Finland has a long winter which can be quite beautiful - maybe for a few weeks in Southern Finland. Mostly half a year is grey, wet and dirty. For me the season for photography in Finland starts early May and ends by late September. Maybe that´s why I became a studio photographer.
Yes, summer is the time to shoot here. During the last two weeks I did a trip round the southern half of Finland. I worked on a few of my projects and visited also my friend, nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen´s hides to try shooting wildlife with Olympus E-M5. Last year I did the same with Olympus E-5. Here are some of my images with E-5.
Back to Manual Focus
This time, as lenses I had Zuiko D. 150mm f/2.0 and Zuiko D. 90-250mm f/2.8 with me. 250mm is mostly not long enough, so I had also 1.4X and 2X tele extenders. Using these FT lenses is a must because all native mFT lenses so far are useless for this purpose. They are neither long, fast nor good enough. All the shooting is done during the darkest hours, mostly between 10pm and 4am. Only wolverines break those limits regularly. E-M5 focuses accurately with both of these lenses with or without extenders (and does it even when many more expensive DSLRs give up because of darkness) but it happens way too slowly. Manual focusing is the only way to catch any moving wildlife with these lenses and E-M5. Because subjects are moving it is not practical to use viewfinder magnification. Birds in flight are out of reach for E-M5 but I found it quite possible to capture bears and wolves with this equipment.
An afternoon shot showing E-M5 attached to Zuiko D. 90-250mm f/2.8 and 1.4X tele extender. Grip is attached to give better handling and longer battery life.
Below some of my images taken during two nights in hides.
A raven against the end of rainbow. (90-250mm w. 1.4X, @ 243mm, f/5.0, ISO 200)
A raven sitting for profile portrait. (90-250mm w. 1.4X, @ 354mm, f/5.0, ISO 800. Image cropped)
A young wolf passing over swamp during pouring rain. I chose to make these images lighter than the real situation was. Because of heavy rain and clouds it was so dark (at 10.30 pm) that seeing was easiest through E-M5´s EVF. There was no real backlight, the rain cloud just was not as dark behind the wolf. Lucky me. (150mm f/2.0 w. 2X, @ 300mm, f/4.0, ISO 8000 first image and ISO 6400 others. Images cropped.)
This brown bear made a surprise visit by coming at 6.30am. (90-250mm w. 1.4X, @ 166mm, f/5.0, ISO 800. Image cropped)
100% crop from previous picture.
He looked around for a while, said hello and... (90-250mm w. 1.4X, @ 166mm, f/5.0, ISO 800. Image cropped)
... ran away. (150mm f/2.0, @ 150mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600. Image cropped. I had all the time 2 cameras ready pointing at different directions because one camera can not be turned to cover much wider than a 90 degrees sector.)