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05/21/12
Geese at War II

Geese at War II

I really couldn't believe my eyes what happened next. As on queue, the geese either side of the middle one just attacked it and pushed it under the water. Having been watching the developements I'm certain that this was a planned attack. They really attempted to keep the goose underwater for as long as they could. I'm not sure the lone goose knew what hit it. One minute it was floating quite merrily on the lake, the next minute it had two others trying to drown it. A really amazing thing to watch. Never knew that geese could coordinate something like this.

1592
E-P3
Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/640 sec
ISO: 200
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05/20/12
Geese at War I

Geese at War I

I was in a park one day just enjoying the sun and watching these geese. It was really quite interesting to watch this developement over a 10 minute period. In the image above (taken with my beloved mZD 14-150 on an E-P3) as these two geese entered the water and swan either side of this lone goose.
They swan like this for a few minutes before something happened that really got me thinking.
Exactly what happened? See tomorrows post.
1447
E-P3
Focal Length: 150 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/500 sec
ISO: 200
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05/17/12
Square Format

Square Format

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the more I photograph in the square format the more I like it, especially using a zoom lens. I can frame it in a totally different way from the normal 4:3 or 3:2 format. I've also been dabling in the 16:9 format which seems great. The only problem is, the Panasonic GH2 is the only camera on the market right now that has an extra wide sensor so that when you photograph in the 16:9 format, you don't lose pixels doing it. I'm not going to be buying the GH2 but I'll be keeping an eye out on future cameras that offer this feature. It's a great idea and the format opens up a whole new world.

1969
E-P3
Focal Length: 34 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
ISO: 200
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 Viewed 1969
• square format • Olympus • E-P3 

05/17/12
Great Holiday

Great Holiday

Still trying to figure things out here, hence the post.
Had a great holiday at the Finca in Spain a few weeks ago. What a great place to spend some time.
1895
E-PL1
Focal Length: 9 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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• holiday • Spain • Finca 

05/16/12
Another Test Post

Another Test Post

I've been having a few problems recently with my server so I thought I'd post another portait of my better half to test if everything is ok again.
Taken in Spain a couple of weeks ago where we had some great weather. The Saturday when we flew back brough in a cold front with LOTS of rain and cold weather.
1908
E-P3
Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/2500 sec
ISO: 200
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05/14/12
The Difference 2 Stops Makes II

The Difference 2 Stops Makes II

Following up on yesterdays post, look at the above image and compare it to yesterdays image. The difference in depth of field is quite apparent. Now, imaine if you had a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8, that is again 2 stops brighter than f5.6. Imagine how that mosque would look at that aperture. That is what a lot of people are waiting for from the 4/3 manufacturers. Fast wide to standard zooms with an aperture of f2.8. I wonder how the Panasonic zooms will handle. Things are getting interesting for this format sensor at last.

1557
E-P3
Focal Length: 36 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 1/400 sec
ISO: 200
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05/13/12
The Difference 2 Stops Makes I

The Difference 2 Stops Makes I

I'd like to show an example of the difference 2 stops make to an image. by that I mean I took images, one at f5.6 and one at f11. That is 2 stops in total. That means that only a quarter of the light gets through at f11 as got through at f5.6. Stopping the lens down one stop will halve the light getting through, causing the shutter to stay open twice as long. That is not the only result of stopping down, the depth of field will also increase resulting in a totally different image. Why photographers love a fast lens (i.e. A lens with an aperture of f2.8 or faster) is that they can control the depth of field.
This first image was shot wide open on the mZD 14-150, f5.6. Look at the mosque in the background. It is not sharp but also it isn't perfectly out of focus either. A lens with an aperture of f2.8 would render that building as just a blur in the background. 
The image tomorrow will show the mosque taken only seconds after the above image taken at f11. Amazing what 2 stops can achieve.
1206
E-P3
Focal Length: 49 mm
Aperture: f/5.4
Exposure Time: 1/1600 sec
ISO: 200
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05/12/12
The Better Half

The Better Half

This is just an image of my wife made a week or so ago in Spain. This is not an usual scheduled post, it's just that I've changed some stuff on the site and it seemed appropriate to test everything out...online.
 
If you're interested this was taken with an E-P3 and the great, cheap Olympus 45 f1.8 for m4/3.
Whenever you hear praise for this lens, believe them, because they are all true. It is a great lens, everything is pretty much there, sharpness, micro contrast and the images do pop. I just hope the announced 75 f1.8 will be in the same class but one thing I'm sure will not be and that is price. The 75 f1.8 will be dearer than the 45 f1.8, I'm sure of it. 
1110
E-P3
Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 1/1600 sec
ISO: 200
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05/11/12
Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Spring is here at last! The older I get the longer the winters seem to get. When spring pokes it's head around the corner is the time I start to plan my outings in earnest. Every weekend is planned and booked for weeks ahead and everything else get put on hold. It was quite windy as we took an afternoon outing to a special place of ours and the blossoms were actually starting to fade. As a steady breeze blew the petals were being blown off at an alarming rate. Looks just like it was snowing. Very pretty and is the kind of image that I can photograph over and over again.

1791
E-P3
Focal Length: 67 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/640 sec
ISO: 200
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05/09/12
Frame within a Frame

Frame within a Frame

I like to frame an image within another frame. These images are not easy to find and think yourself lucky to just see one right in front of you. I normally have to look for these and I don't find them very often. I was out the other day with the fantastic Olympus mZD ED 12 f2 prime lens. Just got it and haven't used it much yet so I thought I'd give it a little outing. This is a park we go to quite often as it is quite large and I can spend hours just roaming around. It's a photographers paradise in a way. Plenty of scope for different types of images. I had stopped to change lenses and after packing the old lens away I turned around and found this. I was delighted. This is the sort of image I really like. A frame within a frame within a frame. I just wish I could find more of them.

2671
E-P3
Focal Length: 12 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 200
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