I recently built and launched an Edmonton based photography site that will showcase my journey from digital photography to film. It’s a personal site with mostly shots of my family and friends. All the pictures on the site are photographed with vintage lenses that I have been acquiring this past year for use in my video productions. I find the older lenses from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s to be among the best ever built and give better results when it comes to manual shooting. In fact the quality of the glass astounds me so much that I barely do any post production on the images. The wonderful effects and bokeh created are simply the results of the lenses instead of effects done in Photoshop. For those unfamiliar with the term “Bokeh” it is a Japanese word for “blur” and is used in photography to describe the quality of the blur in the out-of-focus- areas of an image.
Here is an example of a family shot I took of two of my children. In this shot I kept the aperture of the lens wide open which created the swirly background with the colorful highlights. The lens I used on this shot is a Helios 44M2, which is a very cool and inexpensive Russian lens. Not only is the image sharp as a a tack, but the swirly bokeh and the wonderful highlights of the water amazes me.
This amazement has drawn me deeper into my original love of photography which started way back in the first grade when I made a pinhole camera out of a tin can and I took the very first picture of my life. I still recall how proud I felt, and how in awe I was of the process, especially when I developed that shot and saw it come to life on paper.
That feeling I had so many years ago has always been a guiding light that lead me into video productions but I didn’t expect video productions to become a guiding light that would lead me back into photography and film but as I move forward, I seem to be going back to the days of my pinhole camera and the original awe I felt in grade one. In fact I have been acquiring more than just lenses these days and have purchased some very cool vintage medium format & 35mm cameras, as well as all the tools needed to develop and print my own images. Here are a few of the cameras that I acquired and I am most excited to start shooting with:
If your interested in learning more, visit my other site @ www.edmontonphotography.com