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Friday, January 27, 2023

Half-Frame Photography, Surreal Colors

Olympus Pen EE-S, Surreal Colors 01
Olympus Pen EE-S, Surreal Colors 02
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#HalfFramePhotography - Five half-frame images with an Olympus Pen EE-S, colors from a roll of expired film.
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It will be quite a hard sell trying to visualize the outcome of your shots with expired films, just be ready to expect the unexpected. Expired films may be fogged, and have decreased sensitivity and contrast, increased grain, color shifts, and reduced saturation that may range from muted colors to extreme desaturation affecting a specific color.
Olympus Pen EE.S
Olympus Pen EE.S

No two rolls of expired film will produce the same results either, as each degrades and warps differently.

Even so, expired films can still surprise you with unexpected imagery. Color shifts, foggy and fuzzy images lacking in sharpness, may provide a vision of the surreal, an option you may not get at all with fresh and current films.

Give yourself a go and you may end up on a high. Sourcing for stocks of expired film, however, may not be easy, as they are not as easily available as expected.




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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, Going Ultra-Wide I

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Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, Going Ultra-Wide I 02
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#AnalogDiary - Film photography favorites, five frames with an Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, going ultra-wide in the park, Part I.
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It was a fine sunny early evening when I first took the Zuiko Auto-W MC 21mm F3.5, an ultra-wide-angle lens, for a walk in the park. The sun was still bright showing hints of a golden sunset which in the end did not really materialize.
Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5
Olympus OM-2SP, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

Completed the walk around the lake's perimeter, and finished a roll of shots on a camera with erratic metering. Happy to share the first batch of images here.

Aside from those bunked by the erratic metering of the camera, and shortcomings from my own creativity, the outing went quite well and I was more than pleased with the results.




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Monday, January 23, 2023

Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 52BB Macro, Handheld

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 52BB Macro, handheld, a little bit shaky, but very impressive regardless.
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It was very exciting, and I was totally elated when the lens came in. Didn't waste any time either as I got the lens unpacked and mounted on the Olympus E-PM2, and was out of the door grabbing these first few shots at where ever the camera was pointed to. With a focal length equivalent to a 180mm telephoto lens on a full-frame camera, the lens needs more than just a steady pair of hands when shooting handheld. I pursued regardless and got away with these few images for the trial.

Olympus E-PM2, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 52BB Macro
Olympus E-PM2, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 52BB Macro

The Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5, a "cult classic" macro lens, a favorite with many users, came with a great reputation for color rendering and excellent chromatic aberration correction. The lens does suffer a little from flare, so a lens-hood is recommended, where available. The first all-metal version of this lens was replaced by the 52BB, with a redesigned barrel with a bayonet fitting for a hood. An autofocus version 52E is also available.

Here's hoping for more images with this lens soon!





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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Happy CNY 2023 Holidays Everyone!





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Friday, January 20, 2023

Half-Frame Photography, Down the LRT Line, Part II

Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part II 01
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#HalfFramePhotography - Five half-frame images with an Olympus Pen EE-S, a neo-nostalgic ride down the LRT line, Part II.
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The Olympus Pen EE-S was the world's first camera with a programmable EE shutter with shutter speeds of 1/30 and 1/250 sec. The shutter speed changes automatically according to the light level.

Olympue Pen EE-S
Olympus Pen EE.S

This model increases the appropriate exposure range over its original EE predecessor which has only a shutter speed of 1/60 sec.

While its predecessor, the Pen EE came with a 28mm F3.5 lens, the EE-S is fitted with a 30mm F2.8 lens. and a three-zone focus system to cater to the wider aperture. The Olympus Pen EE series heralded the start of the programmable EE camera boom.

Images here are from a trip down the LRT line from Kelana Jaya to Kuala Lumpur, shot with the Olympus Pen EE-S on a roll of expired film. Post-processing was done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and the images were edited selectively for Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Color Filter, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction. Tone Curve, Tilt Adjustment, Gamma, and Color Filter edits were also applied to a few images.




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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Half-Frame Photography, Sorting The Images

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#HalfFramePhotograpsy - Five half-frame images with an Olympus Pen EE-S, sorting the images from a roll of expired film.
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It was a while back when I took the Olympus Pen EE.S and a roll of expired film for a session in the garden. Had the roll developed, and scanned, but kept aside and was completely forgotten because I missed uploading it to the image editor.

