Posts Tagged: Belle

Camera Phone Comparison : Macro Mode on the Nokia N8, Nokia N9, and Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia N8 : Belle Nokia N9 : Belle Nokia Lumia 800 : Belle

All photos taken by Ms. Jen.

Sun 03.25.12 – Now that I am in possession of my Nokia N8, Nokia N9, and a Nokia Lumia 800, I will start a semi-regular photo comparison blog posts where I will take a photo of the same subject under the same conditions with each of the camera phones and post the photos here, with links to the original sizes over at my Flickr account for even greater comparison fun.
Today’s photo subject was a macro mode photo of Ms. Belle le Cane taken in the late afternoon light of the 5pm hour with a moderately challenging mix of cloudy outdoor light and interior incandescent light. On each of the camera phones I used the settings of Macro mode, 4:3 aspect ration, and the flash turned off.
The only thing I did not ‘normalize’ was I kept all three at their maximum megapixels for the 4:3 ratio, thus the Nokia N9 and Lumia 800 are at 8mp and the Nokia N8 is at 12mp. But it is not the megapixels that matter here but how each camera phone dealt with the color & lighting, as well as the subject being less than 8 inches / 20 cm from the camera phone.
All three camera phones did a fine job at a close up subject and there is no distortion with Belle’s nose and eyes clear in each photo. In terms of light & color, the Nokia N9 had the best response to the mixed light as photo, the Nokia N8 had the most accurate color albeit a bit dark, and the Lumia 800 had the most interesting color interpretation with a light red-ish wash over half of Belle’s face when there was no red.
If you wish to inspect each photo further, go look at the original sizes:
Nokia N8 in the original 4000 x 3000 pixel size
Nokia N9 in the original 3248 x 2448 pixel size
Nokia Lumia 800 in the original 3248 x 2448 pixel size

Scruffy and Belle at Dog Beach, The ADOX Camera Version

Scruffy and Belle at Dog Beach, photo taken with a vintage film camera
Tues 12.27.11 – Photo of Scruffy McDoglet and Belle le Cane taken yesterday at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, Calif, with Thomas Bertling’s ADOX Golf 63 1950s era vintage bellows range finder medium format camera. I used Fujifilm 120 color film at 200 ISO and got the film developed and printed at Fromex in Long Beach.
I am very pleased at the results as Thomas did not think the camera worked any longer as it was given to him by an aunt who had it since the 1950s and neither of us had a manual or much of an idea how it should work. I took the ADOX to Samy’s Camera in Santa Ana yesterday morning to see if the folks at the film counter would be able to help me and they did by determining that 120 film would fit in the canister.
The first few shots on the roll were taken by complete trial and error as I tried to figure out how to advance the film, as well as the settings of the f-stop and the shutter speed in conjunction with the focus ring as all three are interconnected at the end of the bellows on the lens with out much explanation and no light meter. When I got to Dog Beach, I used the Nikon D70s’ light meter settings to determine that at 200 ISO, I should shoot at f22 and 1/200th shutter speed, as the light declined and the sun set, I switched it to f11 at 1/50th shutter speed.
The ADOX Golf 63 has the following available settings:
F-stops: 6.3, 8, 11, and 22
Shutter speeds: B, 1/25th, 1/50th, and 1/200th
Focal length: 1 meter to 20 meters and an infinity setting
There is no ability to set ISO.
I am very pleased on how well the photos turned out since I was guest-imating on focus, f-stop, and shutter speed. Why was I guessing on focus? The ADOX is a range finder camera and I don’t have a siting attachment for it, so I was looking through the little eye hole that does not change in focus at all as you turn the focal ring.
The first roll from the ADOX Golf 63 is here at Flickr so you can see all 12 photos. I just scanned them and did not do any photo editing. The color is pretty accurate to the printed photos, and any grain is from the photo paper and spots on my scanner, as the actual printed photos are wonderfully clear. The vignetting is a result of the square medium format film and the size of the lens/bellows set up.
All in all the whole experiment is/was so successful that I am taking the ADOX on vacation with me, so expect more photos, printed and scanned.

Happy Spring! Santiago Creek and Belle

Belle the dog at Santiago Creek, which had running water in it.
Sat 03.19.11 – Big weekend in the neighborhood of planet Earth: Hindus welcome in Spring in the festival of Holi, the Persian New Year in Nowruz, the Jewish spring holiday of Purim, the Spring Equinox, and a once every 18 years super Moon in perigee.
To celebrate all of this spring and astronomical related happiness, the dogs and I went to Irvine Regional Park this morning for a good long walk. The park and surrounding hills were cloaked in new green grass and the air was full of birdsong. The western bluebirds where at their boxes and I even heard baby bluebirds chirping from one box as the mom waited on a sycamore tree branch adjacent to the bluebird box. Lovely.
I like the idea of celebrating the New Year with the arrival of the Spring season and the vernal equinox. January 1 seems so out of place. Mid-March when the world is bursting with life, now that is New Year.
Happy Spring. Happy flowing creek water in Southern California.


Scruffy, napping Belle, resisting a nap

Photos of Scruffy and Belle taken this afternoon by Ms. Jen with a Nikon D70.