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Homeless Christmas, Piraeus Port

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

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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.

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

365 Project Day 5

Posted: November 29, 2014 in 365 project, D3200, PHOTOGRAPHY

A Throne for the Cat. 

(365 Project Day 5)

 

Today we visited Thision and the Ancient Agora and we ended up over Acropolis. On our way down in the narrow streets of old Athena,there was it . Behind iron cast fences, that protected a small garden of an old villa, I saw the remnants of a dead palm tree. A cat was seating on the top and instantly I took the shot. The cat seemed relaxed and didn’t even blink. Logical After all a king on his throne is used to this kind of publicity.
“A Throne For A Cat”

365 Project Day 4

Day 4 Today of the 365 Project. Last week was Tough, time was very limited if terms of opportunities to take quality photos.But that is the meening of the 365 Project you have to make the best out out of every single opportunity you have.
Today I received another OM lens The Super Danubia Multicoated 28mm f2.8. Price 13euro Including Postage…..nice!

I had it with me the whole day, and on my way from office i popped it on my E420 and here is my Day 4 Photo.
Of course this weekend i am gonna test it extensively. So Stay Tuned… 
DAY 4 “Oil Refinery, Scaramangas” E420 & Super Danubia 28mm MV f2.8
Plus Mystery item photo,received today again (4Euros Incl Postage)
“Stay tuned” E420&SUPER DANUBIA

365 Project Day 3

Day 3
Christmas Tree is Ready, 
Olympus E420
OM to 4/3 Adapter
Auto Optomax 28mm f2.8
“The Elf Is Back, Merry Christmas!”  

365 Project , Day 2

Olympus E420
OM to 4/3 Adapter
Auto Optomax 28mm f2.8
“Join the Club, Canadian Club”