Saturday, 4 July 2020

Better to ETTR with Olympus EM1 MKII

One of the things I like about photography is you never stop learning. It's over 12 months since I swapped camera systems from Pentax to Olympus and I thought I'd pretty much learnt nuances of my Olympus EM1 MII. However the other night I found out something by making what I thought was a mistake.
Usually when photographing Barn Owls if the owl flies in front of a dark background I use -0.7 to -1 exposure compensation so stop the owls light plummage overexposing. Recently I was too slow and just took the photos at the cameras exposure, this gave me what looked like on the camera LCD an over exposed image which normally I'd delete (see bottom image below). This time I thought I'd keep the image and see what I could do in post processing in Capture One Pro.
To my surprise after decreasing the exposure my -1.2 in Capture One all the details in the owl plummage were there (see top image).
This has got me thinking on my next outing I'm going to try leaving the camera to control the exposure and see how many spoiled images I do actually get.
Watch this space ! 


Friday, 3 July 2020

Barn Owl with Olympus 40-150mm Pro lens

My latest photography project has been some local Barn Owls. This is the first ime I've tried the Olympus system for Barn Owls and decided my usual go-to wildlife lens the Panasonic 100-400mm wouldn't be fast enough for the low light Barn Owl shots so thought I'd try with the Olympus 40-150mm Pro lens.
Early in the evening I started with the Olympus MC-1.4x teleconverter fitted to the lens so taking the 40-150mm to 56-210mm F4 or a 112-420mm F4 full frame equivalent. As the evening grew darker I removed the teleconverter and relied on field craft to get a close enough to the Owl for acceptable shots. The settings I used were manual at F4 and 1/1000th sec with auto ISO up to 3200 with the teleconverter fitted and the same but at F2.8 without the teleconverter.
The EM1 MKII and 40-150mm Pro coped admirably with the gloomy condition, the autofocus locked on and kept focus and the the High Iso photos showed plenty of detail.

Barn Owl

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Wildlife photography lucky moments

Most of the time in wildlife photography to get good shots it takes a lot of planning and investing lots of your time, other times it's just look. This was one of those lucky moments.
I was having a walk around my local nature reserve and as I approached a nest box a pair of Blue Tits weren't happy, at first I thought they were just warning me off but then realised it was a Stoat that the Blue Tits were trying to warn off. Sadly I think it was too late for the Blue Tit chicks. I managed to grab a few shots of the Stoat as it exited the nest box. Not so lucky for the Blue Tits.
Again taken with my Olympus EM1 MKII and Panasonic 100-400mm.

Stoat in nest box

Stoat exiting nest box

Monday, 22 June 2020

Trip to the barbers required

I think a lot of people know how this horse feels, I never noticed the moustache until I got home and started processing this photo.
Taken with the Olympus EM1 MKII and Panasonic 100-400mm.

horse with long mane

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Roe Doe in evening light

Here's another one from my recent evening stroll around my local nature reserve. The Roe Deer is back-lit by the low summer evening sun.
Another one taken with the Panasonic 100-400mm lens, my favourite walk-around wildlife lens when paired with the Olympus EM1 MKII.

Roe Deer