Author Archives: Photographs by Peter

The weight of the darkness.

Remembering 7 years ago today.

The weight of the darkness

End of Summer.

Time for the darkness to return.

End of Summer

School Spirit Day.

Green and yellow.

School Spirit Day

A night on the town, Part 2.

The reddish skin rendering may make you believe this was shot with a Leica M240, but she was in fact sitting in front of a large illuminated red sign.

So now I know how to achieve the M240 look, with respect to skin tones anyway.

However, I don’t know how to produce the muddy rendering of the CMOS-crippled Leica M240, as all I can get out of my Leica M9/M-E are those lovely CCD crisp files with superior tonality and colour reproduction, at base ISO.

For those of you who haven’t already done so, perhaps you may be interested in signing My Open Letter to Leica.

(over 280 signatures so far…)

—Peter.

A night on the town, Part 2

The Camera Store.

Chris Niccolls and the rest of the crew from The Camera Store in Calgary (Canada, eh?) always do a great job previewing new cameras, and I often look forward to their video segments.

For those of you who haven’t seen their Pentax 645Z “hands-on field test”, have a look here.

—Peter.

 

Come on Sony…

Please hurry up Sony and release a fixed-lens “medium format” digital camera.

Those of us who place a high value on image quality but prefer to be discreet with our cameras want an alternative to the current gargantuan digital MF offerings.

—Peter.

 

 

The Beautiful Light.

The Beautiful Game.

The Beautiful Light

“Medium-format Quality” 35mm camera systems? Not really.

Not too long ago, 36MP digital sensors were introduced into 35mm cameras.  Not too long after that, many photographers (including some well respected ones) proclaimed that these pixel-rich 35mm cameras could produce “medium-format quality” images.

I don’t subscribe to this view, at least when it comes to portrait photography.

If you examine the images I’ve taken with the Mamiya RZ67 (6 x 7 medium format film), you will note that they look more “true to life” as compared to images from 35mm cameras (digital or film).   The tonal transitions are subtler, the separation of subject matter from the background is more natural, and the overall rendering is somehow “more grand” than 35mm camera images (like these ones from the Nikon D800E + Zeiss Otus - a supposed “medium-format-quality” producing combination).

Even the Pentax 645D, a camera that possesses a digital sensor that is only a little bit larger than the one in the D800E, somehow produces “grander” images (but not as “grand” or true-to-life as the larger 6 x 7 film “sensor” in the Mamiya RZ67).

As I’ve written before, sensor size matters:

 

Sensor Size Comparison - Photographs by Peter Prosophos

So, if you’re looking for a medium format look (at least with respect to portraiture), you will not get it from a Nikon D800E/D810, or Sony A7R, etc.

If you’re looking for medium format resolution, that’s another story…

—Peter.

The beautiful game – break.

The season ends with a tournament this weekend.

The beautiful game - break

Seven.

Birthday boy.

Seven

Summer.

Classic.

Summer

Fujifilm FP-100C Professional Instant Color Film ISO 100.

Test shooting a cartridge of Fujifilm instant film.

Taken with the Mamiya RZ67 (using a Polaroid film back) and the Mamiya 110/2.8 lens.

The first shot has a yellow colour cast from the incandescent lighting.  The remainder of the images were photographed utilizing the Westcott Ice Light.

—Peter.

Fujifilm FP-100C Professional Instant Color Film ISO 100

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