Alisa and Krissi

According to a research, people tend to hang out in a group consisted of those who share the similar level of attractiveness. Is this a fact or an alternate fact? Anyhow, I like to think that I am quite a good looking bloke because I have quite a few friends that are professionally attractive, i.e. being attractive is a part of their job. I wish I could utilise my good look to bring in some money but usually they give me a paper bag or a mascot suit to cover myself up before giving me compliments and money. 

Alisa had a little sore neck.

Alisa had a little sore neck.

As I had a little free time and I love to shoot portraits when I can to develop my skills. I asked two of my dear friends to step in front of the camera for me, Alisa and Krissi, both whom I knew from uni. They are both very successful in their modeling career, being casted many times for commercials and printed on various local community newsletters advertising anything from local kuay teaw shops to local moonshine (this part is fake, just like CNN, FAKE! only watch Fox & friends folks, best show, tremendous show!).

I shot these two projects using petzval 58 and petzval 85 on my digital cameras either the lovely Fuji xt2 or the Nikon d810 with the new 64mm daguerreotype on a Canon eos5 film camera. 

I think I should do a test/review video of these Petzval lenses. I love them very much but they tend to get a tad too contrasty for my liking. 

 

 

 

Location Scouting

One thing I love the most as a part of my job is that I get to travel around and I love to have my camera with me. This time we travelled to Pattaya and Kanchanaburi, here are a few photos I took while others were busy working and I was just strolling around with my camera. 

I've recently got rid of all my digital cameras and now solely work on film (nothing against digital, I just prefer to use film for my personal enjoyment). 

 

taken with nikon f6 on portra 400

Shooting film

I recently did a graduation photoshoot gig,  The client demanded that I use slides with a few rolls of negatives and b&w so I took my Nikon F6 out with old ai-s lenses. The 85 f2 produced nice and creamy bokeh that I like. 

Shooting slides required one to be spot on with exposure unlike shooting negatives. So I asked my mate, Pat to assist me on the job, metering all the shots. 

I majority used 81A filter to warm up the colour a bit on slides (add 1/3 of a stop on top of metered exposure for the photo to be correctly exposed) and due the lack of discipline I did manage to leave it on while shooting negatives. I also shot 3 photos bracket for every one of them (+1 stop, normal and -1 stop) 

Below are taken with Kodak Portra 160. In sequence 1 under, 1 over and normally exposed.  My favourite stock ever. 

I found that shooting against the light can be quite challenging on film, sometime it worked out fine and some other times, it punishes you without mercy.  As an example below, the first photo is actually 1 stop under, the second one is 1 stop over and the last one is normal. Notice that the one under produced a reddish skin tone while normal exposed shot rendered the skin nicely. These photos were shot with Velvia 100F. 

here are some more from the day. 

Sony a7 and a7r event

Today I had an opportunity to try out the new (ish) Sony a7 and a7r hosted by Sony Thailand and AV camera store at Sala Arun Hotel, across from Wat Arun in Bangkok. 

I took my trusty Leica with me to do a few test but ended up using the a7 the whole time, trying to decipher the buttons and the menu.  

There are plenty of reviews on the interweb so I won't do one on here but what I'd do is that to tell you that I could see the future of cameras by using this camera. 

The small form factor and the quality of the image it can produce is astounding and between carrying a heavier set of DSLR equipment and this camera with its smaller lenses, I'd jump on the a7 in no time. 

The wifi tethering worked well and I would love to have it during my shoot rather than spending 30,000 baht for a M multifunction handgrip so I can tether from my Leica to my computer (Leica's world = an expensive one) 

So the a7 pricing is at 49,900 baht and 59,000 with a 24-70 f3.5-5.6 kit lens. The a7r is selling at 69,000 baht. 

for the a7 price, you can possibly be looking at Canon 6D or Nikon D610 as the main full frame competitors. 

And for the mirrorless competitors, you'll be looking at the brand new Fuji XT-1 and the Olympus om-d em1 . 

So I'd buy it for: the form factor, full frame censor, wifi tethering and the vast amount of adapters for the non-sony lenses (any CA or anomalies can be dealt with an app on camera)  

And I would not buy it because

  1. if you're a serious sport shooter, go get a DSLR
  2. pay less and go for a super fuji XT-1 :p 

here are some of the photos I took with a7 in RAW and post process on LR5

the missus came along, she said the camera is sorta user friendly 

the missus came along, she said the camera is sorta user friendly 

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I won a keyring from this photo :D 

I won a keyring from this photo :D 

Sony menu can be quite hard to decipher 

Sony menu can be quite hard to decipher 

in Black and White

in Black and White

monochrome fun

monochrome fun

Photos from my uni rugby match

a game I love so much that I am currently being sideline from an injury from it. 

For these photos, I was using my friend's Nikon D800 with a telephoto zoom.

I had never used Nikon before and it was rather fun, trying to learn while scrambling to get good shots, I did use my Leica for some close up shots. 

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and here are some photos from the Leica

accidentally push this to 6400, oops. even though it's out of focus but it did capture the feeling after the match has ended

accidentally push this to 6400, oops. even though it's out of focus but it did capture the feeling after the match has ended

lol

lol

super crisp when you get the focus locked on

super crisp when you get the focus locked on

wide open at f2 

wide open at f2 

when you use it right, this bloody camera delivers like no others

when you use it right, this bloody camera delivers like no others