More shots on film

Another outing for the Hasselblad 500CM

I had the opportunity to shoot again with Sophia, again using the 40 year old Hasselblad 500CM loaded with a roll of 12 shots of Kodak Portra 400 film. That’s right, 12 shots only, fully manual, no auto anything. I also took along my Nikon F5 film camera loaded with Kodak Ektar 100, 36 shots this time, and just to be sure, the Sony.  It turns out that the Nikon flares badly when pointed anywhere near the sun, and the autofocus took a little time to get the hang of,  so only 21 shots worked out of 36. I’m not sure that I will use the Nikon again. And the Hasselblad with its manual focus really begs to be on a tripod.

The wall art in frames 6-9 is a painting of drowned Ophelia by renowned artist James Cochran aka Jimmy C. His art can be found across the world, in Australian, European (and the UK)  and South American cities. He is particularly well known for his painting of Bowie in Brixton, London.  Ophelia is a character in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and has been painted by many great artists over the years. Best known and also showing Ophelia floating in a stream is by John Millais. Famously Millais used a model in a bath of water – she became severely chilled from hours in the cold bath and subsequently became very ill.

Product Rotation for Artworks

Rotating product displays are useful for all kinds of products, but especially so for artworks such as bronze figurines, porcelain, any object where it is important to view from all sides. Product rotations are interactive, so that the viewer can rotate the object with their mouse and view any aspect at their leisure. The viewer can also zoom to a larger view to inspect detail.

This example is a French figurine in spelter, signed Fayral at the base. It is quite small at 25cm tall including the plinth. This particular item has no provenance, and many copies, both legitimate and unauthorised, were made of bronzes in the Art Deco period.

We photographed this artwork in our studio at Boffa Lane in Hyde Park, using our computer controlled turntable to make 72 images at precise intervals. Software from Magic360 on our website allows this interactive display to be shown. If this kind of product display interests you please contact us on 0413637775.

Adelaide Architectural Icons

As part of a personal project I ventured out to photograph two notable examples of modern architecture in Adelaide: the Convention Centre, and the Medical Research Institute. In between we happened on the Jeffrey Smart Building at Uni SA, so made a shot there. All three images were made on the venerable Nikon D3 camera, now over 10 years old, and only 12 megapixels. The lens was the Nikon PC-E 24mm tilt shift lens, hand held at full shift, shot at f11.

Shooting Film at Bone Gully

We went to Bone Gully in Kuitpo Forest south of Adelaide recently, specifically to shoot on Hasselblads: the relatively old H4D40 digital camera and the much older 500CM film camera, loaded with Kodak Portra 400. Twelve shots on the roll, one roll only. Focussing this camera is quite difficult, it has no autofocus, no auto exposure, no auto anything. No electronics, no battery. When I got the film back I found that 6 shots were a little out of focus, the other six were good. I did not shoot tight enough, so the resultant scanned images have been cropped in Lightroom, no other changes made.

Springtime Part Two

More images from the recent shoot with Sophia Anna

We spent some time getting these images, using a battery powered strobe to provide some lift in the lighting. Finding a flat spot for the light stand was half the battle.


Springtime at Brownhill Creek

A short video

If you saw my last post, you will know that I visited Brownhill Creek with Sophia Anna and shot some still photographs. We also shot a small amount of video, testing a different video setup. Here is my edit:

Woman in Black

More Personal Work

The Woman in Black

I went out to Brownhill Creek on a not too warm spring morning with the wonderful Sophia Anna, primarily to shoot with the blooming wattle, but also to test some video gear, and use a black cloak I’ve had for a while.

The video was not wonderful, but useful in learning some limitations of the equipment. The stills photography was much more successful. Here some images of Sophia in black.


Sophia in Contemplation
Woman in Black by Creek

Wine and Weeds

I was surprised to see this organic wine in the local bottleshop, but what attracted me to it was the label – Battle of Bosworth.  Just why would an Australian wine be named after a battle fought in England in 1485, ending the war of the Roses between the Houses of Lancaster and York? (More complicated than that but this is not a history lesson). And what was that yellow flower on the label, when the roses in the aforementioned war were red or white?  Read on and all will be revealed.
It turns out that the wine is made by a guy called Joch Bosworth, so the name was somewhat obvious and irresistible.
So what about the flower, when we were expecting a white or a red rose? That’s where it gets complicated. Bosworth’s vineyard has been an organic enterprise for many years. There is a strict standard for organic agriculture, which varies a little from country to country, but basically it means no chemical fertilisers, no herbicides (weedkillers), and no pesticides.  I’ll come to the question of sulphites in wine production post harvest later.
So we find that organic vineyards use composts and manures as fertilisers, minimal tillage to avoid destroying soil structure, and a systems approach to pest and weed management.  By understanding the vineyard as a system, it is possible to manage insect populations for instance, discouraging the unwanted and encouraging their beneficial competitors.
Bosworth uses this systems approach to weed management, actually using one weed to control others. This weed is the soursob, whose flower it is that features on the label. The soursob is almost impossible to eradicate, but it turns out that it grows prolifically during winter when the vines are dormant and dies off as the weather warms up and the vines start to grow. The soursob crowds out other weeds and prevents their growth.  I won’t go into other details here, I just want to explain the flower on the label!  More detail scan be found here
Now to the sulphites. The bottle carries the words ‘no added preservative’, meaning that sulphur dioxide has not been added to the wine. The words sulpites and sulphur dioxide are often used interchangeably, but essentially sulphites are solids which can be dissolved in liquids and sulphur dioxide is a gas. Like everything, it does get more complicated than that. Sulphites are disinfectants. They kill bacteria, fungi, and yeasts.
Much of what is written about sulphites on the internet varies from simply incorrect to downright nonsense. Unfortunately it is repeated uncritically to the point where it becomes difficult to discern the truth. It is often claimed that the ancient Romans and Greeks used sulphites in winemaking, but proof is never offered. Research shows that this assertion is quite unlikely. Wines of that period were vastly different to what we enjoy today, mostly being only slightly removed from vinegar. The longer lasting wines were sweet and very alcoholic.
Sulphites can be added at several points in wine production – in the crusher to kill native yeasts and bacteria, later to stop fermentation, before bottling to help preserve wine in the bottle. In some countries organic wines cannot have added sulphites, in others they can.  There is also ‘organic grapes’, ‘wine made from organic grapes’, and wine made with no added preservative.  It is important to acknowledge however, that the natural fermentation process produces some sulphites naturally.
Winemaking and grapegrowing are very complex indeed. I’m hardly scraping the surface here.
Sulphites get something of a bad rap as a wine additive, as if they were the only chemical added to wine.  It might be the only one mentioned on the bottle, but for a list of more than 50 permitted additives in wine see
Here are some: note DMDC is actually poisonous but breaks down quickly after addition. It is also used in soft drinks. Here’s a tip: the larger the winemaker, the bigger the production runs, the more additives and processing will be used.
Ammonium salts
Tartaric and other acids
Powdered tannin
Pectic enzymes
Gum Arabic
Dimethyl Dicarbonate (DMDC)
Mega Purple

Shoot for Coltish – April

Showcasing the latest Jaase dresses in store for Coltish. We shot one roll of film on the Hasselblad – 12 shots, one is from a previous shoot, one was lost because of lens flare: