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Blast from the past - Olympus OM2n goes to London Town - A NFF Thread

Postby GrahamS » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:08 am

I posted this thread on NelsonFoto Forums on August 13th 2009 in the Classic Cameras forum. It is one of the few that I have saved that has a reply from Craig Nelson himself.


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Olympus OM2n goes to London Town
Walking around the streets of London Town brings many surprises. Familiar locations remain unchanged each time I visit, but the people are always different, and something new is always to be found. On a recent visit, with my Olympus OM2n in hand, I came across these scenes to share with you:
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Thank's for your time - I hope you enjoyed.
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Very nice, and you caught a good day - everything looking brighter than I remember it.
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That's a great tour. I don't think I've seen better shots of the place.
The one of the guy on the park bench wearing the boater is a great catch. It even looked great as the picture was gradually developing over my slow modem connection, giving somewhat of an impressionist effect to the scene. That's one I would be very tempted to apply some painterly photoshop magic to.
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Sandeha - It's called climate change. Mike, thanks for the compliment. The park bench shot is one of my favorites.
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Graham, another wonderful tour - the consistent quality of your presentations is inspiring. The gent on the park bench and the interior of the Methodist Hall stand out to me. Your shots of famous London landmarks are great, and each have added points of interest and terrific compositions so that they're not at all cliched.
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Thank you, Wayne.
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Great pictures - I really like the stair cases and organ shots.

Super sharp too - what film / scanner were you using?
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All good---but loved the sketch artist and the guy in the skimmer. Like your style, and always enjoy your posts. Next to NYC, London is a dream city for me.

I once had a brief attatchment to an OM2n---interrupting a 30 plus year Nikon run some two decades ago. I bought it from a local dealer to carry on a long trip as a light kit. Eventually had a 50mm, 28mm 35-70mm, and 75-150mm. They were all superb. Unfortunately the electronics in the camera died and I had so little money in it (and so little in pocket) that I could not justify a rebuild, so sold the kit.

Do you have all the lenses you need? High Point Photo Supply had a 50mm and a 75-150 the last time I was over there. I had a hard time not buying that 75-150 even without a camera to put it on! I did know the location of a 28mm 3.5, too. A guy selling some cameras he inherited---I got my Zeiss Ikon TLR from him.
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Thanks Paul. No special scanner, I was lazy with these and got lucky with the scan CD supplied by the D&P shop. They use a Noritsu machine. I re-size the 1200 x 1800 files in PSCS2 and I only apply a touch of sharpening to compensate if absolutely necessary. The film was Fuji Superia 200.

Rockford - Glad you enjoyed. Thank's for the leads, but I have the usual Zuiko lenses, nothing "exotic". I have seven 50mm f1.8's (on various bodies) a 50mm/1.4, 28mm/2.8, 35mm/3.5, 135mm/3.5 & 135mm/2.8. I would like a 24mm/2.8 but I haven't found one that I can afford just yet. I have never tried any of the zooms.
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Fine work, Graham. That guy on the bench, the Middlesex building too... love em.

So, you'll have a book available through lulu.com when?



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Here's St Stephen's Tower on the right, aka Big Ben, and the parliamentary office building with the grotesque black chimneys and looking like a Victorian Hot-house on the left, taken from the park opposite Westminister Abbey:
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This is a familiar sight on the River Thames with the London Eye on the left and the Palace of Westminister on the right with Westminister Bridge crossing between them. The sightseeing boats ply back and forth all day every day, doing one trip every hour, always full to the gunnels. This one belongs to City Cruises.
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This is taken in Green Park, so named because flowers were forbidden to be grown there by Charles II, who declared it a Royal Park in the 17th century. He had seen a rival suitor to his future wife pick flowers for the lady there, and so he eliminated the source of the flowers. It was a popular location for duels to take place, and I love it's tranquility and peace.
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This is the ominous facade of the headquarters building of the County of Middlesex, in which the City of Westminister and the City of London lie. The atmospheric polution has had a bleaching effect on the stone figures making them look ghostly and sinister. No doubt that's how many residents look on the councillors.
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I don't have to tell you that this is a Royal Mail box, commissioned during the reign of Elizabeth II, the present monarch. Made of solid cast iron, it weighs near a ton and will last forever. The cast iron railings behind it are Victorian.
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We sampled the delights of this Japanese Sushi bar - the Suchi take-away selection was inside and the traditional noodle dishes here in the window. Good stuff.
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We also visited the Great Methodist Hall, the venue of the first meeting of the United Nations in 1953. Directly opposite Westminster Abbey, it has a magnificent marble double staircase with solid brass banisters. The shot was taken with my Olympus OM2n and Zuiko 50mm f1.4 lens, at f8 and 1/30th hand held.
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The interior of the Methodist Great Hall and the magnificent organ. This shot was taken by resting the camera on a handy wooden fitting and using the self timer, aperture priority and f8. The OTF metering of the OM2n is in it's element here.
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There are lots of pavement artists everywhere in London Town, and this one was plying his trade on the millennium bridge. I think his subject is more of a caracterature in the flesh than he could possible draw her.
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These comrades were protesting outside Zimbabwe House about the regime that has destroyed their country, spiritually and physically. Inflation is in the thousands of percent, and it takes a suitcase full of notes to buy a loaf of bread, if you can find one. Still, the South African government supplies Zimbabwe with fuel and maize in order to keep total anarchy at bay. For how much longer...?
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Re: Blast from the past - Olympus OM2n goes to London Town - A NFF Thread

Postby Dennis Gallus » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:41 am

Graham,

This is a wonderful post, and I am surprised that I missed it in its NF debut. But the date tells why: August, 2009 was a frenzy of packing out of our home in Virginia in preparation for our move to Arizona. Thanks for re-posting and giving me a second chance.

Your images make me want another visit to London. I too like the Green Park shot. The selective focus and dappled lighting resonate with me. I like the street artist shot too.

And the names of the NF respondents also resonate. So many good on-line friends that have seemingly vanished. My family and I had visited Mike Connealy in his New Mexico home two years before your post. Sandeha and the others...nice to be reminded of our frequent interactions on NF.

I still prefer my Olympus kit to my Nikons for casual film photography. Thanks for getting me started down that road.

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