Monday, 2015-08-31

August

This month’s theme is “water”.

Färja / Hammarby sjö

Hammary sjö

Östra Ågatan

Sjöstadsparterren

Aug 2014 | Aug 2013 | Aug 2012 | Aug 2011 | Aug 2010 | Aug 2009

Friday, 2015-08-07

A dive into my EXIF data

For a long time I’ve been content having a bunch of “0.0mm ƒ/0.0” lenses in my Lightroom library, as I’ve been quite conscientious of tagging them with the correct lens info. This, in combination with the manual lens settings in my camera gave me focal lenght and actual aperture used and I felt that was enough.

However when playing around with Lightroom Dashboard I grew nerdily annoyed with the huge chunk of unknown lenses, so I grabbed the LensTagger plugin and started the ardous process of identifying my lenses and updating the EXIF.

It turns out I’ve not been as conscientious as I’ve thought. But by a bit of detective work I’ve now got some meaningless stats to show[1].

Here are each year’s most popular lenses, in descending order. I’ve also included all the images uploaded to Flickr (since I got LR in 2011) as a sampling of the stuff I’m prepared to show people.

Flickr 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
45mm ƒ/2.8 P Ai‑s 28‑105mm ƒ/3.5‑4.5 D 28mm ƒ/2 Ai‑S 28‑70mm ƒ/3.5‑4.5D Sigma 18‑50mm ƒ/3.5‑5.6 (27‑75mm‑e) 35mm ƒ/1.8 DX (52.5mm‑e)
1 Nikkor VR 30‑110mm ƒ/3.8‑5.6 (81‑297mm‑e) 1 Nikkor VR 30‑110mm ƒ/3.8‑5.6 (81‑297mm‑e) 1 Nikkor VR 30‑110mm ƒ/3.8‑5.6 (81‑297mm‑e) 28mm ƒ/3.5 Ai 35mm ƒ/1.8 DX (52.5mm‑e) 18mm ƒ/3.5 AI‑s (27mm‑e)
35mm ƒ/1.8 DX (52.5mm‑e) 1 Nikkor 10mm ƒ/2.8 (27mm‑e) 28‑105mm ƒ/3.5‑4.5 D 45mm ƒ/2.8 P Ai‑s 105mm ƒ/2.5 Nikkor‑P (157.5mm‑e) 55mm ƒ/3.5 Auto Micro (82.5mm‑e)
28‑70mm ƒ/3.5‑4.5D 35mm ƒ/1.4 N Cosina‑Voigtländer Ultron 40mm ƒ/2 55mm ƒ/3.5 Auto Micro (82.5mm‑e) 24mm ƒ/2.8 AF‑D (36mm‑e) 35‑70mm ƒ/2.8 AF‑D (52.5‑105mm‑e)

[1] I’ve restricted my selection to RAW images only.

Friday, 2015-07-31

July

Hook! (or slice, what is difference)

Hammary kaj

Fireworks in the distance

Vilshärad

Bounce

Jul 2014 | Jul 2013 | Jul 2012 | Jul 2011 | Jul 2010 | Jul 2009

Tuesday, 2015-06-30

June

Hammarby sjöstad

Alicia

Lumabryggan

Hammary kaj

Jun 2014 | Jun 2013 | Jun 2012 | Jun 2011 | Jun 2010 | Jun 2009 |

Monday, 2015-06-29

Snuten i skymningslandet: Svenska polisberättelser i roman och film 1965-2010 by Michael Tapper

Big thick doctoral thesis about Swedish police and crime novels and movies from the 1960s until today.

Covers Sjöwall-Wahlöö, Mankell, Stieg Larsson. To appreciate it, you have to read it for what it is, an academic work, and also know how to read Swedish.

Sunday, 2015-05-31

May

This month’s theme is “concrete”.

Luma

Riddarholmen / Merciless Smash

Potsdamer Platz / Period piece

Berlin

May 2014 | May 2013 | May 2012 | May 2011 | May 2010 | May 2009 | May 2008

Thursday, 2015-05-14

State of the gear collection, May 2015

So quite a lot has happened in 2 years when it comes to the stuff I use, and as I was bored I thought I shoot the collection as a series of thematic “kits”.

As before, click through the pics to see them on Flickr[1].

The “pre-AI” kit.

The pre-AI kit

A classic 70s era focal length collection: 35, 55, 105.

I finally got the 35mm ƒ/1.4 I was lusting after, and it happened to be an AI-converted Nikkor-N with radioctive thorium glass. It’s been through a CLA as its aperture was sticky and is now nice and smooth.

The pancake kit

The pancake kit

Another new lens: the Cosina-Voigtländer 40mm ƒ/2 Ultron.

The “assignment” kit

The "assignment" kit

(Scare-quotes as the only “assignments” I get involve being the resident photographer at company trips and family gatherings.)

I actually only use the 28-105 in anger. The 70-210 is usurped by the 30-110 below.

The travel kit

The travel kit

This has actually worked out well for me. A fast wide for environments and indoors, and a very compact telezoom for reach.

Future plans

I need something wider than 28mm equivalent, and I’m planning on getting a 18-35mm zoom for either the D700 or (more likely) the V1.

I’m growing more and more disaffected with the size and weight of the Nikon D700, compared to the enjoyment of actually bringing it with me and taking pictures.

Right now I’m teetering between streamlining my lenses towards using them with a Sony A7 and adapter, or simply getting the Df as a new FX camera. In any case I’ll probably get rid of stuff that I see as dead weight, such as the 70-210/4 and a couple of redundant primes.

[1] Flickr doesn’t use notes anymore, but all the images are tagged with the lenses in them.

Thursday, 2015-04-30

April

Hedda

Viking

Kungsträdgården

Yeah, I like shooting cherry blossoms, what of it?

Illetes

Apr 2014 | Apr 2013 | Apr 2012 | Apr 2011 | Apr 2010 | Apr 2009

Tuesday, 2015-03-31

March

Spring is in the air!

Henriksdalshamnen

Karlavägen / Tender Loving Care

Norrbro

Sicklasjön / Spring postponed

Mar 2014 | Mar 2013 | Mar 2012 | Mar 2011 | Mar 2010 | Mar 2009

Tuesday, 2015-03-17

Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley

This is a full-length novel set in McAuley’s “Jackaroo” universe, previously the setting of some short stories early in his career.

In the Near Future(tm), the alien Jackaroo appear over an Earth ravaged by climate change, economic collapse and rampant nuclear terrorism - The Spasm. They offer humanity free transport to fifteen habitable planets via wormhole gates. There are no strings attached (well our space program is ended, but it’s not clearly forbidden as it is in the previous stories).

Humanity has a new chance. Just like the countless other civilizations the Jackaroo have assisted in the past.

The gift planets are rife with artifacts left over from the “Elder Races”, not all of them benign or useful. For every fast-growing coral useful to constructing dams against the rising oceans, there’s a new drug spreading havoc. People have the chance to emigrate and start a new life on a new world, where they promptly fall back into a life of crime or start McDonald’s franchises.

Our protagonists come in contact with an alien eidolon, a ghost left in an artifact from the planet Mandala, and are caught up in a race against time to reach a dig site out in the planet’s outback… where something’s coming through…

I’m a huge fan of McAuley and really enjoyed this book. It’s an artful blend of first contact, humans vs alien and police procedural, and it takes a while to figure out how the two strands of the story is intertwined.

Big props to my local library for ordering this book basically as soon as it appeared in stores!

Search this site for the term: mcauley.