Monday, December 26, 2016

Catching The Golden Hour, Holga 120GN

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Holga 120 GN

Analog Diary:

Catching The Golden Hour, Holga 120GN

'Five frames with the Holga 120GN, on an evening on the pedestrian overpass'

These images were shot on the Holga 120GN, 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).

Holga 120 GN

The Holga 120GN 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.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Down the LRT Line, Olympus Pen EE.S #I

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Olympus Pen EE.S

Analog Diary:

Down the LRT Line, Olympus Pen EE.S #I

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EE.S, on a neo-nostalgic ride down the LRT line'

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.

Olympus Pen EE-S

Results were of course nowhere near expectation, with blurry and underexposed captures, washed-out colors, grain and all. To get the images to where they are as shown, they were was uploaded for post-processing on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

The Olympus Pen EE.S (1962) was the second model, after the Pen EE in 1961, in the series of amateur EE models produced by Olympus. A true point and shoot camera with 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.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

OV3 Art Filter Effects

Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Pop Art
Pop Art art filter super-saturates colors, creating brighter, more vivid photographs
Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Pin Hole
Pin Hole art filter darkens the outer edges of a photograph, akin to the images you would capture using a pin-hole camera
Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Grainy Film
Grainy Film art filter produces a gritty black-and-white film quality images
Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Cross Process
Cross Process art filter changes the color and contrast of subjects as done in the film world where color slides are processed using color negative chemicals or in reverse
Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Gentle Sepia
Olympus Pen E-P5, Olympus M.60mm f/2.8 Macro

Digital Moments:

OV3 Art Filter Effects

'Using Art Filter effects on RAW image development of Olympus *.ORF files in Olympus Viewer 3'

Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effects
*.orf RAW File as uploaded
What are Art Filters? Art Filters are pre-formatted edits that you can use to help enhance your images to a higher creative level, giving your image the professional edge that you may have set your aspirations to, and a product that is more easily related to and identifiable with a specific photo-finishing genre.

Many current digital camera models carry this functionality, with those from different manufacturers categorizing the product under different monikers.

Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Dramatic Tone
Dramatic Tone art filter simulates the look of High Dynamic Range (HDR) digital photography.

For the Olympus E-camera system, Art Filters are available both as an in-camera setting and as a RAW Development tool on the accompanying image editing software, Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). This tool works only on *.orf RAW files.

Image Processing, OV3 Art Filter Effect - Key Line
Key Line art filter  enhances the edge lines of the image to make it look more like an illustration

While I have yet to use the Art Filter as an in-camera option, I have always opted for the Art Filter effect during the post-processing of the image. Images are only curated with the Art Filter effect if it helps to bring them out of their off-grid condition. These are the Art Filter choices I normally experiment with on OV3.


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Sorting The Images, Olympus Pen EE.S

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Olympus Pen EE.S

Analog Diary:

Sorting The Images, Olympus Pen EE.S

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EE.S, sorting the images from a roll of expired film'

It was a while back when I took the Olympus Pen EE.S and a roll of expired film down to where I hang-out for my sales. Had the roll developed, scanned, but kept aside and was completely forgotten because I missed uploading it to the image editor.

Olympus Pen EE-S

To cut the story short, I came across the folder only just recently, opened it up and uploaded the images to the desktop, sieved my way through a lot of mostly murky and muddy images and decided to edit a few for this posting.

Expired films do not become useless as soon as it passes past the expiry date. Some can last years, or even decades, past their expiry date as long as they’re carefully stored. Heat and radiation are the main culprits that will eventually turn the film into a fogged mess.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Mobile Photography, Keeping Company

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Nokia Lumia 720

Mobile Photography:

Keeping Company

'Five frames with the Nokia Lumia 720, on commuting at dawn or dusk, with long-term and overnight stays'

Keeping Company, Nokia Lumia 720
Map of the Southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia
I did a lot of commuting as part of my job spec a couple of years ago. I was stationed in Johor Bharu for six months, which was after a previous stint of six months at another location which is also out of the city.

While it was only a daily drive to and from my home to work for the previous stint, Johor Bahru is too far out for daily drives, which means that weekdays stay in a hotel or other provided accommodation, and a weekly drive routine back for the weekends.

Traveling distance is slightly over 300 kilometers and the drive took me approximately three and a half hours on average from one point to the other. The option of taking a flight will cost me as much time and I will end up not having my own mode of transport.

Driving south means an early morning on Mondays, together with the rising sun, which I will be facing for the major part of the drive, and south on Friday is the opposite in the evenings.

Keeping me accompanied was the old trusted mobile, and these images for the memory.


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