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    Test Run with the Olympus

    Just had to do a few test shots with my shiny new Olympus OM-D E-M1X!
    One of my favorite haunts, the fishing boats at San Remo......stitched.





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    Still waiting for more shots from the Olympus ! As a long-time Olympus fan, it's good to see someone keeping the flame burning...


    Fascinated by your rig rundown - it must be tough for you Aussies on a tight budget - Are you saving up for a graphics card ???

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    OK Lefty, this is fresh today, just a quick shot that was an attempt at a different 'sunset' image.



    I was heading to one of the surf beaches and this caught my eye, FTR sunset was at 20:56 EDST and today was just a perfect Summer day.
    Why Olympus?
    I've used Pentax for most of the time, IMHO Nikon and Cannon are just 'mainstream' and I try to avoid 'mainstream'.
    The people who own my local 'Camera Shoppe' are all keen Olympus users and after researching the company I decided to consider switching.
    I even made a list comparing Olympus and Pentax variations, and promptly spent more than I planned on Olympus kit!
    Currently I'm discovering my Olympus........bloody thing has more controls than the Space Shuttle!



    A test shot of part of Port Philip Bay just because!
    Actually I wanted to see how panning and stitching would work with uncluttered frames.

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    Just a basic 'Summer Down Under' shot.
    Another 'stitch' panorama, could be better but it is a bit scruffy due to serious resizing!
    Must do better!!!!
    And I suppose I should add the graphic card(s) to my system specifications.

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    These are nice, W666. We need more - we are accustomed to having a great blast of summer from you, when many of us up here are freezing our butts off !

    I went Olympus some years ago - the attraction was the compact nature of the gear compared to N and C, plus a really superb range of lenses.

    I was indebted to a book by Darrell Young - 'Mastering the Olympus OM-D E-M1' which helped when negotiating the minefield of Olympus controls ! I once sat for half an hour in Madeira wondering what had happened to my autofocus, till I found the sliding focus ring - dohhhh....

    Sadly, like so many, I have become old and lazy, and on our last trip didn't even take a camera - those phones are just too good ! Hope your excellent photography will inspire me again.

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    Nice pictures Wombat and like Lefty, I have turned old and lazy also. As I'm still 15 year younger then him, I might pick up my camera more often when I retire.

    I think reducing the image size for publishing in the internet takes away the sharpness of your images a bit.

    Meanwhile my wife pushes me to take pictures from our granddaughter with a decent camera.....
    I took some and everybody was surprised to see the results

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    A different approach as a trial: set the camera up to take a burst of seven bracketing shots, run them through 'Photomatix Pro' just to see what comes out.
    Once again I'm using my 'close to home' venue.
    Still a WIP but it adds another dimension to a small bag of skills!



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    Another 'Summer Down Under' shot from Gunamatta: nothing special, just another stacking exercise.
    I get annoyed with the holiday crowd when they walk all over the beach and mess up the normally pristine sand!

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    Looking for the resident Platypus at Main Creek.
    Cunning little Bugger, could not find him/her! Next time.........

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    Camera-shy platypus, eh ? Certainly not many of those in this neck of the woods....keep trying, please !

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    Relatively 'low light' exercise: Martha Cove shortly before the Monsoon rolled across the State. An opportunistic shot before the deluge! FWIW, 31C and 92% Humidity.

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    I don't do sunsets very often but this was dramatic enough to take a few shots!
    As a BTW all the images uploaded to Image-Bloody-Shack have vanished, the site itself seems to have gone tits up so I'm using another.


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    Another six days and Summer will be over!

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    Hazy days at the Back Beach.

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    You do live in a nice part of the world Wombat! Nice pictures, especially the last one.

    Cheers,
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    The corner of the mainland that is closest to Philip Island.
    Not a place to do much swimming as the tidal rip is really strong.
    It's visible centre where the breaks are.

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    On the way to the Southern Ocean.

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    Old shot with my Pentax that was lurking out of sight on my HD!
    A 'Curler' off Spray Point.

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    Well your old Pentax made quite nice pictures as well.

    Cheers,
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    Out and about on a glorious Autumn day along with too many weekend warriors!
    Climbed the track to the lookout at the Sorrento Surf Beach and it was worth the effort.



    Looking from Colton's Track over the immediate Surf Beach.
    Time was 18:30 AEDT.



    Surf was up and this was one of the 'tubes' that were breaking late in the day.
    Starting to get more confident with the Olympus!!!!!
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    Looks good Every camera has its learning curve. And when you finally understand your camera it's time to buy a new one .

    I don't know how it is in the Southern hemisphere, but here the it's the time to make beautiful pictures as the light is currently very special due to the angle of the sun. Typically when spring and autumn starts we have this very warm, almost orange sunlight a few hours before sunset.

    Cheers,
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    I mentioned the 'Weekend Warriors'......... can't say I blame them, this is a very pleasant area to idle away time!
    Car park had thinned out by the time I started shooting, still way too many SUV hogs present, dwarfing my MX5!

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    Quote Originally Posted by huub vink View Post
    Looks good Every camera has its learning curve. And when you finally understand your camera it's time to buy a new one .

    I don't know how it is in the Southern hemisphere, but here the it's the time to make beautiful pictures as the light is currently very special due to the angle of the sun. Typically when spring and autumn starts we have this very warm, almost orange sunlight a few hours before sunset.

    Cheers,
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    Autumn is really the best time for atmospheric shots here Huub.
    As you mention, it's all about the light.
    Re the Camera learning curve: I've been setting mine at a generic shot style and tweaking that a little at a time.
    Slowly working my way through the 300+ page manual........
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    With Autumn winding down a here are a few random shots to add to this thread.



    Looking from the Cape Schank midway down ramp toward the aptly named Bushrangers Bay.



    A bright morning on the Surf Coast.



    Overlooking the Blairgowrie Marina with a passing ocean going support vessel heading out to the Bass Strait gas rigs.
    Interesting fact: she is a Norwegian flagged ocean going tug operating a very long way from home!
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    Winter is coming but that is rewarding us with clear, calm and brisk days, just too good to pass up.
    Been stitching away and attempted a sort of curvature here.


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