Lioness on Rock at Seronera

This photo taken in the Seronera region of the Serengeti, Tanzania. There was a pride of lions (2 lionesses and 5 cubs) who clearly appeared hungry and looking for prey. We followed them for a while and then this lioness scaled this big rock to get a panoramic view of the surroundings. Unfortunately for them there was no prey nearby but as we drove on we saw a huge herd of wildebeest further ahead. I’m sure the lions found them eventually. Photo taken with Olympus OM-D EM-5, Panasonic Lumix 35-100/f2.8

The next photo was taken shortly afterwords as she was descending the rock. Photo taken with Sony A6000 and Sony 55-210 lens.

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Visiting a community school in Mumbai, India

We had gone to India for our summer vacation this year. While in Mumbai, we visited a school for relatively underprivileged kids, where one of our friends volunteered. It was a wonderful yet humbling experience. These kids have relatively little but they were so cheerful and the joy on their faces was just infectious!

I had not taken any digital camera on this vacation. These shots were all taken with the Contax G2, Fuji Superia 400 (first time I used this and I really liked it), the Carl Zeiss 28 f2.8 and 50 f2 lenses and the Contax TLA-200 flash.

In Mumbai, India

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We had organised some snacks for the kids and a drawing/ art competition with some small prizes thrown in. The kids were delighted and had so much fun. Our children had also come along and I hope they got something from the experience.

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In Mumbai, India

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Sea birds and animals

The Olympus OMD-EM-5 and the Panasonic Lumix 35-100/F2.8 make a wonderful combination. These photos were taken in Kangaroo Island, Australia with this combo.

I do like my Panasonic 100-300 for longer reaches but the 35-100 (70-200 full-frame equivalent) is leagues ahead in all other respects – color, contrast, sharpness and bokeh. When this lens came out it was the only premium 70-200 equivalent lens for the micro 4/3 system. Since then, Olympus has come out with the 40-200 f/2.8 Pro lens, which is fantastic according to all reviews. Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear that in terms of sharpness, color and contrast, there’s much to choose between them. Hence, I’ve decided to stick with this lens and not “upgrade.”

Sea Lion at Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, Asutralia

The Guards of the Colony

Couple more from Angkor Wat

Found and worked on a couple of interesting Angkor Wat photos lurking in Lightroom. The one above is actually an exposure blend of 3 photos. As always for any exposure blend, the challenge is to make sure that it still looks natural, with good contrast.

The photos below was taken in blazing heat during the middle of the day. Barely got the ladies to pose fir a moment or two before we fled to the shade! Used a flash for filling in the harsh shadows. Both these photos were taken with the Sony A7R and the 16-35 F/4 FE lens.
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Light

Light

Just a quick post. This was taken by my daughter while we were visiting Ta Prohm temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia. Taken with a Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Panasonic Lumix 12-35/F2.8 lens. For the size, its a versatile and ultimately very capable combination. Processed in Lightroom.

Contax G2 and Velvia 50 in Phuket

During our Easter trip to Phuket, I shot a lot of film. had taken one roll of Velvia 50 as well. While I really like Ektar and also Portra and Fuji Pro, there is something special about slide film as opposed to color negative film. True, there’s almost no exposure latitude. So if you’ve blown a highlight or your shadows are too dark, bye bye. But when you do get it right, it is just beautiful.

And there is simply no other film like Velvia. Yes, its not everyday stock. And just don’t try and capture people with it. For landscapes, it is like magic. Too saturated? Yes. A bit removed from reality? Yes. But nothing else can make something boring relatively interesting like Velvia can.

Rang Yai Island, Phuket

Beach at The Village, Phuket

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The Village, Coconut Island, Phuket

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Contax G2, Fuji Velvia 50
Contax G2, Fuji Velvia 50

Fuji Velvia 100 on Contax G2

The Contax G2 has got to be my favourite camera. ¬†Small size, outstanding lenses and easy to use – ¬†what’s not to love?! Well, there are a couple of frustrating things but that’s for another day. In the end, despite these minor annoyances, it is my favourite camera.

The Velvia 100 is an underrated and under-appreciated slide film.  Perhaps unfairly and almost definitely because all the attention goes to the Velvia 50. Some time back, I had a mix of Velvia 50 and 100 in my bag.  I shot a roll with the Velvia 100 before moving to the 50.  This was my first encounter with Velvia and I was surprised that when I got the scans back from the lab, I found it really hard to see any difference between the two! All these shots were taken in Bali, Indonesia.

 
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Sony A7R + Leica 35 Summilux: Wow!

To my eyes – and I have not done any scientific tests to confirm it – the Sony A7R has the best dynamic range of any camera that I have used. While I loved my Canon 5d2 (sold) for its “will never fail me, no matter what the circumstance” character and still love the Olympus OM-D EM-5 for its versatility, none of them yield RAW files that have the same malleability. Combine this with the sharpness of the Leica 35 Summilux and you have a cracker of a walkabout combination. It’s light and has stunning resolution!

Take this photo for example. The amount of detail I managed to recover from the highlight and the amount I have been able to push the deep shadows is just incredible. This was a strongly backlight seen and all the faces were rendered in deep shadow. Yet, after some minor Lightroom work, the photo is nicely balanced, with great color and contrast and very little noise.