Monday, March 27, 2017

Found Slides, Shades of Blue

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#FoundSlides - Five frames, vintage slide images from the '80s, found, scanned, and post-processed for web publishing.

I was rummaging through my boxes of storage boxes of camera and photography paraphernalia and came across a stacked album of slides taken 30+ ago when I was very much younger and have been traveling around a bit during my study and early working years.

Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II

I was also working on the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II at the same time and decided to start scanning some of the slides and see what I came up with. The 9000F Mark II, though some find it a bit of fuss to work with, is actually a delight to work with.

If you are having the same problem as I was, my recommendation is to use only the IJ Scan Utility and the Scan Gear option. In the setting for Scan Gear, make sure you enable the 'Enable large image scan' option if you are going to scan 120 films, then use the Scan Gear Advanced Mode to set up the 'Scan Area' size for the film size option.

The images here were uploaded to my image editor, Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), where I gave them all a once over with individual tweaks including Auto Tone Correction, Tilt Adjustment & Crop, Shading Compensation, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction.


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Five Frames, Olympus Pen FT, In the Garden

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Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Auto-S f/1.8 38mm

Five frames with a half-frame SLR, the Olympus Pen FT, catching the essence of the garden.

My first In The Garden session with the Olympus Pen-FT, fitted with an Olympus F.Zuiko 1:1.8 38mm lens. The camera works OK, except for the exposure meter which was about 7-stops out of whack. Exposure to the first roll of shots was then by trial and error, based on the best of my Sunny-16 knowledge.
Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Pen 38mm F1.8
The Olympus Pen-F system (Pen-F, Pen-FT, Pen-FV series), introduced by Olympus in 1963, was the only half-frame SLR and the smallest full system SLR ever produced. It was in a class of its own, a unique system with a smooth, sleek, minimalist design.

The Pen-F does not have the characteristic SLR bump to house the pentaprism as it uses a system of mirrors including a primary that moved vertically out of the light path when the shutter was released.

The Pen-FT (1966) follows the introduction of the Pen F (1963) and comes with a single stroke film advance, a built-in self-timer, and open aperture TTL (through the lens) exposure metering, among others. The TTL metering uses a semi-silvered mirror that split a portion of the incoming light to the metering cell, this result is a viewfinder that was dimmer than that of the original Pen F.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Five Frames, Half-Frame Photography, Image Aspect Ratio

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Olympus Pen-EF

Five frames with a half-frame Olympus Pen EF, looking at the image aspect ratio of the half-frame format.

While most of us take pictures in the landscape or horizontal format, half-frame cameras are inherently designed to capture images in the portrait or vertical format. Half-frame cameras capture images in the 3:4 aspect, an uncommon ratio, seldom mentioned except maybe when talking about images that are a bit too fat, a ratio that is difficult to work with, or image frames that are difficult to fill effectively.

Olympus Pen EF

The film format for half-frame cameras is 24x18mm on a regular 135 film, which is half the size of a normal 35mm frame measuring 24x36 mm. With a half-frame camera, one can shoot and capture twice as many images on a standard roll of film - 48 shots on a 24-exposure roll, 72 shots on a 36-exposure roll, and so on.

Holding the camera horizontally with both hands is also the norm for taking photographs. The camera will normally rest in the grasp of the right hand with the index finger used to press the shutter release. On a more complex camera, the left hand will normally be used to focus the lens and other adjustments such as aperture and other settings necessary for the correct exposure of the shot.

On a simple point-and-shoot, the left hand will just be a support to hold the camera steady. With half-frames, this is the same stance you will be holding the camera with, the difference being that your image will still be shot in the vertical frame. Rock steady images in 3:4 image aspect ratio.

Olympus Pen EF
The scanned images, which were done by the processing lab, were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and tweaked with edits including Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, Noise Reduction, and cropping of the doubled-scanned images into single images.


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Monday, March 6, 2017

Mobile Photography, Sun In Your Eyes I

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Nokia Lumia 720

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with a Nokia Lumia 720, on the drive home after a hard day's work.

Sun in your eyes means also that you are looking to capture lens flare as part of your creativity, or will it be just silhouettes? Direct sunlight does make metering tricky and if you are using a DSLR for the shoot you will want to use the 'spot' metering mode and meter off a mid-tone area for even exposure.

Nokia Lumia 720

Bracketing is also a technique you want to use. If you are on a planned outing for lovely sunset or sunrise shots, have the session planned properly. Scout the location a day or two before the shoot, anticipate what the weather will be, layout and set up your gear properly, play the shots in your head and plan for it as meticulously as you can, and sit and wait it out.

Keep shooting, light changes are remarkably fast, and your scene can look vastly different after just a few minutes.


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