Some more photos from this weekend

Starting with that new bird feeder you might have seen in the video already:

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Tuna, looking at the door grip (she wants the door to be opened when she does that):

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Some calluna vulgaris (Knospenheide) which Mitchie bought:

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My film camera on my computer desk (using it more at the moment):

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A portrait of Zuleikha, outdoors:

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And three portraits of Tuna, out- and indoors:

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And finally, a toy which Mitchie made a long time ago for Zuleikha – now photographed with Mitchie’s manual OM Zuiko 50mm/3.5 macro lens at f/8:

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Thanks for the fave on Flickr, sayang.

And all others: as always, thanks for viewing/reading.

Some crops from today, in black and white

Let’s talk gear a bit.

When Kirk Tuck lately mentioned “My lens of choice today was the older, Contax Y/C Zeiss 50mm f1.7 lens, with an adapter. I shot almost everything at f2.0.” (that was in his blog article I mentioned already), I thought of course of my old and manual OM Zuiko lenses, which are quite wonderful. Of course I thought of using them, but didn’t. Until today.

On my Olympus OM-2N camera I have the G.Zuiko Auto-S 1:1.4 f=50mm lens, and in the camera I have Kodak 400TX (“Tri-X”) black & white film. So my plan for today was to take and to use that camera and lens, but if I’d taken only that one, I wouldn’t have anything to show right now – film still needs some time for development and all.

So I decided to also use my second lens from the OM System, the Zuiko Auto-S 50mm 1:1.8 “made in Japan” lens, adapted to my digital OM-D E-M10 (so I would have something to show right now).

Like Kirk did with his Contax/Yashica/Zeiss lens, I let my 1.4 Zuiko on the film camera on f/2 most of the time, but you can’t use the 1.8 Zuiko at f/2 – so I used that one fully open (also most of the time, when I set one camera to f/8, so I did with the other as well).

And since I had black & white film in my film camera, I set the digital one to black & white as well, and also to a 3:2 aspect ratio, just like my 135-type film has (it’s “full frame” in modern terms, meaning it has the Kleinbildfilm format of 24x36mm – which is 2:3).

So – the title says “crops”, and that is what today’s images from the digital camera are. I framed (and “composed”) everything using the film camera, then using the digital one I took another image from the exact same position, only with f/1.8 instead of f/2. So from the digital camera I have a crop of that “full frame” of the film – the sensor of (Micro) Four Thirds cameras is ca. 13x17mm, which is about the quarter area you have on 135-type film. So the crop factor is about 1:2 (or the angle from the lens looks a bit like a 100mm lens would have on the film camera). Depth of field is almost identical using that technique of course (in fact my digital “crop” camera at f/1.8 has less depth of field that the “full framer” film camera at f/2), but the digital doesn’t show the full image – or the film shot is much wider. Name it as you will; this is what I did today.

So here are some of these “crops”:

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The next one was taken with the lenses at f/8:

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And this one was at f/2.8:

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Nice and sharp – like all Olympus lenses (the 1.4 version is a bit better than the 1.8 one). Back to f/1.8 (or “fully open”):

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And one last one which I took with the digital camera only, just to show you my camera of choice of today – the Olympus OM-2N, photographed using one of its own lenses:

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I’ll show you the film images as soon as I have those films developed.

Thanks for viewing.

Lens: fully open

Today I went almost the same way like yesterday. But when deciding on which lens to take, I thought that with my 25mm lens I’ve paid for f/1.4, so I could as well use it. My camera doesn’t go faster than 1/4000s, so I also mounted a polarizer and an ND4 grey filter in front of that lens. So here are some photos of the same objects, buildings etc. like yesterday, and some different ones:

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Just noticed my typo in the filename of the airport photo…

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The right camera, the right lens

There are a few other photographers whose blogs I follow; one of those I read since years is Kirk Tuck, a professional photographer about my age from Austin, TX, USA. In his latest blog post he wrote about a walk with his Panasonic G85 (which is here called G80, its successor is the G81), married with an old and manual focus Contax/Yashica/Zeiss 50mm/1.7 lens.

And yes, nice results. My main and now only camera is the Olympus OM-D E-M10, which is comparable, and like Kirk I wanted to take a walk with that camera today. I could have used one of my older and manual Olympus lenses from the OM system – I have the 50mm in both versions, with apertures of 1.4 and 1.8. Or I could have used the Zuiko ED Digital 50mm/2 Macro which I also love and which gives me autofocus with the right adapter. But instead, I just used the 45mm/1.8 from the newer Olympus Micro Four Thirds series of lenses, and like Kirk, I let it on f/2 almost all of the time.

So here are some impressions from my walk around noon today:

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Thanks for viewing.

Cat nap

I took Tuna’s photo while she was sleeping in her chair. I simulated our reading light with my compact flash, and treated the converted picture with Silver Efex Pro2, using its “019 Fine Arts Process” preset instead of a film simulation. Looks like this:

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Bird photos with a wide angle lens

Birds are shy animals, so normally you need very long, bright, and expensive lenses to get some good photos of them.

Not so if you have a camera which can be remote controlled in any way – by trigger, timer, or any other device. My E-M10 and newer Olympus cameras can be remote controlled by your smartphone, using a cost-free ‘app’ from Olympus called O.I Share. So if you have the right camera and a tripod, you can get bird photos even with a wide angle lens, like I just did using my 14mm Panasonic lens:

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These are great tits, or Kohlmeise as we call them in German, or parus major in Latin. Feed them with sun flower seeds, which they like best, or with raisins like Mitchie did here.

Thanks for viewing & reading.

Tuna in colour and in black and white

One photo which I took today, with the Panasonic 14mm/2.5 lens on the Olympus E-M10 camera, was this:

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It’s not exactly like out of the camera; I desaturated the colours a bit, and added a slight vignette in RawTherapee.

And tho I liked the colours, I wondered how they would translate to “tones” in black & white. So I went back to the beginning, converted the .orf to a .tif (still in colour) with the Olympus Viewer 3, and then I used Silver Efex Pro 2 from the Google Nik Collection to convert it to a black & white photo.

With that software, I simulated the use of an Ilford HP5 Plus film, which is what I often used when I was much younger than today, and developed film and enlarged photos from the negatives myself. I now have Tri-X (Kodak) in my Olympus OM-2 camera, but as I’m from Europe, during my days it was mostly Ilford which was made in England during that time.

I also simulated the use of a yellow filter on my lens, which of course made the blue sofa much darker, and everything yellowish lighter. The result is here:

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I like both images, but this one maybe more, especially the patchwork blanket in the background.

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Autumn colours

My last blog post was about a solar race in Australia, where it’s spring right now. But here in the Northern hemisphere, we have autumn – and with it come the nicest colours, as always. While spring may trick your eye and brain because winter was all dull and grey, it’s in fact autumn which gives nature all these really unbelievable colours, especially on leaves:

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Those reds are best if you see the foliage from the shadow side, after the sun shone through those leaves – you don’t see it in this picture, but look just around your place – it’s so nice.

Update: here’s another shot, this time against the light, and with the sun deliberately included into the frame. Please don’t try this with your DSLR, or if you do, please at least don’t look through your optical finder. This is something you can do with mirrorless, but not with optical finders:

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Anyway, it shows these red leaves backlit now, to make my point from this morning/noon.

Thanks for viewing.