Friday, 10 October 2014

New filters - quick overview

I am not a big fan of digital effects and in most cases all my image enhancements are done during the raw conversion. But I do appreciate creative capabilities that new applications can bring.

The number of image transforming apps is endless, new effects pop up every day. Most of them look very similar,  but two caught my attention, Topaz Impression and Macphun Tonality Pro.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Why Film?

Folks, let me state from the very beginning, I don’t want to start any debates film vs digital, everything below is just my opinion. 

Any modern digital camera can easily out resolve the film, and a full frame (135mm) camera, like Nikon D810 paired with superb  Zeiss Otus, will beat the cr* out of any medium format or even large format film cameras. Obviously a great shooting discipline and post processing skills are required to pull out the best from the modern sensors. Digital cameras are also fast, provide instant feedback and the number of photos one can take is only limited by the size of storage, and storage is reusable. With many filters available (DxO, Nik, Topaz, etc etc etc) you can simulate the film “look” with few extra clicks. Why bother with real film?

Hasselblad 500 C/M, CF Distagon 50/4 T*, Kodak 400TX
Long time ago I realized that my pursuit for more details, more accurate colours, low noise or better dynamic range is pointless because it is not what always makes a great photo.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ontario Fall Colours

Just came back from a 3-day trip in beautiful Haliburton countryside and report - we have another great foliage season!

Unusually warm calm weather, blue skies and foliage in full bloom make absolutely perfect conditions to enjoy colour photography. But hurry up, it won't last long.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The foliage season has arrived!

My favourite season. Most of the trees are still green here in Toronto, but I prefer to start early, you never know how long the full bloom will last. All my weekends are pretty booked for the next three-four weeks.

Both pictures were taken with X-Pro1 and Nikkor 180/2.8 ED AI-S. Another very busy season for my Fuji :)


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Happy 40th Anniversary!

The camera serial number starts with UI, which stands for 1974, it means that my new-used Hasselblad 500 C/M is forty years young!

 and the picture taken today:

Carl Zeiss Planar T* C F/2.8 80mm, Agfa APX 25, post processed in Rodinal