Every once in a while, someone asks me if I still love photography. After all I have been practicing photography for more than four decades. While I have had moments in my life when I tried to put my camera down, the answer is absolutely. Yes, I still love photography. The question made me ponder why. Why DO I love photography? I was forced to embrace my softer side to answer that question. And the answer may surprise some who think they know me.
Olympus continues to demonstrate their commitment to professional photography by shipping the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Lens. Months ago, I was fortunate enough to see one of the prototypes in a meeting that I had with representatives from the company’s Japanese headquarters. I was impressed then. I am more impressed now. As an Olympus Visionary, I was recently blessed with a gift of one of the first production models. I spent most of last week shooting with it in San Francisco. It was love at first sight.
Photography has always been a medium that has AT LEAST two major factions. Those who see it as art and those who see it as science.
You probably realize that a small aperture will provide you with the most depth-of-field, but stopping ALL the way down to your smallest aperture (usually the largest number, i.e., f/16, f/22, etc.) is not typically a good idea. Many lenses perform best at one or two stops shy of their smallest aperture. As you stop down from there, performance suffers. This is because of diffraction.
As an Olympus Visionary, I have been given the privilege of working with some of the fine people at Olympus. They are all very hard-working and dedicated to the notion that they want to make the best products they can possibly make.
I rarely do this but the annual Hunt’s Show is a big deal. If you’ve been looking for photo gear, now is the time to buy. Hunt’s is open all this week and weekend. There are some great deals on Olympus gear.
Today, Olympus announced a successor to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera body. The new camera is called the Olympus E-M5 MK III Micro Four Thirds, digital camera. I had access to embargoed information about the camera that I am now at liberty to disclose. While this is only a first impressions post, I will tell you that I am VERY impressed with those impressions.
Sunset photographs are very, very popular on social media. They’re very popular just about everywhere. Once in a while I like to write a quick tips sheet for sunset photographers in the hopes that I’ll help someone get a real keeper. This is NOT an exhaustive list – it’s just a starting point. So here’s a quick list – 10 Sunset Photography Tips. (And stay tuned at the end of the story for a special HOW I GOT THE SHOT section on eagles and sunset photography.)