Wednesday, April 5, 2017


“The caterpillar does all the work, 
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 
George Carlin

Monday, April 3, 2017

UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm

Another instalment in our series of vintage film cameras and lenses. These images and the ones in the post below were shot on the Sunshine Coast of Australia using a Nikonos V  35mm film camera from the mid-1980's.

The lens is the UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm introduced in July 1985. It should be used with the DF-12 viewfinder (the thing on top of the camera). Otherwise framing a shot is a bit "hit and miss". I usually use a diving mask as well. It goes without saying that being able to swim confidently in the ocean is mandatory for these kinds of shots. 

On both sides of the lens are knobs to allow adjustments for aperture and distance. Everything is manual, including film wind on. This camera does have an accurate light meter, though.

The 20mm Nikkor_UW is still an amazing collection of glass designed to work underwater only. I have read on the internet there are hacks to make it work on land -  like set it to F22 and Infinity or F22 and the closest focusing but neither have worked. So I use this lens only underwater. Here's what it looks like on land at F22.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Open eyes underwater

"Photography is a life-long journey 
and something you may never truly master.
Just enjoy the journey. 
It never ends - and I wouldn't want it to!”

Justin Lowery

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, 
places to play in and pray in, 
where nature may heal 
and give strength to body and soul. "
John Muir

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tribe follows tribe

"Tribe follows tribe, 
and nation follows nation, 
like the waves of the sea. 

It is the order of nature, 
and regret is useless. "
Chief Seattle

Monday, March 20, 2017

Water air fat rain

"Nature is so powerful, so strong. 
Capturing its essence is not easy - 
your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. 
It takes you to a place within yourself. "
Annie Leibovitz

Saturday, March 18, 2017

1986 Nikonos 35mm lens

"It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. 
But life at sea is better."

Sir Francis Drake

Thursday, March 16, 2017

1936 Rolleicord 6x6

"A camera teaches you 
how to see 
without a camera. "
Dorothea Lange

Monday, March 13, 2017

Time Flies

"Don’t spend time beating on a wall, 
hoping to transform it into a door."
~Coco Chanel

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The mundane is beautiful

“Observation is a dying art.” 
Stanley Kubrick

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Click to enlarge

"I don't always feel 
fierce and fearless, 
but I do feel like I'm a rock star 
at being human. "
Tracee Ellis Ross

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

900 seconds

"For 15 minutes I got to be a rock star, 
the 15 minutes is great! 
It turns into Spinal Tap after 20 minutes. "
Mark Mothersbaugh

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Summer has left the building

"If you look around, 
complacency is the great disease 
of your autumn years, 
and I work hard 
to prevent that. "
Nick Cave

Sunday, February 26, 2017

B & W & Byron

"In the '70s, in Britain, 
if you were going to do serious photography, 
you were obliged to work in black-and-white. 
Color was the palette of commercial photography 
and snapshot photography. "

Martin Parr

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Walking the plank

"Better to walk 
without knowing where 
than to sit 
doing nothing."

Tuareg proverb

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


"Those who are blessed with the most talent 
don't necessarily outperform everyone else. 
It's the people with follow-through who excel. "
Mary Kay Ash

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"What a sad era when it is easier 
to smash an atom than a prejudice."

Albert Einstein

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Big film Little film

"Don’t give them 
what you think they want. 
Give them what they never 
thought was possible."
Orson Welles

Friday, February 17, 2017


“Keep your face to the sun 
and you will never see the shadows.”

Alex Knost

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fitzy don't surf

"Tomorrow we will run faster, 
stretch out our arms farther..."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Monday, February 6, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Macadamias, history and Australia Day

"The very concept of objective truth 
is fading out of the world. 
Lies will pass into history. "
George Orwell

"Until lions have their historians, 
tales of the hunt 
shall always glorify the hunters. "
African Proverb

"The past is malleable and flexible, 
changing as our recollection interprets 
and re-explains what has happened. "
Peter Berger

Even a good black and white photograph is not black and white. There are hundreds of subtle gradations of grey. And so with Life and History. It's complicated; not clear cut. Memories fade like rhyming echoes. Recollections become tactical, considered, limited, controlled and edited for consumption by an unsuspecting public.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Vintage beach fin

"It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. 
I never feel alone when I’m out there. "
Gertrude Ederle

Monday, January 23, 2017


"Age is just a number. 
It's totally irrelevant 
unless, of course, 
you happen to be a bottle of wine. "      
Joan Colling

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017