Macro at the butterfly garden in Kuala Lumpur

macro manual focus

On saturday after finishing a morning of street shooting and having delicious lunch of Indian food with Robin Wong we couldn't help ourselves but go for a hot, humid session of macro shooting in the KL Butterfly park.   I shot exclusively with the Olympus OM-D EM5 and 20mm macro lens.  All photos were shot with manual settings, though I did occassionally use the auto focus.  I am always impressed at how accurate and quick the autofocus is with this lens (especially when u select the right distances on the the lens itself).  Even though Robin and I shot together it is always interesting to see how we viewed the potential photo and the various framing we used for the photos.  I perhaps did have a slight advantage sing the dedicated Olympus 60mm Macro lens but I was quite impressed at how well the images from the Olympus 12-50 kit lens (in macro mode) turned out.  Robin's take of the macro shooting day are at http://robinwong.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/dpreview-awards-e-m1-gold-and-s....  All images below have had some slight post processing in aperture for colour correction (brightness/contrast).

I have a lot to talk about with photography on this blog and I am just not finding the time trying to balance other work commitments and the updates here but I will be trying to post every couple of days for the next week to catch up.  I have had the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in my possession for the last couple of days and am yet to take more than about 5 photos with it.  There will definitely be some macro with this camera and no doubt I will get my trusty old Olympus 4/3 50mm macro out as well). I also have a black magic pocket cinema camera here as well and am hoping to shoot an assignment with it tomorrow but need to go through a huge learning curve tonight to ensure that I am confident doing this (I may even post a little video from ealier today if I finish colour grading it).  

Looking up or looking down

Using the natural white background

All manual in 1:1 mode on the lens

Launch time

Spider shadows

Parallel lines

bokeh in macro

camoflague mode

This was a difficult shot due to the small size and shiney black nature of this beetle

Water droplets

Not quite the picture I was hoping for in this shot but the lighting came from behind the leaves (similar to using the leaves as a diffuser)

Another difficult photo due to the size of the spider and whatever the object is beside it.  The spider continually kept running back to that object but I am unsure of what it was.

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