Monday, June 26, 2017

Shades of the Green

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Konica C35 Automatic

Analog Diary:

Shades of the Green

'Five frames with the Konica C35 Automatic, mesmerized by the color and shades of the green'

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 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 was cropped to the 16:9 aspect ratio.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

At The Ramadan Bazaar

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Olympus Trip 35

Analog Diary:

At The Ramadan Bazaar, Olympus Trip 35

'Five frames with the Olympus Trip 35, a street shoot down 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

Vantage Points

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Olympus Pen EF

Analog Diary:

Vantage Points

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

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 comparison of image impacts taken from differing viewpoints.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Street Scene Abstracts

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Olympus XA 1

Analog Diary:

Street Scene Abstracts

'Five frames with the Olympus XA1, post-processed street scene abstracts'

I did a hipster-style walk-through of a public place recently, taking snapshots of the people and activity with the Olympus XA1 held at hip level, with image framing done visually without looking through the camera's viewfinder.

Olympus XA1

The resulting images are quite interesting and diversified. While some are sharp and properly framed, most others turned out unframed, unfocused, and blurred by camera and body shake. Getting these images together into a visual storyline was done with the tone curve tool in post-processing.

The Tone Curve tool, as available on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) as well as most image editors, is a graphical representation of the tonal range of your image and the tool allows you to manipulate the brightness and contrast of the RGB color gamut of the image or the individual red, green and blue channels by picking the color separately from the drop-down list.

The tonal range of an image can be changed by first placing cursor points on the diagonal representation of the image and then by dragging the points up or down from its original location. The line can be dragged at multiple points along the line for varying results, and curves controlled by using a number of anchor points placed along the line.


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