In Camera City View

I shot this photo on Friday night from Rotary Park in Calgary. The camera in the picture is my Mamiya 645 1000s with a 80mm f/1.9. I had the camera set up on a tripod and had another tripod set up higher over the pictured camera. I shot this photo with a Sony A7R with a Nikon 55mm f/2.8 Micro manual focus lens. After my first test shot I knew I was going to need some external light, because the street light that was on in the park was super orange and the grass was a very ugly version of a pumpkin orange. Since I didn’t bring any lighting I just whipped out my trusty iPhone and used the flashlight on there to paint the scene while the 30 exposure was on. I think it all worked out pretty good!

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Minolta City

I was about to toss this old camera in the trash when I I took a look at the mirror after I took the lens off. I thought it looked pretty cool with the little lines and then I though I might be able to get a good photo if I incorporated the mirror of the camera. Since I’m a city guy I thought having part of the city in the background and in the camera would look pretty cool. I like how it turned out 🙂

I shot this photo with a Sony a7R with a Nikon Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 micro.

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DIY Deadcat Mic Windscreen

I made a DIY video on how to make a Deadcat style windscreen out of the tail of a stuffed cat (teddy bear) haha. I did a couple tests and it worked really good! If you care about your video’s audio you might like this video. 🙂

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Hipster Camera on The Hip

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I had the idea for this shot for one reason, to show off the cool looking Canon A-1. I think the A1 looks extra cool with the grip attached to it, so I was thinking of how I could get a good picture with the camera being the main focal point and not just have it sitting there. I love a good skyline picture and I love bokeh, so I thought this little mixture would make a good shot.

Getting this shot was not easy, I was pre-focsuing because I left my RC1 remote at home. So I put a can on ground, pre-focused there, recomposed, put the camera on a 10 second timer and took my spot in the frame. After a dozen or so shots, I finally came up with this one. I actually had a friend with me and he could have easily shot the photo for me, but then it wouldn’t exactly be all mine would it? haha. Plus, the challenge of getting the shot on my own was half the fun :).

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Music Video

Some of you might remember me mentioning I was going to be shooting a music video for a guy this summer (this guy). I have finally finished it. It was my first crack at music video and I think turned out alright. I didn’t realize how much work it was to get a whole video done! I had fun making the video, but the editing process was a little time consuming for my taste. Even though I had a lot of fun making the video, I’m not sure if I’ll do another one. My passion is in photography and I think I’m best off sticking with that.

The video was filmed over 2 days. I shot with a Canon 5D mark iii with a 50mm 1.4, a Sony VG20 with 50mm 1.8 & 18-200mm and a GoPro Hero 4 Silver on a Feiyu Tech G4 Gimbal stick. The editing process was lengthy, because I could only work on it at night after all my photo work was done and my family had gone to bed. As you can imagine this made for some long nights. Anyway, take a look at the video if you like that kind of thing ;).

My City

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Filmless Fun

My son and I took at walk down to 7 Eleven yesterday evening to grab a couple Slurpees and I had my camera with me. While we were leaving my son Joshua decided he would take his camera with him too :). He shot a lot of photos while we were walking, however his camera is a film camera and it had no film haha. The lack of film didn’t stop him from taking a lot of pictures and having a good time, that’s what it’s all about! Good times.

Boy Child film camera bokeh 135L Seattle Seahawks Fan - Rob Moses Photography - Vancouver Seattle Calgary Photographer Photographer Native American Famous Tlingit Ojibawa Top Popular Best Canadian LifestyleCamera: Canon 6D & 135L ~ Settings: f/2 – 1/500th – ISO 100

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Canon A-1

I was bored the other night so I decided to do a little product style photography. This old A-1 is sitting on my desk in my office/basement studio, so I just grabbed it and took this picture. For lighting I had 2 Canon 550EX Speedlites shot through umbrellas and one LED light pointing at the lens for the catchlight.

