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Old Oct 18, 2012, 2:00 PM   #1
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Default Some Corsica pictures

These pictures were taken during a 17 day hike across Corsica using the om-d, 12-50 lens and tiffen polarizing filter on some of the shots. Minus the three shots of the hikers, the other shots are straight from the camera. Any advice on steps I should take to further process them would be welcome.



(larger: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8044/8...4f0b9b7f_k.jpg)


(larger: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8...8fc026f9_k.jpg)


(larger. You can see two people climbing the rock face on the upper right hand corner: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8471/8...53f5d050_k.jpg)



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Old Oct 18, 2012, 2:23 PM   #2
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Wow !!! It seems to me that you went to another planet.

I love #4 and #1 ... even if I don't want to be beside the cliff....
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 3:12 PM   #3
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What a hike. That's cool. I'm guessing you didn't run into Napoleon's bithplace during that walk....

Regarding the 12-50, since my last tirade about that lens I have picked up a second copy. Not perfect, but much better. It handles architecture much better than tons of small foliage, especially towards the sides at 12mm, and these rocky landscapes are perfect for it.
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 3:35 PM   #4
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Didn't get to Ajaccio, where Napoleon was born. We walked from the northwest 140 miles south east, so we didn't see much of the west coast.

I wanted to buy the Panasonic 14 mm for this trip, mostly because of size issues, but in the end, I think the 12-50 ended up working out ok. Otherwise a wide-angle would have been nice too. I think in the 3rd and last shots I could have benefited from a wide angle lens to get the ground in the shot and frame it to show more scale, but I'll have to save up for the lenses. In the end, one lens was really all I wanted to carry as we were carrying 20 pound bags 6000 vertical feet (up and down) for 16 days (1 rest day).
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I would imagine the tiny Olympus 9-18 M. Zuiko would have been a great lens to have for a trip like this. Expansive views and the smallest of lenses to have to pack. The Panasonic 14mm f2.5 is definitely as small as any Micro lens gets, but you already had that focal length covered with the 12-50.

That first image with the human subject in the field of view is really nice. Great composition.
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 9:35 AM   #6
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Great shots, that water looks cold.
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I can't take credit for the first shot (I am in it) or the third (I am the one swimming). That lake (Lac de Capitellu) is 6000 feet up (http://images.summitpost.org/medium/489596.jpg).

The water was freezing and I probably was only in it 2 min. I just did a google image search of it. Can't find anyone else swimming in it!
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drew - I like these shots, the CPL definitely helped. I would consider upping contrast and or applying a contrast curve to the RAW file on shot 1 and 3. You might also try an "unsharp" mask which despite the name makes images appear sharper, it works well on rocky landscapes in my experience. The grey-ness of the rocks is so uniform I think that these two steps in pp would help. Just my .02 they are very nice as shot.
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Thanks. I'll definitely try it out.
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