Archive for December, 2014

My post today is not about photography but music.
The people who know me know that a sentimental person that is highly attached too its roots.
Today I heard a song at the radio that made me recall a discussion that I had with my late grandfather when I was 12 years old. At that time (and even know) among other things I loved rock music. My grandfather although an open minded person could not understand this sound. He was dedicated to traditional Greek music (folk NOT Buzuki). The sound of klarino and the lirics of the traditional music filled with heroic deeds,pain and loss was  THE MUSIC for him. I could understand why (although not In its full extent) and I was telling him that Traditional Greek Folk songs are the equivalent to metal in my ears and my heart.
The point of this post is that this almost forgoten statement of mine,came in official fullfillement in my ears  in the sounds of a Greek group called Villagers of Ioannina City (VIC or V.I.C.). Which is a folk rock band from Ioannina, Greece, formed in 2007. They play a unique kind of post, stoner and psychedelic rock with a healthy dose of greek folk music from the region Epirus. The regional musical tradition is characterized by polyphony, specific rhythms and tunes and the use of clarinet. The band fuses folklore music with modern psychedelic forms, creating a unique sound where the dominant solo instrument is the clarinet.
The song that made me write this post is titled  What Bad / Tι Κακό.
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        Τι Κακο                                                                           What Bad
Τι κακό έκανα ο καημένος                                                What Bad have I done the poor guy
και με λένε όλοι φονιά                                                       And everybody call me a murdered

Μήνα σκότωσα κανένα                                                      Did I kill Anyone?
μήνα φίλησα καμιά                                                             Did I kiss some one?

Στην απάνω γειτονιά μου                                                   In my neighbourhood uptown
αγαπώ καί ΄γω μία νιά                                                        I love me too,a young

Τ΄όνομα της δεν το ξέρω                                                    Her name I dont know
Τούρκα είναι γιά Ρωμιά                                                       Is she Turk or Greek?

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The lyrics of this TRADITIONAL FOLK SONG adapted by V.I.C from Greek to english is a free adaptation from me for those who dont know Greek.
For me their sound is capivating, if you like them visit their page.
A few months ago I had bought from a flea market an old point and shoot for 3 euros. It was the Olympus Superzoom 76G plus a leather Canon pouch.
It was in excellent condition and looked to be well constructed (in China) ,the lens is a 76-80, 4.5 to 9, which is probably not uncommon for P&S zooms. 
A few days ago my 7 year old son asked me to give him a film camera to take some photos.I loaded a Lucky SHD100 B&W film and gave him the camera.
He went for shoping with his grandmother and took the camera with him. Upon his return I developed the film and there it was among other interesting shots THE shot of the roll.
An analog selfie through the mirror of an apparel shop.

I’m definitely gonna print this,after all we ought to cherish our first times.
It must have been love but its not over now.

Back in the early 90s (1990 or 1991), my dad returned from a trip to Russia and brought me my first real camera. A Zenit 11, 2 lenses and some filters. The lenses where a Helios 44M-4 f2 58mm and a  Pentacon auto 4/200MC. The memories from this camera are priceless and thats the reason I will never sell it. 
 

The Zenit 11 is a m42 Pentax mount SLR camera manufactured in Russia by KMZ.

The Zenit 11 is a solidly-built camera with essentially the same Leica type cloth shutter as earlier Soviet rangefinder and SLR cameras. It has an external selenium meter mounted on the prism front above the lens. The meter isn’t coupled to the camera. The Zenit uses the M42 Pentax screw-mount lens which means there is a variety of lenses from all over the world that will fit it. Partially depressing the shutter release stops down the lens. Additional pressure releases the shutter .
          


Produced: 1981-1990

Name: „Зенит-11“

Producer: KMZ/BeLomo

Frame size: 24×36.

Lens: Helios-44M  2/58.

Shutter: 1/30s-1/500s + B.

Quantity: ±1.500.000 units.

 

Original price (in year 1986) 140 roubles.

The shutter has a nice satisfying loud clunk and it’s impossible to take sneaky shots because even people across the river can hear you.
Never the less I had almost 8 years to use it,so yesterday I decided to take for a walk. I had a red filter to mount  and test with some B&W film. The feel was exactly like the first time i touched it. The shutter sound was loud and I understood that i had missed it. The film advance was smooth and I knew that Father time was good for this little(sort of speak) camera. 

I was so excited that I forgot about the external meter and I didn’t compensate for the red filter so most of the shots came out underexposed but still WE had some good moments.

I see you CAN you see me?

