Faith & Storm – Olympus OM-D settings

I’ve posted a video displaying my micro 4/3 lenses and my routine setup for my Olympus OM-D.  You can view it here.

Recently, a lot of storms have crossed our area.  One evening I drove out to an old cemetery (I’ve posted a prior picture here) and shot some long exposures with my Nikon D800E.  This is a 6 second shot.  I really like the clouds.

ISO 100 f2.8 6’s 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, single image, HDR Efex 2, Photoshop CS6, Aperture)

The Abandoned School

Re-post from July 2011

A few days ago I decided to travel the local country side to look for interesting structures to take pictures of.  It was in the middle of the afternoon and is typically the worst time to take pictures because the sun light causes very harsh shadows and typically the camera cannot compensate for the amount of exposure.  Besides HDR photography there are other ways to fix this problem.  One way is to use a neutral density filter.

Neutral density filters are either colorless or grey and reduce and/or modify the intensity of light without harming color rendition.  This allows photographers to shoot in situations that typically wouldn’t allow them.  These filters come in different intensities, which allow for different shooting techniques.

I recently purchased B+W ND 3.0 at B & H Photo for my Leica 21mm Elmarit lens.  It allows me to shoot in very bright light, thus allowing proper exposure.  It can also be used to create a time lapse picture which shows the motion of clouds or objects in front of it.  As I was driving around I came across this old school (built in 1896) that appeared to be on its last leg.  You can see in the pic, the motion of the clouds in this 4 second exposure.

Old Grey Barn

Re-post August 2011

Keeping it short today.  Couple weeks ago when I was driving around Bluffton, Indiana I came across this old grey barn.  Again, it was in the middle of the day which does not make for good shooting but I put my 3.0 ND filter on my 21mm lens and shot 7 exposures to create an HDR pic.  I think it turned out well?   I really like the movement of the clouds.

The beginning storm

I have a lot of interest when it comes to photography.  One minute I’m interested in shooting people and the next I’m interested in shooting landscape.  One type of photography that I have not spent much time with is time lapse (long exposure).  Time lapse photography is where you set your camera to a very long exposure (typically greater than 10 seconds).  Mostly, this will be done at night but can be done during the day if using a neutral density filter.  A good example is Ben Canales.  He has a website, The Star Trail that has some awesome sky shots.

One of the first times I attempted this type of photography was in 2008 with my Canon 5D Mark II.  I was at Huntington Beach near Cleveland and was taking pictures of Lake Erie as a storm began to arise.  This shot was a 13 second exposure.  I really like how the water looks in this picture.  Only thing I wish is that I caught more of the break wall in the picture and I should have had the camera closer to the ground.

Enlightened Church

Here’s another shot I took back in 2009.  This is an old church that sits on old U.S. 50 in my home town of Lawrenceville, IL.  I have driven by it for years and always liked the look of it.  I decided one evening to attempt some long exposures and thought this church would be a great subject.  The picture turned out well.  My only wish was that I would like to have some clouds in the sky.  It would definitely add some drama to the image.