Half-frame Grandchild



This is a single half-frame from my Olympus Pen.

The light was quite low. I normally shoot this camera with the sunny 16 rule, but estimating light indoors is beyond my abilities.

A light meter app on my phone indicated it was 2 stops lower than I could get with this camera/film combination.

I figured the film would give me some latitude, and as it turned out the light on her face was a bit brighter than the surroundings.

Most of this roll was shown at 52 Rolls at this location.

The picture was taken the day that our granddaughter and her family packed and moved north a few hundred kilometres.

We were babysitting her while the packing and cleaning were underway.

We took her to a ceramics show that we wanted to see, though she had little patience for that.

Soon took her to a place to pat goats, and where we could eat something.

This continues my series of half-frame photos from the Pen.



Olympus Pen half-frame camera, 28mm 3.5 lens, Neopan Acros 100, 1/50th, f3.5.




8 thoughts on “Half-frame Grandchild

  1. she’s adorable… given her age, I guess these were the only two seconds that she stood still so you can take the photos lol 🙂
    ephem, what do you mean by half frame? (blush) please, excuse my lousy English…


    • Hi Alexandra. Thanks for your comment – she is in constant motion!
      Half-frame film cameras use only 1/2 the area of a full frame camera on 35mm film – thus a roll of 24 35mm exposures produces 48 half-frame exposures. The cameras were quite common in the 1960s and the Olympus Pen was pretty much responsible for establishing their popularity from 1959 onward, though the format has been around for a long time. It works much better now that film is such high quality. I guess you could think of it as equivalent to a crop sensor in digital – pretty much the same size as micro 4/3 sensors in fact, except oriented vertically inside the camera. Hope that helps!


    • Hi Gill – thanks so much. I really like how they came out, even though the negative is 1/2 size of a usual 35mm shot. It looks like there is lots of scope there for enlargement.


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