WARREN CONNECITCUT – I’ve been experimenting with tilts and shifts on my Hasselblad with an HTS 1.5 tilt/shift adapter. One of the traditional reasons to tilt the lens on a view camera is to extend depth of field by tilting the focus plane; the technique is known as the Scheimpflug principle. I’ve been struggling with getting accurate focus with the HTS 1.5 so I’ve gone back to an alternative digital solution to the problem of extending depth of field, focus stacking. The idea is to take multiple images with the focus point shifted slightly from image and stack the images in specialized software to achieve an image that in focus throughout. See my post for January 4, 2011.
Here’s an image taken with my Hasselblad H4D and an HC 300 mm lens. I used the long lens to obtain compression in the image and to compose it to my taste. The 300 mm lens has shallow depth of field, even when stopped down, and there are image quality issues with stopping down to extreme levels. So I took 9 frames moving the focus plane through the image, and stacked them in Helicon Focus. The process is relatively painless as long as you have a lot of computing power. As I’ve noted previously black and white conversions from the Hasselblad are more like large format film than any other camera that I’ve used since I started with digital.
On this day one year ago: Snow drifts! How about that. Also taken with my Hasselblad. I guess this demonstrates that there are only so many landscape subject to photograph when the landscape is covered by snow. I prefer this year’s effort.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – I took my Leica M9 out today with a wide lens (24mm Summilux) looking for wind-carved snow in fading, oblique light. I was pleased with what I was seeing and enjoyed take the images, but on reviewing the images none jumped out at me. Perhaps this is a worn-out subject (at least through my eyes).
We had dinner with some friends at Winvian, a nearby inn. A woman at the next table turned out to have a food blog. She included a reference to me – an odd experience for someone who avoids the limelight – in her entry on Winvian. Here’s a link: It’s All Fare.
WARREN CONNECTICUT. More winter. This was a strange storm – the high winds actually stripped the snow off of the landscape and deposited it behind whatever obstructions got in the way. So the landscape consists mainly of windswept fields. Here’s an example taken with my Hasselblad H4D-60 and the HTS 1.5 tilt shift adapter with an HCD 28 lens. Here I’ve used a tilt to exaggerate the out of focus aspects of the image
WARREN CONNECTICUT – Toward the end of the day the sky has began to clear, but if anything the wind has increased. The gusts must be 60 or 70 miles per hour. It’s freezing cold. I ended up shooting with my Hasselblad and using the car as a tripod, shooting out the car window using a beanbag as a support. Here’s a windswept field.
WARREN CONNECTICUT – The leading edge of the Boxing Day blizzard. We stocked up on food in the morning on the theory that the blizzard would leave us snow bound for a couple of days, which turned out to be the case. Here’s an image from the early hours of the storm, taken with my Hasselblad H4D-60 and a tilt shift adapter that permits view camera-like movements, that I’ve used here to enhance the shallow depth of field. The image is in color but the weather froze the color out of the landscape.