Monday, November 19, 2018

On A Bright Sunny Day, Nokia Asha 300

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On A Bright Sunny Day, Nokia Asha 300

'Mobile Photography - A look back at the past for archived images worth presenting'

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I was quite disappointed with the early images from the consumer-grade smartphone and I am quite reluctant to use the camera further, for a while at least. Having said that, and for the need of another camera to keep up with my Mobile Photography posts, I went for a dig back and managed to salvage a stack of images captured with the Nokia Asha 300 feature phone which I was using quite a while back.

Nokia Asha 300
I took the time to dig up the phone as well, dusted it off, hooked it up to the battery charger and all seems to work fine.

The stack of images includes this set of views taken on an outstation trip to a huge oil and gas fabrication facility. It was a very bright and sunny day and we were looking across the ground from the 7th-floor rooftop of the administration building.

The view across the sub-segmented fabrication yards from that elevation was breathtaking, and the images (after a few post-processing tweaks) are just as scintillating.

Later in the evening, the golden hour was another joyous moment as I enjoyed the sunset from the hotel balcony looking over to the cove and the island across the bay which becomes a perfect stage for the setting. Looks like the Nokia Asha 300 is just as capable in capturing the essence of the scene as well.

What is most interesting to me is the fixed focus F2.4 5MP camera on the Nokia Asha 300 is very capable of doing a very good job with images in bright daylight situations. For images otherwise, the cable connectivity of the phone is an easy path for connectivity and uploads to post-processing apps, an idea to look forward to.

Together with the interest in the analog and film cameras, and now a bit with the digital past (maybe only momentarily), it should be fun to see how things play out and add to the strength of this blog.

Resource Links:
Tips for Mobile Photography for Beginners
Beginners guide to Mobile Photography- how to take breathtaking photos without a professional...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Take Your Pick, Olympus XA4

Take Your Pick, Olympus XA4

'Analog Diary - The last leg of a mini-series post with images from the Olympus XA4 at the Ramadan Bazaar'

I am on the last leg of a mini-series with images from the Olympus XA4 at the Ramadan Bazaar, a series which took off with Squaring the 28mm, All Set and ReadyThe Ladies Are All Smiles, and finally, this post. Though captured on a street-smart 28mm F3.5 lens of the Olympus XA4 on a single roll of negative film during a single outing, the images were squared off to the 1:1 aspect ratio from their original 3:2 via the desktop image post-processor.

Olympus XA4 Macro
The square format, or images in 1:1 aspect ratio, is a beautiful format to work with. It works well when you are trying to simplify the composition when eliminating superfluous elements or empty spaces. The composition itself can do away with the much-vaunted one-third rule, placing the subject in the center of a square frame, for example, or close to the edge, works just as well.

For a rather laid back novice street photographer like me, who is still timid to the idea of being right there, in the middle of it all, a 28mm focal length lens tends to draw in a lot more of the previously mentioned superfluous elements into the picture. Cropping the image to the 1:1 ratio means that you can cut away a third of the original, which can give you a better framing option.

As a street photographer's camera go by, the capsule style Olympus XA4 35mm film camera might be just the right choice for you. The camera is fitted with a 28mm F3.5 super sharp focal length lens and is highly recommended for landscapes, people at work, at play, or for when and where you can get in right into their midst.

Olympus XA4 Macro

The camera reverts the focus distance back to the optimum 3 meters when you close and re-opens the capsule cover, sets the AE system on automatically, and you are ready to shoot in the instant you slide back the capsule cover.

Resource Links:
Color or Black and White for Street Photography?
Olympus XA4 Macro, Sharp and Sweet

Monday, November 5, 2018

Digital Moments, Canon FD 50mm F1.8

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Digital Moments, Canon FD 50mm F1.8

'A sampling of images with the manual focus Canon FD 50mm F1.8 mounted on the digital Olympus E-P5'

My first post on digital images captured with the Canon FD 50mm F1.8 was titled Digital Moments: Tagging On RawTherapee 5.4 as it was more about the RAW image processor rather than the lens itself. Let's hope that this post will give more justice to the lens itself.

The Canon FD 50mm F1.8, first introduced in 1971, the lens was the smallest, lightest, and cheapest of Canon's 50mm primes. The first version sports chrome filter threads and silver breech-lock ring. The model was replaced in 1983 by a version with black plastic filter threads. The 'New FD' range, where the breech lock mount was replaced with an internal locking device, was introduced in 1978, and this series is commonly recognized as the 'FDn' lenses.

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

The update saw the minimum aperture of the lens lowered from ƒ/16 to ƒ/22, reduction in the number of aperture blades from 6 to 5, and with more plastic components incorporated, a decrease in weight from 255g to 170g. Mounting the lens with the new lock mechanism is much easier, and can be done using only one hand.

Except for the 50mm F1.8, all other lenses in the 'FDn' series were given the S.S.C. (Super Spectra Coating) treatment. Image quality, as can be seen from these images, may not auger much if you are thinking about this lens as the top prime of your collection.

Resource Links:

Canon FD 50mm F/1.8 Lens Review - The Original Nifty Fifty - Casual Photophile

In previous weeks we've talked about some noteworthy lenses, including a Minolta fish-eye and a Nikkor ultra-wide. Today, we'll talk about a more standard focal length, a focal length that many consider to be the standard, in fact. It's the 50mm ƒ/1.8 FD (and FDn) lens from Canon.

Canon FD 50mm f1.8 Manual Focus Lens & Sony A7 | Review & Images

The Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens is a manual focus lens used on Sony mirrorless cameras or any other brand that develops mirrorless cameras with an adaptor. The FD range of lenses had a breech lock type mount produced from 1971 up until 1992.

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