Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Great Blue Heron at the Okefenokee Swamp

I was at the entrance to the Okefenokee in Fargo, GA last weekend, and snapped several images of this Great Blue Heron. He was a bit skittish but less so than some I've shot.

I shot with my recently purchased 500mm f/5.6 Pentax 67 lens. This huge beast is like 7 pounds, not including the camera! I hand-held these images and shot at f/5.6 or f/8 and 1/500 or 1/1000 as needed. The closer ones were with a #1 or #2 ext. tube.

This lens is quite remarkable and sharp considering its age. I used to have the 400mm f/4 Pentax 67 lens and I think this 500mm exceeds it slightly in performance at the widest aperture, but they are about the same stopped down.

Here are the images, shot on Portra 400:

 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

At the source of the Suwannee River

Last weekend Meagan and I went for a little hike near the source of the Suwannee River - Fargo, GA.

We went to both the Suwannee River park area right outside of Fargo as well as the Stephen Foster State Park. The river is incredibly low as the drought continues. We do have rain occasionally but not nearly at the levels of the last few years, though today we did have quite a deluge. Anyway, I shot my Leica M6 and an old roll of Fuji Sensia 100 slide film. I used mostly a 21mm f/4 Cosina-Voigtlander Skopar and 50mm f/1.4 Millennium Nikkor:







Bonus Content!

I had a few shots left after this so I took the M6 along to Valdosta's "First Friday" this September, to visit my friends who were working at a brand-new coffee shop - Grassroots Coffee. As the sun was setting there was a double rainbow that I barely caught:


Here's my friends Andrew and Tara working:


After several coffees hand-holding the 50mm at 1/15th of a second became a bit untenable:


And that was it for the roll!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

More Withlacoochee Panoramic Images - 72mm XL

I bought a Schneider 72mm XL last week. Couldn't help myself...it was such a good price for such an amazing lens.

Finally took it for a spin on my Shen-Hao 6x17. Here's some images, on Pan F+ and Rodinal or Provia 100F:









Monday, September 1, 2014

VSU The Happening 2014

Like last year, I went out to VSU's The Happening on the Front Lawn with my Linhof Technika as well as my Polaroid 900. Unfortunately I messed up and had the wrong cam for the lens on my Technika so I only could use the 900 and 135mm Xenotar. It was brutally hot and I couldn't stay long anyway so I only got a few photos:



 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

VSU Trip to Pensacola for Steve McCurry talk

I took Dominick, the photography professor at VSU, and 11 students to Pensacola last Wednesday to see a gallery show of Steve McCurry's work and a talk about "The Stories Behind the Photographs."

Making our way over there, we stopped at Falling Water State Park in Florida (which did not, in fact, have any falling water due to the drought). The show was at Pensacola State College. Here is a variety of snapshots from our trip, all taken with a little Canon P LTM rangefinder and Nikkor 5cm f/2 screwmount lens: