Emerald Media

About

Emerald Media is just a name to share some of my photography with you. It’s not anything like a business, let alone company and/or enterprise. Perhaps using this name was reaching a bit high for the simple things it stands for, but it’ll do for now.

As a hobby photographer and a bit of a preservationist, you will find me taking pictures of historical architectural structures, noteworthy landscapes, travels, portraits, weddings, and wildlife. Lately I’ve focused on 35mm and 120mm (Medium Format) film photography, and a bit of Super 8mm film cinematography. I rarely take on more than one paid project a year, for most other projects I simply ask for reimbursement of the expenses. For wedding photography, I usually select one or so weddings a year as second or preferrably third shooter ,taking film photos or optionally 8mm cinematic movie film only. If need be I can do digital, I’d then provide the 42.3 megapixel RAW files, and hundreds, or if you prefer, thousands of shots.

Humor and Fun

Humor is one of the best tools in the photographer’s toolbox. Interacting with nature, objects and people, requires a bit of patience, and so it’d be awful to not have fun in the mean time, and become this silent grump.

“No photograph ever was good, let, of anybody — hunger and thirst and utter wretchedness overtake the outlaw who invented it!

A photograph transforms into desperadoes the meekest of men; depicts sinless innocence upon the pictured faces of ruffians; gives the wise man the stupid leer of a fool, and a fool an expression of more than earthly wisdom. If a man tries to look serious when he sits for his picture the photograph makes him look as solemn as an owl; if he smiles, the photograph smirks repulsively; if he tries to look pleasant, the photograph looks silly; if he makes the fatal mistake of attempting to seem pensive, the camera will surely write him down as an ass.

The sun never looks through the photographic instrument that it does not print a lie. The piece of glass it prints it on is well named a “negative”, a contradiction, a misrepresentation, a falsehood.

I speak feeling of this matter, because by turns the instrument has represented me to be a lunatic, a Soloman, a missionary, a burglar and an abject idiot, and I am neither.”

Samuel Clements (aka Mark Twain)

Favourite Cameras

Mamiya M645j – 120mm Medium Format Film SLR (1/500 Shutter)

Minolta Alpha 9 Mark I – 35mm Film SLR (1/12,000 Shutter – 5fps)

Minolta Maxxum XTSI – 35mm Film SLR (1/4,000 Shutter – 3fps)

Minolta Alpha 99 Mark II – (ILCA-99M2) – 42.3MP – Digital Full Frame SLR

Minolta Alpha 68 Mark I – (ILCA-68) – 24.3MP – Digital Crop Frame SLR

Minolta Alpha 58 Mark I – (SLT-A58) – 20.4MP – Digital Crop Frame SLR

Favourite Lenses

Mamiya C 150mm F2.8 Medium Format Portrait Lens

Mamiya C 80mm F2.8 Medium Format Portrait Lens

Mamiya C 45mm F3.5 Medium Format Landscape Lens

Minolta 80-200mm APO F2.8 High Speed Silent Drive

Minolta Maxxum 70-210mm F4.0 Internal Zoom Lens

Minolta Maxxum 28-135mm F4-4.5

Minolta G 85mm F1.8 Portrait Lens

Minolta 50mm F1.4 Portrait Lens

Minolta 18-35mm F3.5-4.5 Wide Angle Lens

Minolta 11-18mm F3.4-4.5 Ultra Wide Angle Lens

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