Sunday, January 7, 2018

Kamlan 50mm F1.1 on Micro Four Third User Experience

A couple of years ago I bought a Zhongyi Speedmater 25mm F0.95 and was very happy with it.  I wanted something similar in the 45mm focal length and could not justify the cost of the Panasonic 42.5mm F1.2.  Recently another Chinese lens maker, Kamlan, released a 50mm F1.1 lens.  It is again totally manual focus lens which I am happy with.  The cost is low enough not to be an issue if it turns out to be garbage.

Here is the lens in it box and packaging.  It is welled packed an it arrived in good condition.

It is a very small lens and it balances well with my Olympus OMD EM-10.  The aperture ring is click less but is not easy to turn.  The focus ring is smooth but take more effort to turn than I like and nothing as smooth as the Zhongyi 25mm.  I was able to shoot a few images on a short trip to London.  They were shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom only.  All were shot at F1.1.

I will say focus is difficult at F1.1.  The depth of field is very thin and there were quite a few slightly out of focus shots, but when focus is correct, they look half decent.  I will be returning from trip from Hong Kong soon with more images and my verdict of this lens.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Shannon Page Mono

The last time I created a post was back in April this year.  This year I have been very busy in my personal life and work.  While I have been shooting, I just did not have time to post my photos.  These photos of Shannon were shot earlier this year but only just now have time to share with you.  They were shot as part of my drive to shoot more monochrome images.

Shannon is an amazing model.  I first shot with her last year when she was starting out.  Now she had made the jump to be her full time occupation.  Good luck to her and she deserve to succeed.  When I contacted her with my idea for this shoot, she was happy to work with me again.

I already know the type of post processing I was going to perform, quite high contrast and quite a bit of dodging and burning.

I wanted the images to be a little sexy and it is hard not to succeed with Shannon.  She is just stunting and super sexy.

I am really happy with these images and will post more in the near future.  In the mean time, here are a few more of Shannon.

The studio I was at also had a LED ring light and here are a couple images shot with it.  Bokehlicious!

I have quite a few blog posting coming up, so watch this space...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Taking More Mono Photos...

It has been a while since I posted due to work and personal commitments.  Hopefully I will be posting more.  So here goes...

Model: Hanna Taylor
I have always been a colour shooter.  I just love bold colours, but recently I started experimenting with black and white.  Some images are close to mono, more like 80% desaturated.  That look just appeal to me.  This goes hand in hand with a style of retouching I am using more and more of.  That is under exposing the image and then dodge and burn in Photoshop.

Model: Hanna Taylor
It is a technique I started to use about 18 months ago.  Now It is used with mono or desaturated look.  These images of the amazing Charlotte Daintelle were shot with this style of editing right from the start.  I make sure the image is slightly under exposed to make this style of editing easier.  When ever I shoot, I always have a mood board created.  Without one, it is easy to drift off in different directions and make sure I stay focus on the goal.

Model: Charlotte Daintelle

Model: Charlotte Daintelle

Model: Charlotte Daintelle

Model: Charlotte Daintelle

Model: Charlotte Daintelle
It is a style I am still developing and will carry on refining.  There are more photo shoots planned and I will be sharing more with you soon.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nicola Granada Colour Beauty

A quick post after a long rest.  I have been extremely busy and did not have much time shooting.  Even when I did it took me quick a long time to process and edit the photos.  Carrying on with the colour beauty series, I worked with Nicola Granada model and Clarissa Clary MUA.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Kyoto and Osaka

After my visit to the ultra modern Tokyo we got on a bus to Kyoto, the old capital of Japan.  The capital city was moved from Kyoto to Tokyo.  The population is about 1.5m people and you do notice it is much less crowded on public transports.  There are noticeably more tourists in Kyoto than in Tokyo.  There are also a lot more older buildings in Kyoto and wasted no time visiting them.

Nijo Castle in Kyoto

Imperial Palace Kyoto

Old Gion District

Arashiyama kyoto

Modern Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Kyoto

After a few days in Kyoto, it was off to relatively modern Osaka before returning home.  Osaka has a mixture of old and new that is typical of Japanese cities.  It is much more of a mini Tokyo.  Here are a few more photos that sums it up.

Overall, Japan has amazing photographic opportunities for photographers who wants to capture something that is different to western countries.  It have a mixture of old and new.  Also it is a safe, clean and organised country.  Definitely worth a visit.