Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Half-Frame Portrait Format: Landscape Photography, Olympus Pen EF

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Olympus Pen EF, D.Zuiko f/3.5 28mm

Landscape Photography

Olympus Pen EF
'Getting to know the 3:4 image aspect ratio of half-frame portrait frame cameras - Part III'

Learning to compose and capture landscape images in portrait format is fairly straightforward, and you will be adept at it soon enough.

One of the things you can do is to practice composing your image with negative space, which helps to define and emphasize the main subject of the image while bringing it to your eyes.

This technique will also create a break in the composition, giving your vision a moment of rest before taking in the rest of the composition. Using wide or ultra wide angle lens in portrait framing is another added advantage.

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Though not wide enough for really spectacular wide-angle landscape shots, the Olympus Pen EF, for example, with its 28mm f/3.5 lens can be a good learning camera to start with. The f/3.5 lens, which focuses from 1.4 meters to infinity, is equally capable of getting the foreground, mid, and background elements in focus throughout the depth of field. The camera need only to be held in its normal horizontal position for these shots.


Resource Links:
Landscape format vs. Portrait format - Tamron Great Britain
Tall tales: How to shoot portrait format landscapes - Amateur Photographer

Monday, April 24, 2017

Analog Diary: A Sampling of Images

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Canon AE-1 Program, Canon FDn f/1.8 50mm

Canon AE-1 Program, FDn 50mm 1:1.8

A Sampling of Images

'A quick take session with the Canon AE-1 Program and Canon FDn 50mm 1:1.8'

Happy thoughts, that's how I felt as I was going through the just uploaded scanned images taken with the Canon AE-1 Program fitted with a Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8. I have had this camera, and an EF, sitting on the shelf for quite some time but has not been moved to give it try until I began to do this weekly blog posting.

Images from this roll, my first with the AE-1 Program, is purely random,  taken in and around the house, done with no specifics in mind.

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Canon AE-1 Program, FDn 50mm 1:1.8
The AE-1 Program turned to be a joy to use actually. The very compact body came with a huge and bright finder, one of the largest ever made, I had no problem holding the camera up with one hand, and focusing was effortless with the left hand (I was with a bit of luck here as the focusing ring on the 50mm f/1.8 is still silky smooth).

Most of these shots here, if I remember correctly was taken in Program mode, and with the lens aperture ring set to the A setting, there was only the framing and focusing to be done. If you are going shutter priority all you had to do is to change the shutter speed setting and the camera will set the aperture automatically for you, which is indicated on a LED scale display on the right of viewfinder screen.

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Introduced as a successor to the Canon AE-1 which was first introduced in 1976, the Canon AE-1 Program (1981) is acknowledged as one of the most popular cameras of all time. The 35mm SLR saw the introduction of the Program AE mode, which enables both the shutter speed and aperture automatically by the camera. The metering is slightly biased towards the shutter speed setting.

Canon AE-1 Program, FDn 50mm 1:1.8

The Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8, performance wise, is no slouch either. It was the lightest, and the cheapest, of all Canon FD interchangeable lenses, and the only lens in the Canon FDn series that came with only the S.C. (Spectra Coating) coating as opposed to the S.S.C. which all the others had. Handling, however, was superb and its solid reputation for stable picture quality and sharp, crisp pictures really shows in the images here. Couldn't really ask for more here, enjoy the show, folks.


Resource Links:
Canon AE-1 Program - Wikipedia
The Canon AE-1 and Canon A-1: Game-changing SLRs

Monday, April 17, 2017

Analog Diary: Colors of R&R Rest Stops

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Olympus LT Zoom 105, Olympus Zoom f/4.5-8.9 38-105mm

Colors of R&R Rest Stops

Olympus LT Zoom 105
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD
'Vibrant and cool colors of R&R Stops with the Olympus LT Zoom 105'

My film photography adventure continues. This session is with the auto-focus Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panoramic QD (Quartz Date), an Olympus Leather Tech product of 90's, 1997 to be exact. It a cute little fella, very compact, comes in a rich burgundy leather-like covering and silver-finished edges and corners.

The LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD is the final version of the LT (Leather Tech) series cameras introduced with the launch of the LT-1 (1995), LT-1 QD (1996), and the LT Zoom 105 (1997), and is fitted with a 38-105mm, f/4.5-8.9 zoom lens which focuses from 0.6m (2 feet) to infinity. How I wish that the camera is a digital because then it will come with at least a 2.7 inch LCD instead of the minuscule diopter-corrected viewfinder which is really a squint to use.

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The images here were shot at a couple of R&R Rest Stops on the East Coast Highway, which was only recently completed (the R&R's) and opened to the public. With a highway that has very little traffic, the R&R's too are neither populated nor crowded. The two that I stopped at on the way and back from the trip has all the rest and recuperate facilities to cater for the public but neither have all their food and refreshment outlets occupied and operating.

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Being fairly new means that the facilities and paintwork are still looking fresh and clean. The first location was in ochre and orange with a closely spaced structure reminiscent of the colors of Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, while the second location has colonial architecture influence with cool highland colors.

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The scanned images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and tweaked with edits which include Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction.


Resource Links:
Oly35mm Review - LT Zoom 105Lomography

Monday, April 10, 2017

Found Slides: Shades of Blue

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Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II

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'Found slides, scanned and post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3)'

I was rummaging through my boxes of stored camera and photography paraphernalia and came across a stack album of slides taken 30+ ago when I was very much younger and have been traveling around a bit during my study and early working years.

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I was also working on the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II at the same time and decided to start scanning some of the slides and see what I came up with. The 9000F Mark II, though some find it a bit of fuss to work with, is actually a delight to work with.

If you are having the same problem as I was, my recommendation is to use only the IJ Scan Utility and the Scan Gear option. In the setting for Scan Gear, make sure you enable the 'Enable large image scan' option if you are going to scan 120 films, then use the Scan Gear Advanced Mode to set up the 'Scan Area' size for the film size option.

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I remember using an Olympus OM camera then, upgraded from an OM-1n to an OM-2n during the years while retaining the Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 as the prime, complemented with a Zuiko 135mm f/2.8 and a Sigma-XQ Filtermatic 24mm f/2.8. The Sigma is still usable now, but the 135mm has been replaced with another unit.

I really should make an effort to start using these lenses and the other that I have in the collection soon. Locations of these shots too are hazy and fuzzy, except for the topmost image which is somewhere along the Mekong in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The images here were uploaded to my image editor, Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), where I gave them all a once over with individual tweaks including Auto Tone Correction, Tilt Adjustment & Crop, Shading Compensation, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction.

I will be posting more of these found slides as I built up the collection of scans. Enjoy!


Resource Links:
How to scan and archive your old printed photos
Old Photo, New Life: A Practical Guide to Scanning Old Photos

Monday, April 3, 2017

In the Garden With The Olympus Pen FT

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Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Auto-S f/1.8 38mm

In The Garden

Olympus Pen FT
'Analog diary, trying out the half-frame film SLR Olympus Pen FT with images from around the garden'

My first In The Garden session with the Olympus Pen-FT, fitted with an Olympus F.Zuiko 1:1.8 38mm lens. The camera works OK, except for the exposure meter that was about 7-stops out of whack. Exposure to the first roll of shots was then by trial and error, based on the best of my Sunny-16 knowledge.

The Olympus Pen-F system (Pen-F, Pen-FT, Pen-FV series), introduced by Olympus in 1963, was the only half-frame SLR and the smallest full system SLR ever produced. It was in a class of its own, a unique system with a smooth, sleek, minimalist design.

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The Pen-F does not have the characteristic SLR bump to house the pentaprism as it uses a system of mirrors including a primary that moved vertically out of the light path when the shutter was released.

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The Pen-FT (1966) follows the introduction of the Pen F (1963), comes with a single stroke film advance, a built-in self-timer, and open aperture TTL (through the lens) exposure metering, among others. The TTL metering uses a semi-silvered mirror that split a portion of the incoming light to the metering cell, this result is a viewfinder that was dimmer than that of the original Pen F.


Resource Links:
Oly35mm Review - Olympus Pen FT
Olympus Pen FT Review | My Life in Half-Frame | Erik Gould

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