Posts Tagged ‘Live Composite


OM-5 In the Dolomites & My Impressions

In this video, I will share my thoughts and impressions on the new OM-5 camera from OM System. I will share my experiences along with images from this camera and some of the associated specifications. I will also highlight some of the computational features I use. The imagery shown in this video is a small sampling of approximately 10 days in the Italian Dolomites. All of the images were shot using this camera.

The lenses I used with the OM-5 are the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4.0 PRO, M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS PRO and M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F4.0 PRO.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the OM System (Olympus) products, please consider using my link. I receive a small commission if you do so. Olympus Digital Cameras


Delaware Water Gap Blending Live Composite

This video will show you how I blended a daytime Live Composite image with a conventional long exposure from the Delaware Water Gap on top of Mount Minsi in Pennsylvania looking at Mount Tammany in New Jersey. To get here I will show you my winter hike along the way on the Appalachian Trail. As I move along the trail, I’ll share some of my images. Some of the vistas along the way are breathtaking. I will share some of my settings and how I utilize the Olympus OM-D camera system. Explore, Capture & Create. Click Here



Photographing Steamtown USA + Live Composite and Rust

This video details my visit to Steamtown, USA. This place is an assembly of vintage trains and period associated railroad structures. This is part of the National Park service. The images include daytime Live Composite, gritty rust and abstract compositions. I share my setup and some of my settings.

Here is the video link.


Manhattan from Brooklyn

A few weeks ago I traveled to New York with my friend and fellow Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure. Our plan was to photograph the city from Brooklyn. We had done this back in November from the area around the bridges, however, we ran out of time to get shots from the this location (in front of the piers). This time, when we arrived at this location, we were greeted with a beautiful evening and a wonderful sky. I had two camera bodies with me and I used both of them for the following images (The Olympus OM-D E-M5 MarkII and the PEN-F). After we photographed the city skyline we walked up to and over the Brooklyn Bridge. The remainder of the images were from the bridge. The one with the car headlights and taillights was done in “Live Composite” mode.























Moving Clouds at Lehigh University

I continue to do some more daytime experimenting with Olympus’ “Live Composite” mode. This a mode that is available on the OM-D series cameras. What it does, is allows you to take a sequence of exposures and build them over a period of time. The brilliant part about this is it won’t exceed any highlights and, the icing on the cake, is it produces an in-camera RAW file. Under normal circumstances, you would “blow out” the highlights in the image. Normally this process is used in evening photography. However, with the use of a neutral density (ND) filter you can create a daytime shot that appears to be in low light. The use of a tripod is an absolute necessity. Some of these exposures are about 5 minutes in length. The result is a beautiful painterly effect in the sky from the moving clouds. Lehigh University has a gorgeous campus and, with the right conditions, makes this an ideal location for this type of image.





Wehr Covered Bridge

In South Whitehall, Pennsylvania there is a park area known as Wehr’s Dam/Covered Bridge. The historic wooden bridge was constructed in 1841. So with my gear in hand from an earlier shoot, I thought it would be a good place to capture a few pics. The only challenge was it was the middle of the day with harsh light.

I have been experimenting with Olympus’s “Live Composite” mode which is a feature available on the OM-D series cameras. Most of the time this mode is used for night shots. Lately, I have tried doing this during the daytime hours with the hope of creating a painterly effect. However, to do this during the day, you will need some ND filters. The images I’m sharing consist of two 10 stop ND filters. Needless to say you must have a tripod to make this work and some moving component to create the desired effect. In this case it was the clouds that I wanted moving. The effect is a result of cloud movement and not a post-processing effect. The first two images were about 5 minutes in length & the third image was approximately 2 minutes. On Saturday we had some beautiful fast moving clouds which made for ideal conditions to accomplish my objective.




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