Brendon Kearns


Month: June 2011 (page 1 of 2)

Update – June 25th 2011

Just picked up a slew of rolls I had dropped off last week- while I wont have much time to get through the scanning this week, I figured I would post up some shots off one roll from the M6 and another from my Nikanos V test roll

Firstly- the M6 shots:









Since I had my 50mm back on it made a world of difference for my framing compared to the 28mm shots I was pulling with the OM2- after using that wide of an angle I tried to get back to basics and capture some single subject material towards the end

I was trying the meter-off-the-hand technique to keep it exposed for skin tones but everything seems to be about one half stop under- I’m not sure if its the meter going in my camera, some misjudging on my part or something to do with the cloudy conditions and diffused light that came with it

Now, for the Nikanos V:







The Nikanos was a little tricky to shoot with since it doesnt focus via the viewfinder- its more akin to a rangefinder that can only be focused on the lens by setting it within a given range based on aperture

The photos seem to have a fuzzy dream like quality compared to the sharpness I get out of Leica but it was fun to take out since I didnt have to worry about it getting soaked and the 35mm lens was a good change of pace

In other news, the Imaging and Entertainment Expo 2011 is going on all weekend down in Darling Harbour- I was able to catch a few hours of it this afternoon and watched fashion photographer Peter Coulson give a brief how-to on working with studio lighting at the Hasselblad booth

I’ll post up again when I manage to scan through the other 9 or so rolls kicking around

Update – June 23rd 2011

I’ve been thinking about buying a wider lens for my M6 than the Summicron 50 I currently use, so in an effort to try some different focal lengths I spent the last half of May playing around with an Olympus OM2N and a 28mm 3.5 Zuiko

I shot a few street performers and buskers around Pitt Street Mall




Took a few animal shots- mostly around Newtown and Glebe






Most of the street came out with a lot of dead space, I wasnt accustomed to using something this wide and my instinctive framing was use to the tighter 50mm leaving me with some awkward shots in the end







And finally a few nature shots



I even slapped on a Quick Auto 310 flash I picked up at Smile Please down on King Street

Most of the frames were blown out since I had no idea what was doing with it but by the end I was getting a little better- I set the distance in meters and passed it to my girlfriend who took a quick shot of me over a few drinks at the Green Room

I feel like I would need a few months solid of shooting 28mm to feel comfortable with it- I spent the Queen’s Birthday weekend out in the rain shooting with a Nikanos V I bought explicitly for the Sydney winter, its 35mm felt about right for my street shots so I’ll see how those came out in the coming weeks

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