Go Back   Rangefinderforum.com > Cameras / Gear / Photography > Rangefinder Forum > Rangefinder Photography Discussion

Rangefinder Photography Discussion General discussions about Rangefinder Photography. This is a great place for questions and answers that are not addressed in a specific category. Take note there is also a General Photography forum.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes

How do you baptise your lens?
Old 10-01-2012   #1
msbarnes
Registered User
 
msbarnes's Avatar
 
msbarnes is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NY, NY
Age: 32
Posts: 836
How do you baptise your lens?

It was said that HCB baptized his lens by taking pictures of ducks at urban parks.

I mostly shoot people but my first roll usually consists of flowers.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #2
Teuthida
-
 
Teuthida is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 631
If I was a betting man I'd bet most here on RFF do so by taking pictures of their cats.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #3
benmacphoto
Registered User
 
benmacphoto's Avatar
 
benmacphoto is offline
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Philadelphia
Age: 32
Posts: 899
There is an interesting tree in Philadelphia that I photograph whenever I get a new lens.
Sort of like a baptism.







__________________
Instagram

Website
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #4
finguanzo
Registered User
 
finguanzo's Avatar
 
finguanzo is offline
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: EWR
Posts: 929
My 2 1/2 year old son.. Hes the only one not annoyed by my testing..
__________________
some pictures
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #5
jwicaksana
Jakarta, Indonesia
 
jwicaksana is offline
Join Date: Apr 2012
Age: 31
Posts: 590
I thought the word 'baptist' or 'baptism' involves some sort of water or liquid, no? If that's not the case, then I've been doing it all wrong all along, since I cleaned the front element with a little spit. Doh.
__________________
Cheers,

Jonathan

MOXS Photography

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jwicaksana
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #6
filmfan
Registered User
 
filmfan's Avatar
 
filmfan is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,851
I smash a bottle of Dom over its bow.
__________________
Pentax 6x7 w/ 55mm f4, 105mm f2.4
Canon F-1 w/ FD SSC 28mm f2, 35mm f2, 50mm f1.4
Olympus OM1 & OM2 w/ OM 28mm 2.8, 35mm f2, 50mm 1.8
Canon 5DII w/ EF 50mm f1.8
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #7
back alley
IMAGES
 
back alley's Avatar
 
back alley is offline
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: true north strong & free
Posts: 49,168
not the very first shot...but i like to shoot the same street from the same exact spot...
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #8
crispy12
Registered User
 
crispy12's Avatar
 
crispy12 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 284

crown graphic test #1 by chrisongtj, on Flickr


clothes pegs by chrisongtj, on Flickr


DSC_0067 by chrisongtj, on Flickr
__________________
flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #9
Richard G
Registered User
 
Richard G's Avatar
 
Richard G is offline
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: 37,47 S
Posts: 5,175
Immersion. Leave it on and use it exclusively for a couple of weeks or more to get on top of it.
__________________
Richard
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #10
CNNY
Registered User
 
CNNY's Avatar
 
CNNY is offline
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: New York
Posts: 1,436
My parents couldn't be bothered to baptize me, so I'm sure as hell not going to perform any rituals on my lenses.
__________________
instagram and some bits at
otopho on Shapeways
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #11
nikon_sam
Shooter of Film...
 
nikon_sam's Avatar
 
nikon_sam is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alta Loma, CA
Age: 59
Posts: 4,945
I have these ceramic Suns hanging in our patio...there's one in particular that at some point I will photograph with a new or existing lens that I own...either I'm testing a lens or my light meter skills...
It's very rare that I'll print that neg but I do look at them on a light box with a good magnifier...
__________________
Sam
"tongue tied & twisted
just an earthbound misfit...I..."
pf
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #12
Vincent.G
平和、愛、喜び
 
Vincent.G's Avatar
 
Vincent.G is offline
Join Date: Sep 2009
Age: 41
Posts: 1,391
Quote:
Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
It was said that HCB baptized his lens by taking pictures of ducks at urban parks.

