Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Portra

There are ups and downs to self education.
Nobody could teach themselves photography without an army of helpful
posters in the net, I think. Trying to work out the finer points of
dynamic range in relation to different film brands and sensors from
scratch might attract somebody with a mind like that of Mr Fox Talbot.
I'm quite an indolent soul and since nowadays there is an answer to most
questions that are asked about gear and its use, I spend quite a bit of
time boning up on the differences between Fuji and Kodak and generally
wondering what I should try next.

I bought five reels of Portra 160 VC in Ted's Cameras in Elizabeth Street
during my trip to Melbourne. I thought it would give some zany saturation
and photos taken in front of the Water Wall in the NGV turned out very
well indeed.

Antony Gormley at the National Gallery of Victoria



My enthusiasm is such that I joined the
Utata
group on Flickr to be able to share images of art works
that I hope to collect over time.
This refined and very lively group asks that posters
send their work to just five Flickr groups for 30 days days after
they have posted a photo to Utata. It somehow makes
a photo seem special.

It is only now that I realise that Portra is much debated.
The jury is still out on whether it is good for landscape work,
as Portra NC seems to be preferred. The vivid, highly saturated
VC is the film of choice for weddings and for studio work under
strictly controlled lights, it seems.

I deduce all this from reading.
It is difficult to come to any conclusion without trying it out in different
situations for myself.

It was certainly a fun film to try in the tropics, as a wander round Singapore
proved.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

SEO

1. To the waters and the wild..., 2. At Imma Today, 3. Blues (Small)

Remembering some of the photos that made it into the Flickr
Explore system.

While this post could probably fit just as easily into
Short Sights at Noon, it is worth thinking about SEO and
how some web sites and photos become successful, while others,
equally valuable, linger in the wings, never seeing the limelight.

I visit the Irish Webmaster Forum from time to time and learn a lot there.
However, SEO is seriously hard work.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Street Sculpture in Deloraine

Street Sculpture in Deloraine


Sunshine on the Street Sculptures in
Deloraine, Tasmania

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Professional Film Scans

Whenever I use film I get everything processed professionally.

The Exif details tell which scanner was used and it could become a helpful
guide to which scanner to buy when the time comes.

Today a new thread discusses the ins and outs of
using Velvia and which scanning system might best suit.Velvia and Scanning