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Just a Walk in the Park (Podcast 722)

This week I share 12 casual photographs from a walk in the park and a brief outline of some new features just released in Photographer's Friend v3.5!

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Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Rich Ball
    Posted at 02:31h, 03 November Reply

    Martin – What a wonderful story. We all need, or should have, a sanctuary we can go in an effort to reconnect with ourselves. I very much like the photos. I’m kind of partial to closeups of butterflies and dragonflies.

    In your blog entry on style you mentioned shooting with love. I believe these photos reflect that emotion. The little episode with the gentleman whose photo yo closed the story with also reflect that emotion.

    On a more practical side. Can you see the scales on the butterfly wings in the full resolution files? How big would you print these images? I find that small subjects printed too large seem wrong in some way. Impressive perhaps but somehow they don’t look right.

    Finally, If Tokyo goes through a stage of autumn colors it would be fun to see your garden in its autumnal best. Maybe put a roll of Kodak Ektar or Portra 400 in your Rollieflex and show us some photos with it.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 11:30h, 03 November Reply

      Hi Rich,

      Thanks for the great comment! I’m really happy that you see the emotion behind some of this work.

      Yes, if I zoom in past 100% I can see the scales on the butterfly’s wings. I’ve never really thought to look, but they are there. Technically, I’d be happy to print these as big as my printer would take them, which is 44 x 66 inches. I kind of know what you mean about seeing too much though. Maybe a 16 x 24-inch print would be enough to explore the details without going overboard. That’s my test print and storage size, so maybe I’ll fire up the printer in a few days and take a look. I’ll let you know how that goes.

      I’m hoping to get back into the park as the autumnal colors set in in the coming weeks. I’m not really interested in shooting color film these days though. The attraction of the Rollei to me is being able to process my own photos, and I can’t do color here. There are too many limitations on color processing materials, unfortunately.

      I’ll keep you posted either way though, probably via the blog. Thanks for staying tuned!


  • Rich Ball
    Posted at 01:36h, 05 November Reply

    Hi Martin – I respect your decision to avoid color with the Rollieflex. Color Chemistry tends to be fussy and more expensive. I would suggest that after the leaves are off the trees taking the Rollie to the garden and photograph the “bones” of the garden.

    Japanese Maples tend to be gnarly and full of interesting curves and shapes. Here in Seattle at Kubota Gardens I find winter be very interesting. I have yet to do anything I like with the maples but I keep trying. On a practical note the crowds are gone or at least significantly reduced.

    All the best Rich

  • Monica
    Posted at 23:59h, 20 November Reply

    1/100 shutter speed on that first butterfly. What a gambler!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 01:26h, 21 November Reply

      Haha! Well spotted Monica!

      That was my transition shot. I’d been shooting the flowers when the butterfly came along, so I grabbed a few frames before changing my settings. 🙂

      Hope all is well!


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