Monday, January 23, 2017

Going Ultra Wide Angle I, Zuiko Auto-W 21mm 1:3.5

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Olympus OM-2SP, Zuiko MC Auto-W f/3.5 21mm

Going Ultra Wide Angle I

Zuiko Auto-W 21mm 1:3.5
'Analog diary, taking the Zuiko Auto-W 21mm 1:3.5 ultra wide angle lens for a walk in the park - Part I'

It was a fine a sunny early evening when I first took the Zuiko Auto-W MC 21mm f/3.5, an ultra-wide angle lens, for a walk in the park. The sun was still bright showing the hints of a golden sunset which in the end did not really materialize.

Completed the walk around the perimeter of the lake, finished a roll of shots on a camera that has erratic metering. Happy to share the first batch of shots here.

Aside from those bunked by the erratic metering of the camera, and shortcomings from my own creativity, the outing went quiet well and I was more than pleased with the results.

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The f/3.5 21mm is considered sharp and highly recommended for ultra-wide angles and landscape use, a genre where you don't really need autofocus capabilities. On the camera, focusing is manual with the focus scale on the lens set to hyperfocal distance. Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).


Resource Links:
Zuiko lenses - 21mm f/2.0, 21mm f/3.5
Analog Diary: Going Ultra Wide Angle #2

Monday, January 16, 2017

Analog Diary: Down the LRT Line II

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Olympus Pen EE-S, D.Zuiko 28mm f/3.5

Down the LRT Line II

Olympue Pen EE-S
'A trip down the LRT line with the Olympus Pen EE-S and a roll of expired film - Part II'

The Olympus Pen EES was the world's first camera with a programmable EE shutter with shutter speeds of 1/30 and 1/250 sec. The shutter speed changes automatically according to light level. This model increases the appropriate exposure range over its original EE predecessor which has only a shutter speed of 1/60 sec.

While its predecessor, the Pen EE came with a 28mm f/3.5 lens, the EE-S is fitted with a 30mm f/2.8 lens. and a three-zone focus system to cater for the wider aperture. The Olympus Pen EE series heralded the start of the programmable EE camera boom.

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Images here are from a trip was down the LRT line from Kelana Jaya to Kuala Lumpur, shot with the Olympus Pen EE-S on a roll of expired film. Post-processing was done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and the images were edited selectively for Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Color Filter, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction. Tone Curve, Tilt Adjustment, Gamma, and Color Filter edits were also applied to a few images.


Resource Links:
Analog Diary: Down the LRT Line #1
Olympus Pen Half-Frames, 1959-1981

Monday, January 9, 2017

Analog Diary: Catching The Golden Hour

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Holga 120 GN, Optical 80mm f/8

Catching The Golden Hour

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'Capturing a sunset with the Holga 120 GN'

The images here are the outcome of my outing to catch the Golden Hour, a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than at other times when the sun is higher.

These images were shot on the Holga 120 GN, scanned and tweak for Auto Tone Correction, Crop and Tilt Adjustment to adjust for scanning error, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

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The Holga 120 GN is a plastic, fixed-focus, medium format camera fitted with a 60mm zone focus, glass lens as designated by the GN model identification. It comes with only one shutter speed, 1/100th sec, and a selection of two aperture settings, f/8 and f/11. Also fitted is a flash hot shoe. A flash version of the camera is also available. The kit also comes with a stylish thin fabric strap, but not the black duct tape which is recommended for sealing up light leaks.

p.s. What you are seeing is a new set of images which have been sharpened with Sharpener Pro from Google Nik Collection. Thanks.


Resource Links:
Holga 120 Pan, 6x12 PanoramicsLomography - Holga 120 GN: Through The Looking Glass

Monday, January 2, 2017

Analog Diary: Down the LRT Line I

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Olympus Pen EE-S, D.Zuiko 28mm f/3.5

Down the LRT Line I

Olympus Pen EE-S
'A trip down the LRT line with the Olympus Pen EE-S and a roll of expired film - Part I'

Had the opportunity of taking The Olympus Pen EE-S and a roll of expired color negative film on a trip down the LRT lime some times ago. That was the first time I was using the camera and it was a real point and shoot experience for me.

Results were of course nowhere near expectation, with blurry and underexposed captures, washed-out colors, grain and all.

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To get the images to where they are as shown, they were was uploaded for post-processing on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and a couple of the images was edited with almost all the tools available, including Auto Tone Correction, Tilt Adjustment, Crop, Shading Compensation, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Color Filter, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction.

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The Olympus Pen EE-S (1962) was the second model, after the Pen EE in 1961, in the series of amateur EE model produced by Olympus. A true point and shoot camera with a fully automatic exposure and fixed focusing, these cameras are easily recognized by the selenium meter window around the lens. The EE model became a driving force behind the popularity of the Pen series cameras from Olympus.


Resource Links:
Down the LRT Line #2: Olympus Pen-EE S
Olympus Pen Half-Frames, 1959-1981

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017


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