Monday, September 25, 2017

Digital Moments: Pin Holed and Framed

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Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 Asph.

Pin Holed and Framed

Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 Asph.
'A session with the flowers in the garden with the Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 Asph.'

Photographing flowers comes with the norms of having the right gear and setup, which includes having an appropriate lens, a steady tripod, and the right lighting ambiance to work in.

Other considerations include how you are having the image cropped, the focal point of interest, depth of field, view angle, and of course, fore and background elements which may, in turn, be a distraction to the overall composition. Image framing, horizontal or vertical, and the image aspect ratio are also part of the maths to have to consider.

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Preparation is the key, and getting the flowers in the right frame isolated from other distracting elements may need you to move in close and shoot at the macro level. Shooting at this level means you need a very steady hand or a tripod to set the camera up properly, a close focus or even a macro lens, good lighting or flash support, and last, but not least, a good grasp on what depth of field is all about.

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My session was a bit stringent though. As an amateur snapshooter, I do not have nor carry around more than just the camera and a lens, this time with the E-P5 and a Lumix G Asph 14/2.5. All these shots were taken wide open and really close, almost at the minimum focusing distance of the lens, cropped and given the pinhole and white frame border art effect on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) to further alienate the subject from its background. Here's hoping that these images weren't all that bad, thanks.


Resource Guides:
Photographing Flowers | Close-up Photography Tips
10 Secrets for Better Flower Photography

Monday, September 18, 2017

Digital Moments: Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm f/3.5~4

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @ 21mm
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Olympus E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4
'A quick take session with the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm f/3.5~4 adapted to the E-P5'

Imagine being able to replicate the use of four wide and ultra wide-angle primes from 21, 24, 28 and 35mm with a single zoom unit that combines the four focal lengths into one, albeit longer in length and heavier in weight than the any of the four.

Firstly, of course, is the substantial saving in cost, followed by the ease of only carrying only one lens rather than four, and the ease of changing focal lengths on the fly.

That was my frame of mind when I put in the order for a 'rare' listing of the OM-mount Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 lens. Online reviews indicated that this is an exemplary lens, ground-breaking, trail-blazing, and it comes with a reputation to match.

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @ 35mm

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4
The options for me was the ability to use the lens both on my full frame film Olympus OM's and on the E-P5 with the OM Adapter MF-2 which will give the lens the equivalent focal lengths of 42, 48, 56, and 70mm. The views above are just about that, a quick early morning take looking down the dead-end road just outside of where I am staying.

The sequential images above was cropped to the 16:9 image aspect to adjust for the framing shifts from my handheld shooting, while the high-rise monstrosity is in the camera's native 4:3 aspect ratio. All shots were taken at f/5.6, as recommended by the reviews, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), with final sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

The image below is of my aged table lamp shot with the lens setting at 35mm, f/8, close to the lens's closest focusing distance of 0.5m, while out in the garden, the Maidenhair Fern (final image) looks rather splendid when sharpened to accentuate its lacy spread.

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, Close Focus

Olympus E-P5, Digital Moments: Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4
The lens, the world's first, is a super solid all-metal construction composed of 12 elements in 12 groups. Weighing about 450 grams and measuring 105mm in length, the lens came with a built-in floral pattern hood and takes in 67mm filter size. Though slightly front heavy when attached to the OM System Winder 2 powered OM-2SP, the feel is just right and balanced for my smallish hands.

On the E-P5, however, with the added extension to its overall length by the MF-2 adapter, my concern is more towards the fragility of the combination, which gives way an extra care and concern while handling and doing shoots with the lens.

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, Cropped

Will you grab one if you have the chance? My recommendation is a big triple yes!!! I got mine for just slightly below USD 75.00 and it came attached to a fully configured and working Olympus OM-10. I believe that the lens was overlooked as the main pitch was the camera. I have the camera listed on my sales page now, but as for the lens, I am in no hurry to part with it.


Resource Links:
Sigma 21-35mm F/3.5 - 4
Lens Review: Sigma 21-35mm f/3.5-4.2 (Zoom-Gamma II) | EOS Cameras and Manual Lenses | Flickr

Monday, September 11, 2017

Found Slides: Converted to Black-and-White

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Found slides

Converted to Black-and-White

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

Another batch of found slides, 30+ years old, shot in color, but for this session, the images have been scanned and converted to black-and-white with Monochrome & Sepia tool, and tweaked for Auto Tone Correction, Contrast, Toen Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Unsharp Mask and Noise Reduction, on the image editor Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). Why? Well, for one, the originals are slightly faded and the colors are off and could be a lame sight to see these slides in its original disposition.

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Black-and-white images, with its broad tonal ranges and deep rich blacks, relaxes you and sets your mind into the subconscious, deciphering the image is then simply visual impact and resonance. Light, form, and texture are more compelling in an image rather than the hues of the subject matter, and color serves more as a distraction than the means to an end.

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Resource Links:
15 Reasons The World Looks Better In Black And White
Color vs Black and white photography - What makes sense and when?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Analog Diary: Chasing Colors

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Konica C35 Automatic

Chasing Colors

Konica C35 Automatic
'Looking at architectural built form and colors with the Konica C35 Automatic'

After doing an overview of the Konica C35 Automatic as an article, and accentuate it with a post, I was very impressed with the sharp and contrasty images captured by the camera, I just could not resist myself from taking the camera again for these round of images.

The subject was a multi-use track and field stadium which initially impresses me with is colorful pseudo Graeco-Roman arches that adorned the services side of the structure. Rather unkempt, the public portal of the stadium is equally colorful in orange and a shade of deep blue alternated with white under slabs, with patches of the paintwork flaking off, showing a general lack of a proper maintenance schedule.

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Konica C35 Automatic
The Konica C35 Automatic, anyway, is a very lovable fully automatic 35mm rangefinder introduced in 1971. It was fitted with a 38mm f2.8 four-element Hexanon lens (46mm filter thread) and Copal B Mat shutter.

In its fully programmed automatic mode, the camera will select a combination of both the aperture opening, from f/2.8 to f/14, and shutter speed, which ranges from 1/30 to 1/650 second for the exposure setting. ASA film speed is maxed at 400. The camera was designed to run on the 1.3v PX675 mercury battery, which I have replaced with the LR44 cell with no ill effect.

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A lightweight, weighing in at only 370 grams, the C35 Automatic has one of the nicest and brightest viewfinders I have ever experienced, and it comes with a display that shows you the aperture/shutter speed combo that is being used.

Konica C35 Automatic

The camera is equally forgiving if you tend to miss out on using the rangefinder for focusing, in fact, what I have done is to put the rangefinder on the hyperfocal distance, point, and shoot away ...


Resource Links:
Understanding Color in Photography
Vibrant Color Photography Tips

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