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!


Taking out the garbage.

Still more bacon....

Wheew.... this is hard work!

The whole series can bee seen here:

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.

I am back in the Olympus camp! Yes! I just ordered an E-M10 plus kit lens. I don't know if anyone noticed, but there is a $200 instant rebate thing going on right now for the E-M10 (maybe others too), and I just couldn't resist. I also ordered the Vello (B&H brand) 4/3 lens adapter, so I can use all my old Oly lenses (guess now I'll have to buy some new doorstops and paperweights. Jeezz, the cost goes up no matter what!)

I've been eyeing the E-M10 since it came out, and about a year ago agonized about it vs the Canon SL1, eventually getting the SL1. But I've still wanted an E-M10, so I finally did it.

I am planning a photographic trip to Utah and have really wanted to carry 2 cameras - one with a "standard" lens and one with either an ultra-wide or a middle-power telephoto, depending on circumstances. My Canon 60D and the SL1 with the latest Canon lightweight STM lenses (18-55 kit, 10-18, and 55-250) were kind of OK, but that giant 60D body was the fly in the ointment.

So now with the E-M10 plus the SL1, I have a lot of flexibility. I still have my old Oly 9-18, plus the old 40-150, which I could use, but I think the Canon lenses in this scenario are better IQ-wise (even if I added my old Oly 14-54v1, which is a little heavy for this idea), being more modern, and much faster focusing.

So my idea is using the E-M10 with its kit as the "main" camera - Olympus shoulders its way past the Canikon crap! ;-) - plus the SL1 with either the 10-18 or 55-250 as the secondary camera. This combo is VERY lightweight and good IQ-wise in bright conditions. The total weight is only 41 oz for the TWO cameras plus lenses! That's less than my 60D plus a Sigma 17-50 2.8 lens. As long as the sun shines bright (um, it IS Utah!), I think I'll be OK.

What about sunset and sunrise shots? Well, I figure I could use a tripod and long exposures, plus for Canon I have a new Samyang 16mm f2 and a Canon 24mm f2.8 pancake that might work OK, I think.

Anyway, glad to no longer be such a traitor! ;-)

I have been fortunate to find a number of Great Horned Owl nests, such as the one shown here. The young owls are perhaps four or five weeks old. It's a thrill to observe these wonderful raptors at 24X through the camera lens. (There's some chromatic abberation around the branches in some of the pics with the bright sky background, especially in the one of the full-body shot of the adult. When someone points out that sort of thing, I want to say, "Yes, I know --and I knew it first." :o Am posting to show the bird.)
E-5, 300/2.8 & EC-20 teleconverter, tripod & cable release, cropped.

The goal was to create a simple classic image tht would become a family heirloom to be passed down to the daughter.
I feel, I have come close, but would value your thoughts.

Kids Around The World Are The Same

The sidewalk outside the beat up dirt floor building where several poor Nicaraguan families live - - - contained the chalk markings of the same Hop Scotch game that children in Canada and the U.S would be seen playing. The Spanish Game is called Rayuela.

It always amazing me at how meticulous Nica children are when it comes to details and keeping track of numbers and statistics. The markers were there for keeping score - - - and I noticed the detail of a almost circular home base at the end of the court.