It is raining today with the temperature at 41 degrees F. I was hoping for more fog than rain, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this morning. I therefore chose an older picture that I took just a few days more than two years ago with my Olympus E-M5 III camera and the 14-150mm zoom lens, to rework and use to illustrate a point I needed to make to myself.
I would like to minimize the amount of photography gear that I have, and preferably reduce it down to just one lightweight camera. I therefore decided to sell them all except for my Fujifilm X100F camera and make it my one and only camera for the future; but, I thought some more.
My types of photography would be limited with only the X100F camera and lens and I wouldn’t be able to continue with various subjects, etc., even though I like the X100F camera better than the Olympus micro 4/3 camera.
As I thought some more about my photography I thought about what I like to do most with my images; i.e., process them and play with different styles and moods, over and over. To maximize that aspect of photography, I still need a wide variety of images made in all types of weather with a wide range of focal lengths.
I have therefore decided to not sell any of my cameras at this time, but to concentrate on using my Olympus E-M5 III camera. Depending on how the future unfolds, I may later decide to sell all but my Olympus camera and take on the challenge of getting the most out of it. I may also purchase some more lenses for it to maximize my opportunities.
Don’t forget to click on one of the images to view them in a larger size.
I think these are Red-shouldered hawks. When I was walking yesterday along Plum Creek and looking at the ground for patches of ice, the lower hawk let me know that I was close enough. I looked up and saw that there were two in the tree in front of me so I took their portraits.
I took a walk through the wet area along Plum Creek by following the deer trails yesterday. I mostly looked down as I looked for examples of the ice in small depressions, etc.
I decided that I needed a camera with image stabilization with a zoom lens to use as a walk-about camera to document what I see. The camera needed to be small and lightweight, weather resistant, and not too expensive. The solution I came up with was to go to a micro 4/3 sensor with the Olympus E-M5 III camera and the 14-150mm lens. I finally found a used one that was in like-new condition.
My biggest concern was that I wanted to be able to use it at night and I wasn’t sure about the digital noise and how slow of a shutter speed I could manage handheld. The above is one of my first test photos that I made last night from my back porch when it was still raining a little. It is an in-camera jpeg made at ISO 5000, f/5.5, and 0.5 sec., 60mm focal length, which has been further tweaked using Lightroom Classic. I think it will be good enough for what I want to do. A little more time and variety of images will confirm my hopes, or not.
I made this image in the morning from inside my Villa. The image was made through two panes of glass, a screen, and the window Venetian blinds. The bands across the image are from the blinds. I used manual focus to get the focus on the hawk rather than the screen and blinds. The camera and lens functioned quickly in switching from auto to manual focusing with just a small turn of the focus ring using the system’s focus peaking. You can see in the cropped and resized second version that the details, even under these conditions, are excellent with this camera and lens. The system is ideal for run and gun photography of objects of interest under difficult conditions.
My first surprise awaited me when I opened the door to take Misty out this morning. It had snowed overnight.
After she finished her short walk and we had returned to the Villa, I grabbed my new camera and lens and went back outside to run a little test. I was curious how the camera would perform in the dark at 6:36am under these conditions so I made these images with no adjustments of any kind.
Using the program mode and making raw files, the Olympus E-M5 Mark III with the Panasonic 35-100mm F2.8 lens chose to make all of these images at ISO 6400, F2.8 with shutter speeds between 1/20 to 1/4 sec (handheld). I varied the focal lengths between 35 and 100mm. I then imported them into LR and then exported them as jpeg images that had only been downsized for this blog. No noise reduction or any other adjustments were made by me.
My observations are that other than rendering the scenes brighter than they actually were, they are pretty good. This camera and lens sees in the dark and focuses very quickly. Yes, there is some digital noise if you pixel peep, etc. and if I wanted to I could have tweaked the exposure either before taking the shot or afterwards in LR to portray the actual lighting conditions. The image stabilization was great, and I was really glad to learn that, since that was one of my primary reasons for getting this system, that and the lighter, smaller setup which my back, hands, shoulder, and knees really appreciate.