Spent a nice time this weekend with my wife at the Cleveland Botanical gardens, and finished off with the best pizza in Ohio Mama Santas in Little Italy. The Caddy was parked at the Botanical gardens parking garage under all the greenhouses,,,love the sign above the car.
EM-1 and 50mm f2 macro.

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It's true - - - one of the coolest aspects of the work that I do of photographing the people of foreign countries - is returning and having them not only remember me, but provide huge hugs and considering me a friend. That is the case even if I have only met and interacted with them for a few moments.

My photography allows that to happen . . .

. . . I returned to the city of Granada 2 years later, after taking a few pictures of a family who lived in the area where we were staying for a two month stint there. Anne and I saw them outside their house and kind of snuck up on them from behind. We had no idea if they would remember us or not - - - but the response was immediate with hugs and crying.

The man Juan immediately went into the house and came out with his photo book full of family memories. He proudly opened to the pages where prints that I had given him where placed. One day two years earlier, I had asked to take a couple of photos of their family.

I then handed him my camera (as I often do) and had him take a couple photos of Anne and I. He had those prints as well in his book. Then he pointed the photo out of Anne and I squeezing in tight with funny faces, and implied that a great photographer (him) took that awesome photo of us, and laughed and laughed - really rubbing it in. That photograph was his favourite and he is proud that he took it with a professional photographers camera.

A few moments later we left. Some day in the future it will be time to visit again hopefully.









E-M1 + 75-300 II at 300mm, 1/15 second, through a wet and dirty double glass window, hand held:

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Doesn't seem to have helped here though.:no:

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Also 1/15th.

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[FONT=Hiragino Mincho Pro][FONT=verdana]He shoots table top images of a small item he manufactures.[/FONT][/FONT]
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[FONT=Hiragino Mincho Pro][FONT=verdana]His computer is two levels up.[/FONT][/FONT]
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Smallish size flat panels are pretty dang cheap.
Just have the flat panel as a "viewer"? Show you whatever your display on the back of the E-1 is showing?
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My E-M1, Death By IS?

by Don Baldwinson

My first Olympus failure. Upon startup, there was an unusual click, a normal looking screen except the S IS icon was flashing orange, and after 5 seconds during which no control worked, it shut down.
Changing batteries and lenses made no difference, so off I took it to my Olympus shop.
The very knowlegeble lady who also uses an E-M1 had the same result. Then she tried a reboot, except nothing worked so she could not. Next as she went to put the body cap in place and pack it off, she said look at this. Sharp eyed she was! The sensor was slightly skewed, which is why the icon was flashing. No, I had not dropped the camera. It worked perfectly the night before, and was not dropped between then and picking it up and turning it on this morning.
Could it be that a shaking sensor can shake itself out of true? I can't think how else it could have got out of alignment.
I guess it will be up to Olympus to decide whether to honour my 3 year extended warrantied otherwise immaculate E-M1.
Cheers,
Don

Took this last week at a theme park in MO using the grainy b/w art filter - Silver Dollar City. I did some very slight adjustments to the exposure.

Thank you for viewing.


P5150009 by Lorey Barnum, on Flickr

I'm trying to find some DECENT remote flash triggers for the GH4 but it's not easy.


Does anybody know of any good flash triggers/transmitters that are GH4 compatible? With good range and reliability?


I'm using Nissin and Metz flashes

I have to say that one of the lenses I really miss, is my 70-300 (140mm to 600mm equiv.) Olympus. After selling of a lot of my 4/3 gear a couple of years ago - E-3, 50 f2 macro, 50-250 SWD, FL50R - I gladly gave an Olympus 4/3 using Nicaraguan fellow I have come to know, my 70-300 as a gift ---- figuring that I would soon get a new one in the micro 4/3 designation.

Fact is that until it was gone, I didn't realize how much I depended on and missed that lens for my travel work. And then the reality of having to spend serious money ($600 plus with taxes) on the 75-300 version for my micro 4/3 bodies, I was left in a quandary about what to do to fill that need.

My decision came yesterday when I perused through Kijijji Classified ads, to see what was available used for 4/3 gear in my area of Ontario Canada. Turned out to be a fair bit.

And so today I picked up a virtually new Olympus E-520 to hang any lenses that I get on to. The owner (from Argentina), purchased it new 5 years ago, to take pics of her newborn baby with but instead ended up using her iPhone to capture most of the moments. It has a measly 2,000 actuations on it - about what I would shoot in one average wedding day. I purchased it for what I consider a steal at $150 (no 13% taxes added on obviously). It's a good thing because I still have and can benefit from my favourite lens of all time - - - - my 12-60 SWD. I have it because I haven't been able to sell it, even at give away prices

Moments later I came across a fellow who had switched to Pen cameras and found his 70-300 4/3 lens not suitable to focusing and rather unwieldy on the bodies. He was firm at $175 (again without adding 13% taxes) - - - but that was great being it was in mint condition and came in at $50 to $150 less than what was being asked for the same lens by other sellers on the classifieds.

So instead of moving ahead with my micro 4/3 purchases, I am finding myself digressing to the slightly less spec'd but wonderful system I enjoyed up until just a couple of years ago. Guaranteed that for 80% of my work - especially in travel and street - I will be using one or all of my 3 Pen cameras, kit lenses, and a few manual primes with adapters, that I have been using successfully recently. But now I can benefit from two wonderful lenses that I really miss - my 12-60 f2.8/4 and 70-300.

I hoped and tried going with just one system (mirror less micro 4/3), but for the next few years at least, it looks like I will be sticking with 2 systems instead. It is just plain more economical for me. Heck I was even tempted by a couple of good condition E-1's, but the reality is that the E-520 will serve me much better. I loved and many times preferred my E-510 over my E-3, at least until it died.





EPL58093 by Robert Watcher, on Flickr
Photo taken with Olympus E-PL5 w/14-42 kit lens @ 3200 ISO

NEW PURCHASES TODAY - OLYMPUS E-520 w/ kit lens and bag - Olympus 70-300 lens (140-600mm equivalent in 35mm)

Blue Tit Family

by Daniel Bradley

We have a family of Blue Tits nesting in a box I put up for them last year. Here are a few shots from the last few weeks. Click to enlarge.


First inspection and modification work.


Pa looking for bugs while Ma sits on the eggs.


Keeping an eye out.


Beginning to bring in the bacon.


Nice de-tail.... ;-)


More bacon.... they are getting bigger... and hungrier!


Mmmmm...


Taking out the garbage.


Still more bacon....


Wheew.... this is hard work!

The whole series can bee seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42162009@N04/sets/72157652966435401/with/17767197685/

Mostly done with my E-M1 with the Canon 400/5.6 stuck on it. One or two with my 600mm scope, but the 400 is better for this kind of closer work.
Light is a BIG problem and I had to resort to a couple of mirrors to bounce in some sunlight.

Symmetry at the Museum

by Robert Watcher

Symmetry at the Museum

It is common to only consider taking photos of artifacts when visiting museums. I decided to look for symmetry and repetition when I went to this one. And I found it :)















And while this scene doesn't follow the subject matter of the others - I was still looking for the same forms as I came across this vacant room off a hallway while still in the museum.