I mostly shoot people but my first roll usually consists of flowers.
I wipe it with a soft and moist cloth to cleanse it of its "sin".
Then I mount it on my camera to give it New Life.
__________________
My Flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #13
Chuck Albertson
Registered User
 
Chuck Albertson is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 524
I spray champagne all over it.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #14
Peter_wrote:
Registered User
 
Peter_wrote: is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 462
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teuthida View Post
If I was a betting man I'd bet most here on RFF do so by taking pictures of their cats.
indeed on my first roll there is often a picture of my cat. the cat fur is a good sharpness/resolution test. furthermore an initial cat picture just gives the lens some good vibes.

another "first" picture is just one out of my window.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #15
SausalitoDog
Registered User
 
SausalitoDog's Avatar
 
SausalitoDog is offline
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sausalito, CA
Posts: 597
I'm not dummy... My very first shot from every lens is of my wife - even if she doesn't like the shot, she likes it that I take it.

Always makes like better (and another lens for my next birthday, too)
__________________
Tom O'Connell

“Dogs are friendly animals. They are very much like people with hair. But they don’t complain and don’t ask for money or a copy of the print.”
- Elliott Erwitt
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-01-2012   #16
flip
良かったね!
 
flip's Avatar
 
flip is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 1,214
Balcony plants, looking towards Kobe Port Tower. Ideally, but rarely, while drinking Anchor Junipero.
__________________
Back in the Bay and looking for work.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #17
Roger Hicks
Registered User
 
Roger Hicks is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Aquitaine
Posts: 23,947
My wife Frances.

Cheers,

R.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #18
thegman
Registered User
 
thegman is offline
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Age: 40
Posts: 3,819
Go for a walk around near where I work and take some shots.
__________________
My Blog
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #19
jenquest
Registered User
 
jenquest is offline
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 209
Same here of sorts. I always take one of a family member without fail. Makes them think I care!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by SausalitoDog View Post
I'm not dummy... My very first shot from every lens is of my wife - even if she doesn't like the shot, she likes it that I take it.

Always makes like better (and another lens for my next birthday, too)
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #20
Bill58
Native Texan
 
Bill58's Avatar
 
Bill58 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: So. Korea
Posts: 2,980
I clean them, then go out and shoot a roll.
__________________
My images of a strange land-So. Korea:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrs111445/
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #21
gilpen123
Gil
 
gilpen123's Avatar
 
gilpen123 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Manila, Philippines
Posts: 2,604
I do it also on the same spot al the time, baywalk breakwater. Testing the summarit and IIIf

__________________
Gil

"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #22
ruby.monkey
Registered User
 
ruby.monkey is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The Garden of England
Age: 49
Posts: 4,577
I usually end up with one of the little buggers licking the front element.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #23
jsrockit
Moderator
 
jsrockit's Avatar
 
jsrockit is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Santiago, Chile
Age: 46
Posts: 19,951
I photograph like any other day... whatever I think will make a good photo. I'm not into religion.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #24
icebear
Registered User
 
icebear's Avatar
 
icebear is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: just west of the big apple
Posts: 2,985
Quote:
Originally Posted by filmfan View Post
I smash a bottle of Dom over its bow.
Now we're talking ... for myself I never bothered to even think about it.
__________________
Klaus
You have to see the light.
M9, MM & a bunch of glass, Q

my gallery:http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffg...d=6650&showall
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #25
NeeZee
Registered User
 
NeeZee is offline
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Age: 40
Posts: 553
There's no specific subject I photograph with new lenses (or new cameras) but the first film is always b&w that I develop and scan the same day - can't wait to see the results if I got something new.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #26
Timmyjoe
Registered User
 
Timmyjoe's Avatar
 
Timmyjoe is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,997
For the last 14 years, my wife.

Best,
-Tim
__________________
http://www.timcarrollphotography.com

New Photo Books
Sturgis Stories
& Scenes From Sturgis
now available
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-02-2012   #27
Messsucherkamera
Registered User
 
Messsucherkamera is offline
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Midwest USA
Posts: 105
It was spring the last time I christened a lens, so I did it by photographing red and white tulips.

That was I 2008 - dayum I'm past due for a new lens!!
__________________
"The winter leeks
have been washed white
how cold it is!"


