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)

3 Monuments part 2 (yes, it was taken with a DSLR)

Almost 2 years ago I said good-bye to all my Canon DSLR gear with the assumption I would never buy another one.  Earlier this year Nikon introduced the D800 and D800E.  What caught my eye was the 36 megapixel full frame sensor.  My first thought was “wow”, a full frame camera with the picture size of a medium format camera.  I immediately placed a pre-order but shortly after cancelled it.  I’ve been debating a lot if I really wanted to go back in this direction but after reading all the reviews, I came to the decision that my love for landscape photography warranted another attempt.

Last week, I finally came across one (Best Buy online)and purchased along with Nikon’s popular 14-24mm f2.8 wide angle lens.  I have not had much opportunity to shoot with it yet but so far I’m surprisingly impressed.  I don’t like the size but for landscape I can tolerate it.   Over the next months, I’ll continue to post pics and my opinion.

Here is another shot of the cemetery taken at a farther distance.  It was taken hand-held with my Nikon D800E and 14-24mm lens.  I was very impressed after realizing the ISO was 6400.  I think for that high of ISO, the quality is acceptable (I did use Define 2.0 for Noise Reduction).

P.S.  My Leica M9 will not be going anywhere and will still always be kept very closely to my side.

ISO 6400 1/8’s f2.8 20mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, Photoshop CS6, Color Efex 4, Aperture 3.3)

3 Monuments

This past weekend we went back home for a birthday party.  One evening, I was out searching for photo opportunities and as we were heading back home we came across a cemetery.  It was almost “pitch black” by then and thought I would try to catch a few hand-held shots with my Leica M9 and 50mm noctilux.  Even though this picture is dark, I really like the silhouette and the mood that it sets.

ISO 800 1/8’s f.95 50mm (Leica M9, Leica 50mm noctilux, Aperture)


Our Savior

Happy Easter!!! 

Re-post September 2011

If you have not noticed, I don’t stick with one photography genre very well. My last 10 posts have been a combination of portraits, HDR’s, sunrises, sunsets, black & white, wildlife, etc.  I’ve always been someone who likes to explore, try new things, and have many interests that have no relation. Probably my only constant enjoyment is my wife (I’ve been with since junior high).  For example, I am a foot and ankle surgeon by day, an avid photographer by night, I enjoy playing basketball 2-3 times a week, I weight lift, enjoy politics (but don’t talk about it openly), and have a very strong interest in anything technology related (I’ve always been the go to guy with computer repair or technology related questions). I’ve yet to find anyone with similar interests (it’s usually one or the other).

Having all these interests have made me well rounded.  I feel as if I can find some association with all people I talk to, and credit my broad interests in allowing me to do so.

In keeping with my theme or I guess “no theme” todays post is taken at the cemetery that I wrote about a few days ago. What really caught my attention was this large Jesus crucifixion on the east side of the cemetery. It set on a large slab of concrete about 4 feet off the ground and all that could be seen behind it was the sky. I felt it would be a great place to take an HDR or time lapse shot but after attempting this many times I really didn’t like the angle (I wish I was at eye level with Jesus). I decided to put up my 28mm summicron and take a few shots with my 50mm summilux wide open. After taking this shot I realized I was wasting time with my 28mm summicron. The 50mm summilux with it’s beautiful bokeh was definitely the way to go!

the fallen

Most of the time when I post pictures they are not pre-planned.  I sit and go through the thousands of pictures I’v taken and I try to find something that is interesting, tells a story, or has some sentimental value.  Often times it’s hard to find the “one” picture I want to post.

The picture I’m posting today, was taken last fall at Arlington National Cemetery.  It was a beautiful late fall afternoon and a friend and I came across this large tree with many fallen yellow leaves.  The contrast between the green grass, yellow leaves, and headstones was remarkable.  It’s hard to call a cemetery beautiful, especially one like our National Cemetery but I’m sure most would agree that it is a great place to pay respect to our fallen.

ISO 160 1/360 f/2.0 28mm summicron

The Cross

I recently posted “Our Savior“, which was my favorite picture taken at the old cemetery southwest of our house.  Here’s another picture but from a different angle.  Again, I think black and white works great here.  I also think the “blown out” appearance of the background helps make this picture work.

The Cross

Recently I decided to sell my Leica 21mm elmarit and move to a 28mm summicron.  This decision didn’t come easily.  I’ve enjoyed  shooting with wide angle lenses (I had Canon 16-35mm on my full frame 5d Mark II) but have noticed recently my interest is beginning to change.  As I have become more educated in photography, I’ve realized that wide angle lenses are not always the best for landscape.  Wide angle lenses can flatten your image and typically have a lot of distortion.  They are best, when you have something relatively close to you in the foreground and are attempting to add some depth of field.  Telephoto or at least 90mm lenses are often times better for true landscape with no subjects in the foreground.

Leica 28mm summicron is still considered to be a wide angle lens but it doesn’t have any noticeable distortion.  On the Leica M9 it also will allow you to use the internal viewfinder versus an external (needed for anything wider than 28mm).  This lens is very popular with journalist because of its wide angle, no distortion, low light performance, and sharpness.  So far i have to agree with their assessment.  Hopefully soon I’ll post a few more pics using the lens.

A few days ago I drove to a small rural Catholic church.  Behind the church lies a small cemetery.  I captured this image using my 28mm summicron at sunset. I really like the sharpness  and bokeh produced.