Getting Up Close

I am often amazed at how close some wild birds will allow me to get. Slow steady movement is required; any sudden moves and the subject is gone.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo had landed on a branch near my back deck. Although nervous, it allowed me to get within a couple of metres, and take this portrait.

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

This portrait of a young Australian King Parrot was a little easier to take. On a hot summer’s day, it was intent on getting a cool drink.

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Thoughts…

The purpose of this post is to share my thoughts on my film photography. It’s been a little over a year since I took my old cameras and some rolls of film out of the cupboard and started re-using them.

My first thought is how much my photography has been rejuvenated. Now, I’m not getting into the argument of film photography is better than digital or vice versa. Both have their place. I will still be using my digital camera, particularly for bird photography.

A baby Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) captured by a digital camera.

Think more; shoot less is a sage piece of advice. Thinking more about the shot I am about to take is paramount to my film photography. Unlike digital photography, where I can take multiple shots of my subject, film is too expensive to do that.

Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

The above photograph was taken using a Kodak Retinette Rangefinder camera loaded with Kodacolor film. This roll of film was probably the first roll to be used in this camera for close on forty years.

Yarraville, Victoria, Australia

This photograph was taken using my Nikon EM SLR, also loaded with Kodacolor film. Both these rolls of Kodacolor film were bought in 2005 and were well past their expiry date. They had been stored in a cool dark place and showed no ill effects. I exposed them at box speed (ISO 200).

The Old Farm Shed, Irrewarra, Victoria, Australia

The Old Farm Shed was taken using a Nikon EM SLR loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 Black and White film.

Finally, the anticipation of seeing the results once the exposed film has been developed, printed and scanned is so different from what I get from seeing instantly my digital shots.

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Historic Camperdown

Continuing from a previous post, Using Expired Film, the following photographs are of some of the historic buildings which are found in the small country town of Camperdown. In an ever-changing world, many small towns use their past history as a means of attracting tourists to their area.

Old Leura Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria. Built 1857-59

The Leura Hotel is the earliest hotel in Camperdown, built for P. Douglas and J. Stevenson in 1857-59. Bluestone stables were added in 1860 by a new owner D.S. Walker and used by Cobb and Co. as a coach terminal and office.

Masonic Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Masonic Hall of Camperdown is built of rubble blue-stone. It was designed by one of the lodge members, John Young. It was constructed in 1867-68 and is one of the oldest surviving, continuously used purpose-built Masonic Lodges in Victoria.

Old I.O.O.F Hall, Camperdown-built 1896

Once the meeting place of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the hall is now the home of the Camperdown Historic Society.

Mechanics Institute, Camperdown, Victoria
Hampden Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria

The above photographs were taken using Kodak Black and White 35mm print film. The camera was a Nikon EM SLR.

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Lake Colac Foreshore

Just prior to sunset recently, was a perfect time for a walk along the southern foreshore of Lake Colac. There was enough bird activity to keeper the birders happy.

Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta at Lake Colac

The Eastern Great Egrets were all facing into the wind. A couple were feeding, however, the remainder seemed to be bracing themselves against the stiff breeze that was blowing.

Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta, Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) Lake Colac
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) Lake Colac

A pair of White-headed Stilts (Himantopus leucocephalus) were feeding in the shallows.

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) Lake Colac

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Using an Old Camera

As part of my project to shoot more film, I have pulled out my old film cameras. This also means I am using up some rolls of film that have been in my cupboards for many years.

My first 35mm camera is a Kodak Retinette IA. I was working at Kodak at the time and my camera of choice was a Kodak Box Brownie that I had purchased some three years earlier. The Retinette wasn’t a brand new camera, but one that had been refurbished.

The Kodak Retinette IA is a 35mm rangefinder camera which was manufactured by Kodak AG ( the German branch of Kodak) between 1959 – 66. My version of the camera has a Pronto shutter, and the f:3.5/50mm lens was manufactured by Schneider-Kreuznach Reomar, a German manufacturer of photographic optics.

I loaded the camera with Kodacolor 200 film and headed off to take some pictures. Almost immediately, I could tell that something was not right. I removed the film and then took the camera off to the camera store for repairs. There it was serviced and the shutter was repaired. This was back before Christmas and it has taken until this week for me to expose the film, get it processed. Today I received the digital files from the laboratory.

Rotunda – on the shore of Lake Colac

I could not be more pleased with the results. This camera has an excellent lens and my fear of getting back bad quality pictures was allayed.

Lake Colac
Jetty at Lake Colac

This is the first time I have used this rangefinder camera in about forty or more years. I have found this exercise to be well worth my while.

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Australian Native Plants

The following photographs are of some of the Australian native plants I have growing in my garden. Planted many years ago, I chose those plants to attract birds to the garden, and they have not disappointed me. 

King’s Park Special Callistemon – commonly known as a Bottlebrush
King’s Park Special Callistemon – beautifully back-lit by the late afternoon sun
Bottlebrush Mauve Mist Callistemon
Bottlebrush Mauve Mist Callistemon
Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)
Red Flowering Gum Tree (Eucalyptus ficifolia)
Captain Cook Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)

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A Crimson Rosella in the Melaleuca

Every afternoon, I have noticed this Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) sitting quietly in my Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris) tree. Sometimes it is alone; sometimes with friends. It is dining out on the seeds left behind now the flowers have all died.

The Bracelet Honey Myrtle is native to south-east Australia and flowers in summer.

 

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)

Bracelet Honey Myrtle

Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)

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