Monday, 31 August 2020

Fox Cubs

Here's one from earlier this year when I had the pleasure of spending time with a local fox family.
Taken early in the day so I had to crank the ISO up to 3200, I have no issue with using the Olympus EM1 MKII at this high ISO setting.

Fox Cubs
Olympus EM1 MKII with Panasonic Leica 100-400mm. F6.3, 1/320th sec, ISO 3200, 400mm.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Wild Carrot focus stack

Some of the common flowers that you just walk past are stunning when viewd up close.
This is Wild Carrot, it's a handheld five image focus stack taken with the Olympus EM1 MKII and Olympus 60mm macro.

Handheld five image focus stack Olympus EM1 MkII with 60mm macro lens. F2.8, 1/200th sec, ISO200.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Hovering before the swoop

 It's such a pleasure to watch the Barn owls hunting, sometimes I forget to take photos.

Barn Owl hover
Olympus EM1 MKII with Panasonic 100-400mm @400mm, F6.3, 1/1000th sec, ISO1000

Saturday, 8 August 2020

The silent hunter

I was going through some of my photos from earlier this year and found this one of the local Barn Owl.
I felt privileged to watch and take a few photos of this creature as it went about keeping the next generation of Barn Owls well fed.

Barn Owl
Olympus EM1 MKII with Olympus 40-150mm Pro lens. F2.8, 1/1640th sec, ISO1600 at 150mm

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.