Monday, March 18, 2019

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

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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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Well, this one is a bit of a surprise, 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, an enormous viewfinder that lets you see all, and a ruggedized and water-resistant design that lets you capture images up to the depth of 1 meter.

Fuji Work Record OP
Though not easily discerned, either detailed on auction listings or noted on camera info sheets and reviews, the Fuji Work Record came as a pair of siblings.

The Work Record 28, with its orange button trim, is the construction or site supervision orientated camera, while the Work Record OP, with its blue button trim, is targeted more towards the rough and tough outdoor leisure and recreational activities.

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The Work Record OP, just as well, comes with the addition of panorama and quartz date features, and manual focusing mode which can be pre-set to 1, 1.5, 3 meters, and infinity focus. The panorama switch is located on the top plane to the left of the viewfinder hump and this will let you switch from full-frame to crop-frame panorama captures anytime during the shoot.

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Other than that, the innards and other technical aspects of the two AF cameras 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.

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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.

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With its good looks and weatherproof design, I do not see any reason why the Work Record OP should not do as well as a street-shooter, as I did here, or even taken for a stroll in the park.

Fuji Work Record OP

Location of the street walk here is in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, Jalan Petaling to be exact, and a walk back to the Central Market along Jalan Tan Cheng Lock.

Images posted are 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

Mobile Photography, Catching The Morning Sun

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Here I am, back again at my favorite stomping ground, Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya, not because of anything else except that it is very close to where I am staying. A couple of minutes walk will take me to one of the side entrances and an hour or so later I would have finished the roll of film I was testing the camera with, or a couple of dozen images shot with a different test lens mounted on the digital.

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There is nothing grand or spectacular about this place either, but, depending on the time of day, or the day itself, there could be a large crowd watching or participating in a fishing tournament, an RC powerboat derby, kids enjoying the playground facilities, joggers, or just people doing the morning or evening exercise.

For photogs like me, being at the park with its three fairly large water containment areas, and a scattering of high rise developments adjacent and within the surrounding municipality, sunrises on a sunny day are the best time. You will have to get over your sleep deprivation, of course, and have worked out on a plan of what you want to do.

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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. It is one of the two periods within a day when the light is most ideal for capturing breathtaking images.

In terms of composition, one of my favorites is to go for a vantage point where you shoot towards the sun and backlight the subject or have the sun shining from an angle that will add sparkle to shiny surfaces, leaves with waterdrops or spider webs with moisture drips.

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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? To each his own. 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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It goes without saying that enjoying photography and the satisfaction of enjoying the fruits of your amateur endeavors is not about having the best and the most in cameras and equipment, but rather how well you address and plan for the creativity at hand.


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