Archive for December, 2014

Lazy as a Dog.

Posted: December 14, 2014 in D3200, digital, street photography, travel
December + Athenian Sun = “Summer like” Laziness.

Take your time…

Yesterday I was taking a walk down the center of Athens.The weather was great and the city was packed with people walking and enjoying the Athenian Sun. Myself I ended up at Syntagma Square and visited the Greek Parliament and the  Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.   
The Tomb is guarded by the Presidential Guard the Evzones.
 
“The word evzōnos (Greek: εὔζωνος) is first attested in Homer’s Iliad and derives from “εὖ”+”ζώνη”, meaning the “well-girt” men, implying an elite status. As a word it has been used by ancient writers for centuries to describe a type of light infantry of unidentified equipment, probably used as a generic term to denote light infantry.” 
 Wikipedia

 “Though the Presidential Guard is a predominantly ceremonial unit, all Evzones are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army’s Infantry, Artillery and Armored Corps. Prospective Evzones are usually identified at the Army Recruit Training Centers during Basic Training; there is a minimum height requirement of 1.86 m (6′ 1.2”) to join.
The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts[1] who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Their proven valour and peculiar dress turned them into a popular image for the Greek soldier, especially among foreigners.”
 Wikipedia

The Monument and the Guards are really impressive and its definitely worth visiting it when you are in Athens.

Enjoy the Photos.

Hi,
Remember the old Minolta XG1 i had bought?
add MD 50mm f2 lens and Lucky SHD100 B&W at Rodinal 1:100

Here are the quick snaps of the test roll I had developed and scanned. I added some salt and pepper in LR5 and Voila….

That’s a Half Developed Frame

“Fallen”

“Desolation”

“Poisonus”

“I wont sail yet”

“No more journeys”

Wait

RR = Rust & Rope

Patterns

Reflections

Perspective

Join Me

Higher

Its my life

Success 10 minutes shootout and we have definitely some keepers…Oh And the camera works also..

Fujica STX1 & ILFORD HP5

Posted: December 8, 2014 in b&w, film, fuji STX1, hp5
Some old shots from my Fuji STX1 using Ilford HP5.

Broken Lives

All the photos are shot at Drapetsona except the from the first one which is shot under a bridge at Schisto Perama.

Minolta XG1

Posted: December 7, 2014 in film, PHOTOGRAPHY, XG1

One film camera that I always wanted to collect was the Minolta’s. In my eyes they are super cool and a basic old school film camera, such a Minolta XG1, circa 1979, was a must have. 

“Minolta Co., Ltd. was a Japanese worldwide manufacturer of cameras, camera accessories, photocopiers, fax machines, and laser printers. Minolta was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1928 as Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shōten (日独写真機商店?, meaning Japanese-German camera shop). It is perhaps best known for making the first integrated autofocus 35mm SLR camera system. In 1931, the company adopted its current name, an acronym for “Mechanism, Instruments, Optics, and Lenses by Tashima.”

It was not until 1933 that the brand name appeared on a camera, a copy of the Plaubel Makina simply called “Minolta.” In 2003, Konica Corporation merged with Minolta to form Konica Minolta.

On January 19, 2006, Konica Minolta announced that it was leaving the camera and photo business and that it would sell a portion of its SLR camera business to Sony as part of its move to pull completely out of the business of selling cameras and photographic film.”

 From Wikipedia

This little gem came from ebay and cost me 20 USD.  The camera takes 35 mm film (the common film you can buy at any drug store/supermarket) and is a SLR (single lens reflex, meaning what you see through the viewfinder is exactly what will show up in the photo).  I use a 50 mm 1:2 lens.  This means the frame is about what the human eye sees and the aperture (1:2) can be set to show a good depth of field and work well in low-light situations.  I can swap out the lens for another lens to get different effects (zoom, wide angle, etc).  A flash unit can be easily attached on top.

The Minolta XG-1 was initially released as the more consumer-friendly model compared to the more professional-aimed XD series in 1977. The XG-1 had automatic electronic metering and electronically-controlled shutter speeds from 1s to 1/1000s. 

The camera is solid, without weighing a ton, and the Minolta MD 50mm 1:2 lens is nice and fast. A nice feature is the Touch Switch (much launched in the 70’s), where the moment your finger rests on the shutter button, the electronics inside the viewfinder light up and give a reading. This display lasts for about 15 seconds, then fades out, saving the battery.

But the camera’s real strength,  is in the semi-automatic shooting modes, marked with an A on the shutter speed dial. There are 5 modes: Automatic metering, +1, +2, -1, and -2. Within these automatic modes, all you need to do is set the aperture, and focus, and you’ll get great photos.

What it means for street shooting is that you can set the aperture fairly low, say 2.8 or 5.6, and then just fast focus & shoot!

Minolta no longer makes cameras, but a Minolta XG can be purchased from eBay at very reasonable prices, between $30 and $85, including a lens and other accessories.  Compared to the cost of equal-quality digital cameras, that is a steal.  
As a result, I’m extremely happy with this bargain SLR and would highly recommend it. After I scan some of the results of its testing I will share them with you.

 

Product Description

Same as the XG-9 except: no removable back, aperture info not visible in VF, and limited shutter speed range shown in VF. 1982 modification added Acute matte focusing screen and film memo slot. Also available as XG-SE Special Edition verision. FEATURES INCLUDE: Manual and aperture priority AE metering, center weighted, LED read out for shutter speed scale in VF. Dedicated hot shoe and PC sync terminal. Shutter speed range 1 sec to 1/1000 plus B, (stepless in AE mode), flash sync at 1/60. ASA range 25-1600. Self timer Optional ACCESSORIES: Auto Winder G (2 fps). Recommended flash: 320X, 200X, 132X, 118X, X-series. Optional remote cord S or L.

  • Type: 35mm SLR
  • Exposure-Control Modes: Aperture Priority
  • Lens Mount: Minolta MC or MD
  • Focusing: Manual
  • Shutter: 1/1000th to 1 seconds + Bulb, with sync at 1/60th second
  • Metering: Centerweighted CDS, EV 1 to 18
  • Film-speed Range: ASA 25-1600
  • Mirror: No Mirror Lock-up
  • Flash: Hot shoe, PC cable connection for X sync flash
  • Film Advance: Manual
  • Self Timer: 10 second delay
  • Power: 1-3volt DL 13/N Lithium battery or two “76” silver-oxide button cells
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.5 x 1.95″
  • Weight: 1 lb 8.2 oz

Pulsating Fields

Posted: December 6, 2014 in art, book, digital, PHOTOGRAPHY

Last week at Thission I met Aemilia Papaphilippou, next to her new creation “Pulsating Waves” next to the building of Stoa of Attalos, in Ancient Agora of Athens.
I took some pics and I had a nice conversation with one of the  members of her team. 

Finally they gave as a Gift a book about the artist and the story of her work on Pulsating Waves.

If you want to learn more about the artist look below.

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.