I hope to have fun and learn stuff here. I bought my first SLR in February '02 and I am having fun taking pictures.
Right now I am taking pictures of landscapes, cityscapes, flowers, trees...Inanimate things that are very easy to shoot!
Quite a few of my pictures are up to my satisfaction levels:)
But what I really want to take pictures of, is people. I currently find taking pictures of people very difficult.
People move, people like, people dislike. People don't "just be".
Update: 8th October 2002
Last week I bought myself a new camera. A black Nikon FM3A. The week before that I had already bought a 50/1.4 lens from eBAY. Yes. I bought the lens before I bought the camera:)
Depending on how confortable I get with the FM3A, (if I get very comfortable) I will be selling off my Minolta set (Maxxum 5, Sigma 28-80mm (3.5-5.6) Macro, Minolta AF II 75-300 (4.5-5.6), Battery pack (AA) for the Maxxum 5, Wired remote control). I seem to be getting comfortable with the Nikon:)
Yesterday I decided to try some new film. So I went to a local store and bought a 5-pack of Agfa Scala x200. This way I can have the best of the 2 worlds. Black and White. And Slides.
I hope to post some good picture to PhotoSIG as soon as I get these developed. Note that there are only a few shops in the whole world, which develop the Scala. Scala also happens to be the only B&W Slide film that is commercially produced.
Update: 4th November 2002
I received a very old Yashica MG-1 rangefinder camera from my father.
Update: 1st February 2003
I think finally my MO has reached Andrew. I hope it did. I am looking forward to the CONTAX RTS+ Zeiss 50/1.4 + Tamron 28 that I bought from him.
Update: 19th February 2003
I got my hands on the Contax. I loaded a roll of Kodak Ektachrome 400x. I will post photos as I get them..
Update: 16th March 2003
I went to the local Photo Swap meet and sold the Contax. I had realized that the Contax is not the best camera for me. I had started in Nikon and having a Contax will mean that I will have to maintain 2 lines of lenses! Definitely not a good idea, especially because one of them is Carl Zeiss!
So I sold the Contax and bought a Nikon F3 on the same day (within 30 minutes) for a very decent price. The camera looks to be in great shape. No dent/dings. Very minor brassing. The small lever that operates the viewfinder cover is missing. But that's about it.
I loaded the camera with Ilford Delta 400 and hoping to shoot some shots soon so that I can double check if everything is fine.
Update: 21st January 2005
I had really liked the Carl Zeiss lens on the Contax I owned briefly. And I was always very comfortable with the square format. And ofcourse, I loved good cameras.
In the first major purchase since my F3 I bought a used Hasselblad 500CM. Piece-by-piece. The body and the back came from eBay. The lens came from a local store that I trusted.
I put about 4 rolls through the Hassy and it is an absolute pleasure to see medium format square slides. The T* lens is crisp and the back has no leaks! I'm loving it!
MY CRITIQUING METHOD:
I feel that I have learnt a lot from critiquing. I am an LCC and I take this job seriously. The following is more or less my non-abstract critiquing method:
+1 TU for good Composition
+1 TU for good exposure
+1 TU for good DOF+Focus
-1 TD for Bad compostion
-1 TD for Bad exposure
-1 TD for Bad DOF+Focus
If I can't put my finger on why I dislike or like the picture I usually say so.For example, I could write "I don't know what it is about the composition but I really like it" or "I don't know what it is about the DOF but I think it could have been much better."... But in most cases I try to quantify why I like/dislike the components of the image. This is the way I realized I should look at my own pictures too.
TU - Green Thumb Up
TD - Red Thumb Down
Personally I think we should have more TUs and TDs. I would like to vote for originality of the picture. This way naked people, flowers, cats don't end up being the highest rated images.
In the past few days (as of 16th September, '02) I have been taking the "creativity factor" into account. I am sure a lot of folks would feel bad when I rate their commonly visible picture a +2 after commenting that it is technically correct. But I guess it has to be that way. I think I am looking for more than technical correctness in images. If you want to mark my comments as useless, you are welcome. I hope you do it for the right reason though. I also appreciate honest comments on my pictures. I welcome people to use my method to punish my lack of creativity:)
UPDATE 7th February, 2003: Since the last couple of days, I have decided to take more things into my hands. I am SICK of TUs and TDs which don't have any pertinent explanation. So the following is what I do when someone is too lazy to give proper critiques:
1. If I see a 1/2/3TUs or 1/2/3TDs on any of my photos without anything more than a "Good shot" or a "Nice photo" or something equally USELESS, I will double check the critiquer's trend by going to his/her page.
2. And there if I see that this person always gives such useless critiques, I come back to my photo's page and mark his/her comment as "useless".
3. If the person usually gives usefull comments and mine was one of the few anamolies, then I ignore the critiquers TUs (or TDs) on my photo page. I will not mark them usefull or useless.
I believe by being proactive I can discourage poeple from trying to gain "compassion-points".
I am here to learn. If you can't help me with it, you better stay away. If you try to gain something for yourself without giving me what I am here for, a decent explanation, I will be honest and mark your comment USELESS.
I WILL give honest critiques to your pictures if you invite me. So don't expect to get 3TUs just because you gave me 3TUs:)
I like gadgets.
I love cameras.
I like taking pictures.
I love cameras.
Lens 1 : Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4
Lens 2 : Nikon Series E 50mm 1:1.8
Lens 2 : Nikkor 135mm 1:2.8
Lens 3 : Hervic Zivnon 23mm 1:3.5
Camera 1: Nikon FM3A
Type : 35mm Manual Focus SLR
You can click
here to read an article I wrote about this camera.
If you like it(or hate it), I hope you critique it.
Camera 2: Nikon F3
Type : 35mm Manual Focus SLR
Camera 3: Nikon FG
Type : 35mm Manual Focus SLR
Camera 4: Minolta Maxxum 5
Type : 35mm Autofocus SLR
Lens 1 : Sigma 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 Macro Zoom
Lens 2 : Minolta 75-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 (D) AF II
Camera 5: Yahica MG-1
Type : 35mm Manual Focus Rangefinder
Lens : Yashinon 45mm 1:2.8 (fixed lens)
Camera 1: Lubitel 2
Type : Medium Format Manual TLR (120mm)
Lens : T-70 1:4.5-22 Fixed focal length,
Camera 2: Holga
Type : Medium Format Manual Rangefinder(120mm)
Lens : ????????????????????????????
Camera 3: Hasselblad 500CM
Type : Medium Format Manual SLR
Lens : Carl Zeiss Planar T* 80/2.8
Tripod: Manfrotto 3405 Junior tripod - fixed head 390L
Films I like:
Color: Kodak E100VS, Fujichrome Velvia,
Kodak Provia 400F
On the consumer grade I like the Fuji Sensia a lot because
it is very inexpensive when bought in bulk and gives very
repeatable results for a consumer grade film
B&W : Kodak Tri-X 320 Professional, Kodak T-MAX 400, Agfa Scala 200x
The Agfa Scala is the only B&W slide in production
and I am lucky
to have a processing center capable of handling this film nearby
where I live in Southern California. But I am not happy about the
"semi-sepia" kind of cast the film has after development.
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