Saturday, April 25, 2020

Heart in the Sky and Star Trails

Tom noticed that the big dipper and the north are over our house, so he decided to take the Olympus EM1 mark III and 8mm lens outside and try out the new Starry AF feature (works well!).

Tom noticed that there is a heart shape (see below) in the sky above our house. Join our email list to find out about our photography classes, tours, and workshops, as well as photo ops, post-processing, creativity, gear, etc.

Camera Model: E-M1MarkIII
Lens: OLYMPUS M.8mm F1.8; Focal length: 8mm; Focal length: 16mm (in 35mm film)
Exposure mode: Manual (Bulb --> Live Composite mode)
Aperture: 4
ISO: 1600
Shutter speed: 10 sec frames; 544 frames for a total of ~90 minutes -- stacked in-camera on lighten blend mode

Tom saw the heart shape first above the house, top left, and then noticed the big dipper in the heart-shaped sky, upper right, he followed the big dipper to the North Star and then set his camera on Live composite mode, which only added NEW light, which means that he can get star trails despite the light pollution in our town. Live Composite is fun for star trials, light painting inside and outside, fireworks, car trails, etc. It gives you an image straight out of camera that does not need stacking in Photoshop.
He used Starry night AF (a new AI feature in the new EM1 mark III camera) to focus on the stars.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Title: FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators

Title: FREE - Get to Know the Olympus Educators


When: Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Description: This webinar is a chance for you to meet and get to know the 19 Official Olympus Educators in the United States. Each photographer has their own specialties, style, and unique approach to photography. If you already shoot Olympus, have been thinking of switching to Olympus, or would like to learn more about how to use Olympus camera equipment to create stunning images, then this is your chance to meet all nineteen educators. We will be asking a series of questions and then we will take some questions from the audience as well.

Come learn who can help you on your photographic journey with the Olympus OM-D system!

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FYI, ANYONE can attend our workshops (mobile device, film camera, dSLR, mirrorless, etc.)

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Saturday, April 11, 2020


This magnolia was photographed using a lightbox for sidelight. It was taken with my 60mm lens (1/250 sec f11, 15 images focus stacked in-camera). Keep reading to learn more about our OOF backgrounds (OOF = intentionally out of focus)

The backgrounds were OOF (out of focus) images printed by Jesse Thompson of Milford Photo. When I find an image that has pleasing colors I put the lens on manual focus and defocus the image to taster (usually shooting at f2.8 to f4 to keep the bokeh). When your prints arrive, use a few pieces of double sided tape to adhere them to foam core ($1 dollar store) or matboards (or you can take a back off of a store frame since you cannot get out for supplies right now)

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