Category Archives: Photographs

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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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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Reddish Egret at Ding Darling NWR

Managed a little time at the Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island.  The Reddish were very active but because of the water levels remained at a distance.  These two images were captured using the Panasonic Lumix G85 and the Leica 100 – 400 mm lens.  It is nice to have an 800 mm equivalence.  

Reddish Egret Hunting – Lumix G85, Leica 100 – 400 mm at F/6.3; ISO 200; 1/1000 sec


Reddish Egret with Needle Fish – Lumix G85, Leica 100 – 400 mm at F/6.3; ISO 200; 1/1000 sec

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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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Eastern State Penitentiary

I had the opportunity to visit the ESP on my way to the Art in Nature Festival where I am presenting Color Management and Workflow.

The ESP invites artists to create work that address ESP’s themes—including issues of crime and justice, architectural history, and the site’s fascinating past.  Ruth Scott Blackson is one of the artists who has created a fascinating piece of work entitled No Trace Without Resistance


As you can see from the image, Ruth applied new paint chips, coated in gold leaf, to the flaking walls of this cell. Quote from the ESP site “In the resulting “shimmering constellation,” sunlight on the installation may entice the visitor in the same way an inmate may have been forced to concentrate on the walls during solitary confinement. The prison’s neglect reveals something surprising and rare underneath.”

And the as you walk through the cell blocks – you see cell after cell all in arrested decay.  Al Capone – spent his time in a rather elaborate cell – the age old radio still plays.


The other inmates did not have such comfort as you see in the typical cell below.


Though each cell block had a Barber Cell with a centrally placed Barber’s Chair there are currently just two that remain.





Like the spokes of a wheel the never-ending corridors of the ESP.


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Cape Cod Sky – 10 minutes apart


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



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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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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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.


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



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

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The 4th of July weekend is next.  The weather forecast for the Greater Boston area looks good so why not try photographing fireworks.  In addition to the annual Boston Pops concert and fireworks, the Boston Harbor Fest will also have a fireworks display on July 2, 2016.  Here is an excerpt from the festival site: “Various sailors will decorate their boats and light up the Inner Harbor on Saturday, July 2nd. Live music on Long Wharf will lead up to an incredible fireworks display over Boston’s Inner Harbor.”

Here is a link to my tips page for photographing fireworks.


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