30 year old pastels

2nd Week March 2015

Last week I found my old pastels in my art box and decided to give them a go.

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I’ve had them since I was 15 years old.

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I bought a new pad with different coloured sheets.

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This sheet was purple so I chose a night scene.

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And yesterday I went out to paint.

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Olympus 35mm f2.8 Zuiko lens

1st Week February 2015

I bought a Zuiko Auto-W 35mm f/2.8 from Ffordes in the UK.  A guy called Steve was very helpful and gave very good customer service, so I recommend you give them a try.

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As soon as I got it off the post man, I put it on my OM1(n) at the end of a roll and really like these shots. 

The 35mm lens is the most popular among wide angle lens and is now recognized as an all purpose and extremely convenient tool for everyday use. With an angle of view of 63° , approximately 20% wider than a standard lens, the ability of the 35mm lens to include more of the total picture area with neat natural perspectives has made it one of the most sought-after wide angle lenses available. During the late seventies and early eighties, lenses near 35mm focal length were used as a second lens because most then new SLRs sold during those days were usually ‘bundled” with a standard 50mm lens. With today’s great zoom range and capability of zoom lenses, the prime wide angle such as the 35mm may find it hard to survive in this kind of situation. But only photographers with specific intention in mind would still appreciate this extremely versatile lens. ! guess that’s me !

G-Zuiko AUTO-W 35mm f/2.8

35f28OMFocal length: 35mm

Optical construction: 6 groups, 7 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 63°
Distance Scale: (m) 0.3 (1 ft) to infinity (OO)
Focusing: Helicoid
Min & Max aperture: f/2.8-f/16
Min photographic range: 14cm x 21cm (5.5″ x 8.3″)
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter attachment size/Filters. 49mm screw-in
Length: 43mm; older version: 33mm (1.3″)
Maximum Diameter: 59mm (2.3″)
Weight: 240g (8.5oz); older version: 170g (6.0 oz.)

This lovely compact Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 wide angle actually sized smaller than a Zuiko 28mm f/2.8, but don’t get fooled by its tiny body dimension. It is a wide angle that can deliver a top level image clarity, sharpness and freedom from aberrations and flare which makes it a winner.

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This highly portable Zuiko lens used to be the most popular lens at 35mm focal length and it was also one of the most affordable Zuiko lenses.

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I used my Olympus OM1(n) on Kodak Portra 400, processed and scanned at ASDA and tweaked by me in PSE10.

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I have used extracts above from a review, courtesy MIR (http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/olympusom1n2/shared/zuiko/htmls/28mm1.htm)

For more details on Ffordes see  (http://www.ffordes.com/)

Normandy Landings and Caen

4th Week February 2015

The last couple of days of our trip to France in January was spent exploring some of the WWII beaches and eating out in Caen.

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Our last night was spent eating at the famous Dolly’s in Caen.

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What a great trip.

All shots taken on my Olympus OM1n, 50mm F1.8 with Portra 400 film, except the last 3 taken on my Galaxy phone.

Around Parthenay and La Rochelle in France

3rd Week February 2015

We ventured around the area of Parthenay in Deux-Sèvres which literally means “two Sèvres” or rivers in Western France: the Sevre Nantaise and the Sevre Niortaise. It was very rural and the weather was frosty.

Pictures around the farm house.

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Pictures around the castle topped town of Parthenay.

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We went to some of the nearby small villages with splendid churches and quaint houses.

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Then over to the fortified medieval port of La Rochelle for the afternoon.

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After a few days of exploring we set off to discover the northern coast where the Allied forces landed in 1944.

See the next post.

Photos taken on my Olympus OM1n + 50mm f1.8 Zuiko + Kodak Portra 400

Crossing the English Channel

2nd Week of February 2015

We went to France mid January, travelling by Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.

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It was a good voyage.

All shots taken on my Galaxy Samsung.

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