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Portland Head Sunrise

Spending Labor Day weekend in Ogunquit, Maine.  At 4:30 AM trip to Cape Elisabeth to photograph Portland Head Light.  No fog no clouds but still some nice light on the rocks and the lighthouse.  A 3 min 24 sec exposure.

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The New Spectrals

Think Tank Photo have just announced a new line of shoulder bags for DSLR and mirrorless systems.  The new Spectral shoulder bags feature a Fidlock clasp that enables one-handed access to gear and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. Constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price. The Spectral 8 is under $100.  And don’t forget that when you use my URL you will receive free gear and free shipping with your order of all Think Tank gear, including the Spectrals.

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Lumix GH5 Image Stabilization

 

Big Red Lighthouse, Holland State Park, Holland, MI.

This image was captured last night July 30, 2017 at 9:45.  Panasonic had sent me the relatively new 12 – 60 mm f/2.8 – F/4 Leica lens to show at SWMCCVC so I decided to take it out for a test.  The lens is absolutely amazing but what is more amazing is the GH5 and it Dual IS II when combined with this lens.  I tried this shot by holding the camera and framing the image using the articulating screen.  I did not get very good results so I brought the camera up to my eye and used the EVF.  The extra anchor of my face worked.  The lens was at 34 mm (68 mm FF equivalent). The exposure triad is f/3.8, 1 sec at ISO 200.  I was not very sure if this was going to work but it sure did.  Post processed to correct the horizon, pull back the highlights and open up the shadows a little.

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“Refugees Welcome”

Refugees Welcome

After a lot of debate I decided to title this image “Refugees Welcome”.  In the past 6 months the topic of refugees has been dominant in the news. With Canada as one of the countries that has openly welcomed refugees, I felt this image represented the statement appropriately.  The concrete totems can be viewed as either emerging or going into the St. Lawrence river in Northern Quebec.

A little back story on this image:  we had picked a number of location to photograph this morning but the incessant rain messed up our plans.  So we stopped for a second breakfast and more coffee.  – Well one just cant keep sitting in a restaurant for ever so I decided to get this image rain or no rain.  It was pouring but I had my GH5 with the 12 – 35 mm f/2.8 (version 1) lens attached.  I wanted to slow the shutter down so as to prevent capturing the water drops splashing on the water but was not going to venture back to the car to get my ND filters.  I had my polarizer on so I closed down the aperture to f/18 that was enough to give me a shutter speed of 60 seconds at ISO 100  – yes it was quite dark and miserable.  I held my hand over the front of the lens to prevent rain from ruining the image.  The camera and lens were soaked but I got the image.  I am convinced, first hand – the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is great in the rain.  One day I might consider doing a dust test – Africa or India would be great for that.

The following images are ones I have already posted on Facebook but wanted to include them as a record of the trip to Northern Quebec and New Brunswick over the 4th of July weekend 2017.

 

 

Himalayan Blue Poppy – Lumix GH5 with the Lumix Vario 30mm macro. Exposure triad f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400.

 

Potato Field – New Brunswick. Panasonic Lumix G7 IR converted, Lumix Vario 14 – 140 mm. lens.

 

Fields of New Brunswick. Panasonic Lumix G7 IR converted, Lumix Vario 14 – 140 mm. lens.

 

Northern Gannet Pointing

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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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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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Lumix G85 4K Photo

On my visit to Ft. Myers I wanted to test the 4K Photo Mode capability of the Panasonic Lumix G85.  The image shown was captured in 4K photo mode on March 14, 2017. The entire sequence was imported as a video file.  I did not want to select and save a JPEG file in camera. Saving a JPEG is the suggested method for 4K Photos.  The video frames were exported at individual TIFF files with a frame resolution of 3328 by 2496 pixels (an 8Mb file)  this was processed in Capture One ver. 10 and exported as a JPEG for web display.  The camera was mounted with the Leica 100 – 400 mm lens, hand-held using “Dual IS”.  For reference purposes the scene’s exposure triad was ISO 800, f6.3, 1/250 sec.

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Lume Cube Review

The makers of Lume Cube have a new  smaller and less powerful but a highly efficient light designed for phone photography called the Life Lite.  This is a smart, Bluetooth controlled, pocket-sized Lifestyle Light for iPhone, Android, DSLR or a GoPro. The Life Light will be available in March.

This gadget review however, is of the original Lume Cube and the cheaper version that does not have any bluetooth connectivity. Both are identical in performance and while you can controll one with a smart phone the lite version is all manual.  I have been using the Lume Cube for many months and have been most satisfied with its performance and portability.  I have used these lights for macro, video and portraiture and love the results they have helped produce.

