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    Posted: 20 November 2021 at 07:16
Week 46

Finally things were looking up. Workloads had been drifting down as the academic year slowed. My grading had been (mostly) completed. I had a car because nobody had stolen it. The lockdown in Auckland had been relaxed enough to allow travel to even our remoter beaches (so long as they were still in the Auckland area).

Let's try something new I thought. The dunes at Wainamu would be good to practice some sand dune photography. Those of long memory may recall these dunes were the setting of quite a few scenes in the old TV series Hercules and Xena, Warrior Princess.

Except as I got to the turn off, I found the road was closed as the flood repairs from the big flood in September had not been completed. THis also means my seascapes at Te Henga are now on hold.

And that's how I ended up at Karekare beach instead

#1 The Beach

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4 at f8, ISO 80 and 1/250s.

#2 The Cliffs

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4 at f11, ISO400, 1/1600s. I was trying to freeze the plants which were moving in the wind.

#3 Sand

a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 85/2.4 at f8, ISO320, 1/800s

The scale of the Wainamu dunes and their simplicity I think, would have worked better.

The reason I used just one lens also, is because, well, wind and sand. I didn't want to try changing lenses and risk debris getting into the camera.



a7riii- 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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Thanks @4Paul,

It is his favourite channel, and he gets annoyed if he doesn't get some screen time to himself each day. So far the TV is holding, but I am wondering if we need to stabilise it better.

The video codec (hybrid-log) handled the exposure variation. I still had to manipulate the contrast, but the recording was good enough for that. HLG is a bit less work than the S-Log settings in the camera.
a7riii- 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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I was waiting for the tv to fall over LOL ... I've heard of bird videos to keep cats entertained, now I see there are mouse videos to entertain cat owners LOLOL.

Good job with the exposure, did you dial down the brightness on the tv or did the video codec handle the brightness?
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Week 45

I did a short nature walk last week with the Tamron 150-500 mounted to my A7Riii. I haven't really had a chance to try it out as a wildlife lens. Conditions were not optimal as it was cloudy, and getting late. To keep the shutter speed at 1/1000s I had to crank the ISO to 800. Shots were also all handheld.

First shot is of a juvenile Pūkeko that is starting to fledge.
#1 Pukeko


Second shot is a Warou (welcome swallow) perched on some reeds.
#2 Warou


For the third shot for this week, my creative effort is a video of our rescue cat getting in some TV time. Ok, it's a cat video. Image takes you to the HD video.

Recorded with a7Riii and Sony 24-105mm in HLG, processed in FCPX.

Enjoy

Edited by Wētāpunga - 14 November 2021 at 22:56
a7riii- 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 44

#1 Raupo Taranga- Poor Knights Lily (Xeronema callistemon)

A stacked image of 3 shots, taken with the Sony a7Riii and 135mm STF lens at f5.6

This species is one of two in the genus, and is found only on the Poor Knights and Hen Islands off Whangarei. Th islands are all that survive of a volcanic ring that erupted about 10m years ago. It's also a popular ornamental flower that blossoms in Spring. Here the blossoms are not showing.

#2 Nīkau- 10 shots of the flower head, stacked with with Sony a7Riii and Sony 135mm STF lens at f5.6


#3 Forest floor

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 21/.8 at f8, ISO125, 0.5s.
a7riii- 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 43

#1 The requisite Cat portrait shot.

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8, 1/40s at f2.8, ISO400.
The animal-eye detection function and silent shutter of the camera makes these much easier to take.

#2 The Macro Shot- Nikau Palm flowering buds

Sony a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2.5 macro. 1/60 at f8, ISO3200.

Might try this again with the 135mm STF lens when the wind dies down, for a stacked shot.

#3 Trying something novel

Sony a7Riii with Voigtlander 15/4.5 ultrawide. 1/30 at f8, ISO250.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 02 November 2021 at 03:11
a7riii- 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 42

A busy week and a fairly wet weekend spoiled some of my photo plans. But it was a chance to try a few things anyway.

#1 Something creative- Head phones

a7Riii with Voigtlander 110/2 macro, at f8, pixel-shift mode. Camera on tripod with 10s delay, fired with wired remote.

#2 Got to catch them all

Alien's favourite YouTube channel. Photographed with a7Riii and Zeiss Batis 135/2.8, at f2.8, on silent mode so as not to distract him.

#3 The fur feels wrong!

Alien also enjoys nature programs. Photographed as above.
a7riii- 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 41

Playing around in the (replacement) car, with the a7Riii, Sigma 70/2.8 at f9, Joby gorilla-pod, 10s timer and exposures of about 2s at ISO100

#1


#2


#3


It has the classic VW GTI red stitching and Tartan seats.

To finish off, a view of the exterior. It's a great car to take out on our rural, winding roads.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Ooch, that's a big hit. Hope you got it cleaned allright.


Thanks- yeah, I cut the session short to clean the camera. I think the seals are probably pretty reliable against plain water, but the chemical brew in gannet guano was more worrying.

I cleaned and flushed all the dials and buttons that were hit with Iso-Propyl Alcohol, then when it had dried out, added a drop of silicon oil to them, in case the alcohol had 'dried' out the seals.

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Ooch, that's a big hit. Hope you got it cleaned allright. On the other hand the photos and the B&W conversions might be worth it (if your camera came out OK after cleaning). I like them all, only straightening the horizon in the second will improve it I think.
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Week 40

This time I headed out to Muriwai to get some more (I hoped) interesting shots. I was also the first time I had the chance to take my replacement car out for a drive on country roads.

#1 Takapu Colony (creative elements- low key, long exposure, black and white)

a7Riii with Voigtlander 15/4.5, 3.2s at f11 and ISO 50.

#2 Maukatia Bay 1

As above, but 2s

#3 MAukatia Bay 2

As above, but 3.2 s

And the bonus shot. There was a unpleasant splat sound as gannet guano hit the camera at high speed. And yes, it did get into the dials and buttons.

a7riii- 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 39

Still in lockdown so unable to leave neighbourhood. So for this week, I've tried something creative, developed some older images that have been languishing, and revisited some other photos.

#1 Orchid Macro Photo (2015)

Converted it in C1 rather than LR. Used an a900 and Minolta 100/2.8 Macro for this, at f11.

#2 Something creative - A collage of waterfalls from the Waitakere Ranges


#3 Hunua Waterfall with a bit more editing

a7R with Minolta 17-35G at 22mm, 30s shot at f16, ISO200

We are now in Week 40 (started 4 Oct) and this week, have been allowed to visit beaches etc for recreation, so hopefully will get some new shots this weekend.



a7riii- 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 38

The lockdown continues...sighs

#1 Something new- Alien on guard on the deck.

A7Riii with Zeiss Batis 135/2.8, 160s at f2.8, ISO250

Something from the archive
#2 Downstream from Waitangi Falls

a7R with 70-200/2.8 G, at 70mm, 5s and f13. ISO100

#3 The pool under Omeru Falls

a7R with 17-35/3.5 G, at 30mm. 8s at f13. ISO100
a7riii- 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 37

The lockdown continues.

#1 Something new- Hine dealing with some 'personal issues'. To be resolved with a nap.

a7Riii with Batis 135mm

#2 Something old. KiteKite Falls near Piha

a900 with Minolta 50/2.8 Macro

#3 Something old. KIteKite Falls near Piha

a900 with Minolta 17-35/3.5 at 24mm
a7riii- 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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