Posts Tagged ‘OM-D E-M1

22
Nov
16

The Jungle’s of Panama & Costa Rica – Patterns (post 3 of 3)

This is a continuation of the the posts I did the other day (post 1 & 2 of 3). As in the other posts, all images were shot with the Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 PRO (600mm full frame equivalent) and the OM-D E-M1 & OM-D E-M5 MkII.

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20
Nov
16

The Jungle’s of Panama & Costa Rica – Flora (post 2 of 3)

This is a continuation of the the post I did the other day (post 1 of 3).  As in the other post all of these images were shot with the Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 PRO (600mm full frame equivalent) and the OM-D E-M1 & OM-D E-M5 MkII.

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17
Nov
16

The Jungle’s of Panama & Costa Rica – Fauna (post 1 of 3)

A few months ago I traveled to the jungles of Panama & Costa Rica with the primary intent of trying out the new Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f4.0 PRO lens (equivalent to 600mm full frame). I decided to break the trip into 3 posts. The first one being Fauna, the second one will be Flora and the last one will be Patterns. 80% of the images were shot with the OM-D E-M1 and the remaining ones were shot with the OM-D E-M5 MkII. The ISO’s averaged between 1,000 and 5,000. I was not disappointed with the results, however, I’ll let you be the judge.

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04
Jun
16

Paint the Night

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to run a workshop with Dan’s Camera City sponsored by Olympus, titled “Paint the Night”. I guess you can tell what the workshop was all about. We were fortunate that Steve Tobin, an incredible artist located in Quakertown, PA, allowed us to use the grounds of his studio. It was an amazing setup for doing light painting. As you can see we used multiple types of light sources from burning steel wool to Pixelsticks. It was a great evening with a great group of photographers. Of all of the images in this post, my favorite one is the last one. I call it “Kissing Angels”. I didn’t notice it at first. I discovered it after I downloaded it and saw it on my computer. It is actually part of a larger image. I have been asked if it was produced with smoke. The answer is no. It was done with a white LED light wand, in combination with the Olympus’s “Live Composite” mode.

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The Green Giant

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26
May
16

Historic Bridge Details

I’m fortunate to live in an area that has diversity as it relates to contemporary & historic structures. However, I find myself drawn more to the historic structures. These two images were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens. This lens has a full frame 600mm equivalent which is great for creating compression in the image. Which was what I was trying accomplish with these images.

This covered bridge is know as Bogert’s Bridge. It was built in 1841-42. It takes its name from the Bogert family. Peter Bogert purchased the land on which the bridge is located in 1744 as part of his farm. Its most distinctive feature is two long arch trusses resting on abutments at either end. Of which, was my focus for the following images.

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11
Apr
16

Grand Central Terminal 2016

I had the opportunity to lead a trip back to Grand Central Terminal a few weeks ago for the Lehigh Valley Photography Club. All images & video were shot with Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 MkII. I have photographed this place many times.  However, on this trip we were able to go into the belly of the beast. In addition to going to the highest point, we also went 13 stories below to see the heart of the complex. I have also included a brief video from the day. This place continues to amaze me every time I go!

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08
Mar
16

Frank T. Smith Photographer as Seen by PBS

This past fall I was asked to do a presentation on my recent visit to Cuba for the Olympus InVision Photo Festival in Bethlehem , PA. During my preparation for the presentation, PBS39 asked if they could do a story on me because of my connection to the region and as an advocate of InVision. Here is the story.

