November 10, 2012


Telus World of Science at Fall

Taken during blue minute :). I thought I should take advantage of the great weather in Vancouver before more rain comes.

If you click the photo it will go to my flickr account and you'll see 2 more photos both created using a Nikon D80. First one is SOOC and the second is processed using HDR techniques using 1 single raw file. I must point out 2 things:

1. The photos on my flickr account were created many summers ago while the one above is during fall time.

2. The one above is handheld at 0.4 seconds while the others were on a tripod.

I had to process this photo because it was underexposed for my taste. I must say that I really love the 5-Axis IS of the E-M5. There were about 2-3 more photographers at Science World when I was there, all of them were using tripods and DSLRs. You can argue I might have been able to produce better results with a tripod but I intentionally went there without a tripod. 2 reasons, first because I want to push the E-M5 and see what I can produce in situations like the above without using a tripod and purely handholding shots. And 2nd, I know during this time of the year the blue in the sky doesn't last very long. I have limited time and I had several POVs in mind and they weren't close to each other. And as you can see there was a cloud cover so the view of the sky is limited, and it was really quick to become dark, as in really dark. I know that with a tripod in hand I will be taking longer exposures and I know that it will most likely produce some cool cloud movement in the photos but I'm totally happy with the photo above and plus a few others that I will be posting in the near future, stay tuned :). I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Here are some more handheld shots at night with the OM-D EM-5 and M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, M. Zuiko 12mm f/2 and the Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4.

Steamworks Brewing Co.
M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 |  ISO 400 | f/2.8 | 1/20s

Blue Minute
Pana-Leica 25mm f/1.4 | ISO 400 | f/2.8 | 1/5s

Gastown Steam Clock
Pana-Leica 25mm f/1.4 | ISO 400 | f/2.8 | 1/8s

M. Zuiko 12mm f/2 | ISO 200 | f/3.5 | 0.5s

A Big Crown
M. Zuiko 12mm f/2 | ISO 800 | f/4 | 0.3s

Crown II
M. Zuiko 12mm f/2 | ISO 400 | f/4 | 0.6s

And finally, I created the photograph below by resting the camera on a base of a railing but I had to hold the camera because the other side of the railing is water. I still consider it handheld because even though I'm resting the camera on a concrete base I was in an awkward position crouching down with hands extended to hold the camera and make sure it doesn't fall or else it is a big disaster. Not only will the camera be wet, it's most likely gone and will be at the bottom of False Creek forever.

Science World and BC Place
M. Zuiko 12mm f/2 | ISO 200 | f/6.3 | 2.5s
I might have steady hands but this is the first time I'm able to hand hold shots like this. I would say the following helped create this semi long exposed photos:

1. The OM-D EM-5 is small and light.
2. The lenses for the OM-D are generally smaller and so it is light as well.
3. Having good technique (hold your breathe during shutter release and use the EVF so you can brace it)
4. And the 5-Axis Image Stabilization for sure!

I will also add that being at the right place at the right time is key as well. If I was on site maybe 15 minutes or so after I made the photos above it would have been darker (really dark) and the results would not be as good/great.

So I must say that the 5-Axis Image Stabilization of the OM-D E-M5 is really awesome, I love it and it is the best of all IS systems out there in my own opinion.