Friday, March 29, 2019

Instagram Squares, Nokia Asha 300

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Instagram Squares, Nokia Asha 300

'Mobile Photography - Looking at the square format, the image type recommended for publishing on Instagram'

I was a regular on Instagram until only recently, and from when I started a few months ago until I left, I have always posted images which have been cropped to the 1:1 image aspect ratio.

Nokia Asha 300
As with the images posted here, these are cropped off the original 4:3 images as captured on the Nokia Asha 300, which is a regular that I used for my Mobile Photography posts.

Though captured only in 2985x1980 pixels in size, images from the Nokia Asha 300 are clear, sharp, and crisp, only takes only a couple of minor tweaks in post-processing to make it post presentable.

The square format, as you know it, was how Instagram posted submitted images when it first started. Changes to the multiple format submission, where images can be in landscape or portrait, came later. The new options are to provide for a more creative approach with images and stories people are sharing. Instagram images that are shared on Facebook are now shown in their submitted format.

The recommended size for images to be uploaded to Instagram is at a minimum resolution of 1080×1080 pixels. This will also make the images usable on other platforms, and as more and more screens become higher in their pixel density, you will be future-proofing your images from being too small.


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Canon Autoboy Tele 6 in Half-Frame Mode

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Canon Autoboy Tele 6 in Half-Frame Mode

'Analog Diary - Taking the Canon Autoboy Tele 6 for a walk in the park with images in half-frame mode'

The 35mm AF Canon Autoboy Tele 6 is a camera of sorts actually. It does only come with a twin 35mm F3.5 60mm F5.6 lens, but the camera was also designed to take images in both full and half-frame modes as well.

Canon Autoboy Tele 6
While the lens switchover from 35mm to 60mm can be done anytime during a shoot, the selection of either going for full or half-frame is a per film roll setup.

The lever for the full/half-frame selection is located on the top left corner of the film run in the film box.

This means that you have to set the selector before the film is loaded, and the reverse can only be done after the film roll has been completely exposed and wound back into its canister.

The other oddity which I find rather amusing is the self-retracting lens mechanism of the Autoboy Tele 6 which pops the lens out of the camera body as you are taking the shot and retracts it back as the shot is taken.

Canon Autoboy Tele 6

As the photographer, you might think nothing of it, but as a spectator curious about your photography interest, the curiosity might turn into a wry smile and a giggle.


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Monday, March 18, 2019

Digital Moments, E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4

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Digital Moments, E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4

'Doing it handheld with the E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4 mounted on the Olympus E-P5'


A fun post with the images shot on the E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4 lens. I had the lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5, and instead of using a tripod, decided to do a handheld capture of a bright light point, which is actually a stationary satellite reflecting the light from the still hidden sun as the morning was drawing nearer.

Olympus PEN E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4
The wavering light was made by the movement of the camera, as the shutter speed for these shots were between 2.5 to 6 seconds.

You might be able to guess, from the third shot, that the sky above my location was also the airspace and flight path for airplanes arriving and departing from a nearby airport.

The fourth shot is not actually of the satellite or a plane passing, but of a safety beacon on a power pylon.

For a real photo session, you might get what you see in the final image, a pretty sharp image of an evening shot at the equivalent of a 300mm focal length lens on the 2z crop sensor Olympus Pen E-P5.

Olympus PEN E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 150mm F4

Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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Monday, March 11, 2019

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP

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'A street walk in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown with the Fuji Work Record OP'

The Fuji Work Record OP, a ruggedly handsome autofocus camera with a pair of bull bars flanking a wide-angle 28mm F3.5 lens which is further protected by a 4mm thick coated optical glass, has an enormous viewfinder that lets you see all, and a ruggedized and water-resistant design that lets you capture images underwater up to the depth of 1 meter.

Fuji Work Record OP
Available as a pair of siblings, the Work Record OP, with blue button trim, is targeted more towards the rough and tough outdoor leisure and recreational activities, while the Work Record 28, with orange button trim, is the construction or site supervision orientated camera.

Technical aspects of both are similar, including the Fujinon 28mm F3.5 lens, shutter speed range from 1/5 to 1/250 seconds, DX-coded film ISO range from 50 to 1600, and power from a pair of CR123A Lithium batteries. The Work Record OP, in addition, has panorama and quartz date features, and manual focusing mode which can be pre-set to 1, 1.5, 3 meters, and infinity focus.

Fuji Work Record OP

The best thing about the Work Record OP is its simple and straightforward operation - just power it on, set the mode selection to the setting you want to shoot with, point, and shoot. Exposure and film winding are automatic, autofocusing is just as quiet, and the large design shutter release button lets you shoot even with gloves on. 

Images were shot on a roll of expired Fuji Superia 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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Monday, March 4, 2019

Catching The Morning Sun, Nokia Asha 300

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Catching The Morning Sun, Nokia Asha 300

'Mobile Photography - Sunrises on a sunny day are one of the best times to do your scenic photography...'

Sunrises on a sunny day are one of the best times to do your scenic photography, where you will be shooting the rich, warm, early morning sunlight as it flows over the landscape. Colors of nature are intensified and equally spectacular shadows are there for the taking.

In terms of composition, one of my favorites is to go for spectacular views from the vantage point where you shoot towards the sun and backlight the subject. It is one of the two periods within a day when the light is most ideal for capturing breathtaking images.

Another advantage you might have by being in the park at sunrise is that there are still not many people around. Space is all yours, albeit the other early bird who has already set up deck-chair and a battery of fishing rods already cast as he sits with a pair of headphones over his ears as he watches the sun rising.

What will your camera be? For me, it could be as simple as my newfound favorite camera phone which I have been using since late 2018, the candy-bar Nokia Asha 300 feature phone, a product of 2011.

I started using this phone for my mobile photography images late last year and has yet to succumb to the euphoria of realizing that the Nokia ASHA 300 is one of the better fixed-focus point-and-shoot camera phones to have around.

Though the sharp, crisp and clear images are only 2985x1980 bits (5MP) in resolution, they have worked tremendously well for me after a quick edit on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpening on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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