15
Feb
16

Simon Mulligan Trio

Last year, around this time, I had the opportunity to listen and photograph this amazing trio at the Jazz Cabaret upstairs from the Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown PA. Acclaimed pianist Simon Mulligan has played with everyone from The Royal Philharmonic to Sting. Mr. Mulligan returns to Allentown for an evening of standards, jazz classics, and original music from his CD “Playlist.” Joining Simon will be bassist Gene Perla, who has performed with Elvin Jones, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz luminaries. Rounding out the rhythm section will be my good friend, Dave Willard on drums. Expect to hear the Simon Mulligan Trio’s sophisticated take on your favorite timeless melodies and Simon’s own compositions. They will be playing again this Friday, February 19th at 7:30PM. For more info and tickets click here. The following are images from last year’s performance and were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

 

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23
Jan
16

The Power Lens

For the past week I have had the opportunity to check out Olympus’s newest lens. The M.Zuiko ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO. This thing is absolutely amazing and probably one of the SHARPEST lenses I have ever used. Not only is it tact sharp, but it’s incredibly FAST. All of the following images were taken with the 300mm and in a couple cases, I also added the M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14 . Because of the Olympus sensor, the focal lengths are 600mm & 840mm equivalent. This lens has built-in image stabilization and when used in tandem with the 5 axis in-body image stabilization of the OM-D series cameras it creates 6 steps of shutter compensation. Everyone of these images were handheld.

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21
Jan
16

Focus Bracketing/Stacking

Olympus continues to be a pioneer with some of their latest technology advances. With their most recent firmware upgrades for the OM-D series cameras, we are now able to create images with a significantly greater depth of field through the use of Focus Bracketing & Focus Stacking. There is an option to create “in-camera” results (Focus Stacking) and also through the post processing processes (Focus Bracketing). Bracketing has always been an option in the past. However, it was extremely time consuming and required many manual focus steps, along with a lot of trial & error and guess work.

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The process I use to accomplish Bracketing and Stacking results are as follows:

  • “Focus Stacking” a.k.a. In-camera processing
    • Select the front most portion of your image that you want clear and use that as your focus point. Use a tripod or something to stabilize the camera.
    • Go to the camera “menu” and select “Shooting Menu 2” & “Bracketing”. Click “On” and proceed to “Focus BKT”. Now select “Focus Stacking” & select”On”.
    • Next select the “Set focus differential”. You have a step range from 1 (Narrow) to 10 (Wide). A focus step refers to the amount of focus movement where 1 is the smallest setting. When shooting at the widest aperture value, I would recommend using smaller focus step 1 or 2. Your selection will depend on your subject matter, aperture setting, distance, etc.
    • After you have these settings in place make sure you hit OK all the way through.
    • At this point you are ready to hit the shutter release (Tip: I would recommend using a cable release so as to not bump the camera).
    • The camera will process a JPEG image and at this point you can now see the preview.

Below is an example of an in-camera Focus Stacked image using this process along side of a single non stacked image. The differential is quite amazing. Click on the images to see the full view.

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  • “Focus Bracketing” Requires 3rd party post-processing software
    • Select the front most portion of your image that you want clear and use that as your focus point. Use a tripod or something to stabilize the camera.
    • Go to the camera “menu” and select “Shooting Menu 2” & “Bracketing”. Click “On” and proceed to “Focus BKT”. Now select “Focus Stacking Off”
    • Select “Set number of shots”. You can select up to 999 shots. I have found that anything between 10 and 60 shots work well.
    • Next select the “Set focus differential”. You have a step range from 1 (Narrow) to 10 (Wide). A focus step refers to the amount of focus movement where 1 is the smallest setting. When shooting at the widest aperture value, I would recommend using smaller focus step 1 or 2. Your selection will depend on your subject matter, aperture setting, distance, etc.
    • After you have these settings in place make sure you hit OK all the way through.
    • At this point you are ready to hit the shutter release (Tip: I would recommend using a cable release so as to not bump the camera).
    • Now you have to take the images into a program like Photoshop or HeliconFocus (I have had good success with HeliconFocus). After you merge the images, you can perform your normal edits.

Below are two series of images where I used this process. The first image is the processed bracketed image and the second one is a single non-bracketed image.

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In all cases it will require experimenting with various settings. All of the images were shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

 

 




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