Monday, June 26, 2017

Five Frames, Konica C35 Automatic, Shades of the Green

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Konica C35 Automatic

Film photography favorites, five frames with a Konica C35 Automatic, mesmerizing.

A Konica C35 Automatic rangefinder and a roll of Fujifilm Superia 200, a beautiful day, time tending towards the late afternoon, the sun was still bright and shining, and images that are sequential to the path I took around the park.

Konica C35 Automatic
The camera is a joy to use. A very bright and clear viewfinder with a small rangefinder overlap is located centrally. A three-quarter turn on the film forward crank advances the film frame, half-press the shutter release and you lock in the exposure. Line up the green distance mark to the indicator line on top of the lens front to set the hyperfocal distance, frame your image and shoot away.

Konica C35 Automatic

The images, as posted here, were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and tweaked with edits to Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Unsharp Mask, Noise Reduction, and were cropped to the 16:9 aspect ratio.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Five Frames, Olympus Trip 35, At The Ramadan Bazaar

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Olympus Trip 35

Film photography favorites, five frames with an Olympus Trip 35, a street shoot at the Ramadan Bazaar.

The annual Ramadan Bazaar is, as always, a hive of activity where throngs of buyers size up the delights for their break of fast, and the sellers equally active hawking the aromas of local delicacies.

Enjoyed the shoot with the Olympus Trip 35, a four-zone focus viewfinder camera that is fitted with a very sharp and highly acknowledged D.Zuiko 40mm F2.8 lens. AE (automatic exposure) is via a solar-powered selenium light meter that adjusts the aperture of the lens when the camera is set to its 'A' mode.

Olympus Trip 35

Shutter speed on the Trip 35 is 1/200th second when the camera is set to the 'A' mode, and 1/40th second when set for manual or flash mode. A red pop-up flag locks the shutter from being fired when the camera detects insufficient lighting for the 'A' mode to get a correct exposure for the framed view.

Apart from the straightforward four-position zone focus system, and an ISO setting from 25–400 (for the later version with the black plastic shutter button), the snap-shooter camera had no other photographic controls.


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Five Frames, Half-Frame Photography, Vantage Points

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Olympus Pen EF

Five frames with a half-frame Olympus Pen EF, an eye for the best vantage points for shooting 3:4 image frames.

Changing the vantage point of where you are taking the shot from, and the visual level you are at is not only a great way to enhance composition, it might make your photograph stand out from all of the other eye-level views made of a similar subject.

Olympus Pen EF

When you change the vantage point for a shot, for example, in the masthead image above, from an eye-level to a knee-level shot, you are literally bringing in leading lines from almost where you are, across the lake to the lung of green, which is back-dropped by giant monstrosities of concrete. The image, however, just misses out on not having a figure or two within its composition.

On the subject of the half-frame portrait format, with the vision constricted to that of a vertical, viewpoints can play a big part in giving impact to images. And of course, with the half-frame portrait frame shooter, where the camera is held in the normal horizontal position for portrait framing, changing your viewpoints to create more linearity or height in your perspectives is much easier than you think. Have a look at the images posted for a comparison of image impacts taken from differing viewpoints.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Five Frames, Olympus XA1, The Car Wash Revisited

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Olympus XA 1

Film photography favorites, five frames with an Olympus XA1, at the car wash, again.

The Olympus XA1, though not really favored by most as one of the fine flavors of the Olympus XA clamshell series, is still one of my favorite film cameras for its point-and-shoot simplicity. It comes fitted with a fixed focus 4 element Zuiko D 35mm f/4 with an aperture range from f/4 to f/22, shutter speed is automated from 1/30 to 1/250 second. Framed images are in focus from 1.5m onward.

Olympus XA1

The camera, however, does not come with the red membrane touch shutter the others in the clan have, but a standard press-down button in the norm of other Olympus cameras from a slightly earlier period. Exposure control is a selenium cell unit fitted surrounding surrounds the lens as per the hugely popular and successful Olympus Trip 35.

The camera does not need or require a battery to run or to manage its exposure system. A red pop-up flag system blocks the shutter from being released if the image is underexposed, simplicity itself.

Olympus XA1

Post-processing on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) includes a slight Crop to adjust for scanning misalignment, Shading Compensation to adjust edge darkening, a slight drag of the Tone Curve to darken the image ever slightly, and Brightness & Contrast to add volume to the image.


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