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The Lumix GH5S in Arches NP, Utah

I took the GH5S with the Leica 8-18mm lens to the PSA Conference in the hope I would get to use it and capture some night skies.  It was mainly a bust most evenings except last night when the skies were clear.  The park is crowded with tourists even at night – and of course 30 – 40 at a time they climb out of busses and vans with bright flashlights – not a care that someone is trying to photograph the stars.

I was so happy to get a few shots that I really like.  The milky way is not ideal for this time of year but good enough to test the performance of the GH5S.  In my opinion, it gets 5 Stars.

Panasonic Lumix GH5S with the Leica 8-18. Exposure triad: F/2.8, 20 sec at ISO 1600.

 

Panasonic Lumix GH5S with the Leica 8-18. Exposure triad: F/2.8, 25 sec at ISO 1600.

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Fog X FLO -2

Fog X FLO at Arnold Arboretum. Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60mm lens. Exposure triad: f/5, 5 image bracket HDR, ISO 250. 

This was photographed at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale sections of Boston. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and is the second largest “link” in the Emerald Necklace.  This was another test of the Lumix G9 and Leica 12-60 lens combination’s weather resistance.  Both camera and lens were soaked as a result of the spray from the high pressure water misters but performed flawlessly.

This art exhibition runs through the end of October and is worth visiting.

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Fog X FLO an interpretation

Fog X FLO at Fens. Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60mm lens. Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO 100

This image was captured midday on Sept 3, 2018, when the temperature was 95 degrees. This location is Back Bay Fens in Boston.

“Emerald Necklace Conservancy presents the first citywide exhibition of Fujiko Nakaya’s “climate-responsive” fog art, sited in dialogue with the landmarked landscapes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO).”  This exhibition is to mark the 20th anniversary of the Conservancy.

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Lumix GH5, GH-5S and G9 Firmware updates announced – (Availability May 30, 2018)

Panasonic yesterday announced new firmware updates for the Lumix DC-GH5 (Firmware Version 2.3), DC-GH5S (Firmware Version 1.1) and DC-G9 (Firmware Version 1.1) to further enhance their performance and usability. The firmware updates will be downloadable on May 30, 2018

The new firmware includes the following upgrades: 

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.3 

  1. Improvement of AF performance 
  2. Improvement of Body I.S.(Image Stabilizer) performance
  3. mprovement of sound recording performance
  4. New functions
  5. Other improvements

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.1 

  1. Improvement of AF performance 
  2. Improvement of sound recording performance
  3. New functions
  4. Other Improvements

LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.1 

  1. Improvement of AF performance 
  2. Improvement of Body I.S.(Image Stabilizer) performance
  3. Improvement of High Resolution Mode
  4. Improvement of sound recording performance
  5. New functions
  6. Other improvements

The new firmware programs will be available at LUMIX Customer Support Site on 30 May, 2018. 

http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html

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Black Swamp – Biggest Week in Birding

Went out to the boardwalk in Magie Marsh to see if I could capture a few images of the tiny warblers that migrate through the “Warbler Capital of the World” near Toledo, Ohio.

Not an easy place to photograph but I feel good that the Lumix G9 paired with the Leica DG Elmar 200 mm f/2.8 prime and the 1.4X teleconverter performed exceptionally well.  Most important was my ability to severely crop and get a very usable image.

Yellow Warbler – Lumix G9, Leica 200mm f/2.8 and 1.4 X teleconverter. Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 200 – hand-held

 

Yellow Warbler before cropping.

The image below is another example of a severe crop.

Tennessee Warbler (Female) with Insect. Lumix G9, Leica 200mm f/2.8 and 1.4 X teleconverter. Exposure triad: f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 200 – hand-held.

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CanAm Photo Expo the last evening

If you want to attend a truly great educational photography/videography expo then consider CANAM 2019.  This year the expo was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  The 2019 Expo will be in Buffalo, NY.  Three intense days of non-stop programs.

Got a little time for some images on the last evening before returning to Boston.

