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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Love the moody B&W of Motutara Island.


Nice how the eye sweeps through the image to take it all in. The B&W givin it the moody atmosphere. Great!


Thanks @onsplekkie. It's a new area for me to explore and I think it has potential for quite a few different style shots this year.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 3 (#2 the Macro)

This is a somewhat unplanned shot as I did not expect a NZ Giant Dragonfly (Uropetala carovei () to turn up in the garden. It's Maori name is kapokapowai.

a7Riii with Voigtlander 110mm macro.

I didn't quite get the closest eye in focus but the thorax and rest of the head is very detailed. This species is usually about 90mm long but this male was 110-120mm.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 3 (The Novel Technique shot)

Carnations blended with a texture layer.

Sony a7Riii with Voigtlander 110mm macro
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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"Something Creative" lovely shot!
"Motutara Island" I really like how the Voigtlander 15/4.5 renders shots like this. Great B&W!
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Week 4 (The Wide angle)

Auckland's West Coast

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2, ISO800, 1/5000s at f10.
This is looking south toward O'Neill's Bay, Te Henga, then Piha/KareKare and on the horizon, the white caps indicate the entrance to the Manukau Harbour.
Extremely windy conditions with wild gusts where we were standing, so I went for a very short shutter speed.
Fwiw, the black sand in the beaches is the cumulative erosion and deposits of ancient volcanic eruptions further south.


Edited by Wētāpunga - 24 January 2021 at 23:12
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

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"Motutara Island" I really like how the Voigtlander 15/4.5 renders shots like this. Great B&W!


The Voigtlander 15 I think, is turning into one of my favourite lenses for these ultrawide seascapes and landscapes. It's a nice compact size and the images, just look nice straight of of the camera. Negligible barrel distortion, pretty sharp across the whole frame (even those pesky corners) and as you note, the rendering is appealing. If you're not bothered by manual focus and small aperture, it's got to be one of the best ultra-wide options we have.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2021 at 14:20
Super atmosphere in the Auckland West Coast shot, the slight haze really enhances the mood.

Two small comments, the horizon seems slightly curved as well as slightly tilted CCW. Probably fixing these in PP will help the shot.
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@pegelli - thanks, yes, I've looked at that horizon a lot and I'm also not sure its level.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 4 (Something novel)

I don't do a lot of selfies and haven't tried any with the a7Riii yet. So it's not that creative, but the setup (a7Riii, 85/1.8, phone as remote) was all new to me. So should count as something novel.


a7Riii and Batis 85mm, f1.8, ISO200, 1/4000 sec +1 exposure bias
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2021 at 12:11
A selfie at 1.8 with an 85mm ... that used to be very very very difficult.
Eye AF is a thing!

We can 'just about' see your phone!
Which I'm sure you could have cropped, but maybe left in there just because.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote eddyizm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2021 at 21:20
Yeah I agree, it still ain't easy to get a good self portrait and not end up with a "selfie". Are we all grumpy old men here? :-)

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Week 4 - Macro

This I had to dig into the archive for, but this time round I used C1 to process the image.
Cicada

a900 with Tamron 90/2.8, 1/200 at f20!! (Flash was the Sony Macro twin flash, hence the highlihts in the eye)
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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@dCap

Indeed, even with earlier cameras and lenses I wouldn't have dared shoot at f1.8 for a selfie. The face/eye detect algorithms built into Sony cameras now have really changed our options. I think it also vindicates my decison to get the Batis. That bokeh looks pretty good.

Good spotting of the phone, I confess I didn't quite spot it but I do want to use this as a 5x4 crop, so a solution suggests itself.

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Nga mihi. I thought it seemed like a passable attempt.

I found if I tried smiling too much it looked like a grimace. I suspect it is hard to stare into an empty space and produce a genuine smile. Much easier if there is a person to engage with. A slight smile seemed to work...
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 February 2021 at 12:34
When I had my Nikon D700 (dSLR not mirrorless) and the Voigtländer 40mm f2 (manual focus). I would shoot selfies in the studio, and sometimes at f2. No app on the phone. No flippy LCD.

Technique (since this was a dSLR) ... you could see through the lens (from the front of the camera) and see the tiny red single 'AF' point light up. Nikon dSLR would beep when focus was achieved (even in manual focus). Or if it didn't beep it would blink (can't quite remember). There was an indication I'm sure. And I would just rock in/out of focus and trigger remotely.

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