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Old 01-11-2019   #1
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Olympus Pen F shot audio slideshows...

About a year ago I got my Pen F and it hasn't left my hands. I love that camera to bits. So much so that I just ordered a second one.

I thought I'd share a project I've been working on using Pen F and a 25mm and a 75mm mostly. I've been posting these in General Thread and I apologize if you've seen some of these. It's a series of audio slideshows. Here is a link to the 12 profiles published so far: https://vimeo.com/album/4981968

and here is one of the stills featuring Rodney de Vries, a local violin maker:


And should you simply love them and be so inclined to support the creation of additional shows, here is a link to a small kickstarter campaign my producer and I started that explains a fair bit about the project: http://kck.st/2EUgRkG

I hope it's not against the rules to post a link to a campaign. Any and all comments are welcome...

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Really great stuff ... thanks for sharing.
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Agreed - excellent and a whole series to enjoy
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Speaking of the Pen F, I have recently rediscovered the original Pen F series.

I do not propose going back to film but the lenses look interesting - they are very small, many have an excellent reputation and they have a short register distance so they do not need a large adapter as do many other legacy lenses. Besides which of course their build quality is second to none.

I have recently bought a 100mm f3.5 for use on my M4/3 cameras and look forward to doing so as this lens in particular has an enviable reputation for its optical characteristics.

Some info on Pen F lens tests can be found here - scroll down:

https://www.photo.net/discuss/thread...anship.465163/

I have kept my eye out for a 2nd hand digital Pen F but they seem to be much loved and for this reason held onto very tightly by their owners.
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Thanks for this Peter! I actually never used the film Pen F, but it sure looks like a fun camera. Love the digital version.
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For those of you folks interested in the slideshows. Here is the latest one exploring the musical connection between Newfoundland and Ireland: https://vimeo.com/312200926

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thanks for these links Bojan - nice work!
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Speaking of the Pen F, I have recently rediscovered the original Pen F series.

I do not propose going back to film but the lenses look interesting - they are very small, many have an excellent reputation and they have a short register distance so they do not need a large adapter as do many other legacy lenses. Besides which of course their build quality is second to none.

I have recently bought a 100mm f3.5 for use on my M4/3 cameras and look forward to doing so as this lens in particular has an enviable reputation for its optical characteristics.

Some info on Pen F lens tests can be found here - scroll down:

https://www.photo.net/discuss/thread...anship.465163/

I have kept my eye out for a 2nd hand digital Pen F but they seem to be much loved and for this reason held onto very tightly by their owners.
I have a Pen FT with 2 lenses. You can use Canon FD lenses or M42 lenses on the Pen F or FT with an adapter.
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Bojan: the thing I love about your pieces is that each is a quick, but deep, look into worlds about which I know nothing. It is like the best of radio interviewing, but with the visual element dialed in. The photographs by themselves would be interesting, but the deft combination of the two media -- images and sound -- seems deeper somehow for the association. Nicely done!
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I see 'Pen F' in the title and get excited....only to realize the post is about a digital camera Olympus misnamed. Just like the only James Bond is Sean Connery , the only George Smiley is Alec Guinness, and the best Sherlock Holmes is Jeremy Brett,….
the only Pen F is the original of 1963. Olympus can't even name it a Pen D, that name is taken also, and I have one of those to.

PS; Ah, the lenses! I have a modest collection, 20 f3.5, 25 f4, 38 f1.8, 100 f3.5, 150 f4, and the beast a 50~90 f3.5.
and with Oly made OM and M42 mount adapters there is a staggering range of lenses within reach.
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Benjamin et al thank you for the kind words. I have neglected this thread.

As a means of an apology, here is another episode in the series:

https://vimeo.com/320055631
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A new episode of 70/70 slideshows is out: https://vimeo.com/324847075

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For those of you still following, here is a new episode in the 70/70 project: https://vimeo.com/337035399

To see all of the slideshows so far go to: http://bojanfurstphotography.com/7070

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Bojan, I've just started watching your videos... they're magical. I had to tear myself away to get back to work! Thank you for all this work you've been doing. Great idea as a loving community portrait. Bravo!
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Hi Bojan, I would like to compliment you on your nice audio mix--effects and a clear voices. I think that audio slide shows allow one to think more what the person is saying and the emotions. With video you get hung up on the person's looks, lighting, etc.

There is a lot of pressure and tendency to use video today since it it so much easier than it was years ago. However, most are low quality because of poor editing and poorly thought out ideas. YouTube abounds with these.

In the past I have done audio slide shows but lately have been doing more video. Your work has made me consider using audio slide shows again for my current project. Thanks!
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Thank you Jamie! Much appreciated.

