Showing posts from 2013

Meet The Human Behind 'Humans Of New York' (HONY)

The human collector of HONY pictures shares with us how goes about getting those memorable stories and pictures of fast moving New Yorkers. If you have not seen or heard about HONY then click below and find out what makes Brandon Stanton's website so popular around the world and photographers alike. An entire accumulation of 5,000 photos of New Yorkers is a pretty substantial figure for reluctant and snappy straphangers of the city trying to get home, trying not being late to work and shooing away  people looking to waste our time. Brandon Stanton captures just more than simple street portraits. He captures their lives and souls in portions of time in their lives readers and viewers get to share in. Every photo he posts touches something deep inside of us when people share there once memorable happy and sad events, advice and lessons of there lives. Thanks Brandon Stanton! Do you know anyone captured on HONY? Source/Credit: PetaPixel , Humans of New York (HONY)

Camera Repair by Rick Oleson

Camera Repair , a set by rick_oleson on Flickr. Via Flickr: You can also find more repair stuff at

Graffiti Cans (Decades Old)

Takumar 55mm Bokeh - Old Graffiti Cans The amount of empty, derelict and rust out cans shows the amount of layers of covered art pieces forever lost to new artful pieces never to be seen again. Graffiti art is like love lost. It is there one fleeting moment and the next moment it is gone forever. Gritty street art does not always last forever. Brooklyn is in the house! Lens Info: Super-Takumar 55mm 1:1.2 @ f/2  © Digital Ink'D Photography

My Führer...

Underground German American Führer 1 - Buddy, what you looking at? Underground German American Führer 2 A very colorful portrait I call the German Hitler. This boxed looking portrait reminds me of the Führer in a whimsical caricature light. I am so pleased to release these never before seen graffiti people rarely see this deep in Brooklyn where I live. It really shows the character and flavor of these unknown artists whose works most people will never know about except those who traverse this graffiti line I frequent. Bringing these artworks to life and spreading it to the masses is a duty. What is so different from a Rembrandt and a Picasso in a museum to a tagged wall filled with such vibrant works of color and composition? I hope you like it as much as I do because it brings a smile to my face trying to figure out what mood and mindset the artist came to creating such pieces. Lens Info: Super-Takumar 55mm 1:2 @ f/2  © Digital Ink'D Photography

Forever Young, Forever Lost & Forever Forgotten

Old Schenectady Avenue Subway line This old Brooklyn rail line will be lost forever. Tracks of a bygone era when subway trains rolled endless along its track. Man and machine rolling along the steel so effortlessly. Millions of hard working Brooklynites traversing each corner back and forth. Night after night. Day after day. Now all is lost. Service gone no more lumbering along the narrow tracks. Nature has come to take back its rightful place. Eating away tirelessly at its anti-rust core. All nature can do is hide it away from sight until that final day comes when it shall be no more.  Lens Info: Super-Takumar 55mm 1:2 @ f/2  © Digital Ink'D Photography

On the Straight & Narrow Path

Abandoned Brooklyn Subway Train Line - Disused Sometimes you have to keep plugging away and just keep moving forward. Don't get derailed. Lens Info: Super-Takumar 55mm 1.2 @ f/2  © Digital Ink'D Photography

Bad Apples Bring Trouble

Bad Apples -  Super-Takumar 135 Green Apples but bad to the core - Super-Takumar I shot these blighted apples over in my neighbor's yard with the Super-Takumar 135mm with a hood.  The lighting source was trickery with a hood on and outside being cloudy in some places and bright in other areas. Hopefully tomorrow I can get access to this abandoned place I want to shoot so badly.

A Supermoon for a Asahi Super-Takumar 135mm Tele

This was shot with my new Takumar 135mm 1:3.5 using ISO 200, 1/200s, M Mode, Daylight exposure, and with an aperture of f/16 and f/22. You can really see the grey details in the moon on this perfect clear night/morning. As I am writing this post it is nearly 3AM EST. 2:37AM EST to be exact. I wanted to capture some low light video footage using my Yashica 1.4 but some clouds rolled in and ruined my shot. Oh well there will be more supermoons in the near future. This is just a mere sample of the quality of Asahi Takumars. A really instrumental piece of excellent optical glass. Now, I am off to bed!! Goodnight or is it morning?

42nd Street @ 5 AM

The best and worst of times in the subway is a early morning ride. Quiet, buzzed and sleepy travelers. 

Minetar Lens Mount Idenitification

Rare 135mm Tele-Lens A 135mm 1:2.8 lens. Tokyo Koki Mount??? I am here trying to find the appriopriate adapter for this 135mm Minetar lens. If anyone knows anything about this pre-cursor to the T-Mount hit me up in the comments or my Facebook page here .  The seller states its a 49.2mm/1-15/16" Tokyo Koki mount. Used by Soligor, Sun, Tokyo Koko, Vemar, and other lens manufacturers. Adapters have been seen for Minolta MD, M42, and Nikon cameras. Preferably I am looking for an adapter in the M42 range since I have a M42-EOS adapter. You can view more mount photos here in this folder on Mediafire. Source: eBay Listing

The Zenitar Telephoto 135mm 1:3.5

The Rare Samigon Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8

I think this lens is pretty rare by manual focus standard lenses. It not even listed on the M42 database list. The 28mm and 135mm Samigon are only listed but not Samigon 35mm. I wonder why. Just a quick look over. Source: Samigon Corp Lens Database

Zenitar 135mm Telephoto T-Mount Lens

A short lens test using the Zenitar telephoto 135mm manual focus lens. I wished I could of shot this in ML RAW rather than Canon's h.264. I think I might be taking a trip over the Magic Lantern forums so I can at least shoot for a few seconds and really open the Canon 600D. It would really give these old lenses another century to shine. My growing 135mm collection is growing really fast. Now, all I need is a Super-Takumar 85mm. I need to control my G.A.S. urges. My wallet is not happy! This was shot at f/5.6, ISO 100, 1920x1080 24p. Many more lenses I have in store for this blog!

Garden Buds, Flowers & Bees (Lens Test)

This is a shot of some weeds in my neighbor's overgrown backyard. Just the other day he cleaned it up. I wonder why? :)

Sharp Shooter Super-Takumar Asahi 55mm 1:2

Shot all these photos wide open at f/2. No editing done in post. Straight RAW and unprocessed. You can't go wrong with a Super-Takumar lens. Sharp images, sharp contrast and crazy bokeh. I purchased my 55mm copy (a steal) for around $23.00 USD. The lens does have an inordinate amount of these white particles sitting on the back element lens but you would not even know that if I did not reveal this tragic flaw. The pictures here would not even show any discernable trace of particulate in the way. The quality make and feel of Super-Takumars is phenomenal. If you are not into manual focus lens and believe in the auto-focus Gods, a takumar inside your camera bag is worth a bit of space any day. I recommend getting yourself a copy in the 50mm, 55mm and 135mm. Matter fact any will do. These lenses perform like champions. If the post man would hurry up and deliver my takumar 135mm I can get outside and test it out. Very willing flower buds and bee subjects for my shoot to

eBay Vintage Lens Buy: Komura Sankyo Kohki F=135mm 1:3.5

The beautiful Komura Sankyo Koki K.K (Koki). Read more about this lens at Komura Wiki !! Two Sample Images Below