Monday, March 30, 2020

Mobile Photography, At the Farmer's Market I

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Nokia Asha 300

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with a vintage Nokia Asha 300, an early morning trip to the local Farmer's Market, Part I.

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 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, and you can still be done before the sun is up.

Nokia Asha 300

Images were shot on the Nokia Asha 300 and cropped to the 2.7: 1 image aspect.


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Monday, March 23, 2020

Five Frames, Konica C35 EF, Sights and Scenes II

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Konica C35 EF

Film photography favorites, five frames with a Konica C35 EF, sights, and scenes from a walkabout in the city, Part II.

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

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with a vintage Nokia Asha 300, out on an errand, shots from across the street.

Views 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

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

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

Film photography favorites, five frames with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, at the train stop.

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

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

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

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Minolta MD 28mm F2.8, a re-edit of an earlier low-key shoot session.

A re-edit of the images from the 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, lowkey photography is a genre of photography consisting of shooting dark-colored scenes, with natural or artificial lighting emphasizing only 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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