Monday, April 21, 2014

Film Photography by Ashoke Tewari

Ashoke Tewari is a software engineer and photographer from Bangalore, India, who recently started pursuing photography in a bid to learn the art. He is currently shooting with a Nikon F80, 28-100G Nikkor - and mostly Kodak Colorplus 200.











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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014!

Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, are decorated eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime.

According to About.com, the ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, thus the egg as a symbol of new life has been around for eons. The particulars may vary, but most cultures around the world use the egg as a symbol of new life and rebirth. A notation in the household accounts of Edward I of England showed an expenditure of eighteen pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and colored for Easter gifts. The first book to mention Easter eggs by name was written five hundred years ago. Yet, a North African tribe that had become Christian much earlier in time had a custom of coloring eggs at Easter. Long hard winters often meant little food, and a fresh egg for Easter was quite a prize. Later, Christians abstained from eating meat during the Lenten season prior to Easter. Easter was the first chance to enjoy eggs and meat after the long abstinence.

Some European children go from house to house begging for Easter eggs, much like Halloween trick-or-treaters. Called pace-egging, it comes from the old word for Easter, Pasch. Many old cultures also attributed the egg with great healing powers. It is interesting to note that eggs play almost no part in the Easter celebrations of Mexico, South America, and Native American Indian cultures. Egg-rolling contests are a symbolic re-enactment of the rolling away of the stone from Christ's tomb. The decoration of small leaf-barren branches as Easter egg trees has become a popular custom in the United States since the 1990s.

tomatoes & easter eggs by leslie*thomson

easter eggs by snacky.

Easter egg dying. by sinkingthinking

3 eggs by toulouse goose

untitled by calvin lamothe

easter egg dyeing by craftcoeur

happy easter! by aitchclarke

untitled by cloudsfollower

easter eggs by laumel

untitled by Wendi Andrews

happy easter! by asleeponasunbeam

untitled by abbytrysagain

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The Mostly Oldest Photographs of New York City

These 3 photographs are believed to be the mostly oldest photographs ever taken of New York.

This daguerrotype believed to have been taken in 1848 and actual oldest known photo of New York City This daguerrotype believed to have been taken in 1848. The shot showing the Upper West Side recently sold at an auction at Sotheby’s in 2009 for $62,500.

Before the above photo was discovered at a small auction in New England, the oldest known photo of New York City was a daguerrotype of Chatham Street in downtown Manhattan, taken between 1848 and 1853.

This photograph of Broadway and Franklin Street in Manhattan were taken circa 1850.

(via Gizmodo)

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Minolta X-700 Samplr

The Minolta X-700 is a 35 mm single-lens reflex film camera introduced by Minolta in 1981. It was the top model of their final manual-focus SLR series before the introduction of the auto-focus Minolta Maxxum 7000.

The X-700 was awarded the European "Camera of the Year" award in 1981, and its competitive pricing resulted in its becoming the most successful Minolta camera since the SRT line. As Minolta began to introduce its auto-focus cameras and lenses, further research and development of manual-focus 35mm SLR cameras was shelved. Some internal components of the X-700 were changed over its production run, apparently in an effort to further reduce costs. Minolta was also one of the first major 35mm SLR manufacturer to outsource assembly of its cameras to countries outside Japan. The camera was discontinued in 1999.

Here's a selection of 12 interesting analog photos taken with Minolta X-700. If you're a fan of Minolta X-700, you can share your photos on the Minolta X-700's group on Flickr here.

Tormenta. Los brazos de dios. by dgr

Romantic Sunset at Hainan Island China... by *mike7.net

the bride by Nil!

countdown to the end of summer... by kimicon

Holly. by Brittany Nicol Fabry

untitled by n.states

portal by wildorange55

Explored-famous sunset by ~mirella

the quiet power out there by breeze.kaze

Cúc xuân by Amy Chu :)

morning glory by -Mina-

Waiting for winter to come by My . December

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Minolta X-700 Review

Photo by Siim Vahur

First manufactured in 1981, the Minolta X-700 is a single lens reflex camera. It has manual, aperture priority and programmed automatic exposure modes when used with MD lenses. MC lens can be used in aperture priority and manual modes. An immediate commercial success for Minolta, it was awarded the EISA "Camera of the Year" award in 1981 and was continually produced until 1999, well into the autofocus era. The camera is the last manual-focus camera body Minolta produced.

Here's a review on Minolta X-700 camera by Michael Werneburg:

A fun and versatile camera from the 80's

The 80's was the period in camera technology when all-metal construction gave way to plastic bodies and electronics. An early example of this was the award-winning Minolta X-700, a camera that stayed on the market for nearly twenty years. That's a long life for an electronics product, and there's a reason. The X-700 was an inexpensive and useful camera that encourages photography.

