I finally got around to a little photo expedition that I have been planning for some time. I had seen online some interesting photographs of the lighthouse at New Brighton on the Wirral and thought that I would like to give it a go with my ND filters and resultant long exposures.Continue reading “Long Exposure in New Brighton”
Olympus 40-150 + MC20 or Olympus 300
By popular request, well a couple of people asked, I thought I would attempt to answer a question that I quite often see discussed online that is “How much better is the image quality from the Olympus M Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro than the Olympus M Zuiko 4-150mm f/2.8 Pro with the MC20 2x teleconverter ?”
To MC or to Crop ?
As primarily a wildlife photographer my most used lens by some margin is the excellent Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro. For a 600mm full frame equivalent lens it is light and compact these being the key reasons why I use m43 cameras. It is as sharp as any lens I have ever owned, including Canon’s big whites, and the optical image stabilisation combined with the IBIS of my OMD EM1 mkII is nothing short of astonishing.
“Safari” Gear & Settings
Safari is a Swahili word that means journey. In the “bad old days” a Safari was all about big game hunting, fortunately to a large extent those days are past and now Safari has come to mean a vehilcle based wildlife watching/photography trip and whilst the concept of a Safari orginates in Africa, Safaris can now been indertaken in many parts of the world often in search of specfic species, for example Tiger Safaris have become huge business in India.
The Marina at Night
The Marina makes a good photographic location during the day – but makes a great location at night and probably the best location in Dubai – think lights, reflections and light trails.
There is more to Dubai than just glass, steel and concrete. A glimpse of old Dubai and its people can still be seen along and around the Creek where wooden Dhows still ply their trade around the Gulf and Arabian ports. The gritty subjects make ideal candidates for some black & white photography where contrast and texture are key.
Getting to grips with my new Olympus 300mm f/4.0. For the last year and a half or so I have been using the PL 100-400 for bird photography, amongst other things, and generally have been very happy with it.
On the east coast of Oleron the minor road that runs along the coast has been designated the “Route des Huîtres” and for good reason, all the way along the route are the colourful shacks and boats of the Oyster farming industry.
6K Barn Swallow
I was busy photographing the Oyster sheds at La Baudissier when I noticed a Barn Swallow shooting in and out of a gap in one of the sheds, presumably feeding some nestlings. Up for a challenge I thought this might be a good opportunity to once again test out the 6K functionality of the G9.
Lumix G9 – New Firmware 1.1
On 30th May Panasonic issued the first firmware update for the G9. It can be downloaded from Panasonic’s website here.
Geotagging on the G9
The G9 does not have built in GPS – but what it does have is the ability to link via low-energy Bluetooth (BLE) to your phone and thereby import the GPS coordinates from the phone.
Lumix G9 – Bexhill on Sea
A trip down to Bexhill on Sea today to give the G9 a run out.
The De La Warr Pavilion is an Art Deco grade 1 listed building buit in 1935 – it makes a fine photographic subject.