Friday, July 31, 2009

Collaroy Beach pool, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Collaroy Beach pool, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Collaroy Beach pool, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa

near Collaroy Beach pool, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Ripples at Collaroy Beach pool, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa and Sonnar 50mm

Collaroy Beach cafe, Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Collaroy Beach cafe, Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Collaroy Beach pavilion, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Collaroy Beach pavilion, Sydney northern beaches

Zeiss Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Collaroy Beach pavilion, Sydney northern beaches

Contax IIa and Biogon 21mm

Narrabeen beach, northern beaches, Sydney

Leica M2 and Elmar 50mm lens with Kodak Ektachrome slide film

Narrabeen beach, northern beaches, Sydney NSW, Australia

Leica M2 and Elmar 50mm lens with Kodak Ektachrome slide film

Narrabeen Beach, Sydney northern beaches

Narrabeen Beach, Sydney northern beaches

Collaroy Beach cafe, Sydney northern beaches

Seaweed at Narrabeen beach, northern beaches, Sydney

Leica M2 and Elmar 50mm lens with Kodak Ektachrome slide film

Narrabeen beach, Sydney


Narrabeen beach, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50mm lens with Kodak Ektachrome slide film

North Narrabeen beach, Sydney


North Narrabeen beach, Sydney, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50mm lens with Kodak Ektachrome slide film

Lifesaving equipment, Narrabeen beach, Sydney

Leica M2 and Elmar 50mm lens with Kodak Ektachrome slide film

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Narrabeen Lagoon with ducks


Narrabeen Lagoon, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti

A photo trip to Narrabeen ...


Narrabeen Lagoon, originally uploaded by jiulong.


Had a very nice winter walk in the sun this weekend down from North Narrabeen to Collaroy beach on Sydney's northern beaches. It's been a hectic week at work, with me covering for people at sick, so I was pretty stressed out by Friday. How nice it was, then, to get away from it all for half a day and feel the sand squishing between my toes and to hear nothing but the crash of the surf.

It's a strange beach - one of the longest on the northern beaches and maybe just the tide was in, but it was very short and steep for much of its length. It was actually quite hard to walk because the sand was very mushy, and it wasn't safe to walk too near the crashing, sucking waves ... I also had to dodge a few jellyfish washed up in the surf.

It was worth the effort because apart from a few optimistic surfies I had the beach to myself. Walked down to Collaroy, intending to go all the way to Long Reef, but was knackered by the time I got to the nice deck cafe at Collaroy, and stopped off there for a very welcome BLT and flat white. What a great location for a cafe - I'm surprised it isn't booked out for weeks!

Pottered about at the sea pool trying to take arty pictures of the shadows with my Contax IIa and the Nikon 35Ti. I love the sun reflections/patterns in the still water, and tried to capture some of that with Ektachrome slide film wit the Contax (watch this space) and with some B&W film with the Nikon.

I had the Rolleicord with me too, but two cameras is already more than enough - and I was having fun using the Contax again after such a long break. Beautiful camera ...

And so then it was backtracking to Narrabeen, feeling like I was catching the sun. Here are the results of the print snaps I took ... developed at Woolworths, just about the only cheap ($7 a roll) film developing place left in central Sydney.

Narrabeen Lagoon in winter by Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar

Narrabeen Lagoon


Narrabeen Lagoon, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti

Narrabeen Lagoon by Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar

Narrabeen Lagoon


Narrabeen Lagoon, originally uploaded by jiulong.


This snap is by the Nikon 35Ti - compare it to the one below taken with the Contax. Interesting differences in contrast, saturation and texture ...

Narrabeen Beach


Narrabeen Beach, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar with Fuji ASA 400 print film

Narrabeen Beach


Narrabeen Beach, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar with Fuji ASA 400 print film

Narrabeen looking south to Collaroy

Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar with Fuji ASA 400 print film

North Narrabeen Beach


North Narrabeen Beach, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar with Fuji ASA 400 print film

North Narrabeen


North Narrabeen, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti and Fuji ASA400 print film

North Narrabeen


North Narrabeen, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti and Fuji ASA400 print film

Narrabeen Lagoon


Narrabeen Lagoon, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti and Fuji ASA400 print film

North Narrabeen


North Narrabeen, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti and Fuji ASA400 print film

North Narrabeen to Collaroy walk


North Narrabeen to Collaroy walk, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti and Fuji ASA 400 print film

North Narrabeen looking south to Collaroy

Nikon 35Ti

Collaroy Beach ocean pool


Collaroy Beach ocean pool, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti

Collaroy Beach ocean pool


Collaroy Beach ocean pool, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti

Lunch at Collaroy Beach (spot the Contax IIa)


Lunch at Collaroy Beach, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Collaroy Beach ocean pool, winter

Nikon 35Ti

Collaroy Beach ocean pool


Collaroy Beach ocean pool, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti

Collaroy Beach ocean pool


Collaroy Beach ocean pool, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Nikon 35Ti

Coogee in winter gloom


Coogee in winter gloom, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Coogee in winter gloom


Coogee in winter gloom, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50/2

Victoria St, Kings Cross


Victoria St, Kings Cross, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50/2

Grey day at Botanic Gardens


Grey day at Botanic Gardens, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50/2

Grey day at Botanic Gardens


Grey day at Botanic Gardens, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50/2

Victoria St, Kings Cross in winter


Victoria St, Kings Cross, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica M2 and Elmar 50/2

Barangaroo - former wharves


Barangaroo - former wharves, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar

The transparent chef


Melbourne chef, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Contax IIa and 50/2 Sonnar