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Where have you been? by redtreeme
Where have you been?
Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: October 2016, 9.07am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 80th Sec, f5.6, iso 100 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

A quick jaunt outside to walk the dog and test my new cable for the Hasselblad 555ELD went swimmingly. Literally.

I looked out of the window to see the morning started with a lovely mist and calm weather so I thought what better time to go walk the dog near the swimming area at Hicklinge in Sweden. I had just finished the modification of the Hahne Giga T Pro remote cable for the Hasselblad so packed up the camera equipment and off we went.

It only took a few minutes to get to the lake car park but the mist had already started clearing. So with my rushing to get out of the car the dog was more excited than normal. He started running everywhere and sniffing everything at once. I got my equipment out of the car and locked it, turned around to head toward the lake and realised that Fletcher had gone.

Normally he waits for me to faff around and then follows me in the direction I’m walking, but this time he must have sniffed something interesting because he was nowhere to be seen.
I spent a while setting up the camera, cable, remote and my position for the shot. Fletcher still had not returned, I was not worried but I was wondering where he was.

I took a few test shots with the remote and everything was working well but then started to get worried as at least 20 minutes had gone by and I had not seen him. I went off to look for him. After 15 minutes hunting for him it slowly dawned on me that he had not gone anywhere. I was so absorbed in what I was doing and he was moving around to fast that every time I looked in a particular direction I assumed the dog was, he was actually behind me.

I saw a flash of a tail behind a rock in the water and went after him wading though the water to tell him off.. He popped up to look at me as if to say “whats up” and I looked at him with my most withering stare as if to say “where the hell have you been”.
Neither of us winning the silent argument. All the while I’m taking shots of the exchange an this is one of the resulting pictures.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

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Epic Fail by redtreeme
Epic Fail

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: October 2016, 5.04am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, Zeiss 50mm C Lenses, tripod, 55secs, f22, iso 400 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable

Well this is not the shot I was expecting when I went out for a walk with the dog in the pitch black. I did not even know my CFV II digital back could even do exposures longer than 30 seconds. In fact it does 125 seconds of exposure, (with my 555ELD back) though I am certainly sure this is not recommended on a regular basis as the shadow noise levels are worse than my old Canon 5d MKII, which is saying something.

When I bought my CFV II back it came with a free 555ELD motorised body. I had always intended to use it as my go to self portrait camera (as it’s quite a challenge to get into position with only an 8 second self timer on the 500cm) and never really took it out as it broke the first time used it. I had it repaired and there it languished in my cupboard, though I decided to take it with me to Sweden, just in case.

I bought a Hahnel Gig T Pro from eBay and then set about modifying the newly purchased Hasselblad Shutter Cable by chopping off the shutter button and replacing it with a 3 pole 1.5mm male audio jack point.

I can now remote control the Hasselblad 555ELD from over 70-100m away and not have to return to it to recock it. Ah the age of modern technology LOL.

So, back to the image. My wife had read the morning before that the Aurora Borealis was going to be visible that night and that we should stay up that night to catch a glimpse of it. Although I normally go to bed at around 9.30pm but we decided to wait up till 11pm to catch a glimpse of it. Thankfully we live in the middle of nowhere with no major towns or cities for many miles so there was no light pollution anywhere. The stars were more beautiful and mesmerising than I had ever seen them before but no Aurora Borealis!!
I tried to get shots of the night sky instead with my 555ELD but failed miserably as it was the first time I tried to use it and was not sure how it worked as to me it’s all too electronic and I’m used to the simpler 500cm. Though at least the Giga T Pro and my DIY cable handy work seemed to be working perfectly.

When I got back in the house to review the crappy shots I’d attempted, my computer immediately stopped working, so had the digital back and card reader too. I spent a further 30 mins trying to figure out what had gone wrong. As I fussed and fiddled and swore so much my wife decided it was time for her to go to bed. I, now in the midst of total frustration and full alertness in trying to fix this issue decided to stay up a little longer to fix the problem.

3 Hours later it was determined that a dodgy compact flash card was the culprit and the source of my crappy photo taking was that the sensor was not really built for long exposures in conjunction with high ISO (400 is the maximum for the CFV II).

By now it was 3 am so I went to bed. Sadly for only a couple of hours only to be woken by our dog barking. Even though I was super tired I still went out with my camera equipment and the dog at 5am to the local Swimming Lake. Armed with a torch so I could see the settings on the camera I thought I’d do a few longer range remote controlled test shots with the Giga T pro for an idea for a shot I have for some Fuji Velvia 50.

I had intended to walk down the jetty and click the shutter to see it it would work. But I accidentally hit the shutter as I walked down the jetty as the controller was in my pocket and randomly walked up and down the jetty with my Maglite torch with the dog chasing me trying to shake the lake water onto me.

I played around with the shutter timer and went back to review what I’d taken and was presented with a host of images I was not expecting.

The Original shot (before I fiddled with it mostly lightened it up and attempted to remove the red and green pixels) was super still and serene and had this lovely squiggly light trail down the getty and very light stars in the sky. But it also had a fair amount of noise as I had set the camera to 400 iso which is not really a good idea. I then spent an 30 mins or so playing in Photoshop trying to clean the shot up. It was nice, but the stars were still only barely visible. So I took the terrible decision to add this star field image from an Unsplash royalty free contributor at 30% opacity to enhance the sky and water which to my mind is an Epic Fail on my part as I should really have thrown this shot away and waited for the film shot to come back from the lab.

