Woods and beach

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The sky was clear when we left the beach near Red Point taking the trail through the woods to Hare Point and Carama Inlet. Walking through woodlands parallel to the beach we were out of the breeze, and could enjoy the first of the wattle scattered near stands of young banksias and gum trees.

Arriving at Carama Inlet at low tide we walked over strap weed mounds piled high by wind and waves on the beach. The rocks were covered in unopened oysters. A testament to the quiet isolation of this hidden corner of Jervis Bay. Coming around the corner onto Hare Point the full force of the strengthening gale coming across the bay hit us. To the south rain squalls were visible over Point Perpendicular, and a storm front extending across to distant Pigeon House Mountain.

It was going to be a long walk into the wind, face down…

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Infrared in the rainforest

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Deep beneath the Illawarra escarpment, where the Macquarie Rivulet exits the rainforest into farmland, is a world of tall trees, vines, fallen logs with mosses, and boulders covered in lichens. It is place where the sun barely penetrates onto the forest floor in winter, always feels damp and smells of decay. Typically, the sort of environment where the camera viewfinder, or ground glass will fog up because of humidity and condensation.

I decided this might be the place to take roll of expired Aerochrome in my Olympus OM-1 with G. Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens. For a filter I had recently purchased a Soviet Y12 filter by LZOS, and also had 12mm extension tube in my pocket in case there were some macro opportunities. Many of the images were exposed hand held using a shutter speed of around 1/15s and fairly wide apertures due to poor light. I always find it…

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Around the old light at Belmore Basin – Kine Exacta

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Exacta  8I bought this marvellous camera about two years ago. It is far from being in mint condition, but still works beautifully. Sometimes provenance can be more important that looks.

The Kine Exakta is regarded as being one of the world’s first SLR cameras, and this variant spelt with a “c” was probably exported to the USA. It was designed to use 35mm film that had become standard in the cinema, hence the name Kine. It was manufactured by the legendary Ihagee camera company in Dresden, which was largely destroyed during World War II.

Mine is an early postwar version of the camera. The differences between it and the prewar models are fairly minor. The lens is a f/3.5 50mm Tessar lens manufactured by Carl Zeiss in Jena. The red T indicates that it was coated. The focusing distances on the lens are measured in feet.

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