Its hard not to like penguins 😉


Urban duck trials.

Further to the painted duck…

As I may (or may not have) mentioned I finished painting the duck, and took it out for water trials today – for the event I uplifted a D200 and a 12-24 from school, mainly shooting it at 12mm.

Obligatory self portrait by dint of shadow.

The duck was trialled in a variety of bodies of water…
And proved largely seaworthy.

Though considerably more prone to attention seeking than it’s colouration would suggest.

Well, I learned some stuff today, one was that while I like the Nikon I was playing with, it’s not the ideal tool for the task, for one it looks bloody expensive and I had to put it down and walk away a few feet a couple of times, it’s also not even slightly waterproof, which leads me to think that my old fujica with some colour film and a 24mm lens is a more appropriate tool for the job – especially when I need to go wading.

Which brings me to the second thing i discovered – the water is icky, wet, smelly (chlorine) and it’s freakin cold – something I need to anticipate next time – that and the fact that the duck runs away, necessitating wading after the bugger.

Thirdly I discovered something rather obvious that should have occurred to me before I got to actually taking photographs. This is that urban camouflage actually works remarkably well as camouflage (who woulda thunk it?) – it really does break up the ducks form surprisingly well, thus the shots need to be pretty considered in terms of silhouette and background – they also need to be colour for pretty obvious reasons.

Camouflaged  duck is camouflaged.

Oh, and this was fun – accidental shutter release whilst stepping down off a low wall.

I have a strange hankering for an orange blaze deer decoy…

Duck progress.

Three layers of primer later;

Now I’m researching urban camouflage 😛

And a wee project with oil paint sketches on (primed) paper, I’ve primed and toned enough for about 80 3×4″ sketches, have to wait a few days for the oil wash to dry before I can cut em up and get into it – in the meantime I think a bunch of sumi stuff sounds interesting.


The duck was to be another project, as can be seen by the artist ref shots.

New camera

I have a new camera, it’s a Zenit TTL SLR, and it has a broken light meter, thus I need to guesstimate the exposure. For $15 I got the camera with a standard 58 mm F2 lens, the case, and a spare 135 mm lens that has fungus in it. I’m quite happy with it for that price. I have a B & W film in it now, so I’ll post some pics next week (assuming that I don’t completely blow it).
It’s quite a big camera, it weighs a little over a kilo, all steel and quite satisfyingly sturdy feeling.
Now I just need a short lens about 20 – 30 mm.

Out of focus shot through the viewfinder – as you can see it’s pretty dim. (and yes, I need to clean my windows)

This is in focus, I don’t find this shot as aesthetically pleasing.

On a side note, I went to the library today and as I left I got mobbed by about 20 seagulls, all flying all around me, it was like something from a Hitchcock film – except they weren’t attacking me and I couldn’t see the wires. So a couple of shots of seagulls.

More seagulls, you prolly can’t tell, but the nearest ones were about 4′ from the camera, I so need a zoom digicam.