Monthly Archives: July 2016

Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse, Mears, MI

View from the beach as the sun sets.  Panasonic Lumix GX85 with the 14-140 lens at 14mm. ISO 200, f/8, 1/40 sec.

View from the beach as the sun sets. Panasonic Lumix GX85 with the 14-140 lens at 14mm. ISO 200, f/8, 1/40 sec.

Spent the last three days in Holland, MI at the SWMCCC conference.  Went out to Mears last evening to get some images of this lighthouse.  It seems that all of Mears shows up to see the sun set every evening – sure it tough shooting between the crowds.  This post has two views – both worth the effort.  Photographed using the Lumix GX85 and the 14-140 lens.  The non anti aliasing filter GX85 sure bring out a ton of detail.

View from the boardwalk looking out to the lake at sun set. Panasonic Lumix GX85 with the 14-140 lens at 19mm. ISO 200, f/8, 1/10 sec.

View from the boardwalk looking out to the lake at sun set. Panasonic Lumix GX85 with the 14-140 lens at 19mm. ISO 200, f/8, 1/10 sec.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 and DMC-G7 Firmware updates

Panasonic released firmware updates for the GX8 and the G7 bodies late yesterday.  The key updates are:
New functions are added in Fn button.

  • The option “Wireless Setup (Flash)” has been added to [Setting in REC mod] on the [Fn Button Set] of [Custom] menu.
  • The option “Wi-Fi” and “LVF/Monitor Switch” have been added to [Setting in PLAY mode] on the [Fn Button Set] of [Custom] menu.

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CLICK HERE TO GET TO THE FIRMWARE UPDATE PAGE

 

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Infrared and More

A Fisherman Preparing for Tomorrow

A Fisherman Preparing for Tomorrow (Lumix G7 with the Lumix Vario 14 – 140 mm at 140mm, exposure triad ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/800 sec.)

This image was made using a Panasonic Lumix G7 converted camera.  The RAW image was processed using Capture One and the channels were swapped using Photoshop.  Topaz BW Effects and Macphun Intensify were used to further enhance the image.

Posted in Black & White, Infrared, Photography

Cape Cod Sky – 10 minutes apart

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Brewster, Cape Cod – July 3, 2016 at 8:16 PM (Sunset)

 

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Brewster, Cape Cod – July 3, 2016 at 8:25 PM

 

Brewster, Cape Cod - July 3, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Brewster, Cape Cod – July 3, 2016 at 8:36 PM

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Posted in Mirrorless, Photographs, Photography

The Joy of Mirrorless and IR

Lumix G7 converted to Super Color IR (590nm)

Lumix G7 converted to Super Color IR (590nm)

Typical cameras are designed to capture the visible spectrum. Geting your camera converted to capture IR opens up another world of photography.

Keep in mind that IR wavelength is longer than the wavelength range of the visible spectrum and thereby focuses differently.  When you convert a DSLR you are limited to certain focus adjustments that must be made so as to achieve the best quality of images with sharp focus.  As lenses with different focal lengths behave differently you need to select one lens and have the camera sensor calibrated to achieve sharp focus with that lens.  Any other lenses will not be in a position to achieve good focus.  Live view can help but it is not the best option.

Mirrorless cameras on the other hand rely on the imaging sensor for focus attainment and metering they are able to discern the IR focus shift in real time and adjust accordingly. This feature allows you to use any lens, prime or zoom and capture sharp IR images.

In my opinion a mirrorless cameras with no in body image stabilization is a better choice for conversion.

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July 2, 2016 Fireworks in Boston

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All images captured using the Panasonic Lumix GX85. Horizontal frames were captured using the Lumix 7-14mm f/4 lens while the vertical frames were captured with the Lumix 14-140.

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Panasonic GX85 with the Leica 100 – 400mm lens

I received my GX85 a few days ago but yesterday was the first opportunity to try it out.  The GX85 with the Leica 100-400 is a superb combination.  Both these images are considerable crops.  There are two recently fledged Downy Woodpeckers, a male and a female who frequent the back yard.  I am most impressed with the detail from the GX85 (no anti-aliassing filter) and excellent image stabilization.

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Hand-held at 400mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/160 sec

 

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Hand-held at 318mm, IS0 1600, f/5.7, 1/1000 sec

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You don’t need big bucks

Recently, I watched a high-end photo shoot demonstration where multiple Broncolor studio lights and power-packs were used to photograph a bottle of single malt Scotch Whisky.  At least four Broncolor Strobes with Broncolor Strip boxes and focusing light modifiers were used to capture the image. It was an excellent demonstration and the results were great.  Well here is my version:

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Westcott was kind enough to provide me with a set of Rapid Box Strip lights that I decided would have to do the job.

Each Rapid Box Strip was mounted on a light stand and a Nissin DI866 flash head triggered by a Yongnuo wireless trigger was used as the light source.  A third Nissin i40 flash also triggered by a Yongnuo trigger was used as the light for the label on the bottle.  A Rogue Flashbender was formed into a snoot to concentrate the light and prevent any spill.

The camera was a Panasonic Lumix GX8 with the Lumix 35 – 100mm f/2.8 lens. A Yongnuo mounted on the hot-shoe was used to trigger the lights.  Exposure triad: f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO 200.  Lens focused at 42mm.

Here is a behind the scenes image.

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