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I was lucky enough to be on business in Israel and to have a free day to tour around the Old City in Jerusalem:
up to the condemnation by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
gateway by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
keep coming, plenty of room by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
doors in the jewish quarter by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
western wall by Kyle Krug, on Flickr
Looks like our work with the Olympus gear keeps increasing!
For those who may not be aware, I had one of my images taken with Olympus gear used in an email advertisement and that same image may potentially be used in print ad campaigns. Given this, I had some talks with Olympus America (a great crew of people over there) and they gave me a great deal on the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens.
Out of all the zooms for Olympus, this is the one that I had most interest in using. For the wider to medium focal lengths, the primes seem to fit the bill quite nicely.
I have coverage of the Arnold Classic coming up soon and this year decided with the acquisition of the Olympus gear that I would try to shoot it Olympus only.
Last year I shot the Arnold with Nikon, using the 24 and 50 primes and the 80-200/2.8 zoom. We knew we would need a fast longer zoom, so we started looking. The 40-150/4-5.6 and 75-300/4.8-5.7 we already had would be too slow, so the 40-150/2.8 seemed like the perfect choice.
Here are some sample images that will show the sizes of different 135 lenses versus the m43 40-150/2.8 PRO. Please forgive the crappy cellphone captures of the images.
Left to right:
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 VC, Olympus 40-150/2.8 PRO, Nikon 80-200/2.8D
No lens hoods
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 extends when zoomed. Olympus does not. The Tamron would not stay extended sitting in this position....
This weekend a big group of friends organized a weekend up north in a huge rented cabin to celebrate someone's birthday. One of the guests was a friend of friends who is a professional photographer, and a good one, so I was excited / intimidated. I'm at that stage where I am "professional curious" I guess you'd call it, where I am beyond basic community college classes, and really need to shadow pros to keep getting better. She's wonderful, and humors me, and I've been careful not to hound her to death. Mostly I shut up and watch. I haven't seen her shots yet, but mine are posted to facebook where everyone could see them, so I'm really anxious to see what she posts. Mostly I didn't think about it much, and just did my thing. Such a great weekend. Camera was all the XT1, and lenses were a pretty even mix of 18-55 (mostly outdoors during the day), 35 f1.4 and 56 f1.2.
The cabin at dusk
KBRX5897 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
Antlers were the design theme...
KBRX5675 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
A friend's daughter
KBRX5721 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
Another friend's daughter. The 56 is a staggeringly, frighteningly good piece of glass... look at her eyelashes on the full-size file on flickr
KBRX5755-P by gordopuggy, on Flickr
Jon and I went skiing saturday...
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