Three more or less unrelated things to discuss today…
1. Image Stabilization
I’ve used Olympus micro four thirds cameras for a while and I’ve watched their capabilities get better and better. Their latest image stabilization is truly amazing – Olympus claims five to six stops. This means that if you can normally shoot at 1/100 second handheld without inducing camera shake blur, then with IS, you may be able to shoot at 1/3 to 1/2 second. Truly a huge difference, as long as subject motion blur is not a problem.
Rapidan River – This is the view just behind President Herbert Hoover’s cabin at the Rapidan camp retreat in the Shenandoah Mountains.
The settings on this photo are: focal length equivalent of 28mm, ISO 64, f/8, at 0.5 seconds, handheld. Using the (1/focal length) rule of thumb, I should have exposed this at 1/30 sec to prevent camera shake. But I wanted to use a slower shutter speed to blur the moving water. With IS turned on in camera, I could hand hold at a half second and still keep all the non-moving rocks, etc. completely sharp in the frame. And I like the way the water looks.
It’s a nice option to have if you don’t bring your tripod.
2. Workflow Experiments
I recently bought an SSD (solid state device) disk. The main advantage of these is that they’re faster than spinning hard drives. I wanted to speed up my photo processing workflow. So I moved my 2017 image file directory and my Lightroom catalog to this drive and sure enough, Lightroom does seem faster.
But then it occurred to me that when I travel, I can take the SSD with me on the road and use it with my laptop. All I have to do is add a folder for the images from the trip. When I get home I can just move it back to my desktop computer and any work that I’ve done on the road will come across with the SSD. I won’t have to export / import, etc. This should definitely save time when I get back.
There are some things to be careful of. I’m backing up the SSD drive using Apple’s Time Machine in case there are any glitches with the SSD. And I’ve had to re-arrange the image folders across the different disks and tell Lightroom where everything is. I also need to make sure that preferences and presets are all accounted for.
After a week or so, it all seems to work ok. I’ll let you know if I discover any other gotchas. If you have questions about this setup, leave a comment and I’ll try to answer.
3. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge update
You may remember this blog post from March: http://edrosack.com/2017/03/19/morning-glory/. I posted a photo then of cracked mud on the bottom of a dried out pool.
I haven’t been back recently, and when my friend Howard T. wanted to try out a new camera, we decided to see what’s going on over there. I’m happy to report that the water is back to normal (or even a bit high). I can’t really recommend it for wildlife photography yet – the birds and animals still seem to mostly be elsewhere. Maybe they’ll read this blog and return when they find out conditions have improved.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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