Monthly Archives: March 2015

Using a Pentax 645z

As some of you would know I bought a Pentax 645z camera.  Why? Well I have wanted to get a medium format sensor camera for some time and the Pentax is priced to amaze.  Considering that it has the same sensor as the much more expensive Phase one cameras and that it does brilliant work  at just over 11k (AU) I can’t see why any one wanting to go to medium format would not buy this camera.  Yes I Know $11k is a lot of money but when you are my age, have worked and saved  all my life a little luxury is what one can afford.

Now that I have got my guilt trip out of the way I will give you some examples of why this is such a great camera.  Its low light ISO ability is strikingly good,  normally I wont use high ISO due to the noise that is generated, however with this camera I am much more prepared to step it up into ISO ranges well above 6400 if needed.  However there is one aspect of this camera that makes needing higher ISO’s a little less required.

Have a look at these two jpegs,  they come from  the same raw image its just in one I have boosted the exposure by 5 stops in Adobe Camera Raw, yes thats right 5 stops.  Normally if one did this the noise normally found in the black areas would kill the photo.

Original

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5 stops

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Now if you could zoom into the man seated on the left you can read his jacket logo. Simply amazing, kudos to the man for keeping still as this was a 25second exposure.

What about colour you say, well the main reason I was down at the beach was for a sunset which looked like this after some minor corrections from the raw image (raw always lacks the punch of Jpegs straight from the camera and does need some saturation and other adjustments).  BTW I always shoot raw even though the files are bigger and therefore harder to handle  there is so much more detail to be found in the image.

Enough waffle here is the beach sunset image that I was after last night.

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Again a long exposure of about 25 seconds.

Now if I had two shots of the same scene using this and a different camera perhaps you could compare the images.  However I don’t but just so you can see how this camera performs here is a shot of Melbourne taken a few weeks ago.

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And this of a building a few nights back.

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All in all this is the best camera I have ever used and its making me seriously think about selling all my canon gear so that I can buy a couple of other lens for this beauty.

Hope you enjoyed my little ramble.

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Parliament House Melbourne

After the exhibition openings I decided that I would take a quick trip into the Melbourne CBD and in particular a visit to the State Parliament building.  This is a building that has great photographic opportunities.  Usually there are lots of people hanging around.  However last evening it was quiet only two Protection Officers and some barricades.

Despite that I decided to focus on the building and see if I could find a nice angle for capturing the architecture.   After a few tries and a bit of wandering around I got this shot.

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Revisiting old photographs

Every now and again I like to look back over older work.  Principally because reviewing the older work sometimes allows one to find a shot previously rejected that now appeals.

 

Yesterday was such a day.  I was looking through a number of shots that I had taken of a salt lake north of Melbourne and decided that by using one of the late evening shots and adjusting the exposure differently to last time that I could end up with a shot that was nearly abstract in quality but at the same time a landscape that captured the soft peaceful beauty the descends upon the country as night approaches.

 

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Upcoming exhibitions

The first is street photography and is a collective exhibition of street photographers from Melbourne.  You can see the exhibition at the Victorian Artists Society building from the 19th of March or come to the opening night if you are in Melbourne on Friday the 20th of March.

The second exhibition is at the Tacit gallery in Johnston Street Abbottsford.  Opening night is the 25th of March from 6:30 until 8pm.  Would love to see you there if you are in Melbourne.  This exhibition is all about multi layered images based on pages of music, words and just a little bit of the stock market.

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An example of the Tacit Gallery exhibition to whet your appetite.