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First Blend / Rough Cut

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 9 September 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual.

You probably remember this lucky purchase. Last weekend we finally managed to release the shutter of our Mamiya: these are the results. Two and a half complete failures, the rest of the images is tolerably recognizable.

Have a look at image #2 in row #1, and image #3 in row #2: here the effect of the shift lens can be seen rather well. The trick is to align the camera horizontally (!) and then to adjust the shift lens at an appropriate angle. The results are quite satisfying.

The two interior shots of St. Antonius (this is a free-hand photo with my Canon) eventually shows that this camera is well prepared for more ambitious architecture shots. Fine! :-)

(Any spots, dust etc. is due to our crappy scanner.)

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wow!! Quite fascinating...great work ms!!!

9 Sep 2009 7:18am

@Linerberry: All beginnings are difficult. :-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

So.....the time has finally come! Looking forward......

9 Sep 2009 9:57am

@Japanalia: We have already learned what is still missing...

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I don't know anything about the shift lens but watching the interior shots it seems that you have a wide angle with few deformations. the lens seems to be very clear too. Looking forward for more shots.

9 Sep 2009 11:02am

@akarui: This is just a scan of an A4 copy, I'm very curious how they will look in big. The loss of distortion due to the shift lens is indeed convincing.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice collage of some very nice shots

9 Sep 2009 11:40am

@Ana Lúcia: 7 / 10 is not bad, but I know we can do better! :-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

ha ha ..that looks so cool and original .. and now, I got stiff neck :))

9 Sep 2009 3:47pm

@MARIANA: Bigger copies soon! :-)

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Oh where getting close.

10 Sep 2009 12:56am

@JoeB: Watch your nose! :)

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Very cool!

10 Sep 2009 1:29am

@Jen: I'll need a better scanner!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It looks like another facet of photography that will amaze. Looking forwards to those larger captures!

10 Sep 2009 3:31am

@Steven: Me too! Patience! :-)

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wow -- very cool camera!! can't wait to see what else you do with it!!! :) i LOVE those interior shots!

10 Sep 2009 3:18pm

@dj.tigersprout: For the church shots we used an exposure of 2 and 2.5 seconds. My Canon was used as photometer. :-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Interesting progress report . . that perspective control lens should produce some remarkable images.

10 Sep 2009 9:15pm

@Ronnie 2¢: There are several things that have to be done: get more practice, fasten the production process (bathroom as darkroom?), get better hardware (stable tripod, scanner). Whew! :-)

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Looks fabulous. What caused the failures?

16 Sep 2009 2:10am

@Twelvebit: Not sure about this. Maybe I was trembling, maybe it was my sh*tty tripod (will have to buy a more stable one). Could also have been the film. I'm learning it the hard way. :-)