Photo by Alvaro Munoz-Aycuens Mtnz.

Summary

Easy to use
An X-700 allows newcomers to put the camera and lens in "P" mode and let the camera do everything else. This extends to compatible flash systems as well. In short, this camera allows you to automate everything but the focus and the film advance.

The controls are all very much self-evident with this camera, as well. There's no menu system on an LCD and no tricky button combinations. It's all manual and all laid out very well—very much the opposite of today's DSLR's (which typically have a user interface more reminiscent of a photocopier).

The viewfinder is a big bright one with a lot of information laid out in a logical fashion. This camera spoils the user.

Versatile
The X-700 also has the standard aperture-priority and manual exposure modes, as well as a flash sync speed and bulb. It's got two exposure override features (a lock and a manual adjustment of +2/-2). It takes a wide range of film speeds. And it supports an enormous collection of lenses and other peripherals. It was designed as a "camera system" rather than a standalone camera and many of the peripherals can still be found (cheaper than ever, in some cases).

So once you've outgrown simple "P" mode automation, you'll find yourself able to take yourself a lot further with this versatile tool.

Dependable
I've had only one problem with my two X-700 bodies over the years. This is a well-made camera (don't let the made-in-China label on later models give you pause, Minolta was known for excellent camera manufacture and they kept the standards the same at the Chinese assembly line). The one problem I encountered was both a simple and cheap fix—in part because Minolta sold so many of these cameras that the parts and repair expertise are not uncommon.

Good things

Construction
I have used both Minolta and Pentax bodies and feel that this model was the best-built and most dependable despite the many features.

Versatility
This inexpensive camera has not only the exposure overrides mentioned above, but a depth-of-field preview, timer and a cable release socket. Again, there are plenty of extensions available such as grips, motors, data backs, flashes, etc.

Handy "P" mode
The program mode is great for beginners.

Dependability
I've used this camera on mountain hikes; in the Australian outback; in the south Pacific; in rain forests; on long cycle trips; for portraiture; with infra-red film (for which it is really suited); with reverse-mounted lenses; in the rain; in sub-zero weather (for which I will admit that its battery-dependence is not well suited); and in terrible snowstorms. I took it on the road for a 19-month journey. I found that this camera not only stood up to all of it but came to feel like an extension of my hand—it's an easy camera to appreciate because all of its functions just work.

Weaknesses

The meter
The meter in this camera seems a bit limited. As my understanding of exposure grew I came to understand that the camera was giving me inconsistent results. I put this down to the meter, though I never entirely figured out where it was going wrong. I lay the blame with the meter, however, when I started to use the Minolta XD (with the same films, lenses, flash, etc).

It seems to me that the X-700 tends to underexpose, and the results get less predictable under low-light situations. To avoid this, I suggest two things:
  • use with a flash in low-light unless you have a way to independently meter and can adjust
  • bracket your shots using the exposure adjustment
One note: I've used a variety of infra-red films with three film bodies and found the X-700 to yield the most consistent and appealing results.

The looks

The camera's external body is largely constructed of plastic, and doesn't look like the dependable and versatile tool that it really is. If you care what people think of your gear, this isn't the camera you want to carry around.
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Michael Werneburg is a director and business man who's living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He's also a traveler who's lived in Australia and Japan. Werneburg likes to build things, take photos, and write about his thoughts and experiences, and then share them on his website at emuu.net. This original article was published on his website here.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Flickr Samplr #36: Reflection

Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. It could involve an expanse of water, a mirror, or any sort of reflective surface. The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic. Today we've collected a gallery of 18 stunning examples of reflection photography which are upload to our Flickr group's pool. You can go here to find out more of reflection shots for your inspiration!

"How could you dance if no-one was watching, And you couldn't even care if they were?" by My . December

017 Rajasthan - India, agosto 2007 by tango-

Brouillard'Acigné by Daniel.35690

untitled by patrickjoust

Il vuoto by NienteZuccheroNelCaffè

It's a kind of magic by Silent Star 101

Angkor Wat's Sunrise by Ynez =)

Reflection by Kiyouyou

aly + ryan by georgeweissthethird

untitled by athena-chant

untitled by Sergey Pozolota

Reflection by 1shoe1

Floating cigarettes. by -MRGT

Early Morning by tsiklonaut

. by wonderlandadventures

90 gradi by Sborzolando

please crawl out your window by Jack Motley

Church in Muskegon #4 by karstenphoto

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