The GH5 continues to excel

With the exception of the last three years we typically go to Damariscotta Maine to photograph the Osprey fishing for alewives.  The main reason for not going was the decline in activity.  However we did spend this past weekend in a lovely B&B – The Mill Pond Inn in Nobleboro.  It is a great place and has two of the finest hosts.

My main purpose was to test out the GH5 for its tracking capability and the Dual IS 2 function.  Both these images were shot with the GH5  and the Leica 100 – 400 lens, hand-held.  Exposure was set to “Manual” and the ISO was set on Auto.  The focus was set to 1 Area and reduced to its smallest size.  All images processed using Capture One Pro, version 10

I intentionally left the shutter speed slow so as to get a lot of motion in the wings and to have the water droplets streak.  I panned this shot keeping the 1 Area on the bird’s eye.

Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO 200. 800 mm (FF equivalent)

As we waited for more action (that never happened) a Bald Eagle flew by in the distance and finally landed on a tree on the far bank.  I knew that the bird was just to far to get a decent shot but I wanted to see what I could get irrespective.  Once again this was hand held.  I did increase the shutter speed to 1/1600 sec and the lens was out at 800 mm (FF equivalent).

This next image is the un-cropped version.

No Crop applied. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 500. 800 mm (FF equivalent)

The next image is a crop at 1400 by 1050 pixels:

Cropped version. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec, ISO 500. 800 mm (FF equivalent)

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Platypod Ultra (+ Multi-Accessory Kit) now on Kickstarter

The world’s most compact tripod and versatile photography accessory has a brand-new look! Get low-angle shots in unusual spots. 

GET IT ON KICKSTARTER HERE

 

 

 

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GH5 with Leica 12-60mm at Shutterfest

This was one of my very first images captured with the GH5 using the Leica 12 – 60 lens while the model was being prepped.  The image is a jpg capture in sRGB.  Click on the image to view it larger.

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Capture One Pro 10.1 released with support for the Panasonic Lumix GH5

Capture One Pro 10.1 offers new key features and general improvements.

New in this release:

  • Enhanced Styles workflow
  • Improved PSD Support
  • Improved Fuji X-Trans support
  • Temporary reset of adjustments
  • Vectorscope Color Wheels Layout
  • Tokenized watermarking
  • Apple Script Enhancements (Mac only)
  • Graphics Acceleration (OpenCL) improvements
  • New camera and lens support

Capture One Pro 10.1 is a free update for Capture One Pro 10 owners and subscribers.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 – High ISO tests

These images were captured with the Lumix GH5 at ISO 6400 over the past few days during the Florida Birding and Photography Festival in St. Augustine.

No in camera or Lightroom noise reduction has been applied.  Images have been cropped for composition and white and black points set.

Snowy closeup – f/5, m1/500 sec.

 

Spoonbill ready to roost – f/4.6, 1/640 sec.

 

White Ibis late evening – f/5.1, 1/1000 sec.

 

Roseate Spoonbill preening – f/6.3, 1/500 sec.

Great Heron in flight – f/4.6, 1/1250 sec.

 

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Florida Birding Festival – St. Augustine – Day 3

With the Leica 100 – 400 mm broken and not sure of how the GH5 would perform I decided to take the G85 with the new Lumix 100 – 300 mm lens for this morning’s shoot.  A big thank you to Tom Curley, Panasonic for overnighting me tis lens – it is most appreciated.  I am very pleased with the performance of this lens and for the price it is truly worth it.

Here are some images all captured with this kit.

Roseate Spoonbill a bit confused with all the photographers so early in the AM.

 

Even the ugly Wood Stork must preen

 

Nest ready – its time for making babies.

 

Roseate Spoonbill Preening

 

Wood Stork with nesting material.

 

Great Egret with nesting material flies over.

 

Not sure who this twig is for.

 

Breeding Plumage – Snowy Egret

 

Tending its Nest – Snowy Egret

 

Large twigs for the Spoonbill’s nest

 

Ready to deliver – Roseate Spoonbill nest building

 

What’s that itch?

Courtship Stretch

 

A juvenile Galapagos Tortoise

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Misshaps do happen – Day 1 and 2 with the Panasonic Lumix GH5

Day two of the Florida Birding Festival in St. Augustine started great with lots of interest in the GH5 combined with the Leica 100 – 400.  Then disaster struck when someone wanted to test the kit to photograph birds in flight.  Not supporting the camera while undoing the tripod clamp sent the GH5 and lens down to the boardwalk (I saw it in sloooooooow mooooooo) – total separation of lens from camera in a flash.  NOT GOOD.  The GH5 seems to be working fine but they are both going off to be repaired and tested as soon as I return home on Monday.

Now for the good news – the GH5 is just awesome – no questions asked.  Birds in flight, awesome focusing and equally awesome performance.  I am more than impressed with the stills performance and the quality of images from this camera and lens combination.  I am still working on the best settings for the style and subject matter I like to shoot but even so, the results are impressive.  Images are sharp, the color rendition is great and focusing is impressive.

Here are a few images from last evening and this morning.

Woodstork with Nesting Material – 346 mm (33mm equivalent), ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec.

 

Great Egret and Chicks – 472 mm (equivalent), ISO 400, f/5.3 1/4000 sec.

 

Roseate Spoonbill Taking Off – 400 mm (35 mm equivalent), ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec.

Woodstork Nesting – 264 mm (35mm equivalent), ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec.

 

Roseate Preening

 

Juvenile White Ibis

So the lens and camera body will be shipped for repairs and I will be back in business soon.

 

 

 

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Silhouettes And Negative Space Photo Contest – Viewbug

It was a pleasure to be the judge for the Viewbug “Silhouettes And Negative Space Photo Contest”

Congratulations to all the winners  – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE IMAGES

 

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Ding Darling NWR and The Venice Rookery

So impressed with the capability of the the Lumix G85 and Leica 100 – 400 mm combination.  Here are a few images from Venice Rookery and Ding Darling NWR.

Great Egret with Nesting Material

 

Reddish Egret Hunting

 

Spoonbill Landing

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Ruffled Feathers

A few more images from Ding Darling NWR.  Wading birds in breeding plumage just look wonderful when they have their feathers ruffled.

 

Reddish Egret at Sunset – Lumix G85 with the Leica 100 – 400mm lens. Exposure triad: ISO 400; f/6.3; 1/250 sec.

 

Great Blue Heron – Lumix G85 with the Leica 100 – 400. Exposure triad: ISO 400, f/6.3; 1/1600 sec.

 

Roseate Spoonbill Preening. Exposure triad: ISO 400, f/6.3; 1/3200 sec.

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