Sunday, 31 May 2020

A different Hoad shot

I've got hundreds of photos of the monument but thought this one is a bit different. This was taken with the Panasonic 100-400mm.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Olympus 60mm Macro and in camera focus stacking

I've just bought the Olympus 60mm F2.8 Macro lens so thought I'd try out the in-camera focus stacking feature on the Olympus OMD EM1 MKII.
Another very useful feature in the Olympus system, this image was 5 images taken at F2.8 and focus stacked in camera. The thing I like about the in-camera stacking is you can shoot at a wider aperture to keep the background bokeh but have more of the insect in focus. The 5 Raw files are also saved so you can stack them manually for better quality if you wish.
I know this fly image isn't perfect but there's a lot of settings to play with and I was quite happy with it for a first attempt.






Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Tridley Beach

It looks like I'll be able to re-start my Morecambe Bay project.
Anyone my age from Ulverston will know this scene. This beach used to be packed in the summer months, especially the summer of 1976.

morecambe bay

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Goldfinch in flight using Olympus Pro Capture mode

I was trying to find something different to photograph during lockdown, so thought I'd try some bird in flight shots using the Olympus Pro Capture mode. This was with the Olympus EM1 MKII and 40-150mm Pro lens.
I need more practice so it's definitely something to go back to in the winter when there's more birds using my feeders.



Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Morecambe Bay with Olympus 7-14mm Pro

Here's another one from earlier in the year. I'd just acquired the Olympus 7-14mm lens and thought the local sands around Morecambe Bay would be a good subject when learning to use this lens.
The 7-14mm is the widest lens I've ever owned and is taking time to learn how to use properly with the exaggerated perpspective it produces. Looking at the results so far I think I'm going to enjoy the challenge.


Morecambe Bay with Olympus 7-14mm Pro

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Morecambe Bay project put on hold

Another on of my projects for this year has been put on hold because of the lockdown.
Hopefully it will all be over soon.
This was taken earlier this year, in fact new years day, when out testing my Xmas present the Olympus 7-14mm Pro lens.

Morecambe Bay

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Long-tailed Tit

Another one from my garden bird photography in lockdown series. This time a Long-tailed Tit.
I think this photo illustrates where it gets it's name from quite well.
This is another image taken at ISO 2000 and shows how well the Olympus cameras can handle noise well at high ISO's.




Monday, 20 April 2020

Landscape edit in Capture One Pro 20

This one is from January this year, taken with the Olympus EM1 MKII with the 12-100mm F4 Pro lens handheld at 0.5 seconds. The image stabiliser in the Olympus cameras are amazing, it's great being able to take blurred water shots without a tripod.
It was processed in Capture One Pro 20 using the luminosity mask to bring out detail in the clouds. I've included the unedited version so you can compare the before and after.
I'm starting to get the hang of Capture One Pro now, after 10 years of using Adobe lightroom it's been a steep learning curve but I've had plenty of time on my hands during lockdown.





Sunday, 19 April 2020

Roe Doe, Capture One Pro 20 edit


I've not been able to get out taking wildlife shots so have been practicing my Capture One Pro 20 processing skills.
This ones from last year when I was testing out the Olympus gear before I took the plunge and bought into the system.


Saturday, 18 April 2020

Garden bird photography during lockdown

I was hoping to get a bit more wildlife photography done this Spring but obviously that has been put on hold for a while.
I've been getting a bit of practice in doing some garden bird photography and processing in Capture One Pro and Affinity Photo.
It has been a good time to swap from Lightroom to Capture One with me having plenty of time to get used to the new software. I'm more than happy I switched, I was getting fed up of the £10 a month Adobe subscription and do seem to be able to get more from the Olympus Raw files.
This Blue Tit photo was taken at ISO2000, Capture One Pro does a very good job of cleaning up the noise without losing too much detail.
I used Affinity Photo to add the shadow and logo to the image for web use and do find Affinity Photo more simple to use than Photoshop which in my opinion is too complicated for most photographers needs.



Thursday, 16 April 2020

High ISO with Olympus EM1 MKII


I know a lot of photographers worry about using the higher ISO settings on their cameras. I use Olympus which has a Micro 4/3rds sensor and have found no issues with using the camera at ISO3200.

1/400th F6.3 ISO3200 400mm 

Friday, 3 April 2020

Practicing with Capture One 20


I'm trying to get to grips with the new Capture one 20 software, another reworking of an old image.
The ability to work in layers on a raw file is a game changer compared to Lightroom.



Tuesday, 31 March 2020

From Adobe Lightroom to Capture One Pro

After much deliberation I've decided to switch from the subscription based Adobe Lighroom to Capture One Pro.
It wasn't a decision taken lightly, after over 10 years using Lightroom I knew it would be a steep learning curve to switch to a new photo editing software. My Lightroom catalogue was getting a too big so I was going to split it into seperate subject based catalogues and thought if I was going to do this maybe this would be the time to bite the bullet and switch over to Capture One Pro.
I downloaded the Capture One trial and used it for a couple of weeks and was amazed how I seemed to be able to get more information from my Raw files.......there was a 25% off Capture One Pro so it was time to make the switch.
I'm now in the process of creating my catalogues and processing some of my old files, this one below of Blea Tarn is one of my first attempts. The top image is the Raw unprocessed file and below is processed in Capture one Pro.
I'm still getting to grips with the new software but am liking what I'm seeing so far.


Blea Tarn - Raw unprocessed
Blea Tarn - processed in Capture One Pro



Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Orton Effect for woodland photos using Affinity Photo

I'm using Affinity Photo instead of Photoshop because I find it easier use.
Trying to learn a few new processing techniques so I gave the Orton effect a try, this dreamy effect works well for woodland photos.
Here's my first couple of attempts.


Bluebell wood, Orton effect
Bluebell Wood Coniston



Roudsea Wood, Orton effect, Affinity Photo
Roudsea Woods


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Great Langdale Walk with Olympus 7-14mm Pro

First decent weather on a Friday in the Lake District for a long while so we decided to go for a walk around Great Langdale.
My new Olympus 7-14mm Pro lens hasn't had a lot of use so I thought I'd take that along.
We can't always be up for sunrise, especially if my wife Maire is coming along too, but it's still worth taking a few photos. You may not get fine art photos to hang on your wall but blue skys and fluffy white clouds are always good for Stock photos.
I think this one says.....come for a walk in the Lake District.
Part of the Cumbria Way at Great Langdale