Monthly Archives: April 2017

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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