Canon A-1 Famous SLR A1 film 50mm Japan old school vintage hipster studio lighting off camera flash LED - Rob Moses Photography - Vancouver Seattle Calgary PhotographerCamera: Canon 5D mark iii & 50mm 1.8 mark i – Settings: 1/8th – f/7.1 – ISO 1000

Lighting: 2 Canon 550EX Speedlites & 1 LED

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The Nikon DF or Nikkormat

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With the release of the rumoured retro looking Nikon DF full frame DSLR (16mp) comes some big decisions for people who love the look and feel of the old school film SLR’s of the 60’s & 70’s. For most people, I believe the main decision will be, “Do I feel like spending the $2,750.  price tag for this thing of beauty?”

The rumours about this camera have been floating around for a little while now. When I first heard of it, I basically rejoiced and started thinking if I would switch to Nikon from Canon. That idea soon passed and I thought I might just buy the Nikon DF and shoot both formats. However, when I saw the price tag of the Nikon DF this morning that dream died right there and then! Although I would love to shoot with old SLR style digital camera like this, I can’t justify spending that kind of money on it. So for now when I feel that argue to take it back to the old school, I’ll just grab my trusty old Nikkormat and go have me some fun like it was before I was born! 😉

Nikkormat Nikon FT Old School Vintage Hipster Film Camera 50mm LED - Rob Moses Photography - Calgary Vancouver Seattle NYCCamera: Canon 5D mark ii & 50mm 1.4 ~ Settings: 1/30th – f/8 – ISO 2000

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Canon 50mm 1.8 vs 1.2

Canon 50mm 1.8 vs 1.2 24-85mm Bokeh L Prime Zoom - Rob Moses PhotographyThis photo was shot with Canon 5D mark ii & Canon 24-85mm @85mm & f/4.5

I did a little comparison between 2 of my favourite lenses, the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark i & the 50L. With a price differnce of at least $1500, the case one can make to buy the 50L can only be made by absolutely NEEDing that f1.2 for shooting low light. You can not buy the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark 1 in stores any more, but you should be able to find a used one for around $150 to $200. The Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens on the other hand can be found in most camera stores for around $1619. before taxes.

For this test I shot with a Canon 5D mark ii on a Manfrotto tripod. The photos were shot on my deck in the shade. The first shot to the last shot was done in under 2 minutes and the light outside never changed in that time frame. None of the pictures have any sharpening and are basically straight out of the camera except for a little S curve in Lightroom. I shot the all the photos with a little exposure compensation on the bright side.

Here is what the set up looked like.

Canon 5D mark ii 2 50mm 50L 1.2 - DSLR SLR film, tripod bokeh 50 1.4 EF FD Ricoh manfrotto - Rob Moses PhotographyThis photos was shot with a Samsung NX100 with a Canon FD 50mm 1.4 manual focus lens.

Bellow are the full frame samples of f/1.8, f/2.8, f/4 & f/8. After the whole frame shots you will find some 100% crops.

50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/4

50mm 1.8 @ f/4

50mm 1.2 @ f/4

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50mm 1.8 @ f/8

50mm 1.8 @ f/8

50mm 1.2 @ f/8

50mm 1.2 @ f/8

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The pictures bellow are 100% crops. The focus point was the same for every picture.

Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8 (100% crop)

Canon 50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

Canon 50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8 (100% crop)

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50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.8 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/4 (100% crop)

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50mm 1.8 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.8 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/8 (100% crop)

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Just to finish off the post I thought I would add the 50L f/1.4 & f/1.2 shots.

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

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50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed that. I’d say if your not shooting super low light and can live with out f1.2 you really wont miss much with the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark i. You can get the mark ii for around $120, but the build quality is terrible and the auto focus is not as accurate as with the mark i, however it is still a great lens.

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Confused By This Film

I recently got my hands on this old film camera. It is the Pentax Spotmatic F, circa 1973 -76. It’s got a very popular (even today) SMC Takumar 50mm 1.4 lens on it, so I was very excited to use it. When I got home I loaded up some old film I had laying around. After about 3 frames I noticed when I would advance the film forward it wasn’t as smooth as previous frames. I tried again and it was real bumpy ride. So I opened it up and found my film in a bit of a tangle. I figured (and hoped) it must have been user error.

