Monday, December 28, 2020

Digital Moments, The Allure of the Widescreen

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The Allure of the Widescreen

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, on images shot and cropped to the widescreen 16:9 format'

I have always had an affinity for the widescreen 16:9 format, the most common aspect ratio for television and computer monitors. The format was introduced to replace the original fullscreen 4:3 aspect ratio. It is now the international standard format of digital television.

Being able to shoot in both the image aspect ratios, the 4:3 and 16:9 (and a host of others) on the Pen E-P5 makes it very convenient for me to switch from one to another, and with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 fitted with an adapter, I might have found the right lens (nothing technical here) for the right vista of a widescreen image, or maybe not.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

Thoughts aside, could this be a change in my generic aptitude from doing just still photography to something along the creative line? The Pen E-P5 does come with a time-lapse shooting feature, for a maximum of 99 frames, which could be good enough to start you off with a 10-second video with the frames shot at 5-second intervals. Hmmm!


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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Mobile Photography, Comparing Images

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Comparing Images

'Five frames with the Nokia 3.1, on comparing images shot on the Olympus Pen E-P5 posted earlier'

Another batch of images of the same desolated play area of the children's playground in the local park, done on the smartphone.


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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Digital Moments, Desolate

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Desolate

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, on an early morning walk in the park'

The lingering effect of the Covid 19 Pandemic confinement, a bleak and forlorn look of the children's play area at our local park, still wet from an overnight drizzle, where the ground has been left idle, unkept, unattended, secured only by a hastily strung perimeter security tape.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

Though left desolated, and strangely quiet, being there still gives you the eerie feeling that you can still hear the echoes of the screams and laughter of the children as they tramps around while enjoying themselves. All that you can see, if at all, are the leaves that have fallen into the area being picked up and swirled around by the breeze in the hot sun later in the day.


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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Mobile Photography, Learning A New Trick

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Learning A New Trick

'Five frames with the HMD Nokia 3.1, on a new learning curve with the smartphone, close up macro photography'

Just the baby steps here, and a quick look at a bit of a niche within the larger smartphone photography world which I have completely overlooked, and was not even truly aware of its true potential until I chanced upon a couple of articles on it, close-ups and macro photography.

Mobile Photography, Learning A New Trick

In its simplest terms, close-ups, and smartphone macro photography, image captures of objects at close-up focal distance and imaging of super small items with only the smartphone instead of using a DSLR or mirrorless ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera), is already wildly popular and is a regular in the photography industry. And the most important aspect of this genre is that you do need any other equipment or hardware aside from your smartphone.

Unless you are going into vlogging as well, even the gimbal stabilizer, as shown in the image, is not even an optional accessory that you may need to have.



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Monday, November 30, 2020

Digital Moments, Minimalist

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Minimalist

'Three frames with the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5, on what is interpreted as minimalism in photography'

Another batch of shots with the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5 has turned out to be a real surprise. This highly underrated lens, largely overshadowed by much more applauded MD 35-70mm, is a well-built 13-elements in 10-groups two-touch zoom construction, with an optical design that includes aspherical and floating elements. On its own, this zoom provides for coverage of popular focal length distances. The lens also comes with a macro mode.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

Though comparatively bulky when adapted to the smallish Pen E-P5, it is still a nice fit, and comfortable to hold. Images on the 2x crop-sensor are full-frame equivalents of 56, 70, 100, 140, and 165mm. Holding the camera steady at the long end of the zoom could be quite a situation as you will need very steady hands or have the camera well supported.


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Monday, November 23, 2020

Mobile Photography, Night Watch

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Night Watch

'A three-frame feature with the Nokia 3.1, night shots while waiting to pick up a passenger

Not my normal five-frames feature, but rather a shortened three frames shot while waiting to pick up a passenger at one of our local transport terminals. I am still toying with the idea of using the mobile as a replacement to my defunct Nokia Asha 300 which I really enjoyed using while it was going good.

The camera now comes with an app that is very much improved over the time when the phone was first introduced. Select functions now include Panorama, Manual, Photo, Video, Slow Motion, and Time Lapse. Images too, were pretty much sharper and more delineated than before, as shown in these night shots.


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Monday, November 16, 2020

Digital Moments, Getting Close

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Getting Close

'Five frames with the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5, on getting up close with the macro mode'

My test of the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 continues, both in the park and in my garden, with shots far and near, from the long end of the tele-zoom to the macro mode that the lens is capable of executing. I find all these rather exciting which has brought up the lens from being a rather obscure element in my collection to getting close and very likable.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

This well-built 13-elements in 10-groups two-touch varifocal zoom, with an optical design that includes aspherical and floating elements, has a very versatile and popular zoom range that covers from 28mm to 85mm. On the 2x crop-sensor Micro FourThirds this equates to a full-frame equivalent of 56mm to 170mm, a range that will cover the standard normal to medium telephoto. Images were sharp and color rendition fantastic.


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Monday, November 9, 2020

Mobile Photography, Down By The Lake

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Down By The Lake

'Five frames with the HMD Nokia 3.1, on finding a reason to continue, and getting a new lease of interest'

The pandemic is still with us, the second wave is hitting hard with up to more than a thousand new cases in the past couple of days, with the highest so far at more than a thousand and seven hundred, and the prediction that this surge will continue with infections at this rate or higher for a couple of more weeks before it will begin to flatten out again.

I also did the inevitable today, went looking up the Net to see how other fellow bloggers are doing, and what I found was not too good a sight. Many have been left unattended, some have been so for more than a couple of months, and one with a prominent announcement that it was 'Taking a break for a while...'

With photo walks down to an absolute zero and the image stock scrapping the bottom of the barrel, it could have been the reason for me to do the same. Resilience pays off, however, as I picked up the last gasp courage to venture out to the nearby park with a lens to test and came back to realize that the least specked mobile that I was using, has an auto-updated camera app, which includes a panorama feature, that seems to be far better than when the camera was first introduced.

As with the first batch of images with the mobile which was posted earlier, and now with this batch of trial images, I might have found a reason to continue, with a new lease of interest.


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Monday, November 2, 2020

Digital Moments, Early Morning Shots

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Early Morning Shots

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2, on a quest for a 35mm prime worth the keep'

An early morning pastel outlook of my neighborhood right off my front gate, captured with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2 adapted to the 2x crop-sensor ILC body, part of my 'Keeping The Options Open' series, where I am going through a selection of 35mm primes, and a zoom, to pick out the one which I would rather keep.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

While the first post of the series was shot with the Nikkor 35mm F2, this is was done with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2. I have used both of the lenses before, but not on a comparative basis like I am doing now.


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Monday, October 26, 2020

Mobile Photography, Weeping Willows

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Weeping Willows

'Five frames with the HMD Nokia 3.1, aspiring for a new start with an improved camera app, that could still be better'

I was saddened, actually, at the demise of my favorite candy bar mobile phone, the Nokia Asha 300. The mobile, which was a 2011 release, had a 2.4-inch touch screen, and a 5 MP camera, which served me well with its set of super sharp images which I enjoyed very much. I was using the camera in favor of the current mobile that I am using, the bottom-of-the-line implementation of the new HMD Global Nokia series introduced in 2018.

Improved over time, the camera app that came with the set is now a better performer, with more selective functions, and images that are pretty much sharper and more delineated than when it was first introduced. This is my first re-trial of using the camera after having it lying around redundant for the whole time I was using the phone. Using a mobile phone for daylight shots, just as taking these shots here, is pretty much the art of guesstimate shooting, as you can hardly see anything much on the phone's display screen.


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