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Old Jul 5, 2014, 11:36 AM   #1
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I hope the 4th-of-July (Americas birthday) went safely for all who took part in parades, cookouts/picnics & fireworks.

For me and mine, we had a good & safe time .... AND I went out for an hour or so in the early morning for a walk with the E-M1 and my bag.

While I saw a couple egrets and a Black Crowned Night Heron, they saw me first and that was that as they flew away.

So, for that walk it seemed I had the obligatory dragonflies which I won't bore everyone with today and some grasshoppers which made for some fun photos to add to my portfolio of 'critters', PLUS a couple other images

For this walk I purposely shot every file with digi-X2 ON, it worked really well with all the lenses ... I like using X2 for the small subjects.

If you've not tried digi-X2 give it a try; I'll bet you will be surprised with your results.

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.............This lens combination works really well on the E-M1 AND plus digi-X2 it suddenly becomes a '50-200'. The following is at 37mm for the combination.

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When you shoot what there is.... they turn out to be award winners. #2 and #7 are my faves.
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More winners, Bob. Those grasshoppers are among the best I've seen.
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Boy, early morning was the key as I see 102 on the thermometer this afternoon.

Drove over to see the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art earlier today. Really nice. Then tried River Legacy for about 10 minutes before the mosquitos drove me out.

You're getting some nice little critters with that combination and the water was cooperating at the moment of exposure as the reflection is perfect.

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WoW Bob EXCELLENT shots
the Grasshoppers are STUNNING
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Greg,

Yep, I'm doing early daytimes myself, it is beginning to be hot now.

I saw the Ansel Adams exhibit several weeks ago, fantastic to see the originals of his personal selections.
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really lovely composition, although I like the bugs the first one of the bent grain really speaks to me with the graceful organic curve and perfect exposure and detail.

I will promise to take your suggestion and try the digix2, I know I've found the detail available in the E-M1 files to be plenty for cropping, my only concern is that with the type of photos I often take I'm not sure where the crop box will be till afterwards.
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Excellent snaps! I have used the digix2 with the 50-200 to good effect. I forgot about it on our Canada trip, though!

Now, I have to wait for the E-M1 to return from a trip to Olympus, since the viewfinder eyecup fell off, and took the left tab with it. The camera shop where I bought it is sending it back today.
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G'day BB

Congrats on an excellent set of images ~ and I'm chuffed that you are starting to enjoy in-camera digi-zoom

I have used it for years with my various cameras and have lost count of the 'discussions' I have had with people re the difference between in-camera vs in-computer digi-zoom

Well done ~ any of those images would sit well in your portfolio
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