Monday, April 6, 2020

Abstract, Zuiko OM 100mm F2.8

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Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 100mm F2.8

Digital Moments:

Abstract, Zuiko OM 100mm F2.8

'Five frames, sunbeam abstracts as seen with the Zuiko OM 100mm F2.8'

The Covid-19 constraint does have its way of pushing the photographer into other aspects and challenges that the genre can be viewed from.

Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 100mm F2.8

Images captured with the Zuiko OM 100mm F2.8 mounted on the E-P5.


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Monday, March 30, 2020

At The Farmer's Market, #I

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

At The Farmer's Market, #I

'Five frames, trying on the Xpan image aspect ratio with shots from the Nokia 300'

It has to be a very early morning trudge, or even a footslog, verging dawn if you are after the best of choice and the widest of the selection of farm produce and what have you at the farmer's market. Park your car away from the rush into the site's parking lot, do the walk-in instead, take your time with the pick ...

Nokia Asha 300

Images were shot on the Nokia Asha 300 and cropped to the Xpan image aspect.


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Monday, March 23, 2020

Sights and Scenes (Part II), Konica C35 EF

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Konica C35 EF

Analog Diary:

Sights and Scenes (Part II), Konica C35 EF

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

The second set of images, after Part I, on my walkabout in the city with the Konica C35 EF. Nicknamed 'Pikkari' for being the first 35mm compact camera that came with a built-in flash, the camera was introduced in 1975. Name wise, the C stands for 'compact', the 35 for 35mm film, and EF for 'electronic flash'. Focusing is enabled by selecting preset distances on the rotating lens barrel, using the zone focus method.

Konica C35 EF

One regret of the camera over its predecessor the C35 Automatic is that the camera is not a rangefinder anymore. It is now a zone-focusing model, with a four-zone setting dial located on the rotating lens barrel. The camera, as dictated by its development, is available in two iterations, one from its release date in 1975 and the second from 1977 onwards.

Konica C35 EF

The difference between the two models is the addition of a self-timer and a new speed of 1/250 second which is added to the 1/60 and 1/125 from the older model. On the new model, the self-timer lever is located on the left side of the lens, an orange plastic flash release knob (the old one came with a black plastic one) and the focusing symbols on the lens focusing barrel are framed, otherwise, they are similar.


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Monday, March 16, 2020

Mobile Photography, From Across The Street

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

From Across The Street

'Scenes from across the street, five frames on a quick night out with the Nokia Asha 300'

Scenes as seen from across the street, on a quick night out to the local takeaway, with the buildings properly lighted up, hardly anybody around, and traffic just as sparse and intermittent. Images shot with the Nokia Asha 300.


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Monday, March 9, 2020

At the Stop, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

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Nikon F601, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

Analog Diary:

At the Stop, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

'Five frames with the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, taking time at the railway stop with the Nikon F601'

At the train stop, in the quiet after the morning rush, where time almost stood still. I was on my way to an outing in the suburb and had with me the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D mounted on the Nikon F601.

Nikon F601, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

The AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, introduced in 1995, was the third and final iteration of the AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5 series produced by Nikon. The AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, incidentally, is the only version that is fully compatible with all 35mm SLR Nikon film cameras as well as Nikon FX digital cameras manufactured from 1977 onward.

Nikon F601, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

The Nikon F601, or the N6006 in the US, was introduced in 1991 and featured an improved autofocus system, auto film advance, pop-up electronic flash, a new multi-zone metering program, and a top shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second.


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Monday, March 2, 2020

Low Key Re-Edits, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28nn F2.8

Digital Moments:

Low Key Re-Edits, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

'Five frames on a repeat exercise doing re-edits of a low-key photography session held previously '

A re-edit of the images from low-key photography session I did quite a while back, with the initial post-processed images posted here. Nothing much about this exercise either, just a repeat exercise on the selection of images, cropping, and post-processing, just to see whether my post-processing techniques have improved at all.

Supposedly easy to do, low-key photography is actually very hard to master. Starting off, low-key photography is a genre of photography consisting of shooting dark-colored scenes, with natural or artificial lighting emphasizing only on specific areas in the frame. Results are often visually mysterious, seen as a composition or compositions of light and shapes, interpreted only by the viewer himself.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28nn F2.8

Images were shot in RAW on the Minolta MD 28mm F2.8, mounted on an Olympus Pen E-P5. Post-processing includes edits in Auto Tone Correction, Crop, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, and Unsharp Mask.


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Monday, February 24, 2020

Mobile Photography, Matured

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

Matured

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, sight and scenes of a matured and dated architectural environment'

Sights and scenes at a local university campus. While the matured landscape and manicured lawns add to the ambiance of the environment, the architectural and environmental elements within the area do tend to show a degree of neglect and apathy towards its care and maintenance.


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Monday, February 17, 2020

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

Digital Moments:

Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8, trying it on for close-ups in the garden'

I could have very well used the Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro for these close-ups, but on this occasion, I opted instead for the 'nifty-fifty' Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8. While both lenses have similar 50mm focal lengths, the 50mm F1.8 is more of a general use lens with a minimum focus distance of 0.45 meters instead of 0.25 meters of the 3.5 Macro and comes with a wider minimum aperture opening.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

As the norm, Olympus lenses are known for their good build quality and performance. The same could also be said of the 50mm F1.8, with the accolade that the F1.8 is even sharper than the 50mm F1.4 itself. Over its production run from 1972 till 2002, six (6) different iterations of the lens were produced.

Production started with the 6-element in 5-group Olympus M-System F.Zuiko Auto-S 1.8/50 which is available in three (3) different versions, including an intermediate version with a silver nose. Later versions included the Olympus OM-System Zuiko MC Auto-S 1.8/50, Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50mm 1:1.8, and the much sought after Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50mm 1:1.8 which is also embossed with the 'Made in Japan' lettering on the front lens rim.


On a micro four-thirds camera, as in this case the 2x crop-factor Olympus Pen E-P5, the lens is equivalent to a 100mm prime. Shot wide open, images tends to have a shallow depth of field, which could be used effectively for some shots while others may fare better with smaller aperture openings.


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