Monday, July 30, 2018

Low Key Edits, M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro

Digital Moments:

Low Key Edits, M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro

'Five frames with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, post-processed in low-key'

One of those days that I have the Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro lens mounted on the E-P5, trying out my skills with spot-metering and ended up with these few shots. The result of this outing is a definite 'yes' that I still have a long way in this area of concern, and equal to the task is a long and sharp learning curve to address my post-processing skills and ability.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro

RAW images were shot with Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro on Olympus PEN E-P5, post-processed (looks half-baked and overdone) on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with Pinhole Art Filter effect, with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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Monday, July 23, 2018

Mobile Photography, Blackout

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Lumia 720

Mobile Photography:

Blackout

'Five frames with the Nokia Lumia 720, quiet moments when the electricity was out'

It was a nice and hot evening when we were hit with an electricity blackout that threw the interior of the house into semi-darkness. This, of course, calls for the candles to be taken out from their corner hidden crannies, dusted and got lighted for the evening house activities.

Managed these few shots in auto mode on the old and trustworthy mobile, straight off, without any adjustments to the camera setting. Images were post-processed on the desktop which includes adjustments with Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, and Gamma on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), Sharpness enhancement on Google NIK Sharpener Pro, and Local Contrast on RawTherapee 5.4.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Mobile Photography, Square Sights

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Nokia Lumia 720

Mobile Photography:

Square Sights

'Five frames with the Nokia Lumia 720, square cropped images from a walk around the block'

You might have noticed that the square (1:1 aspect ratio) is the format I used more often than others in my postings. This is another one of those. The originals of these images, however, were taken with the smartphone, in 16:9 format, converted to black-and-white, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro.

The simplicity of the square format is that it can be used to crop the image to give more emphasis to the subject, to encompass negative space, to lay out a composition, to catch lines, and all.


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4

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Olympus E-P5, Canon FD 50mm F1.8

Digital Moments:

Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4

'Five frames with the Canon FD 50mm F1.8, post-processed on RawTherapee 5.4'

My first batch of images post-processed on RawTherapee 5.4, a free RAW image processor that can develop RAW formats from most digital cameras and DSLRs. I was introduced to the software through a post on Petapixel.com about a week ago, decided to download and install it, to see what the glam is all about.

First introduced in 2010, RawTherapee is a cross-platform raw image processing program with a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw photo post-production. The mention is that it has features comparable to what Photoshop or Lightroom is capable of.

RawTherapee 5.4 Screenshot

What I find unique about RawTherapee is its ability to support RAW format almost across the board, including Olympus *.ORF RAW files which are my norm. I have been using Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for my post-processing needs all this while and have also been using, of late, Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3 for final print sharpening.

Compared to OV3, which I feel is rather straightforward and simple to use, RawTherapee 5.4 presents itself as a real heavyweight with a myriad of editing options and advanced controls for handling of exposure and color adjustments, sharpening, denoising, color management, white balance, color channels, and more.

For a novice who hardly went beyond Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness and Contrast, and the occasional Gamma correction on the OV3, looking over the interface of RawTherapee 5.4 itself are already intimidating enough, let alone the very steep learning curve which you have to really get into to master the software.

Images were from the Olympus E-P5 mounted with a Canon FD 50mm F1.8 manual focus lens.


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Monday, July 2, 2018

Colors #II, Lumix DMC-FZ18

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

Digital Moments:

Colors #II, Lumix DMC-FZ18

'Five frames with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, throwback 2009, Part III'

Over and above the DMC-FZ8, which the DMC-FZ18 replaces, the 1/2.5-inch sensor enjoys a moderate increase in megapixels power from 7.3MO to 8.3MP.

New features of the FZ18 include a dedicated AF/AE button, Face Detection and a new Intelligent Auto mode which integrates Image Stabilization, Intelligent ISO, Face Detection and Scene Detection into a 'Super' Auto Mode.

Lumix DMC-FZ18

Form-factor wise, the FZ18 is a retention of the tried and tested design formula which Panasonic establishes with the FZ7. The FZ18 is externally very, very similar to the FZ8, albeit with minor facelifts that gives the body a bit more curves. With its good ergonomics, SLR like controls and a massive zoom range in a very compact package, the FZ18 was the one to look at.

The smallish dimensions are no deterrent to the camera's handling at all. In the hand, the camera feels stable, safe and solid, and the operation of the main controls is very easy. The excellent handling, along with the image stabilization, and well-balanced design, makes the camera equally safe to be used with one hand.

Lumix DMC-FZ18

As with the Panasonic Lumix series, which started with the FZ1 in 2002, the strength of the FZ18, aside from the 8.1MP sensor and an impressive array of functions and features that makes it the choice for a very intelligent bridge compact, is undoubtfully the image-stabilized 18x Leica zoom lens with a f/2.8 maximum opening covering a range from 28 to 500mm.

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