Heshan Jayakody

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A good image converter app? Here's one I found!

Published June 10th, 2013

Hey guys

It's been a while since I posted here - but I thought I'd get back on here to share with all of you this very cool little image converter app that I recently discovered. It's called Total Image Converter, and it's extremely simple to use

I've added a screenshot here to show what it basically looks like

As you can see, you just select an image (or a batch) and click one of the format icons lined up on the top. That's it. The app then converts whatever format your current image is in to whatever format you chose. The cool thing that it is able to work with many kinds of RAW image formats - along with a whole bunch of compressed image formats. This means you can convert almost anything to almost anything else - if you get what I mean! Supported formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF, PCX, TGA, PXA, PS, BMP, TIF, TIFF, PDF, and many RAW formats

It's not free - it costs $19.99 - and it's Windows only (which is why, being a Mac user, I wasn't able to use/test it as much as I would've lik ...

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my hunt for the 'perfect' compact camera

Published September 4th, 2012

alright, so perfection doesn't exist...but you can get close. that's what i was trying to do...when i got my first premium compact camera, the Fuji X10. a beautiful camera, and takes beautiful pictures too. unfortunately, it was flawed. if you've done any research on the Fuji X10, you'd have heard about the famous 'white orbs' issue with the X10 sensor. even though that maybe sorted out now, it was a bit of a hassle for me to think of giving in a brand new camera to the service center for 2 weeks to get the sensor replaced, on a brand new camera... i wanted to spend that time playing around with it and learning to use the awesome thing! and if that was not bad enough, two copies of the X10 that i owned had significant amounts of dust in the lens...and one even had a sort of smudge or smear. cleaning seemed to make it worse. turns out i wasn't the only person to have the dust-in-lens problem...so Fuji seriously needs to do a better job of quality control - a faulty sensor, and a dusty l ...

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getting started with medium format cameras

Published April 21st, 2012

so after a long time hunting, i'm expecting 3 medium format cameras early next week! ordered them at different times, but with different shipping speeds, they're all due to land around the same time. not sure if thats a good thing. the first one is a yashica mat TLR (124G) - thats the high quality vintage one that ive been waiting for a lot. last week, i also picked up two cheaper toy cameras - a holga 120N and a diana f+ - those should be fun too. im only hoping that film processing costs wont cost a lot more than 35mm over here. if so, i'll probably have to limit myself to black n white film, so i can do it myself, and scan.

i'll be posting reviews on my blog, pixelogist.me - so be sure to check it out in a week or two. u can also check out my facebook page if ur on fb (who isnt?!) - facebook.com/pixelogist

cheers!

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ah, serious photo blogging going on

Published April 8th, 2012

i've been seriously working on my blog lately. u can find it at http://pixelogist. me - i think photographers would enjoy it. apart from that, ive continued to use film as my number 1 medium for taking photos lately. digital for important shoots that i cant afford to get wrong :D but for my usual browsing of the streets, and capturing random street life..or landscape.. anything that doesnt move, and anything im not getting paid to do.. ive been using film! that makes sense, i'd say.

processing film is going fine too. for any guys starting on their own film, i'd say dont get complacent or cocky after ur first time. my first time processing film went great. second time, i thought it'd happen perfectly again, and i didn try hard enough. got a few things a bit messed up..and the third time, i completely screwed up one part. nothing crucial, and i got great results, but caused a bit of panic by not preparing enough. haha. typical human behaviour!

anyway, i'd really appreciate some views ...

