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Topic Title: Photos, Sunday afternoon, Sebastian Inlet
Topic Summary: Finished editing at last
Created On: 01/12/2020 07:18 PM
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 01/12/2020 07:18 PM
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ww

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    I've started working on a big pile of images, thanks to the camera doing lots of many-image sequences. Most can be tossed pretty quickly, but it still takes time to go through everything and mark highlights. Flickr. It'll likely take days to get a final version.
    Late afternoon light was really good
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    Looking for the guy in the Vissla jacket


Edited: 01/17/2020 at 12:01 AM by ww
 01/13/2020 04:14 AM
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Nice! Crispy images too.
 01/13/2020 05:57 AM
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    Afternoon sun allows for low ISO (the sensor is collecting highest quality data), high shutter speed (like 1/400 sec) and plenty of depth of field (f/7.1). It's amazing how fast things go downhill with clouds.
    The Olympus camera has a small 20 megapixel sensor, which most photographers don't like, but the upside is compact lenses, easy to use hand-held, great image stabilization. I was using a continuous auto focus mode that's supposed to follow moving objects. Seems it was. Only a few mushy images. The camera body was intended for "action" and bird photos (it was a huge Black Friday deal).
    I haven't played with "pro capture" yet. It starts catching images when you half-press the button, keeping them briefly, then when you push the button all the way, it saves the latest ones, so you get a series of images starting a bit before that final push. For catching surfers, it might save on the total number of images you need to collect.


Edited: 01/13/2020 at 11:38 PM by ww
 01/14/2020 11:26 AM
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    Some more added. The most-viewed so far is a stray from Vero South Beach that looks like cream for strawberries.


Edited: 01/14/2020 at 09:50 PM by ww
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nice!!!

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 01/15/2020 01:08 PM
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Awesome color and clarity, spot on focus! This is perfect example of why I feel Olympus does surfing shots better than the rest.. unless you need a gazillion megapixels! What lens you using there? The photographer makes the shots anyway, not a silly camera ;P (EM5 mk ii user here)

Edited: 01/15/2020 at 01:10 PM by SRPHOTO
 01/15/2020 05:49 PM
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    This was the 40-150 f/2.8 PRO with 1.4x teleconverter. I mostly used it at its full length, 210 mm, which because of the small sensor size, has a field of view equivalent to 420 mm on a full-frame camera.
    I have and use an E-M5 mark II, nice compact camera, and compact is what Olympus is all about. But I mostly use an E-M1 mark II camera. I got my first one because it promised to focus well with an old Olympus 50-200 lens, the one that I used for my last batch of photos from Sebastian. This shoot was my first all-day use of an E-M1X. It's a beast.
    There's good reasons to shoot Sony (Salty surf housings is a specialist in expensive housings for inexpensive, excellent Sony cameras. Check their website blog). A pro photographer friend who I've gotten to follow around is Nikon, and likes to point out that today's cameras are fabulous bargains in terms of the technology they offer. I'm bought into Olympus and anyway, their equipment is built to be portable, handheld, and used outdoors.
    I'm amazed at what the old guys did with film and manual cameras.
    Editing is Lightroom. Other editing programs seem better, but Lightroom's cataloging is impressive when it works. It got off to a bad start for 2020 and I had do dump the whole pile and reload. I finally discovered cutting and pasting settings in Develop. A big time saver. Got 11 similar photos? Edit the first, copy settings, then paste for the rest.


Edited: 01/16/2020 at 12:15 PM by ww
 01/16/2020 10:51 AM
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Great shots! Thanks for the photo gear advice, too.

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 01/16/2020 02:00 PM
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It's feasible to have a good camera kit without going broke. I've had good luck buying used lenses and refurbished camera bodies and lenses. The camera and lens I used were bought refurbished from Olympus at one-day flash sales; you need to get on the mailing list to catch them. Equipment helps, but there was great photography in the days of no autofocus, no auto-exposure, and expensive film on little rolls of 36. And color film was slow. How did they ever catch surfing in color? One of the benefits of shooting is review. Looking at a long string of photos, movie-style, in Lightroom or at even short video clips shows elements of technique/style that you miss when watching live.
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    Finally did the last edits. First photo is best of three at Flickr.
      This one's from the same wave as one above, but I like this photo better.


Edited: 01/17/2020 at 12:45 AM by ww
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    Editing is Lightroom. Other editing programs seem better, but Lightroom's cataloging is impressive when it works. It got off to a bad start for 2020 and I had do dump the whole pile and reload. I finally discovered cutting and pasting settings in Develop. A big time saver. Got 11 similar photos? Edit the first, copy settings, then paste for the rest.
    Sync does the same thing with one or two steps less than copy settings.
    Nice photos. Thanks for sharing. You have a few of me in there. I posted a couple on Instagram and credited you but I couldn't find you on Instagram to link to you. Are you on Insta?


Edited: 01/17/2020 at 11:39 AM by satbch
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Hey ww I am curious how you feel the 50-200 SWD performs on that em-1 ii. I am in the same 'invested' boat with legacy Oly glass. Now I do have the micro Leica 100-400mm from Panasonic but that 50-200 is so great for the shore pound and mid breaks... I'm going hunting for your last thread to see if you gave any lens performance feedback ok! -thanks
 01/17/2020 04:07 PM
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    I think the 50-200 SWD four-thirds lens is almost as good as the 40-150 PRO. I bought my first E-M1 because it promised good performance with this lens, which I already owned. It had been cheap because the first OM-D camera had an autofocus system incomppatible with it. My first day at the beach with the new camera, a skimboarder provided spectacular results. The main PRO with teleconverter is lighter, more compact, and a bit sharper. Here's the Flickr album using the 50-200.
    I have a crazy 35-100 mm f/2 four-thirds lens that weighs four pounds. Its optical performance is spectacular. No need for prime (fixed focal length) lenses.
    Instagram, I'm cymopterus, desert parsley plants from the Rockies. I'm surprised there's at least a couple of others shooting surfers with Olympus equipment.


Edited: 01/17/2020 at 08:52 PM by ww
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