Monday, June 26, 2017

Shades of the Green, Konica C35 Automatic

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Konica C35 Automatic

Shades of the Green, Konica C35 Automatic

'Analog Diary - Enjoying the beautiful and lush shades of green in the park on a walk with the Konica C35 Automatic'

We are lucky enough to have easy access to a park that fringes almost to our doorstep, early morning walks, and brisk afternoon strolls are yours to pick and choose. I do enjoy these walks on occasion with camera in hand, and for this session, a Konica C35 Automatic rangefinder on a roll of Fujifilm Superia 200.

Konica C35 Automatic
It was a beautiful day, towards late afternoon, the sun was still bright and shining, and the shots follows closely the path I took around the lake.

The camera itself (at least mine is) is a jewel to use. 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 next, frame and shoot away just like a simple point-and-shoot, as how all the shots displayed here are taken.

The sound of the shutter is very assuring as well, varying itself to the coupled aperture/shutter indicator needle to know that the exposure should be in the region where it should be.

The viewfinder is superbly clean and clear, with the frame line clearly delineated, so as the rangefinder parallax window. Loading and unloading the film cassette is standard as most other film cameras of that era. I had an LR44 1.5V. battery installed with the ASA film speed set to the same value, meaning that I did not bother about EV compensation with the higher voltage battery.

Konica C35 Automatic

The images, as posted here, was 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, Olympus Trip 35

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Olympus Trip 35

At The Ramadan Bazaar, Olympus Trip 35

'Street Photography - Catching the sight and scene down at the Ramadan Bazaar with the Olympus Trip 35'

The annual Ramadan Bazaar, as always, is 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.

Olympus Trip 35Feast your eyes on the spread, pick your flavor of the day, back again tomorrow for another selection, forget not that this will last for only a month, and savor your thought on what the new year will bring.

This session was shot with the Olympus Trip 35, a fully-automatic viewfinder camera made from 1968 to 1983, made popular with promotions that incorporate an advertising campaign featuring renowned British photographer David Bailey.

The Trip 35 is a four-zone focus point and shoot model with a scintillating sharp D.Zuiko 40mm 1:2.8 lens, with a solar-powered selenium light meter that adjusts the aperture of the lens when the camera is set to its 'A' mode.

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.
Olympus Trip 35, Film box

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.

On bright and sunny days where the aperture on the camera tends to be at 1:8 or smaller, just set the zone focus to 'Group' and you will probably get all your shots in focus.


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Vantage Points, Olympus Pen EF

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Olympus Pen EF, D.Zuiko f/3.5 28mm

Vantage Points, Olympus Pen EF

'Half-Frame Photography - Tips on getting to best of vantage points in 3:4 image aspect ratio or the portrait format photography'

Olympus Pen EF
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 a composition, it might make your photograph stand out from all of the other eye-level views made of a similar subject.

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, Olympus XA1

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Olympus XA 1, D.Zuiko 35mm f/4

Street Scene Abstracts, Olympus XA1

'Analog Diary - Looking at post-processed street scene abstracts from images taken with the Olympus XA1'


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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.

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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