There is no doubt that William Egglestons place in photographic history is well known but not all his work is seen perhaps as often as it should. A current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London shows a group of portraits that are seldom seen. This article in the Guardian reveals much…
A very brave photographer risks life, limb and his beautiful Linhof Super Technika III 4×5 View Camera. I kid you not this is dangerous. The rock ledge he is perched on is about a metre wide and maybe one and a half metres long, but it is wet because every so often it gets splashed by that raging torrent that is flowing past him. The path that hangs on the north side of the gorge was closed up until the day before this image was made because it was totally flooded!
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ5.6 1/600s ISO 320 Canon FD 100-300mm zoom
One of my first ‘serious’ SLR’s was a venerable Canon FTb purchased new in the 70s’ it was an era when to a certain extent Nikon ruled they were even extolled in pop songs! But having used a Nikormat while in college I always had a few reservations. For me the Nikons of that era did not quite fit with me, nothing in particular but things like the placement of shutter button and the shutter speed selection around the lens. The FTb on the other hand was like wearing a glove everything fitted, it is a solidly built, never wear out camera, all its functions are so precise, in exactly the right place and I still the first one of three I owned.
Many will likely disagree but it was very similar experience to using the the Leicaflex of the same era. Over the following years I collected quite a few FD lenses some of which are popular as Leica mount conversions today. However one of the outstanding FD tele zooms is the 100-300 which is what the above photo was captured with. It has a beautiful buttery off focus softness that doesn’t seem to be present in the same way in modern lenses and yet where sharpness matters it is tack sharp. I also used this lens on an Olympus Pen with a cheap converter but sad to say its performance was not very good, the converter must have been dimentionally out. Later as with the Fuji I now use a Novoflex lens converter and its perfect. Many of the Canon Fd lens of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s can still be had at minimal cost and are as good as some of the very best if you are comfortable with manual focus.
Autumn in the rain, towards the band stand in the first basin… Forgot to post this image from almost a month ago ‘Amazingly to me’ its hand held, a grab shot at that, in as much as the rain just at that moment started to bucket down! I don’t have a steady hand any longer, skeletal injuries over the years have taken their toll and one of the side effects is unsteady hands!
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ2.8 1/550 ISO 200 Samyang 12mm lens
Braefield farms not only sell really good Lamb Burgers they also sell really fresh chilled meat, even whole lambs for the freezer if you want it. It is one of the few places in Launceston where one can buy very fresh liver. A lot of people get squimish about eating anything other than prime cuts of meat. Really fresh liver chopped into thin strips rolled in wheat germ and stone ground whole wheat flower then sauted is a dish to behold. While I was making my selection of liver from the mobile chiller a lady remarked we only feed that to our cat. I answered your cat may be better fed than you!