Sean M. Puckett (@catbear) releases Andrea 1.0 plugin for Bibble 5 (@bibblelabs)

The plugins from Sean Puckett are legendary in the Bibble scene. My personal favorite has always been Andy PRO. This was a very extensive film plugin that accurately simulated a lot of the better known, and not so well-known black&white and color films.

Now, finally, shortly after the release of Bibble 5 Pro, the successor of Andy Pro is here. With a new name, and rewritten from the ground up: Andrea. The plugin is available to try for free, with a limited choice of films. The full version unlocks the full list.

What is new in Andrea apart from that it is B5 compatible is that it will also implement colour film simulation with more films to choose from. Now, only the slide films are available, but soon you can expect more choices including negative films.

Some samples (before/after) below:
Original version:

With Andrea, using ADOX KB50 film in D76 developer 4min at 68F printed on Fomaspeed paper grade 3:

I love the flexibility this plugin offers, without losing the ease of use.

Another sample, original version:

With Andrea, using Kodak HS infrared film in D19 printed on Agfa Bromira-speed paper grade 0:


Andrea, Kodak Tech Pan 25 in Technidol 11min on Agfa Record-Rapid paper grade 2:

And finally, a color slide film sample, original:

Kodak Kodachrome 40:

If you like the plugin, please support Sean by purchasing the full version!

PS: the plugin does not add vignetting, that is done in Bibble 5 itself (but I like it, so I add it ;-))

Cat & Mouse play

Looks like our cats can't stop hunting and playing.. Sadistic little bastards, playing with an "innocent" mouse... Funnily enough, with all that playing, the mouse got away.
See the photo with the cat "hands-up" .. the mouse is actually thrown over her, you can see the mouse behind her belly.. That was the last she saw of the mouse :D

Sorry for the out of focus shots.. I need to practice the tracking with the D700 (and the sigma 150mm isn't very fast either)

First Sigma 150mm F2.8 shots

Well, testing the Sigma 150mm F2.8 AF IF EX DG APO MACRO HSM lens. Sigma marketing must have a poll on who can invent the longest acronym list!

Anyway, here are some samples. I already noticed a few things:
- Macro photography is HARD .. but since the lens will be used mainly for portrait stuff, I can get around that ;-)
- AF is, even though it is an HSM lens, quite slow. AF tracking is hit or miss, even if you use the focus limiter.
- The damn thing is heavy. My D700+MB10+8xAA is already pretty weighty.. adding the 150mm doesn't make it easier. The whole kit weighs 2.6kg .. 
- Sharpness and field flatness is excellent.. I wonder if I could use this lens for piggyback astrophotography.

Any vignetting you see is added in post-processing :-)
Post processed with Bibble 5 PV2.1 available from Bibble Labs