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the new blog is out

Published March 28th, 2012

my new blog, pixelogist.me is out and online now - i like to help people, and i created this blog with the idea to help with any and every thing related to photography that i know enough to write about. theyre more like articles than casual posts.. check it out if ur interested.. and of course, sharing it, on facebook, twitter... anywhere.. would be much appreciated!

oh and thanks for all the views on all my photos right here on 500px.. i just hit 1000. best photo sharing site ever!

and the site: http://pixelogist.me

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film processing

Published March 16th, 2012

i finally got my hands on some Ilford film developing chemicals.. the bare basics: developer and fixer. Ilfosol 3 and Rapid Fixer, in case ur wondering. i also got myself an AP Compact developing tank, and a Delta 1 darkroom thermometer. thats pretty much it, and i think thats quite a complete (although basic) darkroom kit. i spent quite a while today practicing loading the developing tank with a couple of cheap film rolls that i had bought for that purpose - it can be a bit fiddly, and even harder when u try doing it in the dark.. but the AP Compact tank and its reels are very well designed, and it makes the whole process much easier. after loading two rolls of film, a few times each, im already pretty comfortable with the setup and feeling confident about doing the real thing as soon as i finish the couple of rolls that are currently in my two cameras

if ur not sure wat these things do, i'll try to break it down - not that i have much experience, but i HAVE read up quite a lot about ...

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scanning film and its difficulties

Published March 10th, 2012

well, i got myself a decent flatbed film scanner to digitize my film work.. scanning at a photo lab, although probably better (and more convenient as i found out) is really not economical. scanning by myself is cheaper.. and it also (more importantly) gives me full control over how the final image looks.

for example, i re-scanned a photo that i got scanned at the lab a few weeks ago.. a shot of a flower, that was red, according to the lab scan. my scan showed it to be a purple flower. im not actually sure wat color the flower actually was, but this shows how much scanning software and post processing can do. i can make the flower red if i want, but im not sure.. so i just went with wat looks better..

this is the control that im talking about. sure it takes a long time. scanning a roll takes around an hour.. during which (on my particular scanner) i need to replace the film strips 3 times. it takes a further hour or two to edit the photos to get them from flat-boring-lifeless to an ...

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lomography

Published February 27th, 2012

so i've always been interested in the quirky, wacky images that people now call lomo or lomographs, coming from the original russian optical company, LOMO. recently, as part of my dive into film photography, i got myself a 'vintage' russian Lomo LC-, complete with russian logo and markings, back from 1989. most people consider this camera, the original LC-A to be superior to the new Made in China LC-A+ that is selling on lomography.com for nearly 3 times the amount i spent

to be honest, compared to the manual film camera i use, with manual focus and exposure, this lomo is quite a bit more fun to use! see the subject, set the focus distance, and shoot. however, setting the focus distance has been a bit of a problem for me, and is definitely going to take practice before i start to get more in-focus results. for those of u who do not know wat i mean, the LC-A uses the focusing system knowng as Zone Focusing i.e. the lens focuses on (in the ase of the LC-A) four zones - these zones are d ...

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different types of film

Published February 25th, 2012

just a quick note to share my results with different brands and types of film ive been using the last few months:

Fuji Superia/Superia X-tra (200, 400) - my standard C41 color negative film. cheap, very good, i use this to test any new equipment i have, or to take any shots where i do not need any special or high requirements. its not overly saturated or contrasty, but definitely not flat. i love this film

Fuji Reala (100) - probably the best color film ive used. its a professional grade film, and pretty pricey - but the grain is extremely fine (as expected at ISO 100 but even then, its fine), great colors that sort of pop out, nice contrast, nicely saturated.

Kodak Ektar (100) - similar to Reala - super fine grain, beautiful colors and contrast.. i like this film a lot. great for daylight color work

Fuji Neopan Acros (100) - my favorite black and white film so far - great grey tones, beautiful contrast, very fine grain, but not too fine so it loses its 'filmy' look. never got bad ...

