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Old Nov 25, 2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default A few from this week..

Not many chances to get out, but I found a spot here and there.

Driving to Wichita Falls late Wednesday afternoon I pulled off on the side of the highway to capture these two images with my E-M5 and 12mm f2 on the flat North Texas prairie. The moon rising above the clouds to the east..



and the sun setting in the west..



and a little bit of Fall colors, with the 25mm f1.4 or 60mm f2.8. In the first image, you can see from the shadows this was direct backlight. Had I been using the 12-50 Zuiko the too shallow hood would not have been sufficient shielding the sun from the front element of the lens, but the really deep hood of the 60mm f2.8 worked perfectly...







A lot of the leaves are already off, but it was a beautifully quite walk in the park this morning.




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Old Nov 25, 2012, 6:07 PM   #2
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Hi Greg,

That 2nd image of the sun setting in the west really shows how far sensor technology has advanced in the microfourthirds system. That image with the older 12mp sensor would have not come out nearly as clean, sharp and the level of detail in the shadows is just very accurate and detailed.

Very well composed. I love everything about it.

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Thanks, Zig.

The other huge plus with the new sensor is dealing with shadow detail. In the third, backlit image, I dialed the blacks and shadows sliders in ACR to +60 to open shadows and reveal detail in the dark areas. Settings like that with E-P3 raw files would have left me with speckled noise everywhere even at ISO 200.
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.......roger on the speckles from the E-P3! With the fall sun angle I am fighting most of my files, it is tough shooting those angles but I love the results when I do get a clean one.

I was in the bush early today, 46-deg, bright sunrise, great day to walk a couple miles & shoot some noise....... a couple turned out ok so it was a good day for me.

That is a great looking park, I love the trees there, especially the 3rd image above.

EDIT 11/26/12 @ 1815hrs --- Greg, I just now took a look at the rest of the tree shots on Smuggy, GREAT! GREAT! love'em all. I also took a closer look at the 60mm closeups and again was WOWED!
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.......roger on the speckles from the E-P3! With the fall sun angle I am fighting most of my files, it is tough shooting those angles but I love the results when I do get a clean one.

I was in the bush early today, 46-deg, bright sunrise, great day to walk a couple miles & shoot some noise....... a couple turned out ok so it was a good day for me.


Hey Bob,

While it's not bitter cold this morning, we are getting our first taste of the colder temps -it's 32 degrees as I sit here reading your post. Brrrrr.....
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...hi Zig, I reckon it is time for the 'chilly'. Here it is daily from hi 70 to hi 50, the nights are in the low 40s with a couple last week at 30..... COLD has not settled in yet for us.

It has been a while since I'd used the E-3 so yesterday I took the E-3 and locked on the 14-54 (I should have left the backpack at home) for the entire walk. The E-P3 & 9-18 would not have handled the light conditions much better, if any.

When the mornings are like yesterday it is a marvelous time to be in the woods before the rest of the leaves are gone.

...going in was a bit chilly but I had just walked 1/2 mile to get there so it was actually pretty comfortable, the sun wasn't very high @ 0815 (image EXIF reports 0915)



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great images guys, the 12mm is so wide it really conveys the big sky of Texas.

Also the backlit trees are very nice, all the leaves are gone up here and the daily highs sound more like your daily lows
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Hey, Bob, is that the new park they are "building"? Looks like a very nice place to take a walk.

Hi ramcewan, the 12mm is a nice focal length. There are times I still like to go a little wider, and most of those times I usually don't have the 9-18 M. Zuiko on me
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....Greg, yes it is the park being developed. They are working to prep the parking and have not yet really started the trails layout. Not much going on there so I probably will wait until January to go again.
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Those first two shots are very fine. I don't know how much is the new sensor and how much is that the sky there is so clean compared to my Chicago sky.
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