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The John at Johnnyshoots.com.au

Tex Perkins, Sometime In The Early ’90s

Beasts Of Bourbon, if you we around when they were you were usually guaranteed a good night out. Not sure when I shot this but it was on transparency film pushed two stops, so probably 1600 ISO. Still amazes me how good they look, digital would kill it for technical performance but a look and feel of film has a certain quality all its own.

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Andrew Meets The Bowens XMS

Hanging out with the amazing artist Andrew Grant, brilliant and making a name for himself with some cracking work.

Got to test the new Bowens XMS flashes with the trusty H5D-50, brilliant combination! Shooting at 1/800 of a second and the flash is perfectly exposed thanks to the new XMS trigger, syncing at high shutter speeds with the in lens shutter on the ‘Blad lenses is a breeze.

For this portrait I was at f12, 1/800 sec 100 ISO so the 500 watt head was dialled up but it recycled as quick as I could pull the trigger- nice one Bowens!

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Pentax K1 And The 150-450 DFA Lens

Not a big fan of big lenses, very unwieldy and embarrassing to pull out in public plus they are usually pretty disappointing when it comes to sharpness. The Pentax 150-450 although living up to big and embarrassing seems to break the rule of unsharp. Nice. The K-1 is one excellent camera, I haven’t shot my Canon DSLR for a while but I can safely say that the K-1 is a better experience all round. Its a testement to Pentax that with the same sensor as the Nikon D810 the K-1 can out perform the Nikon- well done Pentax.

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Afternoon at Lake George, the wind farm shot across the lake through a lot of haze and still the Pentax gear behaves itself well. This is handheld by the way at 100iso and still pin sharp.

High ISO And The X1D

Its an amazing camera in low light. I have tested up to 3200 and it is amazing, I would say that shooting night and interiors under natural lighting will be a strong point of this camera. Its auto white balance seems to be very accurate as well. Great colours and sharpness under mixed lighting.

 

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Flash On Camera At 1/2000

So one of the great benefits of the X1D is the shutter in the lens- turn day into night shooting at 1/2000 of a second with the little Metz on camera flash. Bit harsh but a great look in black and white. I have to say, under this light EVERY crease and wrinkle pops out so maybe not one for the self conscious, heaps of character and coupled with the 50mp sensor it is pretty mind blowing.

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