Monday, June 25, 2018

A Blast From The Past, Nokia Asha 300

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A Blast From The Past, Nokia Asha 300

'Mobile photography, looking back at where I started my mobile photography habits on the Nokia Asha 300'

It has been a while since I last used the candy-bar feature phone Nokia Asha 300. The phone comes with a fixed focus 5MP rear-facing camera, with no flash support. Images are at a resolution of up to 2592×1944 pixels.

Nokia Asha 300
I had a good time with both the phone and the camera, but alas, as time dictates, technology upgrades took the better of me.

On looking back, I can't really say no to the built-in camera as it has provided me with opportunities to grab these few shots, with hopefully more to come.


Resource Links:
Tips for Mobile Photography for Beginners
Mobile Photography Tips for Travellers | Creative Dialogue

Monday, June 18, 2018

Throwback 2009, Colors of DMC-FZ18 #I

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Lumix DMC-FZ18, Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.2

Throwback 2009, Colors of DMC-FZ18 #I

'Digital photography, a throwback look at the colors of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, Part I'

Continuing where I left off with the 'Throwback 2009, Black and Whites of DMC-FZ18' post sometimes back. This, with a couple more to follow, looks at the development of my amateurish digital photographic skills which started with the acquisition of the DMC-FZ18.

The DMC-FZ18 was actually quite a surprise, though rather small in size, it came with an impressive 28-504 zoom lens which again is hardly noticeable as it only extends about an inch at full zoom. The camera was light and easy to use, and image capture was just as good with the very respectable f/2.8~4.2 maximum apertures.

I was shooting in JPEG then, and these images are what my early experience with the camera was.


Resource Links:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 Review | Trusted Reviews

Anyone who's interested in photography as a hobby will want a bit more versatility in their camera than is offered by a simple point-and-shoot compact.

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 - Quality Pictures With Point-and-Shoot Ease

If you're shopping for a new digital camera you basically have two options: pick up a toy shooter that can't grow with you; or plunk down a grand for a fancy digital SLR and face its huge learning curve.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Digital Moments, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

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Digital Moments, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

'Straight and slanted, views of high-rise blocks with the manual focus Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

Views of the high-rise block from across the street, taken with the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7 fitted to an E-P5, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

I normally do a quick shoot session with the lenses I am testing and most of the time did not bother much about the setting on the camera, except that they are mostly taken with the lens aperture set wide open.

Historically, 'Rokkor-X' lenses are normally designated for the North American market, while the rest of the world gets the 'Rokkor' only version. Apart from this minor cosmetic differences, there is actually no difference between the Rokkor and Rokkor-X version of the same lens.



Resource Links:
Minolta ROKKOR-X 1.7 MD Lens review
The Rokkor Files - Minolta Lens History

Monday, June 4, 2018

Sun In Your Eyes #II, Nokia Lumia 720

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Sun In Your Eyes #II, Nokia Lumia 720

'Mobile photography, re-hatching Nokia Lumia 720 images from a previous post from color to black-and-white'

Did this session earlier, in color, which turned out to be quite spectacular. Now trying to see how well it goes in with post-processed black-and-white. I am looking at it as a learning process to gain a better understanding of the selection criteria of either doing images in color or black-and-white.


Resource Links:
Choosing Color or Black & White
4 Tips to Help you Decide Between Black and White or Color for your Image

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