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Bojan, I've just started watching your videos... they're magical. I had to tear myself away to get back to work! Thank you for all this work you've been doing. Great idea as a loving community portrait. Bravo!
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Frank, Thank you for the kids words. I just watched your slideshow on weavers. Loved it. I couldn't agree more on video vs. slideshow. The problem with video is that everybody thinks they can do it because it seems so easy, but good film is really, really hard to make, so we end up with a lot of talking heads and bad B-roll. I really like the audio slideshows as a short-form storytelling. They let you linger on people and places in ways that video doesn't.

I am looking forward to seeing more of your slideshows.

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Hi Bojan, I would like to compliment you on your nice audio mix--effects and a clear voices. I think that audio slide shows allow one to think more what the person is saying and the emotions. With video you get hung up on the person's looks, lighting, etc.

There is a lot of pressure and tendency to use video today since it it so much easier than it was years ago. However, most are low quality because of poor editing and poorly thought out ideas. YouTube abounds with these.

In the past I have done audio slide shows but lately have been doing more video. Your work has made me consider using audio slide shows again for my current project. Thanks!
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The latest episode is up if you are interested: https://vimeo.com/340087728

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Super! Your editorial selection of images works really well with the audio story. The combination kept me interested all the way through. Excellent.
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After finding myself swamped at work, I finally managed to get back to producing 70/70 episodes. Here is the latest one on a gold mine geologist: https://vimeo.com/365762865

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Awesome! I barelly understand what she is talking about, but it is awesome!
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Thank you I kind of like that these almost entirely depend on the story people are willing to tell you and it's usually something they feel very attached to, which, I think makes it so interesting to listen to even if we don't quite understand everything. I think we are responding to the their enthusiasm and emotions more than to the content itself.

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For the few Olympus fans still following, here is another episode in the series: https://vimeo.com/showcase/4981968/video/372509129

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Are you with NFB? They must have it in the best of the best hall of fame.
This is something every New Canadian must see. I'm finally at the job with company which recognize Remembrance Day. This year I went for first time. Your video fills some gaps and resonate with me.
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Thank you Ko.Fe. I have approached NFB a couple of times, but so far nobody seems to be interested. It's really a labour of love for me and Michelle at this point. I am glad you enjoyed these.

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For those of you still following, here is a new episode featuring weird and wonderful world of Newfoundland Christmas mummers: https://vimeo.com/379792464

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Amazing! Never knew about Mummering... that's extremely interesting.
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It is very old tradition, at least in eastern Europe. Jewish also have similar one.
Nice to see old traditions readopted.
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Hey folks,

Here is something I wrote about this particular form I am using for these audio-slideshows. It may be of interest to some of you: https://medium.com/photocurious/talk...s-d9bce51012ee

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Hey folks,

Here is something I wrote about this particular form I am using for these audio-slideshows. It may be of interest to some of you: https://medium.com/photocurious/talk...s-d9bce51012ee

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Yes, it is interesting. And your "slideshow" is well made (being not native english a little difficult to understan but this is my fault!) with good pictures and well recorded audio. I'll follow your work on vimeo.

Nice to see such traditions are alive.
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In my conspiracy theory it is nothing but old fashion photo-album with your older relative as narrative.
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Kostya, you are so right! Funnily enough, quite some time ago now, I had a great conversation with a friend, a professor of English here. And he said something similar. He said that every family photo album is actually an oral history because it only makes sense and comes alive when you hear the stories... Maybe this project is a little bit like a family photo album for the province. I like that...

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For those of you still following, here is a new episode: https://vimeo.com/391370317

It features two older women - one of them is an adult learner in her 70s and the other one is her tutor. I can't imagine the courage it takes to starting learning how to read that late in life...

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Beautiful work! These are great intimate personal stories, and the photos are wonderful! It's really a neat idea.

You capture a really natural quality on the voices, almost like a one on one conversation with the subject. On a technical level, there is only an occasional spot where a subject's voice level dips down a little too low to where I feel I need to reach for the volume knob.

My one other comment has to do with the sound effects you capture. They are very well recorded and serve the story well, however, they sound like they were recorded very close up with a stereo microphone. In some ways I find this a little distracting to my ear as the sound effects render a bit 'wide' and my ear gets pulled to the right or left audio channel away from center where the subject is speaking. I listened to a few of your pieces in mono and I prefer the compressed stereo field. I think the balance between the voice and sound effects is about correct though.

Really nice work. This is a great project you have. Congratulations!
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Thanks Reid. That is a great feedback. Let me see if I remix the sound in mono how it sounds. I am really glad you like the stories.

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Great story! Much bigger than episode.

For some reason I'm more keen with BW for documentaries. In Soviet time documentaries were in BW. I guess, they were not allowed to get color.
In Moscow we had Russia movie theater. Major hall for for regular movies. And then much smaller one. This is where I have seen first documentary movie for first time.
Don't know why, but I'm more into documentaries, not into this lady with M3 from Wyoming stuff everybody is raving about..

Pen F still fascinates me and BW here is even more. Do you have your own post processing?
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