Hoping to get back home soon to that beautiful dark sky in southern New Mexico …
E-M1.2 and Olympus 12mm f2 lens. ISO 1600, f2, and 15 seconds.
We’ve recently moved to southern New Mexico where the sky is much darker than any place I’ve lived. Light pollution is virtually non-existent.
One night after sitting on the deck with no lights on for about 30 minutes, I stepped out into the yard and looked up … the stars took my breath away! There were so many and they were so bright, plus the Milky Way stretched up across the sky, looking like a long string of millions of bright jewels.
So a few nights later, armed with the E-M1.2 and Olympus 12mm f2 lens, I gave it a try. This is one of my better attempts at ISO 1600, f2, and 15 seconds. I know I have a lot to learn about astrophotography, but I was happy with my first try. There will definitely be more … 🙂
I finally made the upgrade to the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II …
Last week I finally made the upgrade to the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, and so far it’s everything I thought it would be. It’s fast – fast for Turn ON, AF, and Playback, and the Shutter Release feels almost instantaneous. It has great IBIS, and all the features we love about the OM-D line, plus some other great improvements. There’s an improved deeper grip and the menus are a little different, no less confusing than before, and still as deep and complex. But I do like it it and will soon be parting ways with my E-M1(Mk I).
I want to address a couple of the things that seem to be most confusing about this camera. I agree Olympus cameras can be complex and frustrating, even after four years of using and writing about them. But, they are still my overwhelming camera of choice. Partly for that very complexity that allows us so many choices and variations in camera setup.
Update: Yesterday, I accidentally posted this to Google+, so decided to just go ahead and update it. See the bottom of the post for more info.
Okay, the title may be ever so slightly misleading … what I meant was how to catch a bullet inflight with a camera. 🙂
For some time now, I’ve wanted to try some sequence shots of a semi-automatic pistol in action. This weekend provided the perfect opportunity while a photographer friend was visiting and we had a nice warm, sunny day.
(Yes, I know you can stop a bullet in flight with flash and trigger of some sort, but this was done the old fashioned way … pure luck!)
We set the camera at ISO 400 for a fast shutter speed of 1/6,000th of a second at f/3.3 using a fast 85mm lens on a Nikon D700. Then while I did the shooting, my buddy took the photos. Fortunately, I had the MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack on my D700 so the burst rate was up to 8 fps. The pistol was a Beretta Px4 Storm, shooting .40 caliber S&W ammunition.