On being less bold… Its reptilian

Am I the creative photographer/designer/artist I want to be?  Probably not but I’m no shrinking violet either. I do know I don’t take as many risks in my work as I probably should but I have never thought my hesitation is related to a deep and old defence mechanism buried in the primitive part of my reptilian brain. Reptile you say? How can this be read on…

Reptilian-a Western-Australian Blue-tongue-goanna

Reptilian eh! A Western Australian Blue tongue goanna shot on a Canon A1 a few years ago at the time when Kodak first introduced the current Ektar C41.

Rhododendrons in the cataract gorge Launceston Tasmania…

rhododendrons in the cataract gorge Launceston Tasmania

A preening peacock…

A preening peacock in Cataract Gorge

Kings Bridge at dusk

Kings-Bridge-at-dusk

Fuji Xpro1 ƒ4  1/600 ISO 640 18-55 lens
With a bit of adjustment to the dynamic range settings in camera and careful exposure, the Xpro sensor is capable of wonderful things. It works from darkest shadows to the most delicate tint of the last reflection of the setting sun on the clouds. I am very fortunate to live close to the Cataract Gorge in Launceston and I walk through this wonderful place almost every evening in all weathers and seasons.

Up hill on the Zig Zag path…

A walk up the Zig Zag on a sunny day its a much easier walk from west to east than it is from east to west and the views are not quite as good!

Fuji Xpro 1  18-55 A walk up the Zig Zag path in the cataract gorge on a sunny day it’s a much easier walk from west to east than it is from east to west and the views are not quite as good!
As this is suppossed to be spring one would expect a flush  of green growth on the vegetation but it’s not quite there yet.  So this photograph is for the most part monochrome as a result I emphasized these qualities with Tonality the interface of which seems to be an improvement over Silver effects pro 2. I am quite fond of the Film Types in Silver Effects so there is the potential for lots of experimentation between the two apps.
Recently I started to use Lightroom again after down loading version 6  I have trialed it with each version upgrade since the LR beta version 2 (can it really be eight years ago!)  I have never been totally happy with LR but version 6 has overcome all my objections including the issue of poor Fuji RAF raw file conversion. The ‘Edit in’ function is as smooth as silk and even the file handling is much improved. In the next few weeks I will write a post on how my work flow has evolved with this new development…

Spotted Turtle Dove or Streptopelia chinensis

Spotted-Turtle-Dove-Streptopelia-chinensis two very gentle bird dropped in for a drink and a bath! This very loving couple visit our back garden every day and the other day they brought with them their young son or daughter and together they cuddled on the edge of a wall for half an hour...

Spotted Turtle Dove Streptopelia chinensis two very gentle birds dropped in for a drink and a bath! This very loving couple visit our back garden almost every day. A few days ago they brought with them their young son or daughter and together they cuddled on the edge of a wall for half an hour after their bath and drink of course…

Dead tree fungus…

Dead tree fungus

Anemone or Dutch Wind flowers…

 Anenomie-or-Dutch-windflowers

Fuji XPro1 ƒ5.6 1/50s ISO320 55mm-200mm with 11mm extension ring…

Back to the future!
The first closeup device I ever used years ago, was a x2 close up lens, on a none coupled range finder style camera. It was a bit, well hit and miss even though a tripod and a tape measure was used to carefully measure from the subject to the film plane.  With my first SLR a Praktica came extension rings.  A set of three rings was a gigantic leap forward for closeup image capture, the kit lens at the time was an M42 Domiplan . It was a fine kit lens at the time, I might try it on the Fuji when I get around to buying an adaptor at some point. I sold the camera but kept the lens! However the Domiplan was nothing like the more up market Zeiss Tessars which still stand up well fifty years after being manufactured in then Soviet East Germany. The difference between then and now is that Fuji lenses are some of the best ever manufactured anywhere at any time and certainly Fuji’s lens coatings are the equal of the best.
Up until comparatively recently I would have said that the only way to take closeup photographs would be with a dedicated macro lens in the last ten years or so zoom lenses have become so good that there is almost no difference between a prime lens and a zoom, so an extension tube or tubes is likely all that is needed to capture quality close up or even true macro images.

 

 

 

 

Tamar contemplation…

Contemplation, time out at the Tamar wetlands

Fuji XPro1 ƒ5.6 1/500s ISO320

The Cataract Gorge Gate House…

The Cataract Gorge Gate House

Fuji XPro1 ƒ4.5 1/40s ISO800 Lens18-55 A totally overcast evening in Launceston

This Edwardian gatehouse building hangs off the edge of the embankment which has perhaps some of the best views in Launceston. The building is owned by the council and serves as an open studio for local artists.

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