Monday, September 25, 2017

Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Pin Holed and Framed

Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Digital Moments, Pin Holed and Framed 01
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Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Digital Moments, Pin Holed and Framed 03
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Vintage Lens Test: Garden flowers with a Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., images post-processed with Pin Hole Art Filter effect.
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Photographing flowers comes with the norms of having the right gear and setup, which includes having an appropriate lens, a steady tripod, and the right lighting ambiance to work in, and other considerations which include how you are having the image cropped, the focal point of interest, depth of field, view angle, and of course, fore and background elements.

Preparation is the key, and getting the flowers in the right frame isolated from other distracting elements may need you to move in close and shoot at the macro level. Shooting at this level means you need a very steady hand or a tripod to set the camera up properly, a close focus or even a macro lens, good lighting or flash support, and last, but not least, a good grasp on what depth of field is all about.

Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 Asph.
Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 Asph.

My session was a bit stringent though. As an amateur snapshooter, I do not have nor carry around more than just the camera and a lens, this time with the E-P5 and a Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph. Shots were taken wide open and really close, almost at the minimum focusing distance of the lens, cropped, and given the pinhole and white frame border art effect on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) to further alienate the subject from its background.



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, The Zoom Range

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Vintage Lens Test, The Zoom Range 01
Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @21mm

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Vintage Lens Test, The Zoom Range 02
Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @24mm

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @28mm

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @31mm

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, Vintage Lens Test, The Zoom Range 05
Vintage Lens Test: Testing the zoom range of the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 lens, the world's first wide-angle zoom.
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Testing out the zoom range of the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, the first 2-ring version of Sigma's Gamma series of ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses. This version was introduced in 1979. Economical, as it covers all four of the most important wide-angle focal lengths, the 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm, in one compact combo.

On an MFT (Micro Four-Third) digital, the Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 will be that of a standard zoom with the equivalent focal lengths from 42 to 70mm. The lens incorporates Sigma's unique floating element system, virtually eliminating all types of aberrations throughout the entire zoom range.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4
Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @35mm

It is a super solid all-metal with 11 elements in a 7-group construction, weighs about 465 grams, and measures 105mm in length. The F stop range is 3.5 to 22 with half-stop clicks, and the lens is fitted in a floral pattern hood and takes in a 67mm filter size.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4
Olympus Pen E-P5, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4 @35mm

Images were shot with the lens mounted on the Olympus Pen E-P5, at the focal length indicators of 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 31mm, and 35mm. Post-processing and print finishing was done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and Google Nik Sharpener Pro 3.



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Monday, September 11, 2017

Found Slides, Converted to Black-and-White

Found Slides, Converted to Black-and-White 01
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Vintage color film slides from the '80s, found, scanned, and post-processed for web publishing.
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Another batch of found slides, 30+ years old, shot in color, but for this session, the images have been scanned and converted to black-and-white with the Monochrome & Sepia tool, and tweaked for Auto Tone Correction, Contrast, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Unsharp Mask and Noise Reduction, on the image editor Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). Why? Well, for one, the originals are slightly faded and the colors are off and could be a lame sight to see these slides in their original disposition.

Black-and-white images, with their broad tonal ranges and deep rich blacks, relax you and sets your mind into the subconscious, deciphering the image is then simply visual impact and resonance. Light, form, and texture are more compelling in an image rather than the hues of the subject matter, and color serves more as a distraction than the means to an end.



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Monday, September 4, 2017

Konica C35 Automatic, Chasing Colors

Konica C35 Automatic, Chasing Colors 01
Konica C35 Automatic, Chasing Colors 02
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Konica C35 Automatic, Chasing Colors 05
Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Konica C35 Automatic, chasing the colors of the stadium structure.
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Looking rather unkempt, the public portal of the stadium is equally colorful in orange and a shade of deep blue alternated with white under slabs, with patches of the paintwork flaking off, showing a general lack of proper maintenance schedule. The Konica C35 Automatic, on the other hand, is a very lovable fully automatic 35mm rangefinder introduced in 1971. It was fitted with a 38mm f2.8 four-element Hexanon lens (46mm filter thread) and a Copal B Mat shutter.

In its fully programmed automatic mode, the camera will select a combination of both the aperture opening, from f/2.8 to f/14, and shutter speed, which ranges from 1/30 to 1/650 second for the exposure setting. ASA film speed is maxed at 400. The camera was designed to run on the 1.3v PX675 mercury battery, which I have replaced with the LR44 cell with no ill effect.

Konica C35 Automatic
Konica C35 Automatic

A lightweight, weighing in at only 370 grams, the C35 Automatic has one of the nicest and brightest viewfinders I have ever experienced, and it comes with a display that shows you the aperture/shutter speed combo that is being used. The camera is equally forgiving if you tend to miss out on using the rangefinder for focusing, in fact, what I have done is to put the rangefinder on the hyperfocal distance, point, and shoot away ...



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