Monday, January 30, 2017

Analog Diary, Shooting Hipster Style

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Olympus XA 1

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Shooting Hipster Style

'Five frames with the Olympus XA1, fun and easy point-and-shoot hipster style in the park'

With the XAI, which comes with a fixed focus F4 lens, you do not have to worry about focusing as everything is sharp focus beyond 1.5 meters.

Olympus XA1

Along with the minuscule size of the viewfinder, which I sometimes fret about, I find it better to compose the right mix of form and space, light and shadows with the naked eye, rather than by looking through the viewfinder.

At the same time, hold the camera steady preferably with both hands at your waist level, move it along to follow the scene you are looking at visually, and press the shutter release the instant you think you hit the right angle of view. It is all guesstimate, but you will get the hang of it, soon enough.

This is the technique I use. The views you capture are from a lower point of view, tend to look wider with better perspective lines. The style will also save you from having to go down on your knees as well.


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Analog Diary, Curated Colors

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Olympus Pen EF

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Curated Colors

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EF, looking at curated colors on a roll of expired film'

Images from the expired roll of color film negatives, depending on the age of the film, may look rather pale, and washed out with muted colors. While retaining them in their original form is the thought for posterity, giving them a few post-process touch-ups could do well for other forms of presentation.

Olympus Pen FF

Curating these JPEG images on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) includes the use of Tone Correction, with its strength adjusted manually; very high contrast on the Brightness & Contrast tool, same with color saturation on the Hue & Saturation tool; sharpened with the Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction tools. The images look pretty strong now. I will probably tone it down later for consistency of colors across my image folio.

The Olympus Pen EF, 1981, was the last of Olympus Pen's half-frame cameras. It was produced only in black, with white lettering, and had a small built-in flash which is powered by a single AA battery. The lens is a fixed focus G Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 lens with a focal range from 1.4 meters to infinity, coupled to an electric-eye (EE) programmed lens shutter mechanism range from F3.5-1/30 sec. to F22-1/250 sec. Takes 72 shots on a standard 36-exposure 35mm film cassette.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Analog Diary, Going Ultra-Wide II

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

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Going Ultra-Wide II

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, going ultra-wide-angle in the park, Part II'

The walk down the meandering path of the park allows me to grab a few shots which show how well the lens can be adapted to a couple of genres I mentioned above.

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

When focusing is set to the hyperfocal range, the 92° angle of view of the Zuiko 21mm F3.5 not only grabs them all in but also places them equally in focus throughout the field's depth.

Aside from being the recommended option for landscape photography, you can also use ultra-wide-angle lenses for architectural interiors, near-far relationships, group shots in tight spaces, street shooting sidewinder style (shooting from the hips), and people watching. Images were post-processed on the desktop image manager and editor, Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and tweaked for Auto Tone Correction, Brightens & Contrast, Hue & Saturation.


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Analog Diary, Surreal Colors

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Olympus Pen EE.S

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Surreal Colors

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EE-S, getting surreal colors on a roll of expired film'

It will be quite a hard sell trying to visualize the outcome of your shots with expired films, just be ready to expect the unexpected.
Olympus Pen EE.S
Expired films may be fogged, have decreased sensitivity and contrast, increased grain, color shifts, and reduced saturation that may range from muted colors to extreme desaturation affecting a specific color.

No two rolls of expired film will produce the same results either, as each degrades and warps differently.

Even so, expired films can still surprise you with unexpected imaginary. Color shifts, foggy and fuzzy images lacking in sharpness, may provide a vision of the surreal, an option you may not get at all with fresh and current films.

Give yourself a go and you may end up on a high. Sourcing for stocks of expired film, however, may not be easy, as they are not as easily available as expected.


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Analog Diary, Going Ultra-Wide I

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

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Going Ultra-Wide I

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, going ultra-wide-angle in the park, Part I'

It was a fine 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.
Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

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.


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