I have spent years carrying around and shooting with a Hasselblad H4D-60 with a selection of beautiful Hasselblad (Fujinon) lenses, and the results have been outstanding. The image files are razor sharp, have wonderful smooth tonal transitions and are an absolute dream to work on. So why have I gone over to the dark side, traded the faithful Hasselblad for the Phase One black box? Read the rest of this entry »
Last Year in August I spent 10 days travelling around the Southern Highlands of Iceland with my Phase One 100 Megapixel camera, the (relatively) newly released Phase One XF and the IQ3-100 back. Along with a range of Phase One, Schneider Kreuznach and Mamiya lenses it’s a very heavy camera bag! So is it worth carrying all that gear? Are the results really that good? Well, yes.
I just returned from Melbourne where I went to watch the judging of the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) where I managed to achieve 3 Silver awards… Of course I submitted 4 Gold with distinction images (at least in my mind), but something happened to them on the way over and they transformed to three silvers and one bombed out completely at 78 (No award, Silver award starts at 80 points).
The judging was certainly fierce, and there were no free rides handed out. I look back on many of my past entries that got easy silvers, and I doubt they would even get a look in now. I think that really shows how the standard of photography in Australia has risen, my own with it I hope, and the competition is now very intense.
Spa Pool Hamersley Gorge, Karijini National Park
This image was shot on my last trip to the Pilbara in the middle of last year, Spa Pool is a small rock pool (about the size of a big spa) in Hamersley Gorge which is part of Karijini National Park. A lot of visitors to the park skip Hamersley Gorge since you have to drive quite a way outside the park to get there. It looks inviting doesn’t it? Like it would be nice to sit in, as the name suggests? I have seen people swim in Spa Pool… Briefly. It’s very very cold.
This image was shot in the early pre-sunrise light of dawn, so there was no sunlight bouncing around causing havoc with the shadows. At that time of day the light is still directional as the eastern part of the sky (where the sun is about to rise) Read the rest of this entry »
I’m selling my Epson Stylus Pro 4900 photographic printer. It’s the A2+ (43cm or 17″ wide) desktop model in Epson’s 900 series printers, and is the top of the range with 11 colours (including mat black and photo black), paper tray up to A2 size, roll feed and rear flat feed for heavy media.
The printer still running on 10 out 11 of the original first charge cartridges. It comes with an additional full set of 11 200ml Epson Ink cartridges (one has just gone into the printer), and 4 extra 200ml cartridges, so 15 extra 200ml Epson ink cartridges.
I’ve sold the 4900, thanks for all your interest folks.
More from the Hasselblad H4D-60, this time from Redgate Beach in Margaret River. On the way down to Walpole a couple of weeks ago (see previous blog entry) we spent a couple of days camping on the Blackwood River (see next Blog entry) just south of Margaret River, and afterwards a night in town.
UPDATE: the Linhof Technorama is sold!
The time has come for me to sell my Linhof Technorama 617s III panoramic camera. I have often compared it to a piece of agricultural machinery, mostly because of the over-engineered way its built, but it is a an agricultural machine that does its job extremely well. The Linhof Technorama 617s III really is built like a tank and designed to perform in all conditions. It has no batteries, full manual wind on, mechanical shutters and manual focus. It shoots 4 exposures on a roll of 120 film (or 8 on a roll of 220), thats 4 exposures of 6cm wide by 17cm long, thats 11 times the area of a 35mm negative, imagine the potential of that! Read more about Large Format Cameras.
Linhof Technorama 617s III
The Linhof Technorama 617s III is the benchmark of all panoramic cameras, it’s the one all others are compared to, usually something like… “This camera is nearly as good as the Linhof Technorama 617s III”. Well this camera isn’t nearly as good, its every bit as good, it’s the real thing. For more information about it you can download the Linhof Technorama 617s III pdf from HERE>
So why sell it? because I’m moving onto a Hasselblad medium format digital, more on this later. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s half way through January and i still have my gallery Christmas opening hours up as my last blog post… so much for new years resolutions! Oh well, i can only move on from here and hope i can do better. With that in mind i have this great image from Ivanhoe Crossing just out of Kununurra, in the East Kimberley Region, that i took back in July of last year.
The water is still raging after the huge wet season, and as you can see, the road is still closed… I just love the irony of this actually being a road. I think its something only someone who has been to the North of Australia would fully appreciate. I’ve driven my car across this crossing before (not this trip!) and i have fished for Barramundi out in the middle of it (unsuccessfully unfortunately), but i don’t think i’d be wading out there now. Read the rest of this entry »
Fuji GX617 Panoramic Camera
The time has come for me to sell the faithful Fuji GX617 Professional Panoramic camera kit. It is one of the best cameras i’ve used and i can’t say a bad thing about it… well that would be stupid, as i’m trying to sell it!
• Fuji GX617 body, with 2 Fujinon lenses.
• The Fujinon 90mm f5.6 lens.
• The Fujinon 180mm f6.7 lens with UV filter.
• Centre Graduated Neutral density filter for 90mm (original Fuji).
• Dedicated removable viewfinders.
• Lens sun shades for each lens.
• Ground glass attachment for through the lens viewing (original Fuji).
• B&W Extra wide stepped Circular Polariser (fits both lenses).
• Original Fuji GX617 bag.
The Complete kit is in perfect condition with no dents or damage, all lens glass is pristine.
The Fuji has been sold
So why am i selling it? Have i bought a Phase One, a Hasselblad H4? No, i’ve bought a Linhof Technorama 617… The same thing, but different.
I’ve used the Linhof Technorama before and they certainly produce lovely images, but no better than the Fuji GX617, and the Fuji is a much much nicer camera to use… Much much nicer! The Linhof Technorama is a primitive bit of agricultural machinery compared to the Fuji GX617, it’s clunky, heavy and clumsy, built like a piece of farm machinery really. Whereas the Fuji is ergonomically designed to fit well in your hand and it functions like a large SLR, complete with film wind-on lever. You can read a review of the Fuji GX617 here.
So why would i sell the lovely to use Fuji GX617 if it creates images of the same quality as the Linhof Technorama? I want a 72mm lens (about the 35mm equivalent of a 17mm lens), and while they are available for the Fuji GX617, they as rare as rocking horse poo. So I want a wider angle lens and the easiest way is to buy a different camera system.
*All images used here were shot by Bob Halligan and are used with his permission
Hasselblad Vs Phase One.
The Fuji GX617 was sold long ago, but you may be interested to read about my experiences with the Hasselblad H4D-60 and why I chose it over the Phase One DF+… READ MORE>>
This review of my Fuji GX 617 and my older Fuji G617, was written and Photographed by a good friend of mine, Bob Halligan. It appeared in its entirety in the Photographic Trader back in February 2006. The article is kindly reproduced here with the permission of the Author, Bob Halligan, and Nicole Chisholm of the Photographic Trader.
You may also be interested to read about my experiences with the Hasselblad H4D-60, which is also actually a Fujinon…
FUJI’S BIG SHOTS.
All words and images by Bob Halligan.
Adam Monk, recently showed me these Fuji 6×17 panoramic cameras at his Monk Art Photography Gallery in Fremantle, and that is how I got my hands on all this gear without winning Lotto.