After all maybe I just wanted an excuse for another walk with my trusted Zenit. 
You can find easily an old Zenit (they are dirt cheap). Also if you like old cameras that will outlive us and wont mess you head with “mambo Jumbo tech” and let you focus on photography give it a try.

Rule of Thirds

Posted: December 26, 2014 in PHOTOGRAPHY, RULE OF THIRDS, TUTORIAL

The Rule of Thirds
A Post By Nikolaos Douralas

In Photography composition, one of the most important and most well known principle is the “RULE OF THIRDS”.

The Rule Of Thirds is the basis of creating a well balanced and interesting photography .

The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.

When you are capturing an image you should have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot.

With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in, as you frame your image.

Also it provides you four ‘guiding lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.

 By placing POI (Points Of Interest) over these intersections or along these guiding lines you make your picture more balanced.You make also easier for the viewer (and more natural) to follow these POI.

For example in the image above the cat which is the main subject of this capture is placed in the lower left interception.

In this photo the EVZONE is placed over one of the guiding lines,If I had placed him in the center He wouldnt have made such an impact. Also the writing on the wall of the monument is placed over another guiding line and also over an intercepion point.

Here is another example of using the intercption ponts (A:The Factory in the back, B:The cabin of the boat) and the guiding lines .

For some people this rule comes all naturally, to many other needs to be worked on.If you have this simple rule in your mind you will improve and make your images more balanced and powerfull.

Always ask yourself in this image which are the POI?Where should I be placing them?

Also have in mind that in post processing you might be able with correct cropping to apply these rules.
Remember a few days ago I had Visited the last Liberty Ship in Piraeus Port. I Had started my visit to the port to photograph some graffiti and old buildings. 
What really caught my eye was two massive abandoned buildings with big external metal stairs that looked like they came from the 50s.

Then I noticed a homeless guy living under the entrance of a huge,out of order elevator. He had all his belongings in that opening. An old Christmas tree caught my eye. Before i set up my gear he somehow disappeared.

Another co-resident of this guy seem to be a fat cat.I thing Ports are famous,among other things for their rats.
The building had signs of old graffiti .The metal doors and windows where beaten up and rusty.

Opposite this building next to “Hellas Liberty” it was a complex of buildings which I couldn’t find access,with some massive graffiti.
Left Side View “The Diver”
Back View from aboard Hellas Liberty “Islands”
Right Side View “Poseidon”

At the end of this side of the port you could see people fishing…

Or just enjoying the Sun…

  • All the photos except the last 3 where taken using an Olympus OM-10 and Zuiko 50mm f1.8. The last 3 where shot by a Fuji STX1. 
  • Film Lucky SHD100 B&W
  • Semi-stand Developed in Rodinal 1:100 60mins
  • Film Scanned by Canoscan LIDE 700f
I am a son of a retired merchant marine captain. My father started his career in 1965 and one of the first ships he embarked was a Liberty type. Liberty ship type was a very popular type during and after WWII and was the cornerstone of the Greek Maritime Industry that helped the Greek nation to come out of the ashes of the destructive Second World War.
“Hellas Liberty”
One of the 3 last remaining Liberty ships in the world is located at Piraeus port and serves as a Museum. It is called HELLAS LIBERTY. This one that I visited by chance (I didn’t know its existence) was originally named SS Arthur M. Huddell, and was built in Jacksonville.The Huddell was launched Dec. 7, 1943, the second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 2008 the decision was made to rehabilitate the ship. The reconstruction was finished in 2010, and since then has become part of a maritime museum in the harbor at Piraeus, near Athens.

I stumbled across the ship while i was trying to find more graffiti to capture within the harbor. I asked if the ship was open for the public (which it was,with no admittance fee) and started taking some photos until I run out of film.

Speed

 
I talked to the guard and he offered to take me down to the engineering room.But since had no more film with me I decided to revisit it in the near future and also bring my son with me to explore it further next week.

Helm

Maps Room
Maps Room

Captains Station

View From Command Station

Fire Control

Communications
Rudder Angle

Clock

Here are 3 articles about the Specific Ship and also the history behind the Liberty Type and their mass production.

Ships Diagram

Emergency Axe

Museum Entrance

Cameras Used 

  • Fujica STX1, Fujinon Lens 50mm f1.9
  • Olympus OM-10, Zuiko 50mm F1.8

 Film

  •  Lucky SHD 100 B&W

Homeless Christmas, Piraeus Port

OM-10
ZUIKO 50mm F1.8
LUCKY SHD100 b&w Film
Rodinal 1:100