Ice at the base of American Falls (Niagara Falls). Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 100-400 at 100mm. Exposure triad: F/9, 2 sec., Iso 320

 

Horseshoe Falls (Niagara Falls) taken from the 12 floor of the Sheraton Hotel that overlooks all three falls. Panasonic Lumix G9, Leica 100-400 at 137mm. High-resolution capture (80 Megapixels). Exposure triad: F/8, 1 sec, ISO 320.

 

Bridal Veil Falls (Niagara Falls). Panasonic Lumix G9, Leica 100-400 at 350mm. Exposure triad: F/8, 1.6 sec, ISO 200

 

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Space Coast Wildlife & Birding Festival – Day 1

Great Blue Heron in early morning light. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 at 528 mm eq. Exposure Triad: f/8, 1/320 sec ISO 800

It was a gorgeous 84 degree day yesterday when I arrived in Titusville for the Space Coast Festival but this morning it was a cold 51 degrees.  This rapid change is no good for bird photography as most of the birds were hunkered down in the mangroves.  The few that braved the cold were mostly way out of reach even with an 800 mm equivalent lens.

These are a few decent images albeit severely cropped.  Now for the good news – the new Leica 200 mm f/2.8 arrived and I have just unpacked it.  Will give this lens a shot tomorrow morning.

Snowy Egret. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 at 800mm eq. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/6400 sec ISO 400

 

Spoonbills and Great Egret. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 at 800mm eq. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/2000 sec ISO 200

 

Spoonbill Preening. Lumix G9 with the Leica 100 – 400 at 800mm eq. Exposure Triad: f/6.3, 1/1000 sec ISO 200

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The Adorama Panasonic Lumix G9 Launch Event

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The Lumix G9 and Post Focus

I have been asked this many times and no matter how much I explain it there is still some confusion.  Basically, the Post Focus function in the supporting Lumix cameras rely on the high-resolution video capability in conjunction with focus racking to capture a sequence of images that can be selected by defining the plane of focus.  So as an example, if you were to set up a yardstick and let the camera take a post-focus image – the camera would focus on the nearest point to the lens take an image and then gradually refocus a bit further out and take another image till it reached the end of the frame at the farthest point.  There would be a series of images each one at a different point of focus.  Note however that this sequence is captured using the video mode of the camera. 

Once the images are captured, the camera does internal processing that then allows you to tap on the screen to select the image that has the best focus at that selected point.  You can then opt to save this selected image.  Supporting this function is post-capture peaking to confirm focus and in addition, you can magnify the image for a selective selection.

This feature is further augmented with a merge function.  You can merge all the images captured into a single image that is tack sharp from the closest focus point to the farthest.  However what is even more useful, particularly if you use large apertures for a shallow depth of field and you want to keep your background out of focus.  You can select the range you want to merge and thereby leave the remainder of the scene out of focus.

The following image that I used as the lead image was captured in post focus and merged in its entirety.

For this next Post-focus demonstration I placed a postcard on the background and merged the entire set of images.  As you can see the postcard is in focus as are the flowers.

 

Next, I used the same Post-Focus set but this time iI selected just the range I wanted, just the flowers and executed the merge.  The following is the resulting image with the postcard nicely blurred:

I hope this gives you a better understanding of the power of this feature and the many ways you can use it.  Please note that when these images are captured using 6K Photo Mode, the resulting images are 18 MP and suitable for very large enlargements when processed with the appropriate software.

 

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Warm Colors on a Frigid Afternoon

Swift River – Kankamagus Highway, NH.

On a frigid day when it is so cold that when you step out of the car it feels like your nose is going fo freeze and fall off, your fingers and toes become numb in seconds. It is no fun untill you see some golden light from the setting sun on the last day of 2017.  Now the frezing cold is forgotten – the image is all that matters.  The colors contrased against the ice, the patterns in the water and the terraces in the ice had to be captured.

This was shot with the Panasonic Lumix G9, the Leica 12-60 mm lens at 44 mm. Exposure triad: f/6.3, 1/250 sec at ISO 200.

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