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This is an image from a walk through downtown Grimsby, Ontario in the harsh mid-afternoon sunlight. The patio of ‘The Judge’ as it is known to locals, or more properly, The Judge & Jester, a pub/eatery on Main Street, had its tables and chairs on the sheltered patio awaiting a warm day and some patrons. The pattern of the metal chairs and the table against the not-so-subtle red wall meant I had to take a photo (Red Rule observed). Still awaiting the warm weather here. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-03-25

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Taken using a hand-held Olympus OM-D EM-5 fitted with an Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm M Zuiko 14-42mm EZ 1:3.5-5.6 lens set to 26mm, Manual mode, Daylight WB, ISO200, f/9.0, 1/250 sec. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Olympus RAW/ORG source file: set final image size to be 8000px wide, enable Shadows/Highlights and recover highlight detail and a little of the shadow detail, decrease Lightness and slightly increase Contrast and Chromaticity in L-A-B mode, set white balance to Daylight (5300K) sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Grimsby downtown sunlight shadows harsh light hard light pub patio table chairs wall red Red Rule The Judge The Judge & Jester The Judge And Jester Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Olympus OM-D EM-5 M Zuiko 14-42mm EZ 1:3.5-5.6

N 9 B 410 C 0 E Apr 14, 2019 F Apr 14, 2019
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Here is another vintage camera image from the stash. This is a composite showing the top view of a 1965 Minolta Autocord CDS and in the viewfinder area is an image of the front view of the same camera, much like if it were taking an image of a similar camera. This is a 120 roll film twin lense reflex/TLR camera. The bottom lense is for placing an image on the film, and the matching top lense focuses on the ground glass (after being bent 90 degrees by a mirror – hence reflex and also why images in the viewfinder are reversed left-to-right). This model allows you to meter the scene using a built-in CDS light meter. These cameras were beautifully made and using them leads to a somewhat different perspective on your subject, particularly when shooting people as in street photography. For some examples of this style of photography, check out some of the work by Vivian Maier ( www.vivianmaier.com/ ). It should be noted that she use a Rolleiflex which is a similar body type. And, yes it is fully operational.
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Date Taken: 2019-04-14

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Taken in ambient room light from a mix of overhead LED and fluorescent lighting. Two images were captured, one of the top view of the camera and the other of a front view. The images were composited to show the front view image in the location of the ground-glass viewing area in the top view.

Taken using a tripod-mounted Nikon D7100 fitted with an AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D lense, ISO100, daylight WB, Aperture priority mode, f/10.0, 3 sec with an EV-0.67 exposure bias (because of the black background and body), and this was repeated for the front view. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: resize top view image to produce a result 9000px wide, enable shadows/highlights and recover highlight detail and a bit of shadow detail, sharpen (edges only), save. Repeat the process for the front view image. PP in free Open Source GIMP: copy the image of the top view to 2 layers, top layer for background darkening and bottom layer for camera adjustment, add a black/transparent layer mask to the top/background layer and using white paint and a soft-edged brush, paint in the background after which I added a new black layer and placed it behind the main layer, I then did some minor tone curve adjustment to the top view layer, I then panted in the mask area corresponding to the ground glass viewing screen using a white paint brush to make it transparent. I took the front view image and scaled it to fit into the area corresponding to the ground glass viewing screen in the top view, copied the result to a new layer in the top view image and positioned the front view below the top view layer so the front view appears in the ground glass area, I flipped the front view left-to-right (so it would look as it would if the camera were showing it, created a new working layer from the visible result, did some fine tuning of overall contrast and brightness, sharpen, save, scale image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black and white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 3000 wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   camera vintage 1965 film roll film 120 Minolta Minolta Autocord CDS twin lens reflex TLR monochrome black-and-white Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D

N 3 B 487 C 1 E Apr 13, 2019 F Apr 13, 2019
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Some of my Bando de Kvar colleagues have been posting images of old cameras from their ‘stash’, although not on Flickr. Here is my latest submission to that exercise. Anyway, so you thought Detroit was only known for cars, well perhaps somewhat less so in more recent times. But also in Detroit, Michigan, the Detrola company got into the camera business producing a range of models over a relatively short period, supplementing a range of radios and record players. But these camera models really could be described as being of two types: bakelite 127 film models featuring a number of different lenses and shutters, and a 35mm Leica clone. Shown here is my Model B bakelite wonder. Sporting a Duo Micro-Flex 1:7.9 (1:7.9 to 22) fixed-focus lense mounted in a self-cocking shutter sporting speeds of Instant, Bulb and Time all set in a collapsible lense barrel, it also offered the proud owner an extinction light meter and half-frame 27 images. All this was wrapped in an only-a-mother-could-love-it art deco body design. But it is a bit of vintage eye-candy for the display case. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-04-13

