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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2022 at 21:34
The Miao bride has a very contageous smile, glad the photo made it to the exhibition last week.

From last week the waves on the rock is my favourite, the exposure was the right time to still give some structure and movement in the water.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2022 at 21:40
Week 14: April 4 to 10

This week I got hold of a second-hand (used only once) SeaFrogs waterproof casing for the a7Riii so wanted to get more experimental with water. Unfortunately while my Loxia lenses fitted easily into the lens port, they're too narrow in diameter to engage the casing's focus mechanism.

So with low expectations, I just put the Loxia 35mm into manual settings at the minimum focal distance, and gave it a test run.

#1 (Pic 42) Waves (Scenic Theme)

Sony a7Riii and Loxia 35/2 with SeaFrogs housing

For the second shot I used an ND filter to slow the shutter to 1s and drag the camera from left-to-right for an abstract look.
#2 (Pic 43) Long Bay Waves (Creative Theme)

Sony a9 and Zeiss Batis 135/2.8 with Nisi CPL/6 stop ND filter

Some days I take a walk through a local park to reach a bus stop to get to work. I've started taking a camera on these walks. There are usually Pūkeko in the park.
#3 (Pic 44) Pūkeko (Telephoto Theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500mm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2022 at 23:31
I would not identify the waves photo as waves unless told. There's something like crocodile skin going on there! The second shot is pleasing with the abstraction of the surface going on, and your pukeko looks like a moorhen to this European. I expect they are related!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2022 at 23:47
Ngā mihi Howard- thanks for those comments.

The underwater housing is taking some used to, especially as for these I couldn't frame the scene with my eye. I just pointed the camera at the waves, partly underwater, and clicked a lot as the sea swirled around me. But I think it should be able to generate some interesting scenes.

Your moorhen is in the same family as the Pūkeko but they're different genera (and species of course). One of the interesting reversals in language flow, is that the Pūkeko is also found in Australia and it is becoming more common for them to call it a Pūkeko also. They're borrowing a Māori word for one of their birds.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 15: April 11 to 18

I've found a beach with larger rock pools to try out my underwater housing. Have noticed still that water does not transmit light as clearly as air, so you need something rather close up.

#1 (Pic 45) Rock-Pool at Milford (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35.2 at f8. With SeaFrogs underwater housing.

If I take the bus to work at least once per week, I can walk through a large park where pūkeko and other birds can often be found. So bringing along the a9 with Tamron 150-500 is a convenient way to get in some shots.
#2 (Pic 46) Pūkeko at Park (telephoto theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-400 at ISO1600, f6.7 at 500mm.

Part of the defences of the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, was the 'South Battery' at Maungauika(an extinct volcanic cone at entrance to the Harbour). The defences were built up over decades. The main piece of this battery was an enormous, disappearing gun. Lighter pieces, such as this 6-inch piece, were also included. They were never used in the decades they existed against a foreign combatant.

#3 (Pic 47) 6 inch Gun (Creative theme- black and white)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

Edited by Wētāpunga - 16 April 2022 at 06:13
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 16: April 19 to 25

Still seem to be struggling a bit with finding time for photos when it isn't raining...

#1 (Pic 48) Wave at Milford Beach (scenic shot)

Shot with a7Riii, Zeiss Loxia 35/2 and SeaFrogs Underwater housing. This time I took the shot with the lens-hood still attached and this prevented catching reflections from the housing's lens port.

#2 (Pic 49) Garden Flower (Creative shot)

Sony a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2 and Nisi +5 Achromat Filter

#3 (Pic 50) Takapu coming into land (Telephoto shot)

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Week 17: April 25 to May 2

#1 (Pic 51) Alien (Telephoto Theme)

The combination of the a9 (silent shutter) and the Zeiss Batis 135mm telephoto lens has been an effective way to photograph this cat. He can't hear the shutter or the lens focusing.

This week I tried out some product shots with my Muhle R89 razor. I adopted the traditional safety razor a few years ago to save money, get a better shave, and to reduce plastic waste. These metal razors are also aesthetically, quite pleasing.

#2 (Pic 52) Muhle R89 B&W (Creative theme- stacked image convereted to black and white)

Sony a9 with Sigma 70/2.8 macro, and Nisi macro focusing rail.

#3 (Pic 53) Muhle R89 Rose Gold Handle (Scenic theme)


#4 (Pic 54) Muhle R89 Colour (Scenic Theme- bonus shot)

a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 18: May 3-10

For this week's creative shot, I aimed for an Edward Weston inspired black-and-white photo. I found an heirloom tomato and set the shot up on a black cloth. The image was composed by stacking multiple shots taken with my a9 and Sigma 70/2.8

#1 (Pic 55) Heirloom Tomato (creative theme)


I was less inspired with the telephoto shot this week, so it's back to my favourite feline subject.
#2 (Pic 56) Alien (telephoto theme)

a9 with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8

The scenic shot was taken when a wave had crashed over my a7Riii in its Underwater Housing
#3 (Pic 57) Bubbles (telephoto theme)

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 35/2
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 19: May 10-17

I'll start this week's series with an HDR moon image. I mounted the camera on my Induro CF tripod, attached a cable-release to the camera, manually focused in on the moon and set the exposure manually.

Then I took 5 photos at different exposures and combined them in Capture One 22. Partly to test its capabilities, I know it doesn't work on seascapes as it can't cope with movement in the water. It is supposed to align the images and I know that in any sequence of photos, the moon does 'move'. The alignment seemed to work extremely well.

#1 (Pic 58) Marama (Creative Shot)

a7Riii with Tamron 150-500 at 500mm and f11

Edited by Wētāpunga - 14 May 2022 at 01:59
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Week 19: May 10-17 cont.

One of the merits of the Tamron 150-500mm is it's just light enough for me to take in case I spot something interesting. And I'm in the habit of walking part way to work through a park with some trees, ponds and streams. (I then catch the bus the rest of the way).

So on Friday, the encounter was with some Pūtakitaki (Paradise Shelducks) and Pūkeko. So that leads into this week's telephoto shots.

#2 (Pic 59) Pūkeko 1 (Telephoto Theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500

#3 (Pic 60) Pūkeko 2 (Wild Card 5)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500

These hikes also establish the value of my Gitzo backpack as it distributes the weight of camera gear, laptops and tablets very well
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Great shots of the Pūkeko, known here as Purple Swamp Hens. Beautiful colour and detail.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2022 at 23:45
Thanks Joe- I was a bit concerned that by going from a Minolta prime G lens in A-mount, to a slower Tamron telephoto in E-mount, that the image quality would be a step down. It hasn't been the case. (Plus I have more reach).

I have to say Purple swamphen isn't the most creative of names . It's a bit literal.

What has interested me though, is that I've noticed some Australians have begun adopting the name Pūkeko instead. Which would be a Māori loan word entering Australian English.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2022 at 00:15
I like the moon shot; that came out well - did you get a chance to shoot the lunar eclipse? Or was that ruled out in the southern hemisphere? We had clouds here in the UK.
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Thanks Howard, I'm not sure that I needed to do the photo as an HDR shot but the final result seemed worth it. Alas we had cloudy skies and light rain for the lunar eclipse so my tentative plans to photograph that was also thwarted
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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