This latest episode of my quest helped me remember why I’m so stricken with creating imagery in the first place. It’s the sense of wonder and excitement that makes itself present when you bear witness to the sublime – and often subtle – allure of a state in time; only to conquer its reflection.
Playing with the cheap legacy glass I got from the bay, I went to Vienna’s most prominent urban development site. It’s a location I’ve been meaning to check out for some time now.
All images were shot hand-held, because I couldn’t be bothered to set up the tripod. Gear is a drag, literally.
R e v e r i e
I made this with an old 85mm FSU lens that copies the optical design of the Zeiss Sonnar. What can I say – I adore the otherwordly colors and they have me believe that my previous aversion to color may have only been dissatisfaction with the specific way my digital lenses handle color. Wide open, the 85 has a soft focus effect that can already be considered specialty and is not very easy to use. Maybe I’ll get some normal portraiture done with it.
S e c o n d S e a s o n
This image and the following were made with a Japanese 50mm lens that essentially copies the Zeiss Planar formular, except that it actually uses the original Zeiss glass and was assembled in the same factory. I don’t know how it compares to the real deal, but build quality is amazing and it is sharper than my 45mm ZD, which is considered very sharp. Plus, it has this thing. People call it Zeiss 3D – I don’t know – which appears to just be good micro contrast. It makes things pop by transitioning smoothly between the zones. Digging it. I’m trying to do more high key work also, so here you go.
W o o d / W i r e
The construction site will eventually blossom into quite the location on the outskirts of Vienna. A good deal of this little “town” will apparently be centered around housings for businesses. They even have a pretty big artificial lake.
Black and white is simplicity and – being a core value of my aesthetic consciousness – will always matter to me. Playing with focal planes here. I want to attempt focus stacking some time soon.
U n t i t l e d
Even macro contrast is really good. And that’s shooting without the lens hood, which has yet to arrive. There’s so much at that location I couldn’t frame in my mind before the time ran out, I’ll definitely need to return in the future.
All in all, I’m very glad I tried vintage lenses. Being a student, I simply don’t have the money to spend on modern auto focus hocus pocus. Prices are a complete joke in comparison, and so is build quality. Not to mention, I always focus manually anyway and really like the rendering characteristics of the older lens designs. I’m sure of this now that I have the contrast to my “modern” looking Zuiko Digital lens, which I’ve used for the majority of my work so far.
The downside to old, adapted lenses is that they are naturally bigger, heavier and need an adapter, which adds to the weight and length still. Luckily, I have big hands and keep to the <125mm side of things, because I have to deal with a 2x crop factor either way.
There’s yet another cheap FSU lens yearning to be used. Wait for it.
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Next is an architecture feature.