+++++ This week through your m43 -- 5 July +++++
- Take a nice picture (or seven) and upload it to your gallery
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- Bask in the friendly praise and confirming criticism from others
- Look at others' pix and offer your friendly C & C.
At about post 120:
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- You may, of course, continue to post to this original thread, but we recommend that you post new pix to the Part 2 thread to maximize the chance of others seeing and enjoying your fine work and providing valuable C&C.
My favorite times here are those when the weather is changing rapidly and there are lots of clouds to work with... here are a couple of examples. Both shot with the 9-18, the one over the lake is a five shot bracket, blended with the Lightroom add-on, Enfuse.
Nothing doing on day 2 of the Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture -- or rather, there was stuff doing but it was cloudy, rainy, and windy, and I thought "B+ggerit! I am old enough and ugly enough not to worry!" so I stayed home.
BUT a magnificent day yesterday, so I was out and about; although the dances, etc., were not spectacular (from my POV) we all enjoyed ourselves through the day and into the evening.
I got in a bit more time with the Panny 100-300 and the Panny 12-35 on the Panny G6 and began to feel a bit more at home with the outfit.
Your first one -- how accurate is the color? It is a tough too yellow, or is that how it actually looked?
It certainly is a stunning pic, very painterly and, oddly, very European (to my eye). I went to your profile to check which part of Europe you were from! Sonama CA, LOL!
In the shot above, the point is sometimes events conspire to produce an unexpected but very nice result! In this case, as I was shooting the Statue of Liberty from our hotel room in Battery Park on lower Manhattan and generally experimenting with my new GM1, a sailing sloop passed by flying an American flag. It was moving right to left in the shot, so I knew the masts and flag would be blurred in the 1 second exposure, but shot it anyway, as I've sometimes gotten interesting motion effects with longer exposures, with the result you see above. Personally was thrilled at the outcome I do very little post processing, preferring to get results as much as possible with the camera directly, so this little surprise was very rewarding personally.
And here is another night shot a bit later, really liked the dramatic lighting... Was very pleased to get these shots from so far away with such a simple and light weight setup.
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I wonder if there are any like this elsewhere? - specifically a horse drawn rail carriage along a pier from the mainland to an island. This is in Victor Harbour, South Australia.
Nice photos Geoff. Especially liked 2, 4 and 5.
Nice shots - both of them.
I like the way you've brought out the tones in your processing.
Nice photos, but would reduce the yellow saturation of the first.
That ISO 12800 shot came out quite nicely, Geoff!
That first shot is really quite cool!
Short explanation. These clouds are not completely understood, but tend to form from the end of mai to the middle of august. The clouds are at much higher altitudes than any other clouds. A cirrus may reach 20 km, NLCs from above 80km.
They can only be seen and northerly/southerly latitudes and are best seen between 50 and 65 degrees, with the best displays after solstic and especially july in the north. In the southenr hemisphere at the same latitidues they seem to be less common (unusre though).
They clouds can only be seen when the sun has dipped 6 degrees below the horizon and depend on a very cold upper atmosphere which happens to be in the summers..
So not to be confused with some cirrus cloud AT sunset and also not to be confused with Aurora Borealis. What these two have in common is that they occur at about the same latitides (roughly), have beautiful, vibrant colours.
On the camera, the GH4..focussing (manually of course) was difficult but I made it difficult to as I shot at f2.8 to keep ISO and noise down. F4 or f5.6 would have been better with higher ISO. I shot with the new Transcend R95-W60 U-3 class I card. Also 4K video for long stretches. It performed admirably at only 39 euro's. The camera was used virtually constantly from 23.00h - 04.00 h with the flipout screen on. Including 1-20 minutes of footage. The battery was at 2/3 by the end of this. In short: great.
JPGs are supposed to be bad on the GH4 according to some. As I do not like silkypix, I simply used the JPGs and processed them sometimes and very slightly in Adobe Elements 8. The JPGs look and colours are very close to reality. It did better again than my OLY EPL5, which I find surprising but if I do remmeber correctly the EPL5 JPGs can look better with other subjects.
With the 35-100 mm f2.8 you can easily shoot a couple of images to form a panorama with fantastic detail. I keep saying this: what a lens it is!
Enough words....the pics.
NZ Scott wrote:
That ISO 12800 shot came out quite nicely, Geoff
Yes, surprisingly good -- at web sizes (which is all I actually want in this instance).
But not so good t 100% even with a touch of sharpening! LOL.
Thanks for looking, John
Wonderful pix and thank you for the detailed explanation. Fascinating. Regarding the southern hemisphere, don't forget there is very little land and even less population in the latitudes you are talking about (Tierra del Fuego, the Falkland Islands, and Antarctica are about half the list) - so it would make sense that these clouds would be less reported there even if they occurred just as frequently as in the north.
And as you say, outstanding performance by the GH4. You must be very pleased.
Now back to the World Cup. Viva!… Oops! Did I say something wrong? LOL.
Cool set, really like the stare in No2
Splendid, all of them !!!
As per my normal routine before a run of nights I go for a walk in the small forest near my house. Amazing how many insects you never appreciate before you owned a macro lens
My wife has observed that walks took less time before I had this lens
Mostly square crops as I plan to have a wall of square photos on the boys room
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Those are very nice. The contrast is just right. I love the colours as well
Clouds look amazing. Do you use the GH4 mainly for stills or do you video as well?
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