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Photo-taking Details

First created 15 Sep 2002.

Photos taken from Mar 2002 to Sep 2002.


Camera: Olympus mju-II

Lens: 35mm f/2.8

Film: Fuji Superia 400.

Scanner: Minolta Scan Elite II. The scanner crops off 0.1 to 0.5 mm on all sides. Otherwise the images are full-frame.


Since the Olympus mju-II is a point-and-shoot camera, there really isn't much thing to do except to press the shutter release. In fact, many times I didn't even focus or compose. It's a wide angle, come on. Make a guess how many of these photos are such? You will be surprised.

The mju-II is small and suitable for stealth photography. Since it uses a wide area AF sensor, the camera will not miss the nearest subject. This allows me to shoot blind confidently. In addition, it is relatively silent and has a low shutter lag -- the time between you press the button and the shutter actually click.

Also, I am able to handhold it at much lower shutter speed than a SLR. The shot is not exactly sharp, but it's still acceptable at 4R (4x6").

I find three drawbacks with this camera. One, there is no manual exposure control. In low light, with flash off, it might choose an extremely low shutter speed. This means I need to lock focus (and thus exposure). This restricts blind shooting. Two, it does not remember the flash is set to off. I forgot at times and drew much attention to myself. Three, it has a problem focusing through glass.

In terms of results, the mju-II is visibly near-SLR class. My previous P&S, the Yashica T5, is on-par. When I meant SLR-class, I don't mean the 28-80/3.5- 5.6 kind of standard; I mean the 50/1.4 kind of standard.

Overall, I like the mju-II very much. I find it much easier to use than the T5. I get much more consistent results with the mju-II with my style of shooting -- shooting blind.

This Series

To prepare for this series, I shortlisted all the "good" photos. I scanned in 225 photos. This is 32.9% of the total (19 rolls = 684 photos). This is way too many photos to present. I trim it further down to 103 photos (or 15.1%).

This does not mean the unposted photos are inferior. Some -- many? -- are just as good. Unfortunately, a cut must be done somewhere.

Due to space limitation, I split the series into 3 parts and placed them on different hosts. This has a nice effect of reducing total downtime, in case one server is down.


The settings on raw scan are, The settings on normal scan are,


Thumbnail image is set at 185 x 123 pixels.

Saved as jpeg. Jpeg parameters are; baseline optimised; quality 7.

Normal image is set at 755 x 503 pixels.
Sharpen using unsharp filter; unsharp parameters are; amount 85%, radius 1.5 pixels, threshold 5.

Saved as jpeg. Jpeg parameters are; baseline optimised; quality 9.

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