I told myself that I would irresponsibly buy myself a gift if I passed my PhD viva, so a week later I got a package from Japan :)
Video courtesy of Ryo.
Decided to finally cave in & see what all the fuss around VSCO was about. These are the Tri-X+2 setting on a6000 raws with the 50mm f/1.1 & honestly at first glance they look very believable compared to real Tri-X @ 1600 with the same lens on my Bessa. Maybe a bit too consistent for my liking though – no opportunity for different results depending on the age of the chemistry, how much attention I’m paying to the timing, etc…!
I’d been wanting something more durable to carry around & demo some of the Cardboard stuff I’ve been working on & opted for the Freefly VR. It doesn’t include any Cardboard style input (either v1 magnet or v2 button) but I’m planning to get a Bluetooth remote & use it to trigger the same events as screen presses would. More thoughts on this headset in this thread on /r/GoogleCardboard, but in short I’m quite happy with it.
Another first for me, trying my hand at photogrammetry for some artefacts excavated from the Udal wheelhouses on North Uist. Setup was a cheap lightbox from Amazon, a pair of cheapy 125W 5400k lights one on each side (a third on top would’ve been great, but I didn’t have access to a suitable stand) & a cheapy LED panel on top of the camera. There’s a lazy susan underneath the paper so I could rotate each artefact without having to touch it. Haven’t had time to actually put the images through VisualSFM yet, but I think they came out okay.
I knew the angled head part of my tripod would come in handy one day :)
Many thanks to Beverley Ballin Smith for bringing the artefacts across & allowing me to photograph them, as well as to the Western Isles Council & the Crawford Archive.
I’ve never really been a fan of neck straps. With the exception of waist-level viewfinder cameras I never really find myself putting a neck strap around my neck & instead awkwardly wrap them around my wrist.
The entire time I used my NEX-5N I had the cheapy wrist strap from a Canon S95 (which got stolen) attached to it & that cheapy strap made the transition to my a6000. In the name of consumerism I decided I would try a nicer & comfier wrist strap so after a recommendation from IRC I ended up with one of the CAM-in cotton wrist straps.
I liked it enough to get one for the Bessa as well :)