Day 131/365 Learning Day...

by Russell Smith May. 11, 2019 165 views

Bit of a back story. My mom was asking me about a new camera. After asking what she was looking for and knowing how my mom travels I suggested she take a look at Olympus cameras. Well she choose the EM5 mark two and because she enjoys bird watching as well as travel photography so she got a couple of lenses.

Well she came up for a visit and to learn the camera so that means I had to learn the basics of the camera menu and help set it up so she could enjoy using it . Now I have only shot Canon for digital and she also has only shot Canon but stabilization was a key factor for her and weight too oh the wifi was a bonus feature she wanted too.

I started with the Olympus share app and after I decided to try and complicate it I decided to watch a quick video on how to set it up. I must say their app is quiet simple to connect the phone and camera and I rather like the interface of it. Then I went on to set up the camera so she could access the settings she wants to access the easiest .

Yesterday we went out for a practice session. We went to the county park . After a few shots we made an adjustment or two for a few things that she did not like and we were off to the races so to speak. We did see a bit of wildlife but most of what we saw were smaller birds.

One thing that impressed me was the 75-300 lens on that camera. Basically the 150-600 field of view on a full frame camera. It worked quite nicely with the auto focus in the camera in the shade of the canopy.

Prothonotary Warbler- Male and my Moms shot

Prothonotary Warbler- Male and my Moms shot

The male was recently banded . I can also say I was impressed with the jpgs coming out of this camera (she shoots raw and jpg) and also the iso performance from the camera also. I have it set up for auto iso in Aperture priority . Now I have been trying for the last year to get a shot of this species of bird with 0 success but Yesterday I was able to get one with the 70-200 and I am stoked. I still need to get a shot of the male but that gives me an excuse to get out there again. These are a resident population from what I can tell so I am not on a time crunch.

Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird

This is another species that I have been trying to shoot for about a year also. Now that I know they are here and I know the part of the park to look I will have hopefully more luck.

We saw 3 small (1-2 foot ) Alligators near an old boat launch ramp and grabbed a number of shots. The top shot is from my camera and the bottom shot is using the Olympus and the 75-300 . I am not 100% sure if it is my shot or my moms shot but I can say Olympus I am impressed with your products. I know the EM-5 M2 is an older body but I am impressed there were a few trade offs but overall my mom enjoyed using the camera and both lenses (14-150 and 75-300) and got more comfortable with the camera and also with using aperture priority . This was the main important thing and the goal of the trip. I discovered how much I was missing or should I say how much easier a longer lens (150-600 range) would make wildlife photography.

If you enjoy birding and have a camera with wifi check out the Merlin Bird app it can help you id those birds that you can get a shot of.

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Wayne Scott 5 months, 1 week ago

I have an Olympus OMD-EM1 and really enjoy using it. I’m afraid my Nikons are feeling a bit neglected. I also have the 75-300 and I have to say I’m pretty amazed at how light and easy it is to use.

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Russell Smith Replied to Wayne Scott 5 months, 1 week ago

Honestly I was concerned at first with the weight of the lens. Not because it was heavy but the fact it was light. Sometimes a light lens can be a challenge but it was a non issue.

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Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

Very good picturesn with a camera you are nou used too work with. Olympus is very good, specially the 5 axles in body stabilisation. Also you can use the lense of panasonic on this camera, they are a bit cheaper. Almost choose olympus when checking out mirrorless cameras; But went in the end with Fuji.

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

I had her look at both fuji and olympus the 5 axis in body won out and the weather sealing was a push in that direction.  Thank you for the compliment.

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Antonio Gil 5 months, 1 week ago

A long lens is a must to take animal pictures. Love yours.

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 1 week ago

I appreciate it .

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Camellia Staab 5 months, 1 week ago

Great photos! The first three captured my attention because, yesterday as I was looking out the window I saw two Prothonotary Warbler ( didn't know their names until I saw your post) flying around together. They were quite fast and what actually caught my eye was their yellow coloring. I thought what was that but of course they were gone before I even finished that thought. Later on I saw the blackbird. Initially I did not see the red stripe until a little later, so just thought it was a crow, but you confined what it was. It is strange because I don't remember seeing these birds around my house before. Not sure if it's because there are more of them now or because of the bird feeder ( which btw never stays full anymore) or maybe because I am more attentive but they are coming around here as well :) I think I will look into that app you mentioned.

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 5 months, 1 week ago

It is a great app. They have bird lists for different regions of the country. It could be a bit of both the feeder attracting birds and you paying more attention to them. Also the increased birds coming to the feeder might be attracting other birds because it is a safer area.

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Olga Helys 5 months, 1 week ago

#2 So peaceful
A wonderful world!

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Russell Smith Replied to Olga Helys 5 months, 1 week ago

Thank you. It is both a peaceful place and a wonderful world :)

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