He is a big boy now...
As a continuation to my explanation on how the look in my images is born, I posted a two part blog on sharpening images and on making sharpening and other tweaks then selective. See Journal.
We traveled for a couple of weeks in Vietnam with my wife. While in Old Quarter of Hanoi, I shot a series of scooter (or moped) riders. Here's a gallery I prepared of some of those shots: Hanoi Scooter Portraits
All these images were shot with Olympus E-M1 and M.Zuiko 40-150mm PRO lens. Mostly the lens was at longest focal length and always wide open at f/2.8.
Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh Christ Mas To All Of You From Ha Noi Viet Nam!
A consistent style or look is important if you are working on a theme. I was asked about "my look". It is opened up in Journal.
Based on wishes from readers I moved Journal link up from the other link bar at the end of page. Also Search & Tags followed with it. My aim was to simplify without disturbing links. Obviously I need to simplify link bar above by moving galleries. Next week...
Like noted in comments below, some blogs or notes refer to earlier Latest Blogs list which was on the right of content. Everything can be found in Journal. Changing things leads always into some unwanted results. I have tried to keep all links in tact, but reading all my writings again is too much to do for now. Sorry!
Next week I will add a new blog piece on how I process images in Lightroom.
I changed the look of my site. The main reason being many people wishing to see images in galleries in a full screen view. There are many changes but all previous content should be available behind same URLs. Some previous features are right now or for ever missing. I need to think about into which direction to go with this site. Keep it simpler...
New Computer and New Nocticron Blog
For Lightroom 8GT of RAM is plenty, for Photoshop it is nothing. Video software run with cores, Photoshop with clock speed. Lightroom doesn´t know what a video card is, 3D ask why you do not have a faster one. Upgrading a computer is easy if you want just to repeat the same every day and a complex compromize if you want to do different things. I wrote a blog on why I chose what.
So, I have a new computer but not a new Nocticron, yet. I tested a Panasonic Leica 45m f/1.2 DG Nocticron and sort of liked it, wide open. More in Journal.
Here´s another gallery containing some of my test shots with the new M.Zuiko 40-150mm PRO zoom lens. It contains images with various subject matter and shot in various light conditions. Just testing. As can be seen, I have shot a lot with lens wide open as such and with teleconverter (MC14) attached.
Olympus is using some of this material at their Photokina booth
Also they have bought rights to use stuff globally at their web sites. And then there are some I can´t show yet as Olympus Inc. bought exclusive rights for a limited time.
Updated September 15th; 15.10 CET
I have been busy shooting for the last month. I now start to show some of it. Firstly there is a new gallery in the menu on the left: Aviation > Airshow: Payerne Air 2014. Most of the images in this gallery are shot with the new M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO zoom and 1.4X teleconverter. Only some images of aircraft on static display were shot with M.Zuiko 12-40mm PRO zoom. Shooting specs added.
I have tried Panasonic Lumix GX 35-100mm f/2.8 zoom lens. More in Journal.
Hawker Hurricane HC-465
This week saw a historic moment for Finnish aviation enthusiasts when a Hawker Hurricane from WW II era landed at Helsinki-Malmi Airport. It is 70 years since a Hurricane last time flew in Finland. Finnish Air Force bought Hurricanes from UK in 1939 and used them up to 1944.
Note: Blue swastika in white roundel was used as national insignia by Finnish Air Force already since 1918. It has no historic or ideological connection with black swastika (rotated 45 degrees, i.e. standing on its corner) used by nazi Germany during thirties and WW II. This insignia was born when Finnish Air Force´s first ever plane was donated by count von Rosen from Sweden. He painted his good luck symbol on the wings of that plane, and Finns had no reason to change it but went on using it on all their airplanes. After WW II Finnish armed forces has used white-blue-white roundel as national insignia because of what swastika had become to represent for.
A bunch of Panasonic lenses
Last week I had a nice meeting with Panasonic PR people. They contacted me and wanted to give this set of lenses to try. Lenshoods included, mind you Olympus... The most interesting ones for me are Leica branded primes Summilux 15mm F1.7 (attached here to E-P5) and Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2. Also of interest is the 35-100mm F2.8 zoom as there should soon be Olympus 40-150mm F2.8 PRO zoom lens. I have promised to write my opinion on the two mentioned primes.
They also wanted me to take Panasonic GH4 body to try but I had to postpone it further. These lenses do not interfere the shooting projects I want to carry on, while a strange body would have been a nuisance right now.
Are Our Sensors Burning?
"One concern I have is that when making picture at end of the day with Wide angle, can I damage the sensor because the pixels will receive too much light on a tiny surface. Have no idea of the risk in practicing these subjects. I am often worried to damage the camera."
Above is part of an email from one of my readers. I replied him personally but maybe this concern is also worth a short note. Namely, there has been some discussion at photography forums about sensors said to be damaged because of sun. This is a similar situation to kids burning paper with magnifying glass.
Personally I have never damaged film or sensor with too much light hitting on either. I have shot countless images with sun in view and never had any problems. I have walked in hot, sunny areas with camera on and a wide angle lens focused far enough without any problems.
A trusted source at Olympus replied my question and told me that there is nothing special happening with burnt sensors. This is not a typical japanese company denial statement. With trusted source I mean what it says: I can trust this person. Burnt sensors is simply not a trend nor any special issue among all other reasons why destroyed cameras come back to Olympus service. I did nor check other companies because I would expect the same response from everyone.
As I see it, the only way you can damage your camera´s sensor with "magnifying glass effect" is to leave it on a table or such with power on and a wide angle lens, focused roughly at infinity, facing the sun. This goes for every compact digital camera, every mirrorless digital camera and every other digital camera with live view mode on. I can perfectly well imagine that a sensor can be burnt, but I am not going to try how fast. Just carrying a camera around with power on seems not to be fast enough, otherwise I should have lots of burnt sensors...
I started a small series on pixels, those miss-understood little creatures. The first two are included in the list of latest blogs.
There is a now a write-up in Journal on Olympus new Live Composite feature as seen in Olympus OM-D E-M10. Nice, could be nicer, better than nothing though...
Galleries Wildlife, Aberraatio (1981), Bel Aire (1992) and Retrospective (2003), which were already previously at my site, are on-line again. Wildlife and Retrospective have some changes compared to previous incarnation.
One of the strangest comments I happened to see after my blog on Sony A7R was one written against Olympus EM-1 stabilization. This person said that stabilization is useless at longer exposure times because it doesn´t stop subject movement. While it is true that subject movement becomes obvious with long exposure times, it doesn´t make stabilization useless. Namely there are two sides also to this coin.
This example is shot handheld at 1/5 s. In body image stabilization makes it very easy to create expressive subject movement when ever needed. Sometimes a ND filter is handy, tripod is needed almost never. Here I chose this shutter speed because it was the best compromize for the amount of motion blur. If needed I could have gone further as I can achieve absolutely sharp image after another up to 1/3 s with E-M1 and focal length 12 mm. The limit for me is around 5 / (focal length) (i.e. 10 / corresponding focal length with a 35mm camera), but beyound that my shakiness starts to be too much for the stabilizer and the percentage of images spoilt by camera shake goes up rapidly.