My last blog post of 2013 is dedicated to a photo I took of Suki back in 2010. This image became part of one of the biggest memes of the year, thanks in part to the comic sans someone graced it with before sending it off into viral internetlandia.
In fact, The Verge just ran this article today about the origin of the meme, which includes a touching story about Kabosu the Shiba Inu as well as excerpts from an interview with yours truly. Check it out!
Looking back on the night I took this photo, I remember how hilariously difficult it was to work with Suki. Think she was the perfect little model during my 52 Weeks Project? Think again:
Many pose. Such uncooperative. Wow.
One does not simply repeat a project like this year after year, but Suki still spent plenty of time in front of my cameras in 2013. This was the year of pack film adventures with my Land Camera and black and white photos with my old rangefinder, at least for my personal photography.
Big thanks to all who stopped by the blog this year. Stay tuned for more Suki adventures in 2014!
My nephew Julian is two years old now! I took some photos of him over the weekend at one of the parks I used to frequent when I was his age. Such a happy little booger, this one.
Nikon D800 + Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4G
I haven’t experimented with bokeh panorama shots in quite a while. A nice manual focus f/0.95 lens was all the inspiration I needed to have another go at this quirky method of shooting. Both of these shots are multi-panel stitches taken with the lens wide open.
I was actually going for a full length portrait for the image above. Unfortunately, the photomerge process somehow made her feet disappear into Photoshopland. This is certainly not an exact science
Panasonic Lumix GX7 | Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95
I often set up impromptu portrait sessions with the wife so she can record the funky outfits she puts together. This is a very simple set up, with a single Canon 600EX on a light stand shooting through an umbrella.
We’re triggering the flash with Pocket Wizards, and the transmitting unit is hotshoe’d to a brand new Panasonic GX7 I’m testing. This camera’s mechanical shutter has a native sync speed of 1/320th. Pretty handy for shooting flash portraits outdoors with your aperture wide open, in this case at f/0.95.
It wasn’t long, however, until Suki decided to walk in on our little shoot:
So as not to offend the Suki, I made sure she got a solo portrait of her own
All Images: Panasonic Lumix GX7 | Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95
I’ve been trying to make a point of getting out and greeting the sun as it rises lately. On clear mornings, the warm glow that radiates from autumn leaves makes rolling out of bed earlier feel all the more worthwhile. These particular photos were taken with my trusty cell phone camera
In other news, I’ve been working on overhauling my main website. Check it out!
All Photos: Samsung Galaxy S III
A colleague of mine let me borrow a very interesting lens this past weekend. Apparently he sent an old compact film camera, equipped with a fixed 28mm wide-angle, to an outfit in Japan. They removed the camera’s glass and built an M-Mount lens around it, complete with aperture control, focus tab, and a distance scale.
The result is a very nicely made, body cap of a lens that makes a Leica camera feel strangely light-weight in use. More interesting than the somewhat unusual ergonomics, however, are the fun results you get from this optic (the lens actually vignettes more as you stop it down). In practice, this rangefinder/lens cap lens combo just begs to be shot from the hip. Set it to f8, zone focus, and treat it like a little point and shoot street cam. Extremely fun.
A black and white conversion seemed like a good fit for the resulting images, and I used this opportunity to run the raw files through a new set of film emulation presets I’m trying. The folks at Totally Rad were nice enough to let me download a copy of Replichrome for Lightroom, a suite of 134 film emulating presets with custom profiles for 386 cameras. I’m told that Totally Rad will update their custom profiles with each update release for Lightroom / ACR, which is very cool.
I plan to do a lot more testing with Replichrome, but for now here’s a sampling of their excellent Kodak 400CN and 400CN+ film presets (the “+” variant simulates the look of the film in reaction to overexposure). It’s clear that a lot of work went into developing this software, and I’m pretty impressed with what I’m seeing so far:
All Images: Leica M9 | Some Weird 28mm Watchumacallit M-Mount Lens | Replichrome Kodak 400CN