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.