Monday, August 27, 2018

Analog Diary, Ominous

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Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7

Analog Diary, Ominous

'Ominous evening clouds, Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7'

I am still on the 'getting the feel' relationship with the Minolta Maxxum 7 here, with the Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7, as I did in an earlier post, but has not gone far beyond the stage, except for the opportunity to grab these images of a bank of ominous clouds that seems to be threatening mine and surrounding areas. As of my normal practice, the images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

Mentioned as a whale of a camera, the film based SLR Maxxum 7 (or Alpha 7 in Japan and Dynax 7 in Europe) is perhaps one of the best of Minolta's A-mount autofocus film camera one could get. The camera has a shutter speed range from 30 seconds to 1/8000 second, plus Bulb, flash sync speed at 1/200th of a second, eye-start automatic focus, multifunction LCD data screen, LCD navigation panel, full PASM shooting and three metering modes, exposure compensation, AE lock, continuous shooting at up to 4 frames per second, unlimited multiple exposures, self-timer, DX and user-selectable ISO control, and more.

The camera was easy to get started with, feels great in your hands, autofocus is fast and accurate, with the ample hand grip that makes one-handed operation smooth and easy. Metering seems flawless, with the equally lightweight Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7 RS working well in tandem. So much more to talk about here, but beyond this scratch on the surface, I still have a long way to go to really realize the full potential of the camera. Let's hope that is not too long in coming.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Mobile Photography, The Seats Are All Yours

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Nokia Lumia 720

Mobile Photography, The Seats Are All Yours

'Post-processing the fun, intuitiveness, and spontaneity of images captured with the smartphone'

It is a fact that using the camera on your phone is very easy and convenient. The phone is always with you and you do carry it around all the time. When it comes to taking images or capturing the moment, the process is simple and straightforward. Much like the point-and-shoot cameras of the past, it only needs a simple touch of a button to record the scene and the image is saved automatically in the phone's memory.

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An advantage to you is that phone cameras are mostly, if not completely, automated. Even if you are not a trained photographer, using a camera phone is a good choice to start your interest in photography because it does not require any special training on your part. Once you learn the easy editing tools that are available as part of the phone apps and how to post the image on Instagram you’re all set to be a member of the worldwide photographic community.

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On the other hand, you may be the owner of a consumer-grade smartphone that is a millennium year old and is only fitted with a camera app that you cannot do little in terms of in-camera settings or exposure adjustments. What can you do to get these images post-processed? No worries here, just have the images transferred and post-processed on the desk- or laptop system which has been installed with image management and post-processing apps that are free to download and install.

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Images from my almost defunct Nokia Lumia 720, as you can see here, are normally transferred to the desktop where they undergo tweaks with Auto Tone Correction which automatically adjusts the brightness scale between the brightest and darkest spots on the image, Tone Curve which allows control of the brightness and contrast of the red/green/blue (RGB) colors of the image, Brightness & Contrast to 'create the look' of the image, and Unsharp Mask for a bit of image sharpening.

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Nokia Lumia 720

All these are done on the (slow and non-intuitive) Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), which comes with an excellent color palette and a good RAW development package which I used exclusively for *.ORF files that were captured with the SLR and mirrorless Olympus E-Series digital cameras. Other JEPG images, from scanned slide and film negative images, and images from the mobile are also processed on OV3.

While I am also testing out RawTherapee 5.4 for its ability to read and process *.ORF files, final print sharpening for these images are done on a stand-alone installation of Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3 which are limited to processing only JPEG and TIFF file formats. Take your pick, folks, the seats are all yours!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Digital Moments, The Crowd

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Olympus PEN EP-5, Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

Digital Moments, The Crowd

'Image samples with the manual focus Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

Crowds are always a colorful lot, be they both participants, or spectators, and in this case a local fishing tournament at a local lake. The crowd is located in small to medium size groups evenly distributed on the perimeter of the lake, which is more than a kilometer in length.

Olympus PEN EP-5, Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

Images were captured on the Olympus E-P5 mounted with a Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 manual focus legacy lens. Post-processing for these color images was first done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma correction, and Highlight & Shadow Control. Print Sharpening was done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3. I also did an earlier post on this event, with images converted to black and white, which I reckon came out quite as well.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Analog Diary, Dream

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Konica C35 Automatic, Google NIK Dfine2

Analog Diary, Dream

'Pseudo-post-processing soft focus effect on Google NIK Dfine2, Konica C35 Automatic'

A dream, based on what one may find on the Net, 'is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep,' whose content and purpose is not yet fully understood, and in most cases, are forgotten by the time one gets out of bed. Yes, according to Deirdre Barrett, author of The Committee of Sleep, dreams are notoriously difficult to recall, and if a dream ends before we wake up, we will not remember it.

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