Monday, January 23, 2017

Going Ultra-Wide, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, Part I

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Olympus OM-2SP, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

Going Ultra-Wide, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, Part I

'Analog Diary - Five frames on a walk in the park with the Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm F3.5 ultra-wide-angle lens, Part I'

Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5
It was a fine a sunny early evening when I first took the Zuiko Auto-W MC 21mm F3.5, an ultra-wide-angle lens, for a walk in the park. The sun was still bright showing the hints of a golden sunset which in the end did not really materialize.

Completed the walk around the perimeter of the lake, finished a roll of shots on a camera that has erratic metering. Happy to share the first batch of shots here.

Aside from those bunked by the erratic metering of the camera, and shortcomings from my own creativity, the outing went quite well and I was more than pleased with the results.

The F3.5 21mm is considered sharp and highly recommended for ultra-wide angles and landscape use, a genre where you don't really need autofocus capabilities. On the camera, focusing is manual with the focus scale on the lens set to hyperfocal distance. Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Down the LRT Line, Olympus Pen EE-S #II

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Olympus Pen EE-S, D.Zuiko 28mm f/3.5

Down the LRT Line, Olympus Pen EE-S #II

'Analog Diary - A trip down the LRT line with the Olympus Pen EE-S and a roll of expired film, Part II'

Olympue Pen EE-S
The Olympus Pen EES 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. 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 f/3.5 lens, the EE-S is fitted with a 30mm f/2.8 lens. and a three-zone focus system to cater for the wider aperture. The Olympus Pen EE series heralded the start of the programmable EE camera boom.

Images here are from a trip was 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, January 9, 2017

Catching The Golden Hour, Holga 120 GN

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Holga 120 GN

Catching The Golden Hour, Holga 120 GN

'Analog Diary - An evening on the traffic overpass with the Holga 120 GN'

Holga 120 GN
The images here are the outcome of my outing to catch the Golden Hour, a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than at other times when the sun is higher.

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

The Holga 120 GN 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, January 2, 2017

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

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

'Analog Diary - A trip down the LRT line with the Olympus Pen EE-S and a roll of expired film, Part I'

Olympus Pen EE-S
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.

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) and a couple of the images was edited with almost all the tools available, including Auto Tone Correction, Tilt Adjustment, Crop, Shading Compensation, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Color Filter, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction.

The Olympus Pen EE-S (1962) was the second model, after the Pen EE in 1961, in the series of amateur EE model produced by Olympus. A true point and shoot camera with a 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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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017


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Happy New Year.
May the New Year bring to you warmth of love,
and a light to guide your path towards a positive destination.


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