But being impatient I thought I’d throw this shot out there for you all to see what a numpty I am. Plus I hate to waste anything, so I have decided to present it as a work in progress.

I hope you like it.

Fiddled with in Phocus then shoved into Photoshop with more fiddling (a bit of ham sandwiching) then a signature shoved on it in Photoshop.

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20 Minutes Earlier by redtreeme
20 Minutes Earlier

Where: Vimmerby, Sweden
What: Lake, Mist & Tree
When: August 2016, 5.22am
With What: Hasselblad 500cm & CFV II, Zeiss 250mm C Lenses, tripod, .2 secs, f22, iso 50

I uploaded a shot a week or so ago called Admiration and Frustration this is a shot based on that day though it is twenty minutes earlier. The difference is only 20 minutes a 250mm lens and the light, which makes this same scene look like a painting.

It is a very wide panorama and in order for me to upload this to Redbubble I made it square for most of the other products and left the print the Original pano.

I hope you like it.

6 Shot stitched together a few luminosity masks added, then a signature shoved on it in Photoshop.

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Colourful Admiration and Frustration by redtreeme
Colourful Admiration and Frustration
Where: Vimmerby, Sweden
What: Lake, Mist & Tree
When: August 2016, 5.42am
With What: Hasselblad 500cm & CFV II, Zeiss 80mm C Lenses, tripod, .2 secs, f22, iso 50

Where do I begin, Hmmm.

I love my dog Fletcher, he is a wonderful natured dog, very inquisitive, fun, playful and super energetic. He always shoots off in all directions sniffing a much as possible in the shortest amount of time, but can come to heal when called. All of these things I admire about him.

Sometimes he can be the most frustrating dog ever, only when I want to take a picture of a lovely glassy lake. He’s sees me stop and comes a running, then he thinks as I’ve stopped there must be something super interesting in what I’m looking at.

Next thing I know, he’s in the lake and swimming about looking for this mythical thing he thinks I need or am looking for.
This normally puts an end to to the lovely glassy lake and pure scene which I have found.
Picture the above but just before the dog jumps in the lake I rugby tackle him to the ground and inform him it’s not cricket.

He see’s my insistence with his lovely head cocked to one side in a ‘I love you so much but you confuse me’ look and sits still for me to grab this shot and a few others.

As a treat I throw a few sticks in the lake for him to go mental.

We both walked home happy.

I hope you like it.

8 Shot stitched together a few luminosity masks added, then a signature shoved on it in Photoshop.

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Admiration and Frustration by redtreeme
Admiration and Frustration

Where: Vimmerby, Sweden
What: Lake, Mist & Tree
When: August 2016, 5.42am
With What: Hasselblad 500cm & CFV II, Zeiss 80mm C Lenses, tripod, .2 secs, f22, iso 50

Where do I begin, Hmmm.

I love my dog Fletcher, he is a wonderful natured dog, very inquisitive, fun, playful and super energetic. He always shoots off in all directions sniffing a much as possible in the shortest amount of time, but can come to heal when called. All of these things I admire about him.

Sometimes he can be the most frustrating dog ever, only when I want to take a picture of a lovely glassy lake. He’s sees me stop and comes a running, then he thinks as I’ve stopped there must be something super interesting in what I’m looking at. Next thing I know, he’s in the lake and swimming about looking for this mythical thing he thinks I need or am looking for.
This normally puts an end to to the lovely glassy lake and pure scene which I have found.

Picture the above but just before the dog jumps in the lake I rugby tackle him to the ground and inform him it's not cricket.

He see’s my insistence with his lovely head cocked to one side in a ‘I love you so much but you confuse me’ look and sits still for me to grab this shot and a few others – the colour one is awesome.

As a treat I throw a few sticks in the lake for him to go mental.

We both walked home happy.

I hope you like it.

8 Shot stitched together and turned into B&W, then a signature shoved on it in Photoshop.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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dbstrtz Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on your 3rd DD!  :heart:
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ADIKAY Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! :) Your gallery is stunning! I adore it! ♥ CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'll try to find the time and look thoroughly through your gallery!
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CSart97 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the effort u put into your descriptions. I´m already struggling with my freakin titles xD *like soooo what the heck i´m gonna call that*
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redtreeme Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
:-)

Most of my titles or descriptions come from what I'm thinking at the point I shot the thing. I try write it down a fair bit at the time so I don't forget or piece together what the hell I was doing from the shots I took, which help jog my memory. Most of the time I go out there is normally a mini disaster so it makes it easy to write something down.

Plus I'm clumsy, the many many accidents I or the dog have had while doing something mundane as walking helps to create a story behind the shot.
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CSart97 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nice keep up
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MilieLitre Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Thank you for the watch!
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SenhArt Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
:iconstarrainbowdiv2:  Heart  Happy Birthday...I wish you all the best!!!  Heart  :iconstarrainbowdiv3:
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redtreeme Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Oo Thank you.
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Jompie Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Happy birthday by Jompie
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redtreeme Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Thank you so much.
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