The 60mm macro is an excellent choice. It is a good 1:1 macro lens, flat field and very sharp. I have done quite a lot of good photos with it taking macro photos into rock pools, which is tricky with reflections and trying not to dip the end in the water. I have also used it for copying work.Some wonderful images in this thread?
I’ve been considering getting an Olympus body with the 60mm macro for fungi, and native orchid photos. How is the metering on the Olympus compared to Nikon’s, and how natural do you find the colours?
I always take RAW+JPG (as I did with Nikon). The JPG output is usually perfectly good and there is no problem doing a little final editing on it. The RAW is valuable for the difficult cases, such as blown highlights or bad colour balance (I use the RAW in less than 1 in 100 of my photos). Results of processing the RAW images are good using the free - but very slow - Olympus Viewer 3, or using ACR in Photoshop, or Lightroom.Thank you for the detailed response?
I only shoot RAW, and use both matrix and spot metering depending on the light.
Wow Richard!A challenge for me today. BIF (Birds in Flight) gets too easy, so I thought let's try DIF (Dragonflies in Flight), as they are busy at my pond. To get them at a good size I needed to use 300mm, and it is hard to even find them as they dart about. I got some lovely stationary ones, but here is what I managed with them flying.
1/2000, 75-300 lens at 300mm, ProCapture H for the male; Continuous Low and CAF for the female.
Broad-bodied chaser dragonflies. First the male taking off, then the female about to deposit some eggs.
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I look forward to seeing some results.We have not long arrived home from our holiday to the U.K. and Ireland. Had a wonderful time, I took way too many images.
So yesterday I ordered an em-1 mkii body, 60mm lens and spare battery. Hopefully I’ll have it for the weekend.
Thank you. Here are a few more.All of these shots are superb, especially like the first two, wall hangers.
Miksang training is hard work. For example imagine being sent out for two hours to get flashes of perception - that become photos - that capture the "sidewalkness of sidewalks", or the "sandness of sand". One time we were each given our own tree and an hour to focus on it and photograph it.Richard, these photos of your recent trip to the Netherlands are all very moving. I am truly impressed with the lot of them. Beautiful. I know this may sound silly, but even the bag dispenser is somehow evocative. I don't know why - it just is.
On a technical note, I have a question about the photo of the tower. You're at 9mm on that one. What, if anything, did you do to correct any geometric distortion in that photo? It looks amazing.
Mandarins are very skittish. When we lived in Georgetown, Texas there were lots of waterfowl on the San Gabriel river which ran through a large park north of town. I got some good pictures of all of them (with my old EM5 and the Oly 45mm) but nothing usable of the three Mandarins that were occasional visitors. Really good capture of difficult subjects.