A new lens

Got this one as a present last week:

A recent present, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

I first saw this mentioned in a blog post and thought that it might be a nice addition, much smaller than the 40-150mm lenses we have from the Four Thirds system and which need an adapter, a bit sharper perhaps, and with a faster autofocus. Even image stabilized though we don’t need that on our Olympus cameras which have the stabilization built right into their bodies already. So I had put it onto my wishlist at some big store, not further thinking about it – and what a nice surprise when all of a sudden I had it!

It comes with a lens hood which is reversed on the lens in the picture above (take that, Olympus!), and it is indeed nice & sharp at all of its focal lengths which compare to a (much bigger) 70-200mm lens on a 24x36mm film camera. I used it on last week’s photo of Tuna the cat already:

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

But this photo is heavily processed with its “in-body” (added by OV3) pin hole art filter. Still, this somehow also replaces my 75mm/1.8 which was stolen in Paris last year.

Today I used it at the longer end and somewhere in the middle (at 64mm) on some flowers on our veranda:

Some flowers on our veranda, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Some flowers on our veranda, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Some flowers on our veranda, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Some flowers on our veranda, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

So with its variable aperture of f/4 to f/5.6 which closes down pretty fast when you zoom in it’s a pretty little lens for outdoors – but I also tried it indoors at 35mm already with good results:

Self portrait, Frankfurt 2019

Cool. This might come handy for the upcoming documentation project of Zuleikha’s school event, and also for the upcoming summer holidays. How great to have this; thanks a lot!

Also for reading and viewing, as always.

Tuna from today (June 4th, 2019)

Another photo of our cat who likes the warm ground. A bit processed with the pin hole filter and a frame effect in Olympus Viewer 3 (like in-camera):

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

As always, thanks for viewing.

I simulated film today

I took a photo of Tuna again, using two of my studio strobes and with the PanaLeica 25mm lens on my camera set to f/4.

Then, after “developing” the raw .orf file using OV3 on a simulated Win7 box, I also saved a copy in black & white, using a simulated orange filter (you can do that either in-camera or with Olympus Viewer 3 in post production, the resulting image will be identical).

I also took the colour converted .tif file and loaded it into Silver Efex, trying their 019 “Fine Arts” preset, and also Ilford HP 5 Plus and Kodak Tri-X 400TX film simulations.

And I “developed” all resulting .tif (or in case of SFX, .TIFF) files with Raw Therapee on Linux, and added some meta information. Then I compared the results on my screen for a while.

The “in-camera” (through OV3) black & white conversion was the smoothest of them all, the “Fine Arts” preset of Silver Efex had the most information and almost some kind of a slight HDR look, and the film simulations were very close to each other in this case. In the end, I opted for the most contrasty one of them all which also had some fine simulated grain, which was Tri-X.

As always, I midtoned it to get those grey tones a bit more brownish, and I also cropped it to a 3:2 format like Kleinbildfilm used to have – I thought that also fitted the Leica branded lens on my camera.

Here’s the result:

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

See Flickr for full resolution if you’re interested in that.

And as always, thanks for reading and viewing.

Looking for prey on 1st of May

Took a photo of Tuna the cat out there in the sun, so it’s very high contrast I had to deal with…

Looking for prey on 1st of May, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Thanks for viewing. Have a nice 1st of May everyone.

Edit: I was out a bit with my camera, and I met Tuna again there when coming back. So here are two more of her, this time outside of our garden wall:

Tuna & Wolfgang outside 1/2, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Tuna & Wolfgang outside 2/2, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Thanks again for viewing.

A photo of Tuna from today (March 30th, 2019)

I set the kit zoom of my camera to 17mm today, which is the equivalent field of view like 35mm on an old Kleinbildfilm (24x36mm) camera, and took another photo of our cat. Then, while listening to Freddie Freeloader (from Miles’ ‘Kind of blue’), I cropped it to 16:9 format and made this:

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

And as always, thanks for viewing.

A photo of Tuna from today (March 21st, 2019)

Switched on two of my studio strobes and took my camera out, then I got down on eye level as usual:

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

Taken with the “kit zoom” at 31mm, but cropped a little more during post production. Midtoned as usual.

Thanks for viewing.

Take a rest (video)

Made a short video of my latest collaboration on Wikiloops:

Wikiloops collaboration #159026 – Take a rest

It shows that I haven’t used many effects, just a bit of eq and compression. It also shows the Wikiloops page of the track, and our cat who took a rest (which is what cats do best) 🙂


Approaching end of February with two photos of Tuna (our cat)

The last weekend of February is almost half over already, but we had a nice day and currently we’re having a nice sundown. Got a package with some stuff including – for me – John Goldsby’s Jazz bass book which is great. You only have to mention titles like “How high the moon”, and I have them in my ears…

Anyway, I took a few photos of Tuna, and here are two of them, in black & white, midtoned as usual, and with a white border (but I left them in the 4:3 format to represent (Micro-) Four Thirds):

Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019
Tuna the cat, Moerfelden-Walldorf 2019

As always, thanks for viewing and reading.