William Eggleston Surreal visions of the American south…

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…William Eggleston

Two ducks…

Two very handsome ducks at Tailrace Park waddle out of the water to see if someone holding a camera bag is going to feed them!
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uji XPro1 ƒ4 1/420s ISO 320. 18-55 lens
Two very handsome ducks at Tailrace Park waddle out of the water to see if someone holding a camera bag is going to feed them!

A very brave photographer…

A very brave photographer with his Linhof Super Technika III 4x5 View Camera hangs on to a small ledge on the north side of the Cataract Gorge Launceston Tasmania

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!

Early evening in Cataract Gorge…

Early evening in Cataract Gorge Launceston Tasmania
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uji XPro1 ƒ13  30s ISO250 18-55mm @34mm

Flooded First Basin – Cataract Gorge Launceston…

Flooded First Basin South Esk River Cataract Gorge Launceston Tasmania

Fuji XPro1 ƒ5 1/50s ISO800 55mm-200mm
Flooded First Basin, South Esk River, Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania. When this was shot the water was literally rising as I stood composing the image.

The River Tamar in Flood

The river Tamar in flood

Fuji XPro1 ƒ3.9 1/800s ISO 500  55-200 lens

A stick in the mud!

A stick in the mud
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ5.6 1/40s ISO 800 Canon 100-300 zoom

A walk by the River Tamar always reveals something of visual interest. A simple stick plunged into the mud at low tide becomes an interesting minimal reflection when the tide comes in especially at sunset.

Gulls at Tailrace Park in Riverside Tasmania…

Gulls at Tailrace Park Riverside Tasmania
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uji 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…

Autumn in the rain, towards the band stand in the first basin
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ2.8  1/9th ISO1250

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!

The best lamb burgers in town Launceston Harvest market

The best lamb burgers in town launceston Harvest market

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!