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zig-123 Jan 28, 2012 8:19 AM

E-30 goes to an Orchid Show
Each year in the month of January, the local Orchid growers hold an Orchid Show, here in Hyannis, MA.

A friend an fellow shutterbug knows the President of the association. We were allowed to come into the show prior to it's opening and take whatever shots we pleased, provided we didn't touch or move anything .

I decided to take the E-30+12-60mm lens with me. A combination that still provides very pleasing results IMHO

Lordje Jan 28, 2012 9:08 AM

That are very nice picture and beautiful flowers.
You did make a fine job.
I see you used flash on them, was that really needed with the 12-60?

zig-123 Jan 28, 2012 9:18 AM


Originally Posted by Lordje (Post 1281304)
That are very nice picture and beautiful flowers.
You did make a fine job.
I see you used flash on them, was that really needed with the 12-60?


I tried a series of images without flash and then the same with the flash. As much as I don't like the use of flash, there were a couple of factors that forced me to use the flash.
1- since this was set up day, the lighting in the room was only at 50% of full power. It was pretty dimly lit.
2- Normally, I would take all these with the E-30 mounted to a tripod. Unfortunately, the bracket that holds the camera onto the pod was at home.
How it got out of my bag, I don't know. But, without it the pod was useless.
As a result all these were taken - hand held.
3-Frankly, given the circumstances and the fact that we couldn't move anything out of the way so as to isolate the bloom itself, I would have been better off with a 50-200mm lens. That would have allowed me to fill the frame without getting too close to the plant.


Lordje Jan 28, 2012 10:38 AM

Thank you very much for this in detail explained reply.

Scouse Jan 28, 2012 11:16 AM

Good to see you back posting Zig. Blue ribbon shots for me. I can see why you missed the tripod though, makes a difference doesn't it.

That red on flowers in the first shot is difficult, you did a far better job than I did on my water lillies.

boBBrennan Jan 28, 2012 11:20 AM

hi Zig, been missing your posts and images. For these I like the lighting very much, good to see the E-30 getting usage.

zig-123 Jan 28, 2012 11:54 AM

Hi Ken and Bob,

Thanks for making me feel welcomed.

I really haven't been using the E-30 lately. That is a big mistake because for landscapes that I like to shoot, the 12-60mm on the E-30 really is a fine combination. As for flowers, well it's the dead of winter her and not much in bloom. When the invite came to shoot the orchids, I jumped at the chance to use the Oly system. And, overall, I'm not disappointed. Even if I had a senior moment and forgot to bring along the tripod bracket.:(


zig-123 Jan 28, 2012 11:59 AM

One more post processed this morning:

Steven R Jan 28, 2012 5:37 PM

All are good examples of why we miss Zig's posts. Don't stay away so long!

MarceloLI Jan 28, 2012 10:46 PM

Beautiful pictures, love the colors and the perfect exposure.

The red orchid is my favorite.

Thank you for posting Zig.

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