Monday, May 25, 2020

Mobile Photography, At the Farmer's Market III

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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 III.

Finishing off my image series from a couple of visits to the local Farmer's Market, done just prior to the Covid-19 confinement. While images on Part I and Part II, shot on the prior, were cropped to the 2.7:1 image aspect ratio, these later images are not. These are the 4:3 aspect images from the 5MP Nokia Asha 300, resized to 800 pixels on the taller side.


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Monday, May 18, 2020

Five Frames, Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB, A Look Back

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Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB

Film photography favorites, five frames with a Konica Genba Kantoku 2WB, and a look back at a past street shoot.

A look back at the set of test images taken with the Konica Genba Kantoku 2WB as used on its film camera review page, as compared to the set used for the initial blog post, way back in 2019.

A very interesting camera with an F3.5 28mm wide-angle lens, the Genba Kantoku (Site Supervisor) is a series of ruggedized and weatherproofed 35mm film cameras first introduced into the construction industry in 1990 as the Genba Kantoku 28.

Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB

While the 28mm lens version was also made available as the Konica Off-road Wide 28, and later complemented with the New Genba Kantoku 28, Genba Kantoku 28WB, Genba Kantoku 28WB ECO, and Genba Kantoku 28HG, there was also the 40mm Genba Kantoku, 40mm off-road Genba Kantoku DD, 28-56mm Genba Kantoku Zoom, and later the digital DG-1, DG-2, DG-3Z, DG-4W, and DG-5W.


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Monday, May 11, 2020

Five Frames, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8, Down By The Lake

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

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with an Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8, an early morning show.

Here we are, still doing the best under the COVID-19 constraints, going through the archives for something worthwhile to blog about. This one was an early morning outing by the lake, taken a while back, with the Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8, looking at a bit of the wildlife that frequent the lake for food and habitat.

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

I do not think that the Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8, which is only equivalent to 100mm on the 2x crop-sensor E-P5 is effective here. The images were huge blowups of the minuscule sections of the image and there. A better setup, with a longer focal length lens, a tripod, and timing would have been the better choice ...

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

Faced with the difficulty of the constraint, one thing that is for sure is that instead of fretting and whining your time away from being a truly creative person, a notion of persistence should be the drive to get you going along with what seems to be this long and rocky road.


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Monday, May 4, 2020

Film Photography Favorites, A Picture Book Project

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01/18/2017, Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko 38mm F1.8
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06/07/2017, Olympus Trip 35
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An idea book for the pandemic stay-at-home confinement, a date-timed annotated thematic image triptych picture book on Google Photos.

With many photographers spending a lot more time at home or indoors during these COVID-19 stay-at-home pandemic confinement, the challenge to keep going and occupied may come as a daunting task, leaving you sometimes struggling for inspiration. This should not be the case, you should not let that happen, the creative juice must keep on flowing.

Do not fret too much at your inability to go out for a shoot, or to take the exposed film roll to the lab for processing, and the missing moments of satisfaction at seeing the negative frames popping up as full JPEG images on the scanner. There are always other ideas that you can be creative with, look at, or just get started on.

One idea I started on is to organize and manage a gallery or archived images on a shared photo-sharing platform, Google Photos. I found it easy and straightforward to do what I had planned with the 'Album' function that came with the app. My take on the project is to create the Analog Diary Photo Book as a date-timed annotated thematic image triptych.

After a couple of trials and I had the Picture Book going good in the direction it was meant to be. Currently, though, the project is still in its infancy, with very limited image content. This will, of course, change over time, and as it is set to be a long-term project, I am sure that its development will go far and long beyond the confines of any current hardships. Looking forward to your visit.


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