About Me

My photo
I take pictures of things. Mostly with film. Mostly with cameras. I am an engineer by trade. What really makes me happy, though, is to find an old camera at a swap meet or antique store and bring it back into working order with a few hours at the workbench. I then like to take them out and shoot some film. This blog is in large part the result of that activity.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

springtime, Paramount Ranch

Olympus OM10 50mm f1.8 Kodak 200

We had a particularly wet winter and spring this past year along with a fairly mild summer.  During the spring and early summer I made a point to get over to Paramount Ranch quite frequently.  I'm glad I did that since I will not be working in the Calabasas area after the end of this week.  I'll be working down in West L.A. where there should be lots of new opportunities for photos that will emphasize city and street as opposed to nature and trees.  

This field of flowers was almost overwhelming, it was so bright and large.  I stopped down to f16 for this photo so I could get as much of it in focus as possible.  I crouched down on one knee and braced my elbow.   I took a couple of exposures but this is the one I like the best.  It is almost textural. It looks like carpet.

This photo was taken with an Olympus OM10 that I got (broken, of course) for next to nothing at the Pasadena City College flea market along with a 50mm f1.8 lens.  These lenses are almost free on the used market, I paid the same for one as I paid for a body cap.  Despite getting little respect in the market they are great little lenses, light and fast.  I have since bought a 50mm f1.4 which is considerably larger and heavier.  Nice when you need it, nice to have the option when you don't.  

The OM10 is an aperture priority automated manual focus camera.  This means that you focus with the focus ring on the lens and select an aperture with the aperture ring.  The camera chooses a shutter speed that works for the light coming through the lens and the film speed.  I really like aperture priority and use it most of the time if the camera offers it.  The film camera purists will tell you that the only way is with a fully manual camera but I like that little bit of automation when I can get it.    As it happens I no longer have the OM10, but the OM2 provides a similar aperture priority option, along with the fully manual mode and I still have one (or two).   I suppose you learn more about exposure by choosing a shutter speed manually, but meh. 

It is the photo that counts, anyway.


No comments:

Post a Comment