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...
It gives me great pleasure to announce the theme for the ninth Photographer's Lounge Salon Challenge.
A lacuna is an unfilled space, a gap, a void. A place where you might reasonably expect something to be, but isn't. A lacuna may be a deliberate absence, where the viewer is expected to "join the dots" themselves and arrive at an intended conclusion. It may also be accidental, through the sin of omission.
Show me the spaces between.
This Salon will run until the 8th of March.
Rules are simple................
1. Either take a picture that matches the nominated theme or select one from your portfolio. You must be the photographer that created the picture in order to enter it.
2. Only one entry per salon, please. If you want to withdraw an entry and replace it with another, that is OK, but you must make it clear in the post containing your replacement...
It's been a long time coming, and I've changed us over from vBulletin to Xenforo.
What we gain:
-Better mobile site
-Cleaner design (IMO)
-More stable software
What is broken:
-HTML support in forum posts - high priority
-Other stuff (tell me)
What is missing:
-Right column Recent Discussions
-Ability to use templates to post in Buy & Sell
-Other stuff (tell me)
Subscribing members, please cancel your recurring donations. To do so, go to the Profile drop-down menu at Paypal and select "My Money". Where it shows "pre-approved payments", click update at the right. Then select Virginia Sabet and select cancel.
The reason I'm asking this is that subscriptions don't carry over from the old software to this one. I have to figure out how to do subscriptions with this software. In the meanwhile, I figure that if everyone cancels payments now and I keep everyone's donor status active for a year from after everyone has been notified by email (not yet sent), then I'm not shorting anyone.