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Old Mar 30, 2010, 12:27 AM   #1
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Boy do I like having over two hours of sunlight after work, and the best two quality hours of sunlight at that!

Shot with an E620 and 50-200 SWD.

At 200mm and f3.5, depth of field is rather stark at even moderate distances. I was a good 10-12 feet (3-3.5 meters) from this subject, focussed on the flowers and the tree trunk directly behind is already out of focus. The E620 renders certain shades of purple as blue when using auto white balance so you have to make an appropriate WB choice, or at least as close as possible and color correct in post processing. In this particular case, the shade setting did the trick with no need to do anything later.



Another beautiful orange/yellow/red tulip on the way. BTW, all of the images presented in this post were shot using a Low gradation setting.



Some of the first azaleas I've seen bloom..



The sun was getting low when I shot this next image. Wanting to keep f8 for better depth of field, I upped the ISO to 1000.



Ran across a very nice stand of iris as well..



Pink on pink..


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You have become a master at floral. I'd consider it a successful year to have that series. You got er done in two hours.

That and I don't have the guts to shoot jpeg only. The low gradation setting does a lovely job.

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2, 4, 5 and 6 are the winners for me (not that it's a competition).

I'm intrigued, as not being an Oly shooter, what is the Low gradation setting you talk about?

Nice series and nice light!
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These are all great, but I really, really liked how you composed #4. Great photos. Thanks. Ned
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2, 4, 5 and 6 are the winners for me (not that it's a competition).

I'm intrigued, as not being an Oly shooter, what is the Low gradation setting you talk about?

Nice series and nice light!
Thanks, Mark.

Gradation is Olympus' version of Nikon's D-Light where the camera attempts to even out highlights and shadows. Reviews normally concentrate on the AUTO setting because that's the setting where noise in the shadows is often elevated, especially at higher ISO settings, but there are two other settings besides AUTO and Normal that Olympus gives users called Low Key and High Key that you can use depending on the ambient light levels. Gradation cannot be turned off in JPEG capture and it is an important part of the in-camera file processing.

The default NORMAL gradation setting setting works for most outdoor daylight conditions, but when light levels drop the normal gradation setting can be just as bad as auto because even the normal setting can raise levels too high. I believe many users think of the normal gradation setting as "off" just because it is not set to auto, but gradation is applied to every JPEG created with a current Olympus camera and the wrong setting, even the normal setting under the wrong ambient light levels, can negatively affect an image file.

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Absolutely breath-taking, Greg!
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Greg: another round of Dittos! for you.
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A few more from today, with the E30 this time..





Kissing Iris..





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These are really nice, they all are but there is something about the first... really nice. All of them have such lovely colour.
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What is interesting about the first is that it is backwards, that is most people would have used the closer flower to frame the middle one. Much more interesting the way Greg shot it, he certainly has the eye for flower pics.

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