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Haakon's 1st Birthday

Been out and about exploring life with not much blogging. Lots going on. Just a super quick post with a pic or two from Haakon's 1st birthday.  All shot with the EM1II and 25 f1.2. What an amazing combo.    

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What a fun day with family and friends.  Hope you all had a great one too!  

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Happy Father's Day

Almost walking - OMD EM1II with Olympus 25 f1.2

Almost walking - OMD EM1II with Olympus 25 f1.2

We spent the weekend away with family.  My wife's brother is celebrating Father's Day for the first time.  What a special boy and amazing time we had.  Hope you all did too.   

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Morning light

Morning light - Sturgeon Lake, MN - Olympus OMD EM1II with 12-100 f4

Morning light - Sturgeon Lake, MN - Olympus OMD EM1II with 12-100 f4

Woke up to this. Beautiful light on a beautiful morning. Grabbed the EM1II and 12-100 and ran out to the dock. Haven't shot this combo in a while and I am once again blown away by the stabilization in this camera body & lens combo. 

Hope you had a great morning too.   

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Layers

Layers - Panasonic GH5 with Olympus 12-100

Layers - Panasonic GH5 with Olympus 12-100

Took a quick walk in the woods before heading north with family, bike and camera.  Beautiful morning in the woods.  Carried GH5 and 12-100. For the record , I am not liking these two together but it's what I had. But I made the best of it.  

in other news my 8-18 Panasonic zoom came in but I can't grab it prior to leaving today so I will pick it up next week. Excited as I have missed super wide capabilities for some time. 

Have a great weekend folks.   

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A bright spot on a not so bright day

I chased my kids around to soccer matches all weekend. I didn't carry a camera on Saturday but I wanted something on Sunday so grabbed the GH5 and Oly 12-100 to experiment on the sidelines. 

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Unfortunately I did not get a chance to shoot as before the games even started the skies opened up with lightning, severe wind & rain followed by hail. We took shelter in our car and hoped for the best.  

Thankfully my daughter's smile was a bright spot of the day.  

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Of note in my brief moments of operation I am not sure that either of the 12-100 or the GH5 image stabilization work at all when paired together. While taking shelter in the car I searched the internet for information.  The few articles and threads on DPReview were not from actual experience but speculation. In use the 12-100 doesn't seem to work  very well on the GH5. I will do some more experimentation and report back but if any of you readers have personal experiences or info please leave me a comment.  

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Blowout

Blowout - Panasonic GH5 with 42.5 f1.2

Blowout - Panasonic GH5 with 42.5 f1.2

Every time I get more serious about photography I lose my interest and find myself ill and dis satisfied. I don't like my images, I don't like my gear, and so on & on. It culminates in a blowout wit me wanting to sell it all and shoot a point and shoot film camera. 

Thankfully photography isn't where my income comes from and when I get to this point, I set the camera down and do some other things. I ride my bike. I drive my RC cars. I shoot a Fuji Instax.   

That is where I am now. I hope to find that joy and inspiration in shooting again soon.  I am confident it will return soon. 

Hope all of you are having more luck than me with your shooting.   

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Oriental Poppy Flowers

Full Bloom - Panasonic GH5 with Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

Full Bloom - Panasonic GH5 with Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

It is always a special time when these beautiful flowers bloom. Every year my wife and I are elated when the glorious orange petals show themselves. Given the blooms pretty much only last a couple of days I always try to snap a picture or two for the other 360 or so days of the year.  Here is my favorite shot of the morning.  

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Field Testing the Panasonic GH5

I am out testing the GH5 and I must say I am impressed! Really impressed in fact. All cameras have some issues though. Thankfully I am not having any critical issues with the GH5, only a few minor annoyances or niggles. More later after more testing. 

Here are a few shots from my first real outing with the Panasonic GH5. More to come.  

So far, so good.  More to come. 