Olympus Pen EE-S
Olympus Pen EE.S

To cut the story short, I came across the folder only just recently, opened it up and uploaded the images to the desktop, sieved my way through a lot of mostly murky and muddy images, and decided to edit a few for this posting.

Expired films do not become useless as soon as it passes past the expiry date. Some can last years, or even decades, past their expiry date as long as they’re carefully stored. Heat and radiation are the main culprits that will eventually turn the film into a fogged mess.




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Monday, January 16, 2023

Found Slides, As the Sun Sets

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Found Slides, As the Sun Sets 03
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Found Slides, As the Sun Sets 05

#FoundSlides - Five frames, vintage slide images from the '80s, found, scanned, and post-processed for web publishing.

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Holga 120GN, Catching The Golden Hour

Holga 120GN, Catching The Golden Hour 01
Holga 120GN, Catching The Golden Hour 02
Holga 120GN, Catching The Golden Hour 03
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Holga 120GN, Catching The Golden Hour 05
#AnalogDiary - Film photography favorites, five frames with a Holga 120GN, an evening shoot from a pedestrian overpass.
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These images were shot on the Holga 120GN, scanned, and tweak for Auto Tone Correction, Crop and Tilt Adjustment to adjust for scanning error, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

Holga 120 GN
Holga 120 GN

The Holga 120GN is a plastic, fixed-focus, medium format camera fitted with a 60mm zone focus, glass lens as designated by the GN model identification. It comes with only one shutter speed, 1/100th sec, and a selection of two aperture settings, f/8, and f/11. Also fitted is a flash hot shoe. A flash version of the camera is also available. The kit also comes with a stylish thin fabric strap, but not the black duct tape which is recommended for sealing up light leaks.




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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Half-Frame Photography, Down the LRT Line, Part I

Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part I 01
Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part I 02
Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part I 03
Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part I 04
Olympus Pen EE-S, Down the LRT Line, Part I 05
#HalfFramePhotography - Five half-frame images with an Olympus Pen EE-S, a neo-nostalgic ride down the LRT line, Part I.
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I had the opportunity of taking The Olympus Pen EE.S and a roll of expired color negative film on a trip down the LRT lime some time ago. That was the first time I was using the camera and it was a real point-and-shoot experience for me.

Olympus Pen EE-S
Olympus Pen EE.S

Results were of course nowhere near expectation, with blurry and underexposed captures, washed-out colors, grain, and all. To get the images to where they are as shown, they were uploaded for post-processing on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

The Olympus Pen EE-S (1962) was the second model, after the Pen EE in 1961, in the series of amateur EE models produced by Olympus. A true point-and-shoot camera with fully automatic exposure and fixed focusing, these cameras are easily recognized by the selenium meter window around the lens. The EE model became a driving force behind the popularity of the Pen series cameras from Olympus.




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Monday, January 9, 2023

Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5~5.6 EZ

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#VintageDigital - Five frames with an Olympus E-PM2, and an M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5~5.6 EZ, testing out my new vintage digital.

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Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5~5.6 EZ

Must have been the vintage digital GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), and whoa! What do you know, I got myself an Olympus E-PM2 ILC, and an M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5~5.6 EZ to add to my collection.

Launched in 2013, the E-PM2 was an update to the E-PM1 (2011), a compact with the smallest and lightest footprint of any Olympus ILC, came with a 16MP CMOS sensor, the same as found on the E-PL5 and OM-D E-M5, often accolades as a class leader in image quality, a 3.0-inch touch screen, two additional buttons, a small built-in grip on the front panel, and weighs 269 grams with a battery and memory card.

The M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5~5.6 EZ, equivalent to a 28-82mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera, is a very versatile lens, recommended as an all-rounder with a zoom range good for telling photo stories of a subject you are in, portraiture, landscape, and whatever you have in mind. The 8 elements in 5 groups (with 1 Super HR, 1 ED, and 3 aspherical elements) lens has a 5-blade diaphragm, a minimum focusing distance of 0.2 meters at 14mm, and 0.25 meters at 42mm, a minimum aperture of f/16, takes 37mm filters and weighs 93 grams.





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