This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Future.
This challenge got me thinking about the changes I have made to the camera equipment I use recently. Having had a accident early in the spring that left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm I started looking at smaller and lighter equipment when I got out of rehab.
For a lot of my personal work over the past six months I have been using a small mirrorless camera body and three manual focus primes. I recently added a different mirrorless camera, also small and light. All my manual focus prime lenses will adapt to either camera.
My photo equipment future is smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras and manual focus prime lenses.
A giant yellow butterfly garden ornament. The background was almost monochromatic so a selective colour treatment was an obvious editing choice. Taken with a 50mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a Sony a6000 camera.
A late summer sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. Taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and Samyang 12mm lens.
Ivy leaves and Lichen on a tree trunk. Taken with a Sony a6000 and 7artisans 55mm lens.
Some autumn Maple leaves. Taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and 7artisans 55mm lens.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Starting with letters K or L.
Ivy Leaves and Lichen on a tree trunk on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to day 27 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.
Take your pick from the lines in the tree bark, the lines of the Ivy stems or the lines in the Ivy leaves.
This is another contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia which is running throughout August.
Ivy growing up a tree trunk. With the swirling around the edges of the frame you could think that this is an old photo but it was taken this summer with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.
I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.
So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.
Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.
Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.
Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.
Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.
Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.
An afternoon walk, this time with a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens adapted to fit a mirrorless camera. I quickly discovered that the lens has to be used wide open, when I stopped it down I could see it vignetting badly in the camera viewfinder. It still vignettes a little wide open and as the image circle produced by the lens barely covers the sensor there can be some interesting swirling around the edges of the frame.
Soon after discovering that the lens needs to be kept wide open the focusing mechanism started playing up. Initially the focusing appeared to be jammed, once I got the focusing collar to turn the lens would focus on close subjects but wouldn’t focus on distant subjects.
I continued on my walk as my testing was going to be mostly close subjects. When I got home from the walk I got the focusing mechanism working and think that I have managed to fix it.
Some interesting variegated Hosta leaves. One of the first shots taken with the lens before the focusing mechanism started playing up. The edges of the frame don’t show much swirling in this shot.
Ivy leaves on a tree trunk. The swirling around the edges of the photo is really noticeable in this shot.