Three more recent pictures from the Rolleiflex 4x4 (Baby) on Rera Pan film.
The second film I put through my recently aquired baby Rolleiflex didn’t align itself properly at the start of the film so the first neg got clipped slightly. The problem was the frame counter was sticky and wasn’t resetting back to zero (a problem I’ve found with other cameras too). I removed the side plate and just applied a liitle IPA to the counter spindle to loosen what was presumably some dried up lubricant. A few drops and a little working and all was well. The video shows a before and after.
Note: If anyone tries this themselves, just be VERY carefull when removing the film advance knob mechanism. There’s a couple of small springs and rollers that will, I’m sure, have no hesitation in going into orbit if you don’t pay attention to them. You’ve been warned.
Three shots taken on the Rolleiflex 4x4 (Baby) on Rera Pan film.
This is a pic taken on the iPhone going down the escalator at Old Street tube station in London. The first is the straight image, the second is the Instagram version.
I submitted the original version to 1photo-1000pictures for others to make their edits of. The results can be seen on their blog or in my likes.
Note: The youtube videos linked to here don’t appear to show up on the Tumblr iPhone app. Sorry about that.
As anyone who takes any notice of the occasional music posts I put here will have realised, my tastes in music are quite wide. Last week jazz by Hiromi, this week sopranos.
I don’t have any favourite sopranos, I tend to have favourite performances. So I’ve put together four of my favourite performances of four different pieces, each by a different performer.
The first is Il Dolce Suono from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti sung by Inva Mula. This was used in the film 5th Element where there were some additions added to the end of it (partly computer generated). This is, I believe, the same performance as used in the film but without the film soundtrack and with the additions suitably chopped off. There are a few versions of this on YouTube including the clip from the film itself but it includes dialogue and sound effects over the performance (but does include Milla Jovovich as eye candy). Here’s the link www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoW_ZOfsrzA.
Next is Ave Maria by Caccini, sung by Sumi Jo.
Next is actually two pieces, E Strano and Sempre Libera, from the end of the first act of La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi. Here sung by Anna Netrebko with able assistance from Rolando Villazón. This whole production has been posted on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAGJexBqfTs if you ave a couple of hours to spare.
And finally, probably one of the most well known operatic arias, O Mio Babbino Caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicci. This performance is by Ekaterina Siurina from the Royal Opera House production of Il Trittico. If anyone thinks opera is not for them, I suggest they try and see this production. It’s available on DVD and there’s a trailer for it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LwPc00ZARE. There’s so many different performances of this piece out there but I’ve not found one that is better than this.
Hiromi - Time Out piano solo
“Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ, born 26 March 1979), known as Hiromi, is a jazz composer and pianist born in Hamamatsu, Japan. She is known for her virtuosic technique, energetic live performances and blend of musical genres such as post-bop, progressive rock, classical and fusion in her compositions.”
If you like jazz but have never heard of Hiromi then I suggest you check her out on Youtube. As a contrast to this performance of Time Out, try Sicilian Blue http://youtu.be/G7xAbT4jzD8
A few pictures from today at the Great Bucks Steam and Country Fair.
Mir 24M 35mm f/2 (at f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6)
Reputed to be a great bokeh lens.
I’ve been looking for a 35mm lens with a max aperture something greater than the f/2.8 I already have. Good bokeh is a requirement. After ploughing through many pictures on Flickr I thought this was one lens worth investigating further. So I bought one.
Having done a few test shots, I’m not so sure. At f/2.8 - f/4 the bokeh is quite nice and probably better than the Yashica 35mm f/2.8 I was previously using. But at f/2 it isn’t great. Too much bright ring around the oof highlights resulting in complex bokeh. I’ll probably use it for a while but also keep looking for something better. I would really like one I can use wide open.
Any suggestions for alternatives gratefully received.