The next day I headed down to one of the local camera stores here in Calgary and picked up at roll of Kodak Ektar 100 film for around $11. I very carefully loaded it up and started shooting. A few days (around 5 frames) into the fun time I was having with this beauty, I once again noticed a little ruff film advance. I shot off a quick shot and tried to advance the film again, this time listening carefully and paying close attention. Something was definitely up! I shot the frame (lens cap on, who cares at this point!). This time when I tried to advance the film it was like scraping a rake across a field of big jagged rocks. It’s over, somethings wrong! I opened up the camera to see my film in heaping tangle.

To say I was upset was an understatement, ok well maybe not quite an understatement, but I was upset! I said to hell with this camera and I’m done with film! Then a few days later I examine the camera while I tare out the film. I advance the film to see if I can figure out the problem. To my surprise I notice the film take up reel is spinning in the opposite direction I thought it did! WHAT? I quickly try loading the film (film I just took out), this time starting off the reel in the proper direction and quickly shoot off a doozen shots! Not one bump in the road!

Looks like my first thoughts on the whole ordeal were right. Just another case of an idoit who can’t load film properly! LOL. I have since un-damned this camera and am back in love with it! I’ll post some pictures from it once I get some more film loaded 🙂

Pentax Spotmatic F 50mm famous vintage hipster celebrity camera - Rob Moses Photography

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Canon FD Lens to Samsung NX Converter

Samsung NX100 famous Canon FD 50mm 1.4 adapter - mirrorless camera - Rob Moses Photography

I have a Samsung NX100 mirrorless camera that takes really great pictures, especially of people. I also own some great old 70’s era Canon FD manual focus lenses from the film days. So I bought a FD to NX converter to use my Canon FD lenses on my NX100. The converter came in the mail today and I took a couple test shots with it. I am very happy with the results so far and will do some more shooting with it once the weather improves around here. Here are a few samples from the camera and lens combo.

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Fine Art to a Photographer

I shot this photo a couple years ago and it is still one of my favourite to date. I have it blown up movie poster size and hanging in my living room. The camera your looking into in the photo is one of the original Seagull TLR cameras before they changed their name to “Seagull”. The camera in the view finder of the Seagull is a Canon Pellix. Both wonderful and fun cameras in their own ways :).

I shot this photo with a Canon 7D and one Canon 550EX Speedlite shot through and umbrella. I had the Seagull set on my deck with the Canon Pellix sitting in front of it a few feet away. The flash was set up to camera left, pointed at the Pellix. It was really fun shooting this photo and I hope to do some more of this kind of thing in the near future.

TLR Seagull Celebrity - Canon Pellix Famous - Rob Moses Photography

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These Dreams of Shooting Fashion

Lisa M G 2 famous - Rob Moses Photography celebrity Are you one of those people who watches “The Breakfast Club” and then wishes they went to high school in the 80’s? Or after you watched “The Fast & The Furious” you went into the gararge and lifted up the hood of your car only to realized you don’t really know what your looking at? Well I am,  and I just watched an interesting documentary called “Picture Me” about a model (Sara Ziff) and her experiences in the modelling & fashion industry. Don’t get me wrong, I have zero interest in putting down my camera and putting on a Speedo! It’s the photography I am interested in.

It has always been a dream of mine to shoot fashion. However, up to this point I haven’t really done much to insert my self into that industry. Some where along the way I started shooting weddings and then that developed into a full time gig. I always thought to my self “I can shoot wedding and try and get into fashion with the rest of my time”. Unfortunately, shooting weddings is rather time consuming and there just isn’t a lot of time left over. With that my fashion photography dreams kind of hit the back burner.
So just as “Back To The Future” made me want to skateboard as a kid, seeing those fashion photographers on that documentary has reinvigorated my fashion dreams. Now lets see if I can do anything about it! 😉
Here are a few photos I shot last December with a girl (Lisa M G) I found on Model Mayhem.
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