Horse Halves

My Olympus Pen EE-2 has fast become a staple in my handbag — it's compact, easy-to-carry and I love the 28mm lens. Being a half-frame camera, the view finder is portrait rather than landscape, a small anomaly that continually inspires me to "think outside the square". I'm presently using the camera to explore two main themes: first, to draw attention to the seemingly banal, yet whimsical aspects of front yards in my neighbourhood; and second, to experiment with images composed of more than one frame.

This image of a race horse at the Yass Picnic Race Club earlier this year is an example of the latter, and shows my current penchant for shooting snippets of information in individual frames and joining them together to show a whole. Essentially, the half-frame format encourages me to compare subjects and sometimes create new meanings by making montages.


L said...

I like how you've used the unique format to your advantage. It's made me think about my own way of presenting a narrative within a series.

Yeah I'm amazed at the quality of the shots that comes out of that odd camera.

Kathleen said...
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Kathleen said...

Yeah, as I said in the post, I'm addicted to it. The only "fault" with the camera is that it can't focus very close. Sometimes this creates fabulous effects, but it also makes even mid-shots of people difficult.

Susan said...

Hi Kathleen!

I really like the horse diptych a lot.

I've been experimenting with a Pen EE recently. I haven't finished the roll yet, but I'm curious about how you use yours. Do you manually set the f-stop to override the meter or do you leave it on the film speed setting?

Kathleen said...

Thanks Susan. I usually use the film speed setting, which gives excellent results. It's easy to knock this out of place when you take the lens cap off, so I've learned to always check. I have experimented with setting the f-stop in low-light conditions but, like you, haven't had this film developed yet. We'll have to do a comparison.