Tag Archives: Flower

Need your help (2) – Pinhole Photography

One of my photographic projects this year is pinhole photography. Last year, I saw some ethereal pinhole photos from 2 artists in a local galley in Calgary, Alberta. I was so impressed by the photos and I felt “I’ve got to try”. At first I was thinking of D.I.Y to with body cap, but I found Skink pinhole set. I end up ordering one online. At first, I thought pinhole is magic tool to turen every subjects look artistic photos, but actually it is quite fussy about its food. I learned I have to feed what it likes, otherwise the returns are just blur soft images. Especially, pinhole seems to like a lot of light. Take a look the image bellow.

I shot this image with the skink after I shot the same scene with a regular wide angle lens. To me, this is not particularly remarkable image.

I went Bow lake in Banff national park, Alberta 2 weeks ago. I was not feeling taking picture of the lake. I was just walking around. Then I found the flower bed. One advantage of pinhole over regular lens is there is no close range limitation. I can get as close to a subject as I want. So the flower bed is quite good subject. The skink pinhole set is coming with 3 different types of holes, a regular pinhole (f/122), zone sheave (f/71) and zone plate (f/46). Their focal length are equivalent to 24mm. The pinhole takes actually sharp and somewhat contrasty images, on the other hand the images taken by zone plate are really really soft. The zone sheave is somewhere between the pinhole and the ZP.

I tried all of them for the same setting. Please pick your favorite and leave your opinion. I am getting towards one but still I cannot decide. I need your help again.

href=”http://500px.com/photo/1268088″>Bow lake - Dandelion bed 1, Pinhole by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Bow lake – Dandelion bed 1, Pinhole by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Bow lake - Dandelion bed 2, Zone Plate  by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Bow lake – Dandelion bed 2, Zone Plate by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Bow lake - Dandelion bed 3, Zone Sheave  by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Bow lake – Dandelion bed 3, Zone Sheave by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Lastly, I would like to introduce the photographer, Paul Stack. I met him at Lake Louise and both of us were having range finder cameras on neck. This kind of the encounter never happens for Canon users, I guess. Anyway, please check out his fabulous pinhole photos here, and also currently, his photos are being exhibited at Mount Royal University.

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Botany or Landscape photography

This is the photo I took in lake O’Hara in early September. It was my first snow this year. I do not take botany photography since my camera is not capable to take macro lenses.  But still I take pictures of flowers. I think that this image of mine is more like landscape photography rather than botany. 

 

Western Anemone - Lake O'Hara

Now I am waiting for ice and snow covering mountains.

Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Lens

I got an Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Lens and a filter adapter and I tested this lens this lens last weekend. M-mount of Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 has been released, but my lens is screw mount version. The screw mount version does not have a rangefinder coupling so I have to rely on eye measurement. However, the closest focusing distance of the screw mount version is 0.3m. M-mount version is 0.5m. This 20cm of difference is significant for such a super wide angle lens.    

I got an Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Lens and a filter adapter and I tested this lens this lens last weekend. M-mount of Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 has been released, but my lens is screw mount version. The screw mount version does not have a rangefinder coupling so I have to rely on eye measurement. However, the closest focusing distance of the screw mount version is 0.3m. M-mount version is 0.5m. This 20cm of difference is significant for such a super wide angle lens.    

I did not buy this lens to cover wide area of view. That will be done panorama head. Instead, I bought this lens to enjoy its stretched perspective.     

 

About 25cm awat from this horse Don’t lick my lens! 

I did not want to lie down on ground so I just approached my camera to the closest flowers about 25cm away. I did not use a finder.