Jul 172017
 

A camera is a computer, right? Caputure timestamps are important, right? So, please, can anybody tell me why cameras can’t switch between normal and daylight saving time automatically? Yes, there is the matter of location, I know, but if we have point’n’shoots with GPS receiver modules, why can’t we have them on expensive system cameras like the PEN-F?

Energy drain? Not really. You could either track location permanently (and have it recorded in your pictures, accepting energy drain) or you could check at least once every 15 minutes as long as the camera is on.

Of course this image is one hour off, and that quite a few days after we changed from DST to standard time. Oh my!

3916 – The Lanterns

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Jul 102017
 

This image is a good example for the “tone mapping” technique that I described a few days ago. The image from the camera also had a well distributed histogram across the full range of values, because cameras tend to do that, but while the sky was overly bright, the trees were dull and brownish at best. No gold was to be seen, and gold was, what I had in my memories.

3914 – October Light on an Old House

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Jul 082017
 

I like that effect of organic shadows overlayed on architecture. Technically it’s the same development process as outlined in yesterday’s post: The highlights stretched, the image optimized for occupying the full histogram.

3629 – Shady Corners

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Sep 252016
 

Again this is no image taken with the PEN-F. There won’t be any until mid-winter. But we can talk about it. Let’s see what else is interesting.

The viewfinder is a step back from the VF-4 that I bought with the PEN E-P5. No denial, it is smaller. It does not stick out from the camera though. In fact the whole camera looks smaller and much more retro.

Instead of a Gariz case (like for the E-P5) I bought the original Olympus metal grip instead. It has the same huge price as the very elegant Gariz leather half-case, but it gives better hold. Both have an opening in the bottom plate that allows access to the battery and (theoretically) the SD card.

Why I say theoretically? Well, it does so, but you’d have to have very small fingers. I could get the SD card out of the E-P5 in the Gariz case, but I can’t get it out of the PEN with the Olympus grip.

That’s stupid. I mean, it would have been perfectly possible to make the opening big enough for the door to the battery/card compartment to open wider. They didn’t. It’s hard to imagine that nobody had issues with that during testing, but even if so, they must have chosen to ignore it. For a $130 piece of alumunium this is unacceptable. What do I? I’ve put a pair of pincers into my bag. Problem solved, albeit in a most embarrassing way 🙂

3529 – Got Stripes

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Jun 172016
 

Colors in this image are approximate at best. Processing it, I found out that it looked odd, maybe too green, but “correcting” it made it only worse. In such cases I either go for B&W (would have been a valid option here), or I just stop worrying and do what looks best, regardless of what it was in reality.

Of course it helps if you don’t take images of people. Color-wise architecture is much more forgiving than faces 🙂

3456 – Altogether Now!

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Apr 052016
 

Once, a long time ago, I was the King of Bikes. Where I lived, in the most progressive district near the center of Vienna, bicycles were ubiquitous. Now, living on the edge of town, that is long gone. It’s all cars, cars, cars.

This image was taken on an afternoon when I had a meeting in a department more or less where I once worked.

It’s interesting. As soon as I get there, as soon as I see the old environment, the old instincts are back in the minute. It’s really a different kind of attention to a different kind of things.