Specs:

  • Type LED
  • Output Variable: 0 to 1500 Lumens
  • Strobe: Variable 1/8000 to 1 second
  • Mount Type: 1/4″-20 female
  • Power Source: Integrated battery
  • Battery Duration: 100% Brightness: 20 minutes; 90% Brightness: 60 minutes; 50% Brightness: 120 minutes
  • Power Connector: USB (for charging)
  • Waterproof Depth: 100′ / 30.5 m
  • Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5″

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The Lume Cube comes in a small cube shaped cardboard box that contains the Lume Cube and a USB charging cable.

You do need to unscrew a small cover to access the charging port.  This access cover is a requirement as the Lume Cube is rated to be waterproof to depth of 100 feet.

Shaped as a cube, the unit has two rubberized push button switches on the top and a 1/4 20 mount that can be used to mount the light on a light stand, tripod or any flexible light mounting device.

The two push buttons control the video light and the alternate flash function of the device. Each time you depress the on/off video switch the light cycles through 10 levels of intensity.

You can also control the Lume Cube using the mobile app. Lume Cube has simplified its lighting controls with a proprietary wireless, Bluetooth-enabled app, available on both Apple iOS and Android. The app is capable of controlling up to 5 Lume Cubes simultaneously. The app allows you to adjust the brightness, flash duration and red eye latency on each Lume Cube independently; and with its onboard optical sensor, Lume Cube can be configured as a slave flash unit to be fired by any other external flash.You have to register your Lume Cube to sync it to your app once registered you can control all your Lume Cube’s power and settings separately.

Lume Cube Setup and test for portraits

To test the Lume Cubes I fitted two Lume Cubes on two separate light stands. The “Main” Lume Cube was place so as to create Rembrandt lighting on the dummy head.  The second was place to create a gentle fill.  As you can see from the image below, the Lume Cube, due mainly to its size creates a fairly hard light.  The settings were ISO 200, f/1.7 at 1/125 sec. using a Panasonic Lumix GX85 body and a Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7 lens wide open.  The light emitted is cool and for this test I used an X-Rite Color Checker Passport to balance the temperature.

The second test was conducted with the same placement of the lights but instead of the Lume Cubes facing the dummy head directly the light was bounced off two Rogue Flash Benders.  No Diffusion material was used.

As you can see the light was much softer and way more pleasing in the image below.  The settings were ISO 640, F/1.7 at 1/80 sec.  Clearly there is about 3 stops of light loss when using the Flash Benders.  However, the soft light is excellent for portraiture.

 

Lume Cube for Macro/Close-up Photography

The Lume Cube produces a really hard light as it is a very small light, but also a very powerful one.  The Lume Cubes were about 1.5 inches from the subject.  Exposure triad: F/4, 1/800 sec., ISO 640.  The lens was a 30mm macro with an extension tube.  Camera: Panasonic Lumix GX85.

The following is the setup:

The image shown below is a 45 image stack using the GX85’s focus bracketing feature.

The portability of these little powerhouses has me convinced, and I tend to carry two in my bag at all times.

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Aquatic Birds of Florida

Before I say anything, I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a videographer.  I captured these clips while I was in Florida during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, late January 2017.  All these were captured during my photo walks/drives in Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island.  The primary purpose was to tryout the “In Body Image Stabilization” aka IBIS of the Panasonic Lumix G85 camera body.  The camera was used with the Leica 100 – 400 mm lens at its full extension that is an equivalent of 800 mm (most of the time).  All footage was captured hand-held and in many instances during high winds and rain.  

It is important to note, that all the footage was captured before Panasonic released two major firmware updates, one of the camera and the other for the lens.  What this means is that the Dual IS function was not in effect when these videos were captured.  

I was very impressed with the performance of this camera and lens combination and will be doing a comparison to see the impact of the new firmware when I am at the next conference in St. Augustine in April.

To see the video in 4K please CLICK HERE to be directed to YouTube

 

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Loving Lumix and IR

Another IR image from my recent Tetons trip.  This is Oxbow Bend captured early morning.  Mt. Moran and the clouds teases us for hours without a once showing its peak.  This was about the best once could get.

Oxbow Bend - Grand Teton NP.  Lumix G7 with the 12 - 35 mm f/2.8 lens at 23mm.  ISO 200, f/11, 1/400 sec.

Oxbow Bend – Grand Teton NP. Lumix G7 with the 12 – 35 mm f/2.8 lens at 23mm. ISO 200, f/11, 1/400 sec.

 

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