Monday, December 30, 2019

Digital Moments, The Adenium Obesum

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2

Digital Moments:

The Adenium Obesum

'Five frames, the Adenium Obesum, or Desert Rose, with the Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2'

A native to the Sahel regions, south of the Sahara, and tropical and subtropical eastern and southern Africa and Arabia, the thick and bulbous stemmed Adenium Obesum, or commonly known as Sabi Star, Kudu, Mock Azalea, Impala Lily and Desert Rose, is one of the other flowering plants that seem to survive and blooms periodically in my harsh and unkempt mini garden.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2

Though miniature in my garden pot, the evergreen can grow to 1–3 meters in height, with leaves that are simply shaped and leathery in nature, about 5–15 cm long and 1–8 cm broad, that grows spirally toward the tips of the shoots. Five-petalled tubular form flowers, in small terminal clusters, tend to be red and pink, often with a whitish blush outward of the throat, are 2–5 cm. long with the outer portion diameter at 4–6 cm.

Images were shot with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2 wide-angle mounted on the Olympus Pen E-P5. With the equivalent of a 70mm focal length and the closest focus distance 30 cm, close up shots can be done at almost macro-scale with the subject literally touching a hooded front end of the lens.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2

The lens, of course, is a classic in its own right. It is a fully manual focusing and aperture control lens, with an 8-elements in 7-groups construction, and a superb of metal and glass built. Measuring only 43mm in length, the Zuiko 35mm F2 is also one of the most compact version in its class. It is hardly longer than a standard lense yet it comes with a very bright F2 aperture for crystal clear vision from inside the finder.


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Monday, December 23, 2019

Sights and Scenes (Part I), Konica C35 EF

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Konica C35 EF

Analog Diary:

Sights and Scenes (Part I), Konica C35 EF

'Five frames, sights and scenes (Part I) on a walkabout in the city with the Konica C35 EF'

One of my favorite film cameras, to date, is the small and compact Konica C35 Automatic, a true rangefinder and a favorite with a tack sharp four-element Hexanon 38mm F2.8 lens. The camera was part of a four-camera series by Konica which includes the original C35, C35 V (C35 E&L), C35 Automatic (C35 Flashmatic), and Auto S3 (C35FD).

Konica C35 EF

The follow-up series, which started with the Konica C35 EF, nicknamed 'Pikkari' in Japan, introduced in 1975 was the first 35mm compact camera with a built-in flash. Over the original series, the C35 EF was an all-black plastic body and much like the earlier C35 V, comes with only a zone focusing feature.

Konica C35 EF

The camera itself is slightly bigger and wider than the original C35, and as I can see from the ads listed on auction sites, it will be a hard sell if you find one that is fully functional. Mine had a non-working flash. You still need a battery to run its AE electronics. I had a 1.5 volts SR44 installed, which should work just as well. At a pinch, you may want to set the film ISO speed to a lower setting to cater for the difference.


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Monday, December 16, 2019

Sights and Scenes, Scenes At The Stop #I

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

Sights and Scenes, Scenes At The Stop #I

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, out in the suburbs, the quiet start and end to my photo walk sessions'

Two stops actually, the first one is where I normally start from, the second is where I normally return to. I do this often enough if my photo walk session is planned for the city or other interconnected locations accessible by the LRT links.

Nokia Asha 300


The first is about 15 minutes walk from my place, which I do when the feeder bus service is delayed or when I missed its schedule. The return stop is further up the line, where the feeder bus service starts, making it a very convenient waiting point for the return leg of the outing.

What is interesting about stops that are away in the suburb is that they are normally very quiet and seem almost lifeless once the morning rush is over or during the weekends. A good start to have the world unto yourself, with no-frill images captures with the Nokia Asha 300, cropped.


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Monday, December 9, 2019

Night Scenes, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2

Digital Moments:

Night Scenes, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2, on a night shoot with the Olympus Pen E-P5'

I was not expecting anything much when I first took the Zuiko OM 35mm F2, one of the highlight lens of my Zuiko OM lens collection, for a trial shoot. It was a night shoot from the front yard of my humble abode, shooting scenes that you might find familiar within these blog posts.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2

On the 2x crop-sensor MFT digital camera, the lens is equivalent to a 70mm prime.

In its native form, a 35mm lens is the most popular among wide-angle lenses, most often regarded as an all-purpose and a very convenient lens for normal use. The advantage that makes the 35mm more sought after than a standard 50mm lies with its ability to include more of the total picture area (25% more) while rendering the images still with neat natural perspectives.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 35mm F2

Along with its slower sibling, the 35mm F2.8, the Zuiko OM 35mm F2 was manufactured by Olympus up until 2002 when Olympus began switching the lens production for Four Thirds lenses for the new generation of DSLRs. While still commonly available on used markets, good copies of the lens may cost you a fair bundle.


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Monday, December 2, 2019

On Black-and-White Conversion, LOMO Smena 35

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LOMO Smena 35

Analog Diary:

On Black-and-White Conversion, LOMO Smena 35

'Five frames with the LOMO Smena 35, with black-and-white conversion on Microsoft Photos'

I took these images with the LOMO Smena 35 on a roll of expired Kodak ColorPlus 200, had the images scanned post-processed initially on the defunct Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and did the print conversion and enhancement on Microsoft Photos.

LOMO Smena 35

For those who are familiar with the all-plastic LOMO Smena 35, the Triplet T-43 40mm F4, as we know it, is quite a highly regarded '3 lens anastigmat' built-in coated glass kit lens fitted to the Smena series cameras. The same lens built is seen on Smena models 6, 7, 8, 8лю, Smena-Rapid, Smena-SL, Smena-Simvol, Smena-19, Smena E, Smena 20, and Smena 35. These cameras were first manufactured first by GOMZ in 1953, and later by MMZ and LOMO.

As for the post-editing bit itself, working on Microsoft Photos was not a well-traveled workflow for me, and this was actually the first time I am using the apps for the conversion. The ease of use, however, and the resulting images which are easily manipulated for Light, Color, and Clarity, and Vinegtte for a bit of peripheral darkening have it all going for me.

Microsoft Photos Edit & Create interface

Accessing the Widows Photos Edit & Create interface is equally easy, which is brought up with a double-click on any image located within a folder, and choosing Edit from the Create & Edit drop-down menu. Edit & Create options available are Crop & Rotate, Filter, and Lighting Adjustments. All options are very intuitive and easy to use.


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