On Tuesday March 11th 2014 we set sail for Great Barrier Island. We had never been there before and didn’t know what to expect. After a four and a half hour ferry trip, with car, from Auckland we arrived in … Continue reading →
Or at least to me for these horse photos. Taken on the way home from work with the 12-50 Olympus zoom and only 1/5th of a sec. It was a bit dark and lightly raining but these two horses were … Continue reading →
Our cat, ‘IGBY’ (I’m gonna bite you), basking in front of the fire, in preparation for the hunt and empty handed this time round. The tuis, which are normally thought of as nectar feeders are currently feeding on both apple … Continue reading →
I recently acquired an Olympus OM-D as an upgrade on the Panasonic G3. There was a good opportunity to get a near new copy for a very good price complete with a 12-50mm Oly lens that was too good to miss.
One good thing was that all my lenses including my Tamron lenses continue to be useful
OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.E-M5 using a Tamron 27A 28-80mm
Once the wasp was spotted then it was a time to grab the macro tubes. The following were shot hand held using a Tamron 27A 28-80mm plus a set of macro tubes which gets a bit interesting once you start to get thin depth of fields
This chrysanthemum flower centre was about 10mm across.
Flies never seem like much of a subject but once you start looking closely there are some interesting design elements involved. Who would have thought they were so hairy for a start or that they have hooked edges on the fronts of their wings.
At work on Monday we needed to go out to the National Fire Training Centre and here is a uniform line-up in the truck garage ready for the next exercise for the trainees.
LUMIX G 20/F1.7 OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.E-M5
Not much of a flower arrangement but an interesting set of colours and contrasts at the police station construction site
LUMIX G 20/F1.7 OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.E-M5
Rain clouds pass over as a southerly front moves up the country bringing snow to Dunedin and other southern areas as well as closing higher level roads,
This is a crop of the shot down to about half of the original frame. There are times that despite the 300mm focal length translating to 600mm, it still doesn’t seem like enough magnification as far as filling the frame. I would certainly be curious to know how much better I could get these shots with a native Panasonic 100-300mm lens.
This is pretty much as shot without cropping. Well the flower wasn’t running away was it. Not a flower we necessarily see often, we more often see the end result of it being a tomato.
It was shot with the lens on the 60mm macro function.
The Silvereye or Wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) was enjoying the late harvest apples. The wasps were not around at the time they were having their breakfast. Would love to be getting shots as sharp as the one on Wikipedia for the Wax-eye seen via the link above.
This is the only shot at a sensible ISO being 200, all others were at ISO1600. Arguably it could have been lower but to get a reasonable shutter speed and deal with no IS in lens or body. It feels like I am getting pushed up the ISO range whether I want to or not.
The recipe that we used was a Crabapple Jam. Definitely tart and while thick wasn’t gelled if that makes sense but will be a change from other sweet jam type preserves that we have after various harvests recently. Meanwhile … Continue reading →
There came a chance for a helicopter flight in to the bush after helping to paint one of the Dept of Conservation huts (Okui) along with some other members of the Rotorua Branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association. I will try to post some pictures from that trip later.
This trip to the Mangakahika Hut in the Whirinaki Forest Park was the first where I was attempting to hunt as well as be ready to take photos. Trying to do both tasks was a bit of a challenge.
If you are sensitive then please be warned that there are bones shown in some of the pictures below.
Previously in this blog pictures of Magnolias have appeared. Below are photos taken today using my G3 along with my Tamron 28-80 27A Adaptall lens. An old lens that requires user input to work some settings and fine tune focus but I really enjoy the results.
There was a chance for our work team to spend the fishing. Arguably we should have eaten the bait when it was fresh and probably would have been my choice! These were all taken with the Panasonic 14-140mm. I am … Continue reading →