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Taken in ambient room light from a mix of overhead LED and fluorescent lighting. Taken using a tripod-mounted Nikon D7100 fitted with a Tamron 90mm 1:2.8 Macro 1:1 (272E) lense, ISO100, daylight WB, Aperture priority mode, f/10.0, 2 sec with an EV-0.67 exposure bias (because of the black background and body). PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Nikon RAW/NEF source file: Convert to black-and-white using the channel mixer and decrease the green channel to darken the image, enable shadows/highlights and significantly recover highlight detail and a bit of shadow detail, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: fine tune the overall tonal representation using the tone curve tool, clone out some dirt spots, sharpen, sharpen, save, add fine black and white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   camera vintage Detrola model b Detroit 127 roll film half frame bakelite art deco monochrome black-and-white Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Nikon D7100 Tamron 90mm 1:2.8 Macro 1:1 (272E)

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While out for a walk in the Westdale area of Hamilton, Ontario along Winston Churchill Park, I came across a pet subject of mine, a fire hydrant with chipped/damage multiple layers of different coloured paint. From the bright shiny bolt head, I suspect some of the damage is recent. Regardless, a nice splash of colour creating an unintended abstract. A quick capture with my cell phone and then I continued with a pleasant Spring walk. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-04-12

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Taken using a hand-held Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone, full auto, ISO40, f.2.2, 1/140 sec. PP in free Open Source GIMP from Samsung SOOC jpeg file: crop a bit of the right side of the frame to get a more symmetrical layout, scale image to 6000px wide, use the tone curve tool to darken the bottom 1/3 of the tonal range then pin the upper end of the curve to hold it at default while pulling up/brightening the middle portion between the two ranges just adjusted, duplicate the image to a new top layer and on that new layer add a black/transparent layer mask, paint in the bottom left corner using white paint and a large soft-edged brush to mask the brighter part of the lower left part of the frame, then use the brightness-contrast tool to both darken and boost contrast of the bottom left corner to get a more uniform tonality across the frame, create new working layer from visible result, sharpen, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 px wide for posting online, sharpen slightly, save.

Tags:   Hamilton Westdale fire hydrant paint damaged colourful abstract unintended Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone mobile phone Open Source GIMP

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During my recent wanders around Port Dalhousie, Ontario (now just part of the regional city of St Catharines), I was photographing a number of buildings in the old core of the town, now closed and (apparently) at risk of falling to the tender mercies of developers. One of the buildings along Lakeport Road (facing the local marina) has a vintage store front framed in black and sporting a white door. Clearly in need of some tender loving care and with windows clad in paper, its days seem numbered. I originally toyed with the idea of doing this as a black-and-white image but after a few days of consideration, I opted to keep the colour mainly because of the door’s vandalism as well as the orange tape from the fallen-down notice on the window to the left of the door. Old Port Dalhousie – see it before it disappears. - JW

Date Taken: 2019-04-06

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Taken using a hand-held Olympus OM-D EM-5 fitted with an Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm M Zuiko 14-14mm EZ 1:3.5-5.6 lens set to 14mm, Intelligent Auto mode, Auto WB, ISO200, f/8.0, 1/320 sec. PP in free Open Source RAWTherapee from Olympus RAW/ORF source file: set final image width to be 8000px, apply horizontal perspective correction, apply pincushion distortion correction, level image, increase contrast and Chromaticity in LAB mode, enable Graduated Neutral Density/GND tool and rotate it to cover the sidewalk and steps of the building and then darken the lower part of the image to better match the tonal range of the rest of the image, enable Shadows/Highlights and recover highlight detail as well as some shadow detail, perform some white balance adjustment by using an eyedropper sample of the door/white as a reference, boost vibrance, apply a bit of noise reduction, sharpen (edges only), save. PP in free Open Source GIMP: use the levels tool auto adjustment to get a good base tonality, contrast and colour balance, duplicate the image to a new layer for sidewalk adjustment, add a black/transparent layer mask and then use white paint to paint in the sidewalk as well as the lighter patches of the steps on the mask, use the hue-saturation-brightness tool to decrease the red channel saturation of the sidewalk area, copy the base image to a new layer for use as blacks adjustment and then duplicate it again for creation of a blacks mask, use the threshold tool to isolate the blacks and then invert it so black areas come out as white, add a black/transparent layer mask to the blacks adjustment layer and copy the mask to the mask, adjust the contrast and brightness of the blacks layer to get a good tonal range in the blacks, use the dodge-burn tool in dodge and highlights mode and a large soft brush to dodge/brighten the chalk markings below the right side windows, create new working layer from visible result, sharpen, save, scale the image to 6000px wide, sharpen slightly, save, add fine black-and-white frame, add bar and text on left, save, scale image to 2048 wide for posting online, sharpen very slightly, save.

Tags:   Port Dalhousie St Catharines locked deserted store front vintage black white vandalism door Open Source RAWTherapee GIMP Olympus OM-D EM-5 M Zuiko 14-42mm EZ 1:3.5-5.


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