Monday, July 17, 2017

Nighthawk, A Night Out With The Olympus Pen FT

Nighthawk 01
Nighthawk 02
Nighthawk 03
Nighthawk 04
Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Auto-S f/1.8 38mm


Olympus Pen FT, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8
'Analog diary, night photography with available light with the Olympus Pen FT'

This is my take on Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, interpreted on an Olympus Pen FT with an F.Zuiko Auto-S f/1.8 38mm lens. The images here are nothing close to the painting though, it was never meant to be.

The whole point here is the fact that using film and film camera for night photography may have more advantages than doing so with the digitals. Any old mechanical film camera with a cable release for B(bulb) exposure and a stable surface or a tripod will do.

Nighthawk 05

The choice of film type (color negatives, slide film) is your to decide, and the ASA film speed will determine the graininess of the image. If your camera is electro-mechanical then you can use the metering system of the camera to set the exposure duration. Go fully manual for longer exposures, use the cable release, place your camera steady and count the seconds away.

Nighthawk 06

The next best thing is to use a fast, prime lens, such as a f/2 35mm for night shots. These here were taken with the F.Zuiko f/1.8 38mm Zuiko. It might be possible to use a f/4 lens in areas that are brighter, but the idea of having a good depth of field control and expanded opportunities shooting at f/2.8, f/2, or even at f/1.8 is the way to go.

Resource Links:
In the Dark: 10 Tips for Street Night Photography
Film vs. Digital Cameras for Night Photography

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