Archive for December, 2014

You can save A Book From Oblivion.

A.Feininger “On Photography” Revised Edition 1953.
Last Week I was at the flea market and I was looking around some old books.Then I noticed a big old book which only had on its spine something written in English. I looked closer and it was titled “On Photography” Revised Edition 1953 By A.Feininger. For 2 Euro or 3 USD it was a steal.

The book was in good condition, the cover was a bit dirty but the inside pages where in excellent condition. 

I didnt know who Feininger was and only when I did some small research I learned that he was well known B&W photographer.

Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999) was an American photographer and a writer on photographic technique. He was noted for his dynamic black-and-white scenes of Manhattan and for studies of the structures of natural objects.

Here is a part of a documentary about him.

The great profit from this book for me was the insight of a long gone era, where B&W film photography ruled. The basics of photography technique’s are outlined with simple words easily understood.

The photograph’s in the book are beautiful and can provide inspiration for your own work.

Bottom line its a book on photography,that it technologically outdated but its principles are still much needed in our digital realm.

Most Importantly Its a part of Photography History,for that alone it needs to be preserved.

Recently i bought a dead OM-10, after resurecting it I wanted to do a testing on how she handles auto and manual setup. I used a super cheap Lucky SHD 100 Chinese B&W film. I Snaped a few qick shots, Developed with Rodinal 1:100 Semistand and it seems it works pretty well.

As you can see the results seem consistent.

The scans where done wirh Canonscan Lide 700f, here are 3 examples a bit softened in LR5.

My favorite out of these 3, is number 2, which is yours?

Happy Shooting

I bought another OM-10 body from ebay (i wanted it to be a present) with a Zuiko 50mm f1.8 + Original leather case for 30 Euro.(not bad)
The thing is that the item was listed as a “non working item”,the reason i bid was the lens which i didnt own by that time and that the problem with the body was a mirror stopped in the upward position. I had read that this kind of problem was at most of the times battery related. 
When i received it,the bundle was in good condition and just needed some cleaning. I set the camera in the off position, through new batteries in, I advanced the film and POP!! the mirror was down. 
Success, but lets test the battery level. When i set the camera in the battery check position there was no sound and no light in the body indicator…. Oh no I thought. Lets look through the viewfinder. Yes the shutter speed on the side of the viewfinder lid up and changed as i played around with the aperture.
Bottom line faulty battery check beeper and led, but seems that everything else is working. This weekend I will test it, also I will test the manual adapter that came with it.
The lens was in very good condition and had also a filter labeled “B&W 49ES KR 1,5 1.1x” Which is a vintage warm polarization filter from B&W (valued around 12 Euro…not bad).

 “These filters are special versions of the B+W Circular Polarizing Filters combined with a warm tone filter. This combines the optical qualities of both filters in a single filter.

Part Circular Polarizer
Highly efficient standard circular polarizing filter for all cameras with beam splitters in the light paths of their TTL exposure meter and with autofocus lenses. Circular polarization has the same pictorial effect as linear polarization, but allows for proper exposure metering and/or autofocus distance settings.

B+W Polarizers increase color saturation and reduce reflections. The neutral gray color and plane parallel polarizer material guarantee optimal image results. High-quality optical glass ensures excellent pictorial quality. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is positioned in relation to the sun. Filter factor is between 2.3 and 2.8.

Part Warming Filter
This most delicate reddish-yellow conversion filter absorbs violet and some blue plus a minimal amount of green, but it passes yellow and red undiminished; the color of the light becomes “warmer” by 15 Mired. That is mostly the optimal amount for correcting the light blue cast in the shadows under a blue sky. It also absorbs UV radiation and hence it provides better sharpness. With color films and/or developing processes that generally yield results that are too “cool,” this filter can be kept on the lens at all times. With this filter, skin tones in particular will be rendered more naturally. Its filter factor is approximately 1:1.”

Anyway I cleaned it I put the adapter on the E420 and  voilà. 

A portrait of my Brother. Manual focus on the nose (difficult to focus through liveview)

A Cut from a photo demonstrating the exagonal light effect.

Further testing on the way, Stay Tuned and remember.

Happy Shooting

Pireaus Train Station

Posted: December 3, 2014 in b&w, D3200, digital, PHOTOGRAPHY, travel
Tell me how can you restrain your self from taking a photo when you are in a train station.
I know i cant.
Piraeus station refers to two railway termini in the city of Piraeus, Greece, approximately 9 km south-west of the centre of Athens. The southern buildingis the present terminus of Athens Metro Line 1, formerly the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways that opened in 1869.The northern building is the railway terminus for standard gauge railway services on the main axis to Thessaloniki via Larisa and for the Proastiakos to Acharnes Junction and Chalcis.
Both buildings are located next to the seaport.

Line 1 Station


Street Poetry…..

Και ήρθαν πάλι αυτοι πανω σε καινούργιες αμαξες να εισπράξουν
κι άλλους φόρους.Κατεβαίνοντας όμως ένιωσαν πως πατανε σε βαμβάκι και
όχι σε στέρεη γή.Αντίκρυσαν άπειρα τυρρανισμένα μάτια με πέτρeς στα χέρια.
Πολλές άμαξες έμειναν εκεί. Αυτοί έφυγαν και δεν ξαναγύρισαν ποτέ. Ποτέ…
Αγνωστος Ποιητής

And they came again riding new carriages,to collect more taxes
But stepping down felt like standing on cotton and not solid soil.
They faced countles tortured eyes with stones in their hands.
Many carriages stayed there.They left and never returned.Never…

Unknown Poet
The neighborhood Of King Otto’s Palace Builders.

In the northeastern side of Acropolis lies the graphic neighborhood of ANAFIOTIKA. It’s a tiny neighborhood of Athens, part of old historical neighborhood called Plaka. First houses were built in the era of Otto of Greece when workers from the island of Anafi came to Athens in order to work as constructor workers in the refurbishment of King Othon’s Palace.
The first two inhabitants were G. Damigos, carpenter and M. Sigalas, construction worker. Soon, workers from other Cycladic islands also started to arrive there, to work as carpenters or even stone and marble workers, in a further buildings reconstruction period in Athens, but also in the following era after the end of the reign of King Otto.

In 1922, immigrants from Minor East also established here, altering the population that was up to that time only from Cycladic islands. In 1950, part of this neighborhood was destroyed for archeological research and in 1970 the state started to buy the houses. Nowadays there are only 45 houses remaining,while the little streets from Stratonos to the Acropolis rock are still unnamed and the houses are referred to as “Anafiotika 1”, “Anafiotika 2” etc.

The neighborhood was built according to Cycladic architecture and even nowadays gives to visitors the feel of Greek islands in the heart of the city, with white walls and small spaces, usually with the presence of Bougainvillea flowers. Houses are small and mostly cubic, small streets that often end up to ladders or even deadends at terraces, where one can sit and enjoy the night view of the city. 

“In this oasis of tranquility, nestled beneath the walls of the Acropolis, the intensity of Athens seems miles away…