prince Edward island for an airshow , but were lucky enough to catch the practice on friday afternoon

 It was hot and then a quick rainshower blew through, here is my daughter sheltering from it , flashbacks to the UK! you can easily see the rain pouring down , especially as I made this version Black and White

Thursday, August 25, 2011

summicron 50/2: Animal House

My 2 gals after getting their faces done

the lady was very good, she had a wicked skull tattoo on her arm so I think she is an artiste in general :)

ISO 160
1/350 sec

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

summicron 50/2: Airbourne

at my company BBQ yesterday I got this shot of my daughter bouncing higher than expected :)

ISO 160
1/6000th of a sec

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

summicron 50/2: Civic Nation

at the dealership they had this civic with the cool decalwork on the side of it, it was a cloudy and semi rainy day so a bit of colour was welcome :)

ISO 160
1/250th of a sec

Monday, August 22, 2011

summicron 50/2: Kid Kite Flyer

As we were putting away the kites my Daughter was helping wind up the lines so I lay on the grass and snapped this shot of the lines with her in the background

ISO 160
1/4000 sec

Sunday, August 21, 2011

summicron 50/2: My Dad with an Aeroplane

In addition to taking shots with the Pentax KX I also took a few shots with the Leica and the summicron 50/2 at f2

ISO 160 f2.8  1/4000th of a second

the pentax KX and FA50/1.4 version is here:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

summicron 50/2: The Birds!

someone setup about a hundred of these on the ground , all the other people thought I was a little crazy for lying in the grass to get the low angle shot, but what the heck, In 46 going on 12

ISO 160 f2.8 1/3000th of a sec

Friday, August 19, 2011

summicron 50/2: Lacquered lenses Wind Sculpture

In the wind sculpture section there were lots of different things, wind chimes, mobiles, sculptures, ones that made noise , but this was my favourite, a glass and lacquer hanging that all it did was sway in the wind , twirl around and look cool!

ISO 160 f2 1/6000th of a sec

Thursday, August 18, 2011

summicron 50/2: Flying Frogs

more huge kites from the kite festival!

these things were huge and cool!

ISO 160 f8 1/750th of a second

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

summicron 50/2: Whizz Wheel

I had to drop my F stop to f16 to get my shutter speed slow enough to get the effect I wanted of this pinwheel

1/20th of a second and it was humming merrily away, my kids thought it was great!

ISO 160 f16 1/20th of a second

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

summicron 50/2: The Elusive Mr Dude!

At the kite festival they had a huge parabolic reflective surface setup for the kids to have a laugh at , so of course i took a shot of myself in it, it took 4 tries to get the focus correct, but this one came out the most *legible*

you can even see my leica shutter speed pin on my hat :)

ISO 160 f16 1/125th of a sec

Monday, August 15, 2011

summicron 50/2: Samurai War Banners

the kite festival was a lot of fun, but hot (29C) so we got a little overheated , by we I mean, ME!

 these poles with all the ribbons reminded me of war banners from a Kurosawa  Feudal Samurai film

 I dont know why I like this shot, I just do :)

ISO 160 f2 and 1/8000th of a second!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Super Takumar 200/4 : Junior Ornithologists

We went out to see the migratory birds feeding but it was low tide , so they were too far away. it was 26C at our house 18C here! ouch!

 Then I fell halfway down a 2 metre cliffside and the girls saved me ( these 2 and my wife , so i have been sore for the last 3 days, what a goof!)

anyway, a shot taken with the Super tak 200 from about 20 feet away to show how sharp the lens is and how windy it was :)

ISO 800 ( I forgot to set it to 100 until AFTER this shot)  , f8 1/3200 sec

Saturday, August 13, 2011

summicron 50/2: First Autumn leaf?

Is this the first leaf of Autumn?
in August!
what a terrible summer we are having :(

ISO 160 f2 1/3000th of a sec

Friday, August 12, 2011

summicron 50/2: Happy Fence friday!

While I was at the zoo  I took a few shots of this vintage looking fence, but couldnt decide which shot I liked best, so I posted both , let the masses decide :)

I think I like this one the best personally

ISO 160 f2.8 1/750th of a sec

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Helios 44 58/2 : Orange Flyby

I shot this at f2 manually focused and set on full manual using the  the KX, good luck more than skill methinks!

ISO 800 f2 1/640th of a sec

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Helios 44 58/2 : Swirly Swings

some more bokeh style shots from the indoor amusements

shot with my awesome Helios 44m6 from 1993 ( its a clone of the Zeiss Biotar 58mm from 1950!)

for some reason my watermark is now 100% opacity , I need to fix that, Ill do it tomorrow

ISO 800 1/500th of a second f2

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Helios 44 58/2 : Bokeh Overkill

At the indoor amusement park I HAD to take my Helios 44 so i could take some mondo Bokeh shots, here is the 1st

F2 ISO 800 1/250th of a second

Monday, August 8, 2011

summicron 50/2: The Lion sleeps Tonite

just a quick snap of one of  the cool trashcans at the Zoo :)

I removed all colours except for blue and aqua

1/750th of a second f2.8 ISO 160

Sunday, August 7, 2011

summicron 50/2: Neon Lights

Last of my disco bowling shots, time to head outside and try and get some shots in the rain this week!


ISO 320 f2.8  1/8 second

Saturday, August 6, 2011

summicron 50/2: Ghost in the machine

a handheld 1/2 second exposure to capture the lights from the disco ball, atthe last second my eldest walked into the frame and made it a better photo :)

ISO 320 1/2 of a second f 2.8

summicron 50/2: Flashdance!

My youngest with a headband she made herself , retro!

this was at the bowling alley just as they started to turn on the neon and UV lights for the Disco Bowling!

ISO 640 1/45th of a sec f 2!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

summicron 50/2 : 1979

from the disco bowling experience, this shot came out nicer than I expected, lens flare AND a starburst, hard to do when you arent looking through the lens like on an SLR!

1/15th of a second f11! ISO 320 handheld

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

summicron 50/2 :Bowling ball viewpoint

We went bowling and had a lot of fun, for a goof I put the camera on the floor to capture the bowling ball, but then I noticed she did the hold her arms up and balance on one foot to "will" the ball for a strike, so quickly I reached down and guessed at 2.5 metres focal distance and took this shot as she twirled around!

serendipity at its finest!

1/45th of a sec ISO 320 f2

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

summicron 50/2 : Oh Canada

My youngest daughter reinforcing the snails protective hideout

ISO 160 f5.6 1/250th of a sec

Monday, August 1, 2011

Carl Zeiss Tessar T* 50/2.8: parlee beach

On the day that I took my M8 to the beach we also brought along my KX and the CZJ Tessar 50 from 1953-4 , it had a bit of trouble, for one, its a bit dirty, and it was quite susceptible to glare :(

Her hair looks so fine in the shot, beautiful rendering!

ISO 100 f2.8 1/400th of a sec