Fuji Tag

Some people go other places to take photographs. I go other times. Here is a chance for you to do it too.The Balingup Medieval Festival is being held in Balingup  - in the state's southwest - on August 24th and 25th. It is a Saturday and Sunday event that attracts stallholders, players, fighters, dancers, faeries, and the local population. I was talking a few years ago to Cletus about this, and he said it was the high point of their Balingup year - I believe him.The food is pretty good - there is a local winery that makes fruit wines from their own trees. The cherry wine is lovely, the peach wine is memorable, and the orange liquid will strip the chrome trim off an Oldsmobile bumper. There are a number of local producers of cheese, jams, and the sorts of unidentifiable sweets that are generally sold at CWA fetes. The German sausage stand is worth the price of admission - by the way they DO charge for admission...

Some little time ago we were shown photographs here at the shop of UFOs taken at a property here in Western Australia. The photographs were taken with a top-quality lens on a then-current DSLR - and it was a top-of-the-line model too. I was a little disappointed with the resolution of the alien craft - they seemed to be little more than fuzzy grey spots.I can only surmise that the aliens were employing some form of force field to shield them from observation. Perhaps it was not working very well, hence the blur. One of the salespeople here suggested that this was just dust on the sensor but the photographer assured us this was not the case. I rang up the Air Force to confirm the sightings but they are a rude lot and rang off. And the language...

Those of you skilled in photo-interpretation may be interested in the image above. It was taken by a PRU Spitfire of 103 Sqdn this morning at 0850 hours at a height of 40 cm above the counter at 230 Stirlng Street, Perth.The girls in the unit have identified the shrouded object  and feel that it might be one of the new Fuji X100s cameras. These are rare - they are generally only sighted in the hands of lucky enthusiasts and professionals who clutch them tightly and run away laughing.We note that B&H in New York do not have them in stock...

Of all the seven senses - sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, cinnamon buns, and road rage, the one that least suggests itself as connected to photography must be that of smell. Yet it has played a crucial part in many a photographer's career and needs to be nurtured if any future success is contemplated.The smell of ether is distinctive and once formed a large part of the universe of the professional photographer. Gun cotton was dissolved in it to produce collodion - a sticky glue that was poured over glass plates and then soaked in silver nitrate to produce wet plates for large-format photography. How many early workers anaesthetised themselves preparing the collodion - or blew themselves up seeing where that funny smell came from with a candle in the darkroom...

A few years ago we were presented with the most wonderful accessory for 35mm cameras - a small electrically-powered back that would imprint the date that the shutter was triggered onto the negative with a small LED display. You could mar your best shots accurately and regret it for ever after. No longer was it necessary to search for a hairstyle or skirt length to accurately date the negative or slide - even landscapes could be fixed in time. " Hey, when exactly did they move the Matterhorn a foot to the left? Let me look at the bottom of the negative for the glowing orange numbers...

It would appear that the English summer has yielded a bumper crop of Billingham bags. This has resulted in the delivery of 3.5 metric tonnes of them to the shop. Please see the heading image.This will be gladsome news for the users of the Leica, Fuji, and Olympus system cameras - Billingham bags are ideally suited for the traveller or professional who has decided to do it with the slimmer cameras but still needs the best of housing for them.Billingham bags are grown on the south slopes of Heath in the West Midlands. Each bag is lovingly nurtured on the stalk and picked only when ripe. This results in the full flavour of the canvas, leather, and brass coming though in the finished product. These are bags with a proud history - remember that English bag makers were equipping the British Army during the Napoleonic wars with much the same care - if it was good enough for the Duke of Wellington, it should be good enough for you...

Today's project, children, will be to make you into The World's Greatest Photographer - using a common digital camera and a few props that you will have around the house.You will need the following:DSLR or rangefinder camera with APS-C sized sensor.30 or 35mm lens.Electronic flash.TTL cable for your flash and camera - a short one will be fine.A flash bracket for your camera.A tan gabardine trenchcoat.A battered fedora.A car with a police radio in the boot.A cigar.Chutzpah.The combination of an APS-C camera and a 30 to 35mm lens will most closely approximate the camera  used by Arthur Fellig but on a small scale. He used Speed and Crown Graphics with 135mm lenses. You'll need to set your camera to monochrome to approximate the film but remember that when you come to process the files you should crop them to a 4 x 5 ratio. Arthur used plates and films of this size.Okay - look at the Speed and Crown Graphics in Arthur's hands and you'll see that he has a flash gun on the right hand side with an 8...

Wait for it - it is only a matter of time before someone in Canberra takes a long lunch and comes back with this idea: All entries into camera club competitions must be the same size and shape to allow for even judgement. In addition, each entry must be matted the same way and hung at the same height and in light of the same colour temperature and intensity. Projected images must also be displayed with equal light upon a standardised surface. Inspectors with badges and warrant will be dispatched to the clubs for surprise inspections and infractions of the rules will incur on-the-spot fines.Federal police spokesmen will be using the term " crackdown " frequently when interviewed in the press.There will also be provisions in the act to compel competitors to take their photographs under similar conditions - no longer will the richer members of camera clubs who can afford to travel overseas be able to overbear the poorer members who must stay at home and take local subjects. Of course people will still be able to travel -...

Nothing but the sell today, Folks.We have just received a shipment of the Fuji X-10 cameras in black, together with the matching Fuji fitted leather cases. This is a wild opportunity to purchase a compact travel camera that is built like a...