- Matsuo Basho
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-03-2012   #28
JChrome
Street Worker
 
JChrome's Avatar
 
JChrome is offline
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 826
I don't accumulate enough lenses to know exactly the first shots I've taken with them. But I don't have cats, so outside of that I would say my subject is a person on the NYC subway as I love shooting in it.
__________________
www.stillthrill.com
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-03-2012   #29
kshapero
Press the Shutter
 
kshapero's Avatar
 
kshapero is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida, USA
Age: 70
Posts: 9,814
I'm Jewish so I usually take a snip off the tip of each new lens.
__________________
Akiva S.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kshapero

Cameras, Lenses and Photos
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-14-2012   #30
JChrome
Street Worker
 
JChrome's Avatar
 
JChrome is offline
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 826
Quote:
Originally Posted by kshapero View Post
I'm Jewish so I usually take a snip off the tip of each new lens.
This undoubtedly deserves a +1.

Please invite me to your next lens bris.
__________________
www.stillthrill.com
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-16-2012   #31
Archiver
Registered User
 
Archiver is offline
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,318
I take each new lens for a walk through the City, to places I've shot regularly over the last ten years or so. Come to think of it, I do the same with every new camera as well. Shooting the same subjects gives me a sense of how each camera represents them, and which camera is best suited to each subject.
__________________
~Loving Every Image Captured Always~
Archiver on flickr
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-17-2012   #32
rich_
Registered User
 
rich_ is offline
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 45
My feet up on the sofa shot. I use it to see how sharp my lens is! Oh, a holey sock!
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-17-2012   #33
flip
良かったね!
 
flip's Avatar
 
flip is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 1,214
Quote:
Originally Posted by rich_ View Post
My feet up on the sofa shot. I use it to see how sharp my lens is! Oh, a holey sock!
Me, too! Please get new socks!

Alternately, I travel to the waters of Lake Minnetonka.
__________________
Back in the Bay and looking for work.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-17-2012   #34
daveleo
what?
 
daveleo's Avatar
 
daveleo is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: People's Republic of Mass.
Posts: 3,686
Make pictures of my porch. The light is always perfect there. Just the furniture and the cat if she's there. Then I study the "look" on my computer; then I pixel peep at which point I know I've gone too far with the "lab testing". Go out and shoot for a week and re-asses.
__________________
Dave

  Reply With Quote

Old 10-25-2012   #35
kshapero
Press the Shutter
 
kshapero's Avatar
 
kshapero is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida, USA
Age: 70
Posts: 9,814
Quote:
Originally Posted by jkrumsick View Post
This undoubtedly deserves a +1.

Please invite me to your next lens bris.
I am sort of thinking about a Nokton 50/1.1 as my next lens. Now that would require some real snipping.
__________________
Akiva S.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kshapero

Cameras, Lenses and Photos
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-25-2012   #36
umcelinho
Marcelo
 
umcelinho's Avatar
 
umcelinho is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sao Paulo
Age: 36
Posts: 1,329
i don't, they're all atheists
__________________
__________
@marcelography on Instagram
behance.net/marcelography
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-25-2012   #37
falleri
Registered User
 
falleri's Avatar
 
falleri is offline
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: The Netherlands
Age: 39
Posts: 39
Haha, I love the answers given here. I must admit I think whenever I have a new camera or lens to play with, one of the cats (or both) usually ends up on the film (or pixels). I've almost given up on taking pictures of my husband but I suspect he's on most 'first pictures' as well. I have never photographed anyone who was so consistent in closing his eyes every time I click the shutter. It's utterly bizarre- as if I am going to shoot him with something else than a camera :O
Maybe he's become allergic.

Apart from that I don't have a real 'ritual'. Mostly I just go out and shoot, location depends on my mood and equipment.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-25-2012   #38
one90guy
Registered User
 
one90guy's Avatar
 
one90guy is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas Gulf Coast
Age: 71
Posts: 326
If I just can not wait, flowers in front yard.
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-25-2012   #39
Clay
Registered User
 
Clay is offline
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 26
I shoot the legendary brick wall first.

Best regards,

/Clay
  Reply With Quote

Old 10-26-2012   #40
jippiejee
Registered User
 
jippiejee's Avatar
 
jippiejee is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 711
New Leica summicron 35mm f/2 asph lens arrived today. What a beauty. Then always my cats first of course...


janneke-1 by aad_b, on Flickr
__________________
flickr
flickriver
---
Leica M4-P/M8/M9
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:29.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.