Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Landscape, Olympus Pen EF

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Olympus Pen EF

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The Landscape, Olympus Pen EF

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EF, looking at the 3:4 image aspect ratio or portrait format photography'

Learning to compose and capture landscape images in portrait format is fairly straightforward, and you will be adept at it soon enough.

Olympus Pen EF

One of the things you can do is to practice composing your image with negative space, which helps to define and emphasize the main subject of the image while bringing it to your eyes.

This technique will also create a break in the composition, giving your vision a moment of rest before taking in the rest of the composition. Using a wide or ultra-wide-angle lens in portrait framing is another added advantage.

Though not wide enough for really spectacular wide-angle landscape shots, the Olympus Pen EF, for example, with its 28mm f/3.5 lens can be a good learning camera to start with. The f/3.5 lens, which focuses from 1.4 meters to infinity, is equally capable of getting the foreground, mid, and background elements in focus throughout the depth of field. The camera needs only to be held in its normal horizontal position for these shots.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Sampling of Images, Canon FD 50mm F1.8

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Canon AE-1 Program, Canon FDn f/1.8 50mm

Analog Diary:

A Sampling of Images, Canon FD 50mm F1.8

'Five frames, a sampling of images with the Canon FD 50mm F1.8 mounted on the Canon AE-1 Program'

Happy thoughts, that's how I felt as I was going through the just uploaded scanned images taken with the Canon AE-1 Program fitted with a Canon FDn 50mm F1.8. Images from this roll, my first with the AE-1 Program, are purely random,  taken in and around the house, done with no specifics in mind.

Canon AE-1 Program, FDn 50mm 1:1.8
The AE-1 Program turned out to be a joy to use actually. The very compact body came with a huge and bright finder, one of the largest ever made, I had no problem holding the camera up with one hand, and focusing was effortless with the left hand (I was with a bit of luck here as the focusing ring on the 50mm f/1.8 is still silky smooth).

Introduced as a successor to the Canon AE-1 which was first introduced in 1976, the Canon AE-1 Program (1981) is acknowledged as one of the most popular cameras of all time. The 35mm SLR saw the introduction of the Program AE mode, which enables both the shutter speed and aperture automatically by the camera. The metering is slightly biased towards the shutter speed setting.

Canon AE-1 Program, FDn 50mm 1:1.8

The Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8, performance-wise, is no slouch either. It was the lightest, and the cheapest, of all Canon FD interchangeable lenses, and the only lens in the Canon FDn series that came with only the S.C. (Spectra Coating) coating as opposed to the S.S.C. which all the others had. Handling, however, was superb and its solid reputation for stable picture quality and sharp, crisp pictures really shows in the images here. Couldn't really ask for more here, enjoy the show, folks.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Colors of R&R Rest Stops, Olympus LT Zoom 105

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Olympus LT Zoom 105

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Colors of R&R Rest Stops, Olympus LT Zoom 105

'Five frames with the Olympus LT Zoom 105, at a couple of R&R Rest Stops'

The images here were shot at a couple of R&R Rest Stops on the East Coast Highway, which was only recently completed (the R&R's) and opened to the public. With a highway that has very little traffic, the R&R's too are neither populated nor crowded.

Olympus LT Zoom 105
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD
The two that I stopped at have all the rest and recuperate facilities to cater to the public but neither have all their food and refreshment outlets occupied and operating. Being fairly new means that the facilities and paintwork are still looking fresh and clean.

The Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD is the final version of the LT (Leather Tech) series cameras introduced with the launch of the LT-1 (1995), LT-1 QD (1996), and the LT Zoom 105 (1997), and is fitted with a 38-105mm, f/4.5-8.9 zoom lens which focuses from 0.6m (2 feet) to infinity. How I wish that the camera is digital because then it will come with at least a 2.7 inch LCD instead of the minuscule diopter-corrected viewfinder which is really a squint to use.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Found Slides, Shades of Blue

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Found slides

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Found Slides, Shades of Blue

'Five frames, found slides, vintage images from the '80s, 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, April 3, 2017

In the Garden, Olympus Pen FT

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

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In the Garden, Olympus Pen FT

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen FT, images from around 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 that 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), 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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