Monday, December 26, 2016

Five Frames, Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part II

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Olympus Pen EE.S

Five frames with a half-frame Olympus Pen EE-S, a neo-nostalgic ride down the LRT line, Part II.

The Olympus Pen EE-S 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 the light level.

Olympue Pen EE-S

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 F3.5 lens, the EE-S is fitted with a 30mm F2.8 lens. and a three-zone focus system to cater to the wider aperture. The Olympus Pen EE series heralded the start of the programmable EE camera boom.

Images here are from a trip 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.


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Monday, December 19, 2016

Five Frames, Olympus Pen EE-S, Sorting The Images

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Olympus Pen EE.S

Five frames with a half-frame 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 for a session in the garden. Had the roll developed, and 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, December 12, 2016

Five Frames, Holga 120GN, Catching The Golden Hour

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Holga 120 GN

Film photography favorites, five frames with a Holga 120GN, an evening shoot from a 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 5, 2016

Five Frames, Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part I

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Olympus Pen EE.S

Five frames with a half-frame Olympus Pen EE-S, a neo-nostalgic ride down the LRT line, Part I.

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 time 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 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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