+++++ Your and your love affair with your m43 - results this week! +++++
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I had forgotten how good these 'old' lenses are with the E-M1
the first and last are the 50mm, the rest are the 50-200
there are some more here
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…but you're doing what I used to do and am gradually getting out of the (bad) habit of doing.
You are failing to take advantage of your sensor's variable ISO.
In the shot of the hawk -- which is outstanding -- you think you need a better lens and/or a tripod. Nope -- the first thing you need is to get off base ISO. ISO 800 for that shot would have raised your shutter speed by two steps which would have put you in the "safe" speed zone.
You are correct, and I absolutely should have bumped the ISO. I have to remember that these cameras are completely capable of doing good things above base ISO when needed, and especially in good light. Hard to break old habits, you know!
As it is, you have taken this great pic at barely safe shutter speed -- the fraction of a second with a denominator approximately equal to the focal length as 35mm equiv (i.e. 600mm in this case). The "safe" speed back in the day was always considered to be double the focal length -- and anyone using a long lens hand-held was advised to double it again because long lenses are so unhandy.
But I do rally love that shot!
Thank you! He flew up to that perch right as I got to my vantage point, so I got a lot of shots of him. This particular one of him with his foot up was my favorite. He stayed there for about 15 minutes or so, until a group of redwing blackbirds started dive bombing him and chased him away! (I got only one blurry shot of him leaving, since the camera focused on the tree branches between me and him...and he was moving too fast for me to focus manually...oh well!).
Now to figure out what is going on with the weird bokeh thing that this lens is doing....which it didn't before a few weeks ago (have been checking my old photos from it this AM). Probably needs a repair of some sort....
The above 3 are my favorites. The lower two are very delicate, typical of spring, as the buds are starting to burst giving a variety of pastels. Some Art Style (That I no longer remember) mimics that texture/colour.
The first one, of the hawk, was taken at a good distance, something like the Sandhill that I took last year. Anders W. and minniev helped me a lot to understand the nature of that bokeh in a few exchanges:
Preliminary discussion: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51333030
This gets into the guts of it: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51352987
These are great links, thank you!
I have been going over my photos from a year ago with this lens compared to those from the past few weeks, and the ones from a year ago do NOT have this problem at all, so I think it might be something other than "normal" nisen-bokeh. It also is present in both short and long OOF areas, and in front of as well as behind the subject. (In other words, I suspect that something that supports the floating elements in the lens may be out of kilter).
I'm going through my shots now to sort out some good examples, and I will start a new thread on the forum to see if anyone has run into this before. I strongly suspect, however, that the lens is going to need a trip to McAllan, Texas .
Several of us had a rousing good discussion with the sharing of links and good ideas!
I am sure that reading the above will help. At least it will convince you that a tripod would be of minimal value in the case of the hawk, (shot at 1/800 sec). ( Looking at that bokeh, I am guessing that the brush is about 10-20 yards behind the hawk. And the hawk is at about 60 yards away. Right?)
Yes, absolutely, but it does it to close up backgrounds, too.
I hope that this is helpful.
Yes, very :)!
PS Did you find any wild hazelnuts in your travels?
Not yet...these are all still taken with me not IN the woods, but on the shore opposite where the wildlife is....I do plan to get out to a real wildlife area sometime in the next week or so, though, and I will be looking for them (not sure if they will still be blooming, but worth a shot ).
I was trying to capture that delicate detail of early spring in a woodsy area. There is so much going on with light, subtle color and detail this time of year, that it makes places like this have a magical character, and that was what I was after. It's too bad it only lasts a couple of weeks; it's so pretty when the plants come back to life!
#2 is a fantastic shot - I particularly like the reflected sky / shape in the window emphasising the figure. Maybe try another shot emphasising the Push Hard sign from a different angle?
#3 is a good 'un too.
Thanks! I really like that store front...something about the curved glass on the end panel.. Every time I go by it, I keep thinking that if anything happened to that particular pane of glass, it would be prohibitively expensive to replace...and I keep my fingers crossed that nothing happens to it.
I think I would need a wider lens to get the whole storefront and the door in the same photo. There's not a lot of room to work with in front of the store before I would end up bumping into the parked cars on the curb or out in the (busy) street. If I ever get a fisheye, this might be a place to experiment with it, too (combo of that curved window and the fisheye effect...hmmm ).
I have been trying to shoot #3 for a couple of years now, and this is the first time that I have gotten an image that I really like from it. It has a lot of interesting things going on. Doesn't hurt that the 12-40mm lens has very good corner sharpness either....it's one of the reasons I think I was able to capture it well this time.
…house out of mud bricks in Australia in the 1980s -- and I mde every brick by hand on site too. It looked similar to your picture, Baha, only I was on the side of a hill.
Happy days. Bl**dy heavy work too. I must have been mad!
I meant to document it photographically, but:
- After or even during a day's work on with mud bricks, I simply didn't have the energy
- Halfway through the job I had to sell my dual Oympus OM1 plus lenses, etc., outfit to finance the septic tank and general drainage.
It must be really tough experience but those the one made us "man of steel"
Too bad you've to sell your lenses back then, I bet those would mount nicely on your m4/3 gears.
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Love #3. Spent few minutes to understand how...
They are actually good but just good enough and don't have a special touch that make them very special and very good.
Well I like it. I've been playing with postcards to see if a crop at the very top of the glass of the bottom window would help too. Maybe four windows would lose some of the distracting houses. Or blur them a bit. Good shot anyhoo.
Square crop? Quite different from where I started....
"No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen." - Minor White
"Run to the light, Carol Anne. Run as fast as you can!"
Took me a moment - then had a good laugh! Great shot
i think it's cropped to around 4Mp.
Not much in it but I think I prefer it.
#3 is a lovely shot. Great fun.
My first time out with the 75 and I was trying to see how shallow the DOF could be, but I totally agree that it should have stopped down to f2.8 or even f4.
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