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1st Quick Outing with the GH5

Convergence - Panasonic GH5 with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Convergence - Panasonic GH5 with Panasonic 12 f1.4

I had a quick, family outing yesterday with the GH5. Only shot about 100 frames. I am very impressed with this camera. I need some time to master the controls and learn about best settings for continuous autofocus, but I am certainly impressed. In fact, other than jpeg color output and hi res mode, I think I prefer it over the EM1 Mark II.

I know all these things are personal preference and your results may vary, but I am impressed so far with the following.

- EVF - Wow is it awesome. I do wish the refresh rate was a bit higher, but it is huge and bright and clear. I can't wait to try manual focusing with vintage glass.

- Controls - They are in a good place and feel great to me. The only thing I strongly dislike are control wheels on the back and the GH5 still has one. But, I do love the layout and the controls do work for me.

- Grip - It feels solid in hand and I like the larger size, especially with the 42.5 f1.2. I will try it with the 100-400 later this week too.

So far, I am impressed. More to come.

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Testing the Beast - GH5 vs EM1II

The Beast - GH5 with Nocticron -  taken with iPhone 5s

The Beast - GH5 with Nocticron -  taken with iPhone 5s

I plan on shooting a big event this week. Wanted some video and also wanted to compare to EM1II.  

What a beast. It's by far the best build or solid feeling m43 camera I have ever held in my hand. Impressed. Single point AF is the best ever too.  Incredible EVF and a beautiful sounding shutter.  It's also a beast, as in BIG and solid and not very pretty to look at from a design perspective. But it seems to work oh so well. Should be a fun week of shooting.   

Sleeping Beauty - GH5 with 42.5 f1.2

Sleeping Beauty - GH5 with 42.5 f1.2

More to come......But while I was getting it set up and getting the controls and function buttons to my liking, thanks to its silent shutter it did pass the sleeping pooch  test! 

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Mid ride Zip Line

Mid Bike Ride Zip Line - OMD EM1II with Panasonic 12mm f1.4

Mid Bike Ride Zip Line - OMD EM1II with Panasonic 12mm f1.4

99.99% of the time when I hear a cell phone ring while on a bike ride I get annoyed. But this time, was the .01% where I was elated. Why? Well, we got invited to a piece of private property to enjoy some home grown trails and the zip line.

I have lived a long and full life filled with bike rides around the globe, but until last week, I had never had a mid ride zip line before. Let me tell you first hand that it was just awesome and if you get the chance to do exactly this, don't miss out!  Do it!  

As always, thankful I had my small and capable camera with me. Love. Love. Love this combination of EM1II and Panasonic 12 f1.4.

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Taking Shelter

Shelter - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Shelter - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

I went out for a ride in the cold freezing rain today. I needed it. It felt good and I came home quite cold & wet but inspired. 

I keep thinking about a second camera and my debate over the 12-100 f4 vs the 12-40 & 40-150 f2.8. But in the end I keep coming home pleased with my results so I keep doing nothing.   

Hope you all got out too and are inspired.  

 

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Lilacs - A true taste of spring

Lilacs - OMD Em1ii with Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

Lilacs - OMD Em1ii with Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

Nothing says spring in MN like lilacs. In full bloom, the air is filled with the unmistakable floral bouquet.   Combining the color and beauty and aroma, you can almost taste spring.

But the beauty doesn't last long in this state and our cold rain yesterday and today will quickly bring these beautiful petals to the ground. Thankfully I snap a few images each year to capture that spring in memories.

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Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day tulips - EM1II and Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

Mother's Day tulips - EM1II and Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

Happy Mother's Day to all those moms out there!  Thank you all for the kindness, love, beauty, wisdom and joy you bring to this world.  Hope you all have an incredible day. 

My my son bought Tulips for his mom and they caught my eye this AM.  I love having fresh flowers in the house.    

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Panasonic 12 f1.4 lens flare and starburst

As I wrote a few posts ago, the EM1II with 12 f1.4 has become my go to set up for my morning bike rides. It does, however, have some not so awesome lensflare and a beautiful starburst if you can control it. Here are a few shots to give you an idea of what I am talking about.  

