Saturday, 26 July 2014

FZ1000 - Test images and video

I yesterday had the chance, to have a quick test and play, with the soon to be released, Panasonic FZ1000 and on a quick play in a short space I found it to be a superb camera. Light weight with a large sensor and fantastic lens. You can see a full specification here: http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-digital-cameras---point-and-shoot/bridge-cameras/dmc-fz1000eb.html

For me the most drawing specs are: 

  • 1-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • 25-400mm lens - F2.8 - 4.0 
  • 4k Video recording (with the ability to pick out an 8mp still image from an individual frame)
  • 5 Axis stabilisation 

Now there are many, many more key features that this camera offers and I have only tested a very small number of them. Below is a test of the HD video shot hand held (I was unable to test 4k not having a powerful enough card with me). 







Panasonic FZ1000 Test Shots (6 of 10)

Panasonic FZ1000 Test Shots (7 of 10)

Panasonic FZ1000 Test Shots (8 of 10)

All three images shot from the same spot, EXIF data can be found by clicking through to my Flickr page. 


And a few random images: 

Panasonic FZ1000 Test Shots (4 of 10)

Panasonic FZ1000 Test Shots (3 of 10)

Panasonic FZ1000 Test Shots (9 of 10)

If you are looking for an "all in one" camera, then this is one that you must consider. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cross-processing!

I had forgotten just how lovely shooting with the Holga can be, around 5 weeks ago, I loaded up a film and shot around half of film on a 6x6 format using this beautiful thing here: 


And then the camera got put back on the shelf and the film lay there half shot and forgotten about, this morning, it was bight, it was sunny and we can now develop Black and White film at work so I thought you know what, what a great day to blast through a role of Neopan/Across. Realising I had half a film left, no idea what I had shot and no idea what I was shooting on, I took to the streets of Nottingham before work to finish the film off. 

Below are what came from  this roll of film, it was a roll of Velvia cross processed in C-41 chemistry. 











The next step for me is to test a new process, well new to me at least in cross-processing C-41 film in E6 chemistry, as when you develop E6 in C41 you get a negative, from what I have read C-41 in E6 will in fact produce a positive/slide image, this slide instead of a bright vivid shift will have a very pastel effect to the colours. 

Once this film gets shot and processed I will update a post with how I got on and how best to go about this process and what will get the best results. 

But if you want to read about it before that there are lots of topics on Flickr to read through, check them out. 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Not the post I had planned....Sprocket Rocket, Neopan 400 and a coloursplash flash

Now this is really only a sample and was just to give me an idea on the outcome but I really quite like it.

At work, we have recently made the decision to offer an in house hand development service for black and white film. To make sure there were no hiccups we felt the need to shoot and develop a few test films, a quick rummage in my backpack of film I pulled out an old roll of Neopan 400 (FujiFilm) and ran it through the Lomography Sprocket Rocket. Below is an idea of the results to come from the scanned film.


The image above, was simply shot and edit using my iPhone. Shot on the basic camera, before being edited with Photoshop Express.
There is something strange and quirky I like about this image, I still cannt put my finger on it but never the less I like it. 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Three new additions to the Photographers Project

Today Jessops Nottingham was taken over by Manfrotto UK and Wild Arena. I was lucky enough that the rota fell so I was off today and was able to attend both Adam Duckworth's and Kaye Ford's talks on London Fashion Week and Lighting with flashguns, you can see there work by clicking on their photos. 
The third addition a work friend, Chloe of Hue of Two. 





A brilliant day, and some great talks, if you get a chance to meet/chat too/listen too either of them it will most definitely be interesting, funny and extremely worth while. 

Another blog post coming soon, a small set of images including a insta-trip-tic of the view from the my new house, and a few photos I managed to snap at the Wild Arena stand at work today. 

To see a larger selection of photographers project head over too: 





Monday, 30 June 2014

Photoshop: Love it? Hate it? Or simply indifferent?

We have come to a point now, where most images we see, we expect to have been altered in someway, enhanced, "Photoshopped"

Yesterday I came across an article on the Huffington Post about Esther Honig a Blogger/Journalist/Photo-Journalist who asked the question how does the extent at which we manipulate vary from re-toucher to re-toucher and more interestingly from country to country you can read her full article about it here:

http://www.estherhonig.com/#!before--after-/cvkn

Now this made me think, what would I do, how would I of made this image "better" or the subject "beautiful" the fact of the matter was, for me there wasn't a lot that I though oh that really should be photoshopped.

Below is the image which was sent out and my edit albeit a very quick edit. 

Original:


My edit:


It's strange to see how vast the difference is between is and the request make someone beautiful. 
For me the editing was very basic and more on a photographic basis than anything else.

Keep an eye on Esther Honig's blog as it appears the edits she requested are still being revived. And I wouldn't be to supposed if a exhibition was to pop up (and hopefully travel around too)

I wonder how many more photographers/retouchers will be submitting extra images over the coming days to their own or to her.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

1-Hour Photo

have recently been introduced to a lovely and quirky new photo app that claims it can change the way you take photos.

As the name suggests 1-hour photo, like an express film service it takes an hour for you to get your photos back. Shoot in the app, come back an hour later to find your Black and White photos developed and waiting for you in your camera roll and a separate album too.

With true blacks and whites the photos look fantastic.

Check out a few examples below...





Thursday, 22 May 2014

Mac users be quick and grab a bargain....

For a while now, the pay what you want for software (mainly games) has been growing in popularity. This evening as I was checking my phone before bed I came across a real bargain...
A package including; Data Recovery, Imaging Software, Web Design, Screen Capture and Security Software. Along with a few more including an option to run Windows software without the need for windows. 

Anyway the full details can be found here: 
https://stacksocial.com/?rid=776979 pay $9.50 so around £5-6 and get about $900/£450ish worth of Mac Apps. 


As you can see you need to beat the average to gain all the software options so the sooner you buy the better. (People who can pay more like to pay more (that and the top payers get entered into a draw to win a Macbook)) 

And one last thing 10% off purchases goes to charity.  

Monday, 19 May 2014

LomoChrome Purple test film...

"This color negative film gives you a surreal analogue experience with its color shifting abilities." - http://lomography.com

For a long time access to colour infrared film has become almost impossible to come by, or at least at a reasonable price.  But Lomography have come up with a counter to that, whilst its not a "cheap" option it is very much affordable often priced between £9-10. 

The film can be developed in any C41 lab and has no special requirements to get the best out of it. One of the most interesting of the films attributes is  that it is a multi-rated ISO film, meaning when you shoot the film depending on the exposure time(due to different ISO's being set) will vary the results you get (see below).

LomoChrome Test Film

ISO 100 - I believe although I am not 100% I have the order right

LomoChrome Test Film

ISO 200 - Again though I believe although I am not 100% I have the order right

LomoChrome Test Film

ISO 400 - And again though I believe although I am not 100% I have the order right

Even if the order/ISO are incorrect, the difference between the images is clear and the flexibility of the film (LomoChrome Purple) is fabulous.


Below a selection of other images shot on the same roll of film.