Wednesday, October 12, 2011
These are photos of Lulu, one of the three cats that live at my home. The occasion was this past weekend when a major rain system passed up the Florida peninsula. It rained all day Saturday and Sunday morning, dumping a good six inches where I live. Just as the rain finally tapered off and stopped, the power went out. And so we sat in natural light for several hours before the power came back on.
Lulu and Ruby were in the TV room along with me. The TV room has north facing windows which let in a lot of natural, soft light. I was sitting in my comfy chair with my E-P2 and an Olympus OM G.Zuiko 50mm 1:1.4 silver banded lens mounted on it. I stopped it down to f/2, and fired off a series of photos of Lulu and Ruby. The two I kept are the two you see here.
The black and white photo was post processed in Silver Efex 2, while the bottom was minimally processed in Lightroom 3.5. I like what I see digitally, but I like how it prints even better.
I've been reading a lot lately about the better look of medium format. I have decided to push this little camera with its little sensor such that the results are indistinguishable from film medium format, at least on prints up to 11 by 14 (or 11 by 11 with square).
I have two OM nifty-50s, one the original G.Zuiko and the other the all-black Zuiko. It must be because I've seen J. J. Abrams "Star Trek" one time too many, but I've come to love the way the G.Zuiko flairs and softens, especially wide open. I've come to embrace and incorporate the flaws. The photo below, of the OM 20mm 1:2.8 mounted on my E-P2, was taken with the G.Zuiko mounted on my E-1 and wide open.
I also prefer the old OM lenses on the E-P2 body. It has a certain look and feel that I prefer and can't be matched by any other combination of lens and body. My hands are almost magnetically drawn to the E-P2 with one of the nifty 50s. It's a joy to hold and a real joy to use.
Mathew Robertson has decided to get off the upgrade treadmill by moving back to film with his Zeiss Ikon. I prefer to step off the treadmill for a while with a hybrid approach of legacy Olympus film lenses on a simple digital body. I think we're both after the same goal, enjoyment of the art and science of photography without needlessly spending a fortune. I'm also doing it to prove a point, that with sufficient attention to art and technique that the results can at least match medium format.
Only time will tell.