Note to Self: Take TWO Tripods… | 35Chronicle Photography

35mm, black & white, Long Exposure, night / low-light, photography, structures

A Light in the Black.


Back in November 2019, I first shot this gorgeous building under beautiful winter sunshine with my IR gear and last posted it here near the end of May, last year. I was extremely happy with my frames then and, I do have a couple of them mounted and framed, hanging on the wall in the hallway. Only the best of my work makes it that far and it has to be said, on a slightly different subject – printing is  definitely the way to go. For years I just… didn’t. Then I got the bug a few years back and now I simply can’t stop going through my archives for more. Still, after going through those frames recently and chatting with Bumble about perhaps getting out at night for some more considered longer exposures, she suggested that we might make a trip back to  the church in question (set amongst some stunning grounds, I might add) and shoot it at night. It was lit-up, apparently? Well, this was news to me. But an instant pang of excitement had me sorting out my bag for night shooting, the very same day. Three evenings later, when the weather was more favourable and the bustle of Christmas celebrations were over, we headed out for the short drive to the Crichton University Campus to make a few more frames. 

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I: Splendour | 20″ – f16.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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Dodging late-evening dog-walkers and the occasional runner, I set up my tripod (the base plate I had already screwed to the bottom of my camera before leaving the house, with no issues at all – or so I thought) and when clamping it to the head, the darn thing refused to lock in. The lever had become extremely loose (somewhere between the house and taking it out of the car!) and simply wouldn’t sit back in place. Now, this may all seem irrelevant but if you can imagine trying to keep the camera level and still while it’s perched precariously over five feet from the ground while a very stiff breeze whipped around it, you might understand my slightly nervous disposition at the time. Self-timer engaged, I decided to just go for it and would let the cards (rather than my camera and lens) fall where they may; and so, I got very lucky, the laws of gravity were favourable to me and, I was able to come away with a few very pleasing captures. Next time, I’ll keep a spare set of legs in the boot!

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II: Reflection of Human Nature? [The Ground Lights on the Right of Frame Flickered Out for Just Long Enough for this Capture] | 10″ – f14.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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As an aside, (on editing) – because my version of LR doesn’t support later Fuji RAF files, I have always used Adobe DNG Converter to process my RAFs to DNG for editing, and when I was able to get these new files transferred to my laptop just a few days ago, I did just the same thing again. I started to go through the DNGs one by one and remembered then, a conversation I had had with fellow photographer and work colleague about converting Fuji’s RAFs and, his conclusion was that Iridient’s X-Transformer seemingly handled the files noticeably better and that I should give it a go. Okay, so I downloaded and tried out the demo version on my latest captures and simply could not believe the difference. All this time (years, in fact) I had been guilty of a ridiculous injustice to my own work and the difference in quality and detail is such that I feel ashamed at myself for having allowed such a mistake. The difference is instantly noticeable even at 50% and will, I am sure, improve print quality. With all that said, I am happy to share these few grabs and hope that you’ll enjoy them. (Rest assured, I have given myself a very stern talking-to!)

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III: Splendour [II] | 15″ – f16.0 – ISO:400 – 35mm

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I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous ’22, thank you again for reading and please feel free to leave any comments you wish. 

VB…
R.
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Closer Still(s) | PT.XXVII | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, colour, fine art, macro, nature, photography

Purple Heart [Tiger] Lily | PT.II


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IV | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv] – 1/4th – f11 – ISO:400.

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V | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv] – 1/8th – f5.6 – ISO:400 [w/Hoya +10].

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[From a Little Further Back:]
VI | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv] – 1/20th – f2.8 – ISO:800.

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VII | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv] – 1/60th – f5.6 – ISO:3200.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XXVI | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, colour, fine art, macro, nature, photography

Purple Heart [Tiger] Lily | PT.I


Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll all tell you just how easily pleased I am. I’ve never been one to want much, not in the grand scheme of things at least and I have always gone by the adage that “enough, is as good as a feast”; and I absolutely believe this. It is relevant because when it comes to photography, I have always been happy with and, tried to make the most of the tools at my disposal (most usually – my camera and my legs) but some things require a little more planning.

Macro and close-up photography has been a passion of mine since I first picked up a camera, almost twenty-five years ago. That passion has not only stayed with me ever since but it has continued to grow. The longer I go between these more intimate shooting sessions, the more it grows and, the more I seem to enjoy it when I finally make it back. For the past few years, I had been making do with an old lamp table for my close-up set-ups; I had fashioned a matt black card base on the table with two joined 12″ high-sides of the same material, clamped lights, mirrors, clamps, desk tripod and, a couple of torches for ad-hoc light-painting during those longer exposures. This week though, something changed.

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I | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv] – 1/12th – f5.6 – ISO:400.

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A few weeks before new year, Ang had decided to have a clear-out of the under-stairs cupboard on the first floor. Great idea I though – we could decorate it and make her a lovely, secluded and private office space in there (whilst secretly wanting to snatch the space for myself, you understand). I was thinking maybe some cosy lighting, a decent bluetooth speaker, a new desk and chair, even some pictures on the wall – you know? A space I’d be utterly jealous of, for sure. Still, this was all a while ago and sometimes, as I said, things change. 

At Christmas, I received a very nice portable light-tent. Lights, stands, backdrops, colour gels – yup, all there. The trouble was that we had nowhere to properly set it up and though it’s indeed designed to be portable, once I set something like this up, I’d prefer it to stay there and I can quickly set back up again any time I have a new or interesting subject. That’s when the suggestion came back to me: “What about the under-stair cupboard?” My eyes must have lit up as soon as those words left her lips!

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II | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv]- 1/4th – f11 – ISO:200 [w/Hoya =10].

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At the beginning of this week, we measured up; on Tuesday we bought the wood and the paint and I constructed the worktop to be fitted, as well as starting the paint-job.  On Wednesday, the last coat of matte-black went on all the surfaces and by that evening, it was dry enough to set it all up. Could I wait to get in there and shut the door? Could I, buggery! Now, I know that light-tents aren’t a new thing, but I’ve always indulged myself on a shoestring – not for any other reason than the fact that I was simply able to. But to have a dedicated little space where it can all happen, is a real treat. I don’t care if Harry Potter didn’t care much for his – I’m loving my cupboard! Yes, I’m sure that I must sound like an idiot to most of you but this is big stuff to me. A useful man-cave at last! (And yes, I also realise that I’m rambling a tad!) Anyway, I’ll shut up now and let you (I sincerely hope) enjoy a few of the very first frames from the newly crowned (tongues firmly in cheek, you understand?) Studio 35C. 

As always, thank you for visiting my pages and, I wish you all a great weekend ahead.

-R-

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III | Fuji X100S – 35mm [equiv]- 1/8th – f5.6 – ISO:400 [w/Hoya =10].

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