Typical Country Town: farm ute with dogs


Snapped in the main street of my town, this farm ute had half a dozen working dogs tied to the back. They were mildly interested to see me, but soon settled down again.

Fujifilm X30 in SR+ mode, edited with Snapseed app.


Old Car Craze: hunting for treasures


A huge auction of a private car and motoring memorabilia collection was held in town recently, and though I missed the main event I did get a look at the remnants a few days later. The old Volvo, out of focus in the background, grabbed my attention somewhat.

Panasonic Lumix GX7 with 20mm f1.7 lens; border applied with Snapseed app – no further editing.

My Autumn Garden: leaves not yet fallen


Looking for more subject to point my new Fujian 35mm f1.7 CCTV lens at, I noticed that there were lots of dried and curled leaves on the white mulberry tree. I wonder when they’ll drop?
And how about that lovely unconventional bokeh back there? This lens is a cracker!

Tiny Cabinet Minister: the things I make my dog do


Walking around the remnants of a recent auction, I stopped before this old record player cabinet and wondered how to shoot it. Looking around for ideas, my Italian Greyhound leapt immediately into my mind, if not into my arms. But with some coaxing, I got him to sit in the record player slot for a couple of minutes, before he got too antsy and got out – right after I took this photo. What a little trooper!

Panasonic Lumix GX7 with 20mm f1.7 lens, in-camera Dynamic Monochrome filter. Mild editing and border added with Snapseed app.

Succulently Swirly Bokeh: more testing with a CCTV lens


Trying out the Fujian 35mm CCTV lens again today in the garden, I found it more suitable for close subjects than, say, landscapes. Also, I am beginning to experience the swirly bokeh I’ve been reading about – actually, it’s a little bit headache-inducing!

My Button Jar: adventure with a new lens


After some investigation online into quirky lens alternatives for micro four thirds cameras, I uploaded the miserly sum of almost $35AUD to an eBay seller in a far away land, in return for which I received in the mail a CCTV lens with an adapter to use it with my Panasonic GX7. I had always wondered about these cheap lenses I had seen whilst browsing for ‘respectable’ lens options, but ultimately disregarded them as being inferior.

To my surprise, the lens weighs much more than its very small size indicates, and is easier to focus with the manual focus ring than expected. As there are no electrical connections between camera and lens adapter, setting the aperture and focus is completely manual, but this isn’t an issue when shooting stationary subjects.
I’m looking forward to trying it out in some different situations soon.
This was shot using the in-camera Dynamic Monochrome filter, with no editing beyond cropping and adding a border with Snapseed app.