Well its been a real long time coming to get to an update on the blog. Since the time of my last post (May 2012 - yeh what a shocker) my camera has seen an upgrade and i have gained greater interest in old film lenses and did a basic comparison test between some 32 lenses ranging from the 40mm range to 300mm using both legacy (film) and native (micro/four thirds) lenses. I will post some findings about them in a later post and will update some of the sample images for those which I still own.
So i guess one may ask, why do I have an interest in silly old film lenses that do NOT have auto focus?? What can possibly be gained from an old lens apart from some manual focusing skills and/or blurry shots? Well hopefully in coming weeks I will post some of my findings on this to show you that its not a bad thing at all. Whilst you wont "always" get old lenses as sharp as new ones, you will however get good bang for your buck if you are unable to afford that brand spanking new lens and you will often get some different character out of them as well.
One thing needs to be said is that they can indeed produce great images and for me they are a joy to use.
There have also been a few weddings where I have taken a few shots not as official photographer but just as a guest (which is great as there is no pressure and you can simply enjoy the wedding and taking pics at the same time!) and in one case as I was a designated driver I could also take a few shots at locations other than the church or reception and was relaxed enough to try a few different things like using a CCTV lens to take a shot or two. In the below, i was looking for that warm washed out look, which shooting into the sun certainly helped, and the CCTV lens also gave a bit of a swirl effect too which adds to it.
As a Christian it is a blessing to be able to see different things in God's creation, though I wonder sometimes how easy it is for us to overlook the wonder of them and simply take them for granted? We are told in Romans 1:20 of the Bible that "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse" but how often do we look and see wonderful things yet dismiss them so easily not realising that there is a Creator behind them? It is a good saying to "stop and smell the roses" from time to time, to take the time to not just "see" something but to "look" at it. On your next walk for pleasure or to school, uni, work take the time to look around you and see the wonderful things that have been made and who knows, you may also find something looking back at you! :)
(Taken using a Hexanon 135mm f3.5 film lens)
One thing not related to photography that has been tickling my interest lately is music. I like a variety of music but sometimes I end up listening to a particular band for a few weeks at a time. Up to recently The Beatles was the main music hitting my ears and I was able to go and see The Bootleg Beatles (they are British) in Penrith when they came out and whilst I was not around in their prime, they look just like their counterparts and do a fantastic job and would recommend seeing them if you are a fan.
The Australian "Beatle Boys" (saw them at the State Theatre in Sydney) are also equally good and both bands played a good variety of well known and not so popular tunes.
Anyway, until next time take care.