From present to past in 29mm

 

Hello my dear friends 🙂

  Happy May day to all of you! How are you doing? As you know i love landscape and nature photography but i’m trapped in a place with no travel possibilities. I’ve come to terms with the fact that i cannot shoot any great landscapes near my house but i refuse to not at least try to find other ways of being creative. So i dug up my very first DSLR, a Canon 350D, which is still in perfect working condition and coupled it with my grandfather’s Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestegon 29mm f/2.8. The 29mm would roughly translate to a 47mm lens with the 1.6x crop factor. You might wonder what’s the point of this. Well, if i could afford it i would have chosen to shoot with an all manual analog camera but since i can’t, this is the next best thing in my opinion. So i set my camera to manual, the lens is also fully manual and went for a long walk towards the sea.

  The 350D has a tiny screen so i relied to the histogram for my exposure. It also has a tiny and not very bright viewfinder (at least compared to my current 60D) so the focus part was a challenge as well. But i didn’t care…The purpose of this walk was to enjoy and  just shoot. So i was walking around carefree, enjoying the nature and exploring the world with my new toy. Here’s a slideshow with some of the shots i liked:

 For the editing i played around with Nik Software Analog Efex Pro. I had the same amount of fun editing these photos as when i was taking them. I really like the results of this lens and i’m very impressed by the 350D, cause that camera is 8 years old and the raw files seem to carry a great amount of detail and dynamic range. Sometimes i feel like this camera can produce better photos that my 60D… Or maybe it’s just because this was my first DSLR and i still love it dearly.

 Would you like to see more such photos taken with old lenses? Cause i’m thinking of doing more of that. I really enjoy being a part of the wordpress community and getting feedback from all of you, so i’m trying to find new things and ideas to blog about until i can travel and make beautiful landscape photos with the V-Light flavor 🙂

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Tiny Gecko

tiny gecko sitting on index finger
tiny gecko sitting on index finger|2010

 

  Isn’t that cute? 🙂 I always had a fascination with macro photography. It unveils a world full of details and textures that our eyes alone cannot see. But what can you do when you don’t have the equipment needed? I started off by using close up filters on my 18-55mm kit lens. For a beginner it was ok but i did notice losing a lot of detail, that’s what happens when you stack 3 more cheap elements on an already cheap lens. I cannot afford a dedicated macro lens so i’m mainly working with the two cheapest solutions that don’t mess with image quality: extension tubes and a lens reversal ring. This particular photo has been shot using a Canon 350D with the 18-55mm reversed, using a cheap reversal ring i bought on ebay. As you can see you can get incredibly close and and still get a lot of detail.

  Next week i’ll be making a post about macro photography and will share with you some tips and tricks you can use to get better photos. Stay tuned 😉

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Why have you forsaken me?

Why have you forsaken me? by V-Light

If you haven’t figured it out by now, i have a thing for boats! This is another abandoned boat i found in Igoumenitsa, Greece. Though it’s an old photo (2009), i still like it. That sunset gave a beautiful tone to the whole image and the slight fog in the background makes it a bit more mysterious. This was shot with my first DSLR camera, a Canon 350D. I kinda miss those days were i would just shoot without thinking about any technical stuff…

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