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Old Camera, New Tricks!

Catchy title, don’t you think?  Actually the camera I’m referring to in this case is my Olympus E-P3.  While it may only be a few years old now, in the world of electronics (including cameras), this is almost ancient!

As time goes on all things electronic evolve.  In the never ending quest to keep people buying their products, camera manufacturers continue to up the ante.  The E-P3 had many things going for it, especially the retro look and feel.  The camera was built very solid and felt good in your hands.  And it looked very cool too!  One of the techie features that I liked was the in-body image stabilization.  The only complaints I remember reading about was that the E-P3’s image sensor (12mp) was getting old and could/should have been updated.  But even with a “dated” sensor there was plenty of praise for the image quality just the same.

I’ve had my E-P3 for a couple years now, and even though I’ve added a newer camera to my collection, I find myself drawn to the E-P3.  For our 3 week trip to the Eastern Sierra this year I brought my newer Olympus E-M5, Canon 60D, and E-P3.  The 60D stayed in the bag and in the motorhome for the entire trip.  My main shooter was the E-M5, but the E-P3 went everywhere that the E-M5 did.  At 1st I put the 14-42mm kit lens on the E-P3 and figured that I’d just keep it in the bag for backup.  I did end up taking some pictures with it and was pleased overall with what I ended up with.  It was then when I got to thinking that maybe I could use the E-P3 for more than backup.

One of the things I try to do when photographing a landscape scene is the look for something to help make it pop.  Clouds, beautiful golden light, or a unique perspective.  Not necessarily a gimmick, but rather something to help tell the story of my composition.  And it turns out that I had something in the camera bag that would help with this perfectly!  The Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye lens!

The fisheye is definitely unique.  It provides a very wide, and somewhat distorted point of view.  It’s not something that you want to use all time, but it is fun to experiment with.  And since I had my main camera setup for serious shooting, I could play with my E-P3 and Rokinon all I wanted.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the E-M5, but there was something hard to describe about picking up and using the E-P3 again.  It was fun!

My E-P3 has been with me for 2 years of shooting.  Sometimes it hasn’t been pleasant.  Not the camera, but what it has had to go though.  I’ve taken on hikes, in the rain, and snow.  It’s gotten soaked, and dropped twice.  I had some cuts and bruises but I healed.  My poor little E-P3 still has its battle scars.  There are a few nicks and dings on its body, and the pop-up flash doesn’t work anymore.  But it still fires up and takes pictures like a champ, and I think I love it even more now!

That’s enough of me singing the praises of the E-P3, here are some photos from its last outing:

That’s it for this post. Until next time, Happy Shooting!

I’m Back!

It’s been a while since my last post.  After my last air show things have slowed down a bit (at least with the camera).  Other than family get togethers, I haven’t done a lot of photography.

Summer isn’t really one of my favorite seasons.  Usually I try to just get through it and prepare for Fall.  During this slower time I enjoy going back through my photos from the past and editing them, and if they are good enough, share them.

One of the things I recently purchased for my up coming Eastern Sierra trip is a Trigger Trap.  This is a combination App for my phone, and an adaptor that connects my phone to my camera.  The app allows me to control everything from a single shot, to various types of interval shooting, including timelapse.  I did a quick test in the backyard and so far I’m impressed and can’t wait to see what it can do!

In addition to working with my photo’s, I have been taking my Olympus E-M5 with me in the backyard.  There’s a Hummingbird that’s been teasing me.  I call my E-M5 Hummingbird repellent.  It seems that every time I get it out and ready, the Hummingbird won’t show up!  That’s ok, I enjoy the challenge, and have managed to get a couple of shots.

 

I’m going to end this post with a new favorite photo I recently shared on several sites. It’s a favorite because I think it really captures the spirt of one of the special places that I enjoy for photography (and fishing, dog walks, and family time). This is Silver Lake, on the June Lake Loop in the Eastern Sierra. It seems like yesterday, but this was taken last year, right after one of several snow storms we were privileged to experience!

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

That’s it for now. Until next time, Happy Shooting!

Slideshows

I’m going to start this post with a question, what do you do with all of your digital pictures?

Good question, right?  Some of you may post them on Facebook, others might print some of the using a service from Walmart or Costco.  And then there are probably many that look at them once on their iPhone and just let them pile up, or if they do download them to a computer, let them collect and end up forgotten.

What do I do with all of my photos?  A little bit of everything. Yes, I do share some on Facebook, and I also enter some in contests, and I do print some of them.  I don’t want to get into printers in this post, I prefer to use a printing service (it’s cheaper and the results have been great).

There is one more thing that I like to do with my photos, make slideshows!  I used to do this quite a bit, putting a slideshow on a DVD to share with family and friends, but for some reason I backed off and haven’t been doing it as much.

Recently I decided to get back into slideshows.  Instead of putting them on a DVD, I upload them for family and friends to see online.  There are several slideshow apps (programs) that make the process fairly easy.  Here are some of them:

  • Fotomagico – The app to use if you have a Mac!
  • ProShow – One of the best for PC’s (and there’s an online version).
  • Animoto – An online slideshow creator.

These are just a few of the slideshow creating programs that are available.  I have personally used both Fotomagico and ProShow and can tell you that they are very good at what they do.  While I haven’t used Animoto I have seen the work of others and am very impressed.

Here’s a short slideshow I created using Fotomagico:

Creating and share a slideshow can be fun, but there are a couple of suggestions I have that might keep your friends and family from cringing when you break out that slideshow DVD.

  • Try to have an idea of what you want to share, think of a story to tell or a theme.
  • Be brutal when you pick photos for the slideshow.  Just because you took 2000 shots at the airshow doesn’t mean that you should include all of them!  Show your best work!
  • Choose your music carefully, make sure that it doesn’t distract from the images (gangster rap or heavy metal may not work for your child’s 1st birthday party).
  • Learn how to time your soundtrack.  If one songs is too short, learn how to blend in a second track, but be careful on how long your slideshow runs.  Once you get past 4 to 5 minutes your going to start to lose your audience!

Before I close this post, I’d like to share a few of my favorite images from the slideshow:Sky On Fire, Mono Lake

The Little Buck

Fallen

That’s it for now.  Think about what you’re going to do with all of your photos!  Don’t let them go to waste, print them, share them online, and maybe make a slideshow you can be proud of!

Happy Shooting!