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Quick video of Olympus Live Composition

Quick video of Olympus Live Composition

My wife calls it a photo drive.  Basically I chuck the camera in the car and head off somewhere to take photos.  I might be gone for a couple of hours, or all day.

I went for a photo drive a couple of weeks ago and headed west.  My first stop was Stawell, the last was Wycheproof, with lots small towns in-between.  All up I was gone for 23 hours – yes, it was a long day!  My only regret was that I did this on the Friday before going back to work after the Christmas break, and I haven’t had much time since then to process most of the pictures taken on the day.  The exception was the night time long exposure shots from Wycheproof.

Live Composition is a mode in Olympus OM-D cameras that allows you to stack multiple long exposures in camera to create stunning star and light trail photos.  I was excited to process the Live Composition shots from Wycheproof, where the railway runs along the middle of the main street.  I featured a couple of those Live Composition shots on my Vic Pics blog, and they also got a good reaction on Flickr.

I thought I would share a quick video from my phone taken during one of the hour long Live Composition shots, which shows the multiple exposures stacking and composing the end shot on the camera’s rear screen.

I really like these long exposure composition shots, which bring out amazing star trails.  I’ve got a few ideas for possible locations, so when the skies are clear, I’ll be off on another photo drive for some Live Composition photography.

My new Olympus lenses

12-50mm and 9-18mm Olympus lenses

12-50mm and 9-18mm Olympus lenses

A couple of new lens now reside in my Olympus kit. The two lens were ordered together, but the 12-50mm wasn’t available straight away.

I’ve had the 9-18mm wide-angle lens for a little while and used it to shoot White Night Melbourne and People With Cameras in Sydney.  It’s a wide-angle lens (equivalent to 18-36mm full-frame) that’s great for fitting everything, or everyone, into the shot.

The 12-50mm (with Power Zoom, manual focus and macro mode options) was on back order for several weeks and arrived just before last weekend.  This lens is great for everyday use (24-100mm equivalent) with a lot more zoom range and features over the kit lens.  So far I’ve only tested it out with my daughter at the park.  Watch this space…

My New Camera

Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk2

Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk2

After four years of photographing with my Nikon D5100, I’ve now migrated to Olympus and their OM-D E-M10 Mk2.  You could say it’s an “upgrade” in photography gear, others might say going from a DSLR to mirrorless micro-four-thirds is a “down-grade”.  For me, it was the ability to imbed GPS data from my phone, (which is great for when I’m walking around towns shooting for www.vic.pics) that got Olympus over the line ahead of other brands.  I was a little worried about picture quality, because the camera sensor and lenses are smaller, but early indications are that it’s working well.

I’ll post a review on my new camera once I’ve had a good chance to play with it’s features and take heaps of photos.