May 2009 travel plans
Visit Andrew and his family
I got to photograph Sydney all week. I had some more gear than last time:
- Rikenon P 1:2.0 50 mm
- Miranda 1:2.8 28 mm
- Zenitar-K 1:2.8 16 mm fisheye
- Skink pinhole pancake âlensâ with f/147 pinhole, and f/57 zone sieve
I had also ordered an f/56 zone plate but the eBay seller mixed up the order and it didn't arrive in time.
The pinhole holder stayed on the KR-5 the whole time because it has a broken aperture coupler, making its light meter useless. Everything else on it works fine though, so it's relegated to (external) manual exposure work.
- Fujichrome Provia 100F
- Fujicolor Pro 400H
- Ilford HP5+
I have five rolls of each Fuji film and about 11 m of HP5+ in my bulk loader, which works out to about another 5-6 rolls. I didn't take it all, only 3 rolls each.
I had also ordered some Fujicolor Pro 800Z and 160S, but they didn't arrive in time.
I logged all of my trips and would like to be able to show them here. I might even be able to geotag some of my photos.
- Central station
- Harbour bridge and opera house
- North Sydney, Chatswood, and Hornsby
I got a lot done on this visit, but not everything went to plan.
- I should have done more exercise before I left.
- I took two rest days off because of all the walking I was doing.
- Walking up the stairs of the James St. tram stop nearly killed me, but otherwise I handled the walking well.
- My sleep times were around the right way before I left and I kept early bed times while I stayed at Andrew's, but I still dawdled a lot in the mornings.
- Only once did I eat lunch âon locationâ - all the other times I went out after lunch.
- While Wednesday was a real rest day, Friday was more a case of dawdling until it was too late to do anything.
- I had mostly fast film, forcing me to use small apertures during the day.
- I prefer shooting with large apertures, giving a shallow depth of field.
- The Electro 35 shutter is limited to 1/500th, making it worse than my XR-20 that can do 1/2000th. This is somewhat ironic since I bought the Electro for its fast 1:1.7 lens. Its slower shutter forced me to use small apertures e.g f/5.6 or more.
- What happened to the zone sieve? The photos were useless.
- Nothing like the example photos I've seen.
- I didn't get to several places I really wanted to visit.
- Didn't go on a ferry.
- Didn't go to Chatswood. I still want to see the new train station. Riding on the new Hornsby-Chatswood link was even free at the time!