While I absolutely love this lens I am disappointed that for the price of this lens and the PanaLeica badging that the unwanted glare isn't better controlled. It won't stop me from loving and shooting this lens. But it will stop me in certain situations. 

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Sometimes I am able to use it effectively or for a specific effect but sometimes it's un usable. But in the end what is acceptable to you is up to you.  

 

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The perfect morning

Picture Perfect - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Picture Perfect - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Spent the AM with friends riding bikes in the country. This morning may be the most perfect spring day of the year here in MN.  The pic above is just a hint at the perfection of this AM. 

I hope all of you that land here get out this coming weekend to shoot. 

Be inspired.   

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Morning Miles

Morning Miles - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Morning Miles - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Got up early to ride into the sunrise. There is nothing like the sun popping over the horizon line and the sunlight warming your skin.  It my favorite.  The EM1II and 12mm Panasonic did not disappoint either. This is my new favorite cycling combination.   

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Morning cup

Morning light and morning cup-a-jo - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

Morning light and morning cup-a-jo - EM1II with Panasonic 12 f1.4

I started my weekend off right with a morning bike ride and coffee at my secret spot to watch the sunrise. So good. Hope you all can get out this weekend.   

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Portraits with OMD EM1II and Panasonic 42.5 f1.2

I shot a school event this AM for friends using only the Olympus OMD EM1II and the Panasonic Leica 42.5 f1.2.  As I have shared before this is the best lens I have ever shot on m43. Some may say the Olympus 75 f1.8 outguns it. Maybe it does but 150mm is just too long for tighter quarters and event shooting.  I absolutely love this combination of camera and lens. Here are a couple of examples.  

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Very very pleased with the images this AM. I also shot the 12-100 but honestly feel it felt flat and I was not pleased with the images at close distance as it had trouble with the busy back ground and separation of the subject from the background. I think I have decided to sell 12-100 and buy the 40-150 again.  Still not sure. I am in no rush to sell. Just thinking out loud.  

Hope you all have a great weekend planned.   

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Mexico 2017 with the OMD EM1 Mark ii

I've shared a bunch of images already from our recent trip to Mexico. Today, I am going to go a bit more in depth with images as I have finally brought them off the camera. All the other pics I have shared have been from in camera RAW conversion and transferred to phone for posting here.  All of these were RAW conversions in Lightroom with some tweaking but 100% of the work was done in Lightroom.

On the trip, I brought the EM1ii, 2 batteries, a few memory cards and two lenses. For lenses I brought the 12-100 f4 and the 25 f1.2. It's such a small and versatile kit. The small size, the speed, and the weatherproofing all were much appreciated on this trip.

For pics, the trip was personal and all the images are really just snapshots. Some are family and pretty personal to me. I wasn't in Mexico with the mission of photographing other than family moments and memories. Note: I spent every morning alone walking the beaches so I apologize for the repeated sunrise shots! The purpose of sharing is that I am continually learning the EM1ii and I came home with three thoughts.

1) I still believe m43 is the perfect family, snapshot, and travel camera. It is so small, versatile and the lenses are generally smaller for the equivalent focal length

2) The files are a bit flat and required quite a bit of tweaking. Especially the curves where I had to adjust the "light" bar frequently to get the look to the images I was seeking. They just required more work than I recall.  Not one image below had any kind of Noise Reduction, but I was shooting in good light most of the time so this isn't that surprising given the incredible IS and the resulting lower ISO range used. 

3) As I pointed out in the previous post, I have mixed feelings over the 12-100. It's heavier than I'd like. It has incredible and amazing range yet at times I'd like more reach.  I am getting closer to getting rid of the 12-100 and getting the 12-40 and 40-150.  I am leaning that way.  We shall see.

So with that, just a few snaps from the trip to show the versatility of the EM1ii. It is so good. Drop me a comment if you have any questions about either the trip or the gear used.  Hope you enjoy.

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