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back to photography

Published February 25th, 2012

so, after taking a couple of weeks off to work on my music, which remains my no. 1 thing i love to do, im back into messing around with the old cameras. i was also unable to post for a week after i hit my 'not-awesome' account limit :( haha. and ive still been too busy to get my canon P's test roll processed.. i really cant wait to see the results on that. i think i'll get a couple more rolls done on my lomo and my other SLR as well (trying out some kodak ektar 100 film, which is supposed to be the finest grain film in the world!) and then go get em all processed together. im getting a flatbed film scanner next week, so im looking forward to scanning the negs myself, n getting a more personal result

in addition, i got this new sekonic L-308s light meter for my canon P, which does not have a working meter. this thing is really good. its a flash meter as well as an ambient light meter, and gives a nice digital reading, unlike the L-208, which involves messing around with dials n needles ...

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back to photography

Published February 25th, 2012

so im back to working the cameras after nearly 2 weeks taken off in my home studio, recording some music. music has always been my no.1, and the last two weeks were pretty engaging. got a lot of work done on a new song, and that's gonna be complete very soon i hope

so that means ive still not been able to test out my canon P - i really cant wait to see some of the shots i got on that!

wats new is that i got myself a new sekonic light meter, the L-308s flashmate, which is a step up from the L-208 twinmate that i was thinking of. the 308 is digital, and works as a flash meter as well.. gives me options to expand my work, into flash photography as well. i think its gonna really give me a lot of help, and will be a solid investment. no more having to carry around my DSLR to give me light readings for my rangefinder! im also close on buying a flatbed scanner that can scan film.. this will greatly reduce photo lab costs! and i can get my new film photos up here in no time, in higher qualit ...

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shooting with my canon P

Published February 13th, 2012

just got a couple of color C41 film rolls for my 'new' canon P rangefinder camera. weird to be calling a 50+ year old camera 'new' but i just got it. its new to me :D

one of the different things about using this old rangefinder, compared to other cameras, is the focusing system. unlike newer rangefinder focusing systems found on SLR cameras (newer as in 1980s etc), which use a split image rangefinder patch, this type of rangefinder superimposes a second image on top of the main image, in ur viewfinder. so instead of lining up two halves of a little square in ur viewfinder, u have to line up two full images. a bit difficult when its dark, but my canon P is in excellent condition, and the rangefinder is really quite bright.

more than the focusing, the hardest part using a canon P is the lack of a light meter. the external one that it usually comes with is dead.. normal for a camera of 50 years. and as i cannot yet afford a good handheld exposure meter, im currently using my DSLR to me ...

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just an update

Published February 12th, 2012

i like 500px. so i uploaded some photos today. in my 3 years of photographic experience, i managed to find 19 shots that i really like, and im fairly proud of. those are the ones ur gonna find on my photo page. most of them were taken on my canon digital slr. the last few (probably the newest 4 on the photo page) were taken on good old black and white film.

there's nothing quite like film photography, i think.. especially black and white. i find i cannot really replicate that exact look on a digital camera. then again my photoshop skills are not that great. and though its probably easier to shoot digital, with auto focus, auto exposure, n previewing on the nice LCD, and photoshop to get the look required, i still say there's nothing quite like black and white film. and thats why, though ive only recently started shooting film, im gonna keep at it.. and i hope that film makers continue to manufacture this stuff as long as i live!

if u like my photos, please comment. or follow. or frie ...

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and here i am

Published February 11th, 2012

hello everyone

this is (obviously) my first blog post on 500px. im just going thru some of the favorite photographs that i've taken myself.

on my photography side, my main interest has been street photography. shooting landscapes is probably my second favorite. im not really an outdoors person, but street stuff has always been my favorite, ever since i started looking at good photo with more than just 'ooh that looks cool', and began to shoot myself. the thrill of capturing a random moment of natural street life is wonderful, and although yet i admit im too shy to capture true street moments as well as i possibly could, im getting there. taking natural photos of landscapes is another thing i find very satisfying. as u can probably see, i love shooting natural subjects in natural light. no offense to the geniuses who shoot in a studio, but i truly hate doing that myself. i feel the art of shooting in a studio is completely different, and more to do with lighting setups and other skill ...

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