Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Panoramic Singapore II

Just returned from Korea with a couple of films; until they find their way home from the lab I was browsing through the continuously growing collection of panoramic shots in Singapore. I wonder how fast some of these not so clean and less than perfect sights might survive the hype of turning the whole island into one big integrated condominium with attached casino and shopping center. The last entry for May 2007.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

My last Velvia 50

The Noblex made its way to Sydney and surrounding as well, not that I fly to such an iconic environment equipped only with light leaking pseudo panorama camera from 1938. So, here some results, this was the last Velvia 50 I had. Will it ever come back ?
Yes, thats Australia as well, Nan Tien Temple near Wollongong.

..and of course, on the attempt to shoot the most iconic place at all, the Opera House, the film transport went bezerk .... think there are already enough pictures/panoramas of that anyway.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Beirax goes Panorama Results

Here we are, back from the lab. The results reach about the level of quality I have foreseen. Not breathtaking, but the fun I had was worth the effort.
Some feedback:
1. The whole film is exposed (not a surprise), that eventually gives some kind of artistic touch (maybe).
2. There is big light leak (obviously). Assume its caused by the improperly sealed film count window.
3. There are tremendous scratches on the film, no clue where that comes from.
4. The Beirax works with a 105mm lens and fastest speed of 1/125. Most of the images a blurred. Of course ! These 6x9 cameras were build to create contact prints not enlargements.
5. My selfmade panorama viewfinder does not match correctly. Who would shoot the Sydney Opera without the top in the frame ?! Will do some adjustment shots.

Think will go for another round of this experiment ! With tripod and proper sealing.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Great offer

Thats a great offer ! I found this in the seat pocket on the flight to Sydney. You can use the motion sickness bag to submit you film for print or development ! What happens if I dont feel well AND want to send negatives to them ;-) I assume for both purposes need to seal the bag....

Ken's Gallery

I had a chance to drop his gallery last week. He is running 3 or 4 of them across Viktoria and NSW, this is one is at the Rocks in Sydney, a prime location - no doubt. People are filling up the gallery all the time and the cashier runs like in a supermarket ;-)
As you can see I could not afford more than the free brochure ...not true.... I bought 3 small books. His pictures (the framed versions, not the mousepad, mug, calendar and so on) is pretty pricey. But nevertheless I appreciate his work very much and he created milestones in panorama photography, think he started 15 years before I started to think panoramic. I would not mind meeting him but he is maybe the only celebrity in our panorama business/hobby/craziness and hard to catch.
my 2 cents
PS: Just realized I got a Ken for free. The 3 books came in a glossy paper bag that has 2x 40x10cm panos on front and bag in pretty high resolution. Cut it and paste it on mounting board. Thats it, can add to my panorama museum here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Panorama ?

Just returned from Australia with a couple of panoramic images as well other panoramic "findings" as you can see on these images. Seems the word panorama is used more often in Australia for all kind of stuff, other than panorama images.
My real panoramic Australia will follow soon.