Lens: fully open

Today I went almost the same way like yesterday. But when deciding on which lens to take, I thought that with my 25mm lens I’ve paid for f/1.4, so I could as well use it. My camera doesn’t go faster than 1/4000s, so I also mounted a polarizer and an ND4 grey filter in front of that lens. So here are some photos of the same objects, buildings etc. like yesterday, and some different ones:

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Just noticed my typo in the filename of the airport photo…

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The right camera, the right lens

There are a few other photographers whose blogs I follow; one of those I read since years is Kirk Tuck, a professional photographer about my age from Austin, TX, USA. In his latest blog post he wrote about a walk with his Panasonic G85 (which is here called G80, its successor is the G81), married with an old and manual focus Contax/Yashica/Zeiss 50mm/1.7 lens.

And yes, nice results. My main and now only camera is the Olympus OM-D E-M10, which is comparable, and like Kirk I wanted to take a walk with that camera today. I could have used one of my older and manual Olympus lenses from the OM system – I have the 50mm in both versions, with apertures of 1.4 and 1.8. Or I could have used the Zuiko ED Digital 50mm/2 Macro which I also love and which gives me autofocus with the right adapter. But instead, I just used the 45mm/1.8 from the newer Olympus Micro Four Thirds series of lenses, and like Kirk, I let it on f/2 almost all of the time.

So here are some impressions from my walk around noon today:

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Cat nap

I took Tuna’s photo while she was sleeping in her chair. I simulated our reading light with my compact flash, and treated the converted picture with Silver Efex Pro2, using its “019 Fine Arts Process” preset instead of a film simulation. Looks like this:

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Bird photos with a wide angle lens

Birds are shy animals, so normally you need very long, bright, and expensive lenses to get some good photos of them.

Not so if you have a camera which can be remote controlled in any way – by trigger, timer, or any other device. My E-M10 and newer Olympus cameras can be remote controlled by your smartphone, using a cost-free ‘app’ from Olympus called O.I Share. So if you have the right camera and a tripod, you can get bird photos even with a wide angle lens, like I just did using my 14mm Panasonic lens:

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These are great tits, or Kohlmeise as we call them in German, or parus major in Latin. Feed them with sun flower seeds, which they like best, or with raisins like Mitchie did here.

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Tuna in colour and in black and white

One photo which I took today, with the Panasonic 14mm/2.5 lens on the Olympus E-M10 camera, was this:

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It’s not exactly like out of the camera; I desaturated the colours a bit, and added a slight vignette in RawTherapee.

And tho I liked the colours, I wondered how they would translate to “tones” in black & white. So I went back to the beginning, converted the .orf to a .tif (still in colour) with the Olympus Viewer 3, and then I used Silver Efex Pro 2 from the Google Nik Collection to convert it to a black & white photo.

With that software, I simulated the use of an Ilford HP5 Plus film, which is what I often used when I was much younger than today, and developed film and enlarged photos from the negatives myself. I now have Tri-X (Kodak) in my Olympus OM-2 camera, but as I’m from Europe, during my days it was mostly Ilford which was made in England during that time.

I also simulated the use of a yellow filter on my lens, which of course made the blue sofa much darker, and everything yellowish lighter. The result is here:

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I like both images, but this one maybe more, especially the patchwork blanket in the background.

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Autumn colours

My last blog post was about a solar race in Australia, where it’s spring right now. But here in the Northern hemisphere, we have autumn – and with it come the nicest colours, as always. While spring may trick your eye and brain because winter was all dull and grey, it’s in fact autumn which gives nature all these really unbelievable colours, especially on leaves:

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Those reds are best if you see the foliage from the shadow side, after the sun shone through those leaves – you don’t see it in this picture, but look just around your place – it’s so nice.

Update: here’s another shot, this time against the light, and with the sun deliberately included into the frame. Please don’t try this with your DSLR, or if you do, please at least don’t look through your optical finder. This is something you can do with mirrorless, but not with optical finders:

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Anyway, it shows these red leaves backlit now, to make my point from this morning/noon.

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My favourite tree at work

Taken today during my lunch walk, so around noon in mid October:

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I see it from my window, tho here I was much closer of course. Still, a fascinating tree, no matter what the weather is like.

Update, one day later:

Here is the same tree again, taken with the same camera, lens, and even aperture. But this time I took the image a bit earlier, and from my workplace, out of the open window:

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That “full frame” look, and closed headphones

Yesterday I found a cat photographer on the Flickr blog, here. And it’s interesting to see that an (now considered old) Canon 6D is enough to get that “full frame” look – especially when using macro lenses or something like a 85mm/1.8.

Andrew Reid from EOSHD tho praises the new Nikon D850 – the best quality you’ll get if you need the best and have the money.

And the German-speaking “Sound & Recording” online magazine tested the Yamaha HPH-MT8 closed studio headphones, which seems to be an alternative to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Interesting; next time I’ll be in Cologne in the Music Store I’ll have to listen to both of them.

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