Monday, February 27, 2017

Olympus Pen EE-S: Moments

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Olympus Pen EE-S
Moments brings me back to my favorite hangout where I frequent when selling used and vintage 35mm film cameras, manual focus lenses, and other film camera accessories. It was a fast-food joint down the mall located a ten minutes drive from where I live. It has been a while since, and sad to say, the joint is no more, it's lease being taken over by another franchise.

Those were the days, enjoyed my time there, and with the half-frame Pen EE-S, a fixed focus point-and-shoot camera with a 28mm f/3.5 lens with a shutter speed of 1/60 second, images to reminisce the moments. These images were tweaked on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Olympus XA1: Shooting Hipster Style

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Olympus XA1
Shooting Hipster Style
Took the Olympus XA1, and a roll of Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 for an out and about in the park recently, did the shots hipster style and was very excited at what I saw of the scanned images that came back from the lab. Tweaks on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) include edits in Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Color Balance, Sharpness & Blur, and Unsharp Mask. I left Hue & Saturation untouched for this batch of images.

Shooting hipster style is straight shooting with the camera at your hips (waist high), without prior framing or composing the image through the viewfinder, more or less a guesstimate shot. Doing it is pretty easy actually. All you have to do is to first pick your vantage point, hold the camera level and horizontal at hip height with both hands, frame the composition physically with your eyes and body movement, press the shutter with your right thumb, and you are done.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Olympus Pen EF: Curated Colors

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Olympus Pen FF
Curated Colors
Had this roll of shots taken with the 35mm half-frame Olympus Pen-EF scanned but was left lounging on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), my image management and editing software suite, for quite a while. Images from the expired roll of color negative film looked rather pale with muted washed-out colors. Though I have a go at it and see how far I can curate the images to make it a bit more vibrant, loud, glaring, or something like that.

Curating these JPEG images on the OV3 includes the use of Tone Correction, with its strength adjusted manually; very high contrast on the Brightness & Contrast tool, same with color saturation on the Hue & Saturation tool; sharpened with the Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction tools. The images look pretty strong now. I will probably tone it down later for consistency of colors across my image folio.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Zuiko OM Auto-W 21mm f/3.5: Going Ultra Wide Angle #2

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Zuiko OM 21mm f/3.5
Going Ultra Wide Angle #2
The walk down the meandering path of the park gives me the opportunity to grab a few shots which show how well the lens can be adapted to a couple of genres I mentioned above. When focus is set to hyperfocal range, the 92° angle of view of the Zuiko 21mm f/3.5 does not only grabs them all in but also places them equally in focus throughout the depth of field.

Aside from being the recommended option for landscape photography, you can also use ultra wide angle lenses for architectural interiors, near-far relationships, group shots in tight spaces, street shooting sidewinder style (shooting from the hips), and people watching. Images were post-processed on the desktop image manager and editor, tweaked for Auto Tone Correction, Brightens & Contrast, Hue & Saturation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Leica M10 Full-frame Digital Rangefinder: Videos and Reviews

Leica has recently introduced a new full-frame digital rangefinder camera, the Leica M10, an addition to its highly applauded stable of products following on from the M (Typ 240), launched in 2012.

Reminiscent of the old-school film rangefinders, this one too requires manual focusing, which works by converting the views taken from two windows mounted on the front. Your subject is in focus when the two parallax views are seen as one.

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