Everyone's Blog in All from October 2012

That crazy thing called macro!

Oct
28
macro lady beetle

It's all happening again!  The macro bug has literally got me again - I found myself waking up this morning and needing to go and play with the new Olympus 60mm macro lens (even though I was really really lacking sleep and needing to do other work). As I have written before, I really enjoy taking macro photography underwater and I find this to be quite relaxing, however before I venture underwater with a new lens, I like to know how it works out of the water so I am not fumbling with settings through a waterproof housing.

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A bush fire sunset from Brisbane

Oct
27
A bush fire sunset in Brisbane

Over the last couple of days over 40 bush fires have been burning throughout Queensland and yesterday's setting red sun was a good indication of the smoke and haze created by these fires. Here is one picture from the northern suburbs of Brisbane.

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eency weency spider

Oct
23
eency weency spider

...just a couple of pics of a lonesome spider siting on an eschallott.  I am starting to get stuck in a bad habit of using the macro lens again each day as I learn more and more about it.  Each of these photos was taken hand held with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and 60mm macro lens.  The actual size of this spider was only a few mm in length.

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Brisbane Zombie Walk 2012 - Part 2

Oct
22
Brisbane Zombie Walk

After posting the first part of this series I was asked a few questions about the settings that I used on my camera and how I post processed the photos.  I shot exclusively in Aperture Priority mode and shot with the lens wide open most times (even when shooting into the sun).  I did want to have some over exposed effects coming into the photos and I wanted to shoot without flash as well. There were a couple of times where I did stop down a little but it was fairly rare.  I also controlled my focus point and used centre weighted metering and rarely went above iso 200 or 400.

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Brisbane Zombie Walk 2012 - Part 1

Oct
22
Zombie Police Officer

There was so much happening this weekend in Brisbane it was hard to decide what to photograph.  Sunday was the annual Brisbane Zombie Walk which is now affiliated with the Brain Foundation of Australia.  It always makes for an awesome event with the many different characters that can be seen in this walk.  It was a great event to photograph and it was great to meet up with some fellow photography friends on the way.  For more information about the Zombie Walk please have a look at http://www.brisbanezombiewalk.com

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Crustaceans, insects and flowers

Oct
14
a naughty crustacean

One of the most enjoyable photographic moments for me other than just walking the streets with a camera in my hand is photographing underwater.  However, to do this I often use the trusted Olympus 50mm f/2 macro lens with an Olympus E3, housing and large strobes.  The whole set up is quite huge and heavy - especially when travelling on planes.  With the m43 systems and the release of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 it was time to re-evaluate how I photogrpah underwater and sell off some aging systems, but the one thing that had been holding my off the change was a good macro lens for this system.

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One rare rainy day in Brisabne

Oct
12
A rainy day in Brisbane

It has been quite a while since we have had rain in Brisbane and yesterday looked like the best chance of actually getting wet.  Unfortunately there was not much rain in it but I had about 30minutes to spare during the day and decided to get out and take a couple of photos and also play with the camera in the rain.  Here are a couple of pics from around Brisabne taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Panasonic 12-35mm lens and the Olympus 60mm Macro lens. 

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What should be included with a lens purchase

Oct
10
random ramblings

I know the topic of what should be included with the purchase of a lens has been raised in the forums around the web time after time and up until about 12mths ago I really never paid too much attention because as an olympus user in the *old* four thirds system all the lenses that I purchased just seemed to include what i needed.  Today I had a new lens from Panasonic and a new lens from Olympus made for the micro four thirds system and I was getting set up to do a little video and a few still photographs with my students.

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A couple of random photos while out playing

Oct
03
Confidence and style on the streets

Its easy to have excuses for not getting out there and shooting with your camera - especially the things that you enjoy shooting.  Photography, like most things takes practice to master and while I have not posted here for a couple of weeks I always ensure that I spend a little time shooting and continuing to learn.  With a new camera, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 it takes a lot of time to master and fully understand it before using it for professional work and then you often just choose fairly simple assignments to shoot.

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