Between late spring and early fall we tend to go periodically to the Petaluma Farmer’s Market, in Walnut Park near downtown. While our usual goal on a Saturday afternoon visit is get some nice veggies, some occasional meat and bread, and the occasional treat, while listening to eclectic music from the band stand in the park, sometimes we encounter the unusual something there as well. So one day in late August as we went about the usual food shopping, I was surprised to see a large format camera and a sign saying Tintype Photography!
A few weeks back we had the news that this year’s super full moon was going to occur. In recuperation for that one of my photography meetup groups held a shoot the moon meet up to practice for the then coming full moon. I’ve tried to get some moonrise shots in the past with spotty success and last year I even did a workshop with a pro photographer on how to do this. On top of this since my efforts last year, I’ve acquired to new tools: a Pentax Q and an old Tamron Adaptall-2 300mm f2.8 lens. Each of these adds something to my arsenal of tools to get a decent picture of the moon, which is a surprisingly difficult subject to shoot. The Pentax Q is a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which can via adapters accept lenses from larger camera systems (like my normal Pentax DSLR). The interesting thing about the Q is that it has a 5.5 crop factor which means that any lens you put on it is 5.5 times longer than it’s equivalent 35mm lens, so if you have a long lens and want to make it 5 times longer, you can theoretically attach the Q to it for some amazing magnification. So I thought that with my 300mm lens and Q I should get an equivalent 1,650mm lens- WOW. Anyway, that was the hope for this shoot.
Here is a picture of the Q (keep in mind that it’s no bigger than a credit card).
The Tamron Adaptall 300 is a 1980’s lens made with an ‘adaptall’ mount that allowed one to have a lens which, with cheap adapters, could be used on many camera systems. Normally lenses are sold with only one mount, i.e., if you buy a Canon lens, it will only work on Canon cameras, or you could buy a third party lens (like Tamron) for a Canon with that mount only. Adaptall’s were an attempt to get around this limitation. Here is a shot of the 300 which weighs 7-8 lbs!
Ok enough about the gear! So we set up at the end of a street in southern Santa Rosa. The location had a nice view to the east and south. Here is a shot of the group:
So what were the results?
Early on in 2008 my rediscovery of photography, I stumbled onto some images taken in color infrared.
They looked like an alien landscape and I began to wonder if I might like to do this sort of photography as well. It took several years of education, the acquisition of an older digital camera (a Pentax 100ds), and a conversion of the camera to infrared service. By the Summer of 2010 though, I had a camera which would act like a normal DSLR but the sensor would see and record images of near infrared light. One of my very first images from then is this shot of a cloudy day at a pond near my office.
To understand this image a bit one has to understand that in color infrared, green is shown as white (white thankfully, stays white). Light and dark can display quite differently though and tend to be more intense. This comes with a grainy and soft feel to the images though. You can get things like this:
Or this (one of my favorites):