Sunday, 2 August 2020

Olympus in-camera focus stacking is a game changer

I thought I'd try out the Olympus in camera focus stacking again. Sadly there were no butterflies but I managed to find a grasshopper that was willing to model for me.
The Olympus in camera focus stacking is a real game changer for close-up macro photography allowing you to shoot with a wide aperture to blur the background but still get more of your subject in focus.
The images below show the difference the in camera focus stacking can make, the bottom image shows the very shallow depth of field with just the grasshoppers head being in focus when shot at F3.5. With the focus stacking being used in the top image you can see a lot more of the grasshopper is in focus with the background still nicely out of focus.

ISO200, F3.5, 1/620th sec, handheld with IBIS. 5 images focus stacked.

ISO200, F3.5, 1/620th sec, handheld with IBIS.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Puffin 2017 reworked in Capture One pro

I was looking back through some of my old photos and decided this one from my trip Skomer in 2017 was worth reworking in Capture One Pro.
It was a very bright afternoon, not ideal for Puffin photos, but the Capture One Pro raw converter seems to do a better job than Lightroom when working with the extreme contrast like this photo has, or maybe it's just my post processing that has improved.
Whatever the reason I think it was worth the 10 mins processing time, it's a photo that nearly went in the trash.


Sunday, 26 July 2020

Plumpton Tree early morning

Here's another one from my early morning stroll around Plumpton lanes.
I've taken this tree many times but usually have it framing Hoad monument in the distance. Again I like the way the early morning light was illuminating the tree and tried a different composition without Hoad in the background so making the tree and light the main subject. I used my Panasonic 100-400mm lens at 150mm for this shot, handheld with the help of the legendary Olympus IBIS.

Plumpton tree
Olympus EM1 MKII with Panasonic 100-400mm, ISO 250, F4.2, 1/320th sec, 150mm, handheld.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

A different view

When I was out walking the other morning I noticed the nice morning light on Hoad Monument and the devils armchair.
Amazing how the light can make scenes look different, I must of seen this composition a thousand times but have never thought it worth capturing until that morning.

Hoad monument
Olympus EM1 MKII with Panasonic Leica 100-400mm at 100mm ISO500, F4, 1/640th sec

Monday, 20 July 2020

Barn Owl in flight close-up

I finally managed a close-up of the Barn Owl in flight.
Not the easiest of shot to get, the owl doesn't usually appear until the sun has dipped below the horizon so the light isn't the best. The Panasonic is isn't the fastest focussing lens in poor light but I did manage to get it to find the focus for a few frames.

Barn Owl
Olympus EM1 MKII with Panasonic Leica 100-400mm ISO 1600, F6.3, 1/640th sec