E-M5 Does the Columbus Zoo in Ohio

It has been a while since our family could take a Vacation with the way [our] economy has been going. We had been planning a Vacation that would take only a few hours to drive to, and Ohio is our East Border State. And Columbus is just a 3 hour drive. Google maps was off by 1.5 hours !! They must of put 55mph as the average speed. But, in was 65-70mph 90% of the time. Our road trip was fairly easy, and had no SUV problems. Our Son, thought we going to [Grandma’s], he, soon figured it out though ;-).

We stayed at a Lodge in Dublin (just north of Columbus), that was like a one bedroom apartment. The bedroom was the size of a Hotel Room!!. The Lodge is part of a Medical Recovery Health Center for people needing help with Diet, or Injury issues.

The following day we did the Columbus Zoo. I was armed with 2 cameras; My Nikon FE with a Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AiS loaded with Ilford HP5, and my Olympus OMD E-M5 with my Nikon 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AiS tele-zoom. Our family went to our local Zoo in Indianapolis a few weeks earlier to see how our Son would fair. He lasted about 1 hour before he just had it. It was hot, there where not enough drink stations, not enough benches. So, we learned to bring along a Canteen filled with water. And planned to rest whenever we wanted… no rushing through to try to see the whole Zoo in one day.

I have to say, the Columbus Zoo deserves the #1 rating it has for 2012! It is very well laid out, plenty of drink and food stands throughout the Zoo. Plenty of air-conditioned discovery centers as you enter each major area. Animals are sectioned by Continent of Origin, not by size. Plenty of shaded benches all over the place. It is very family friendly. well worth a day or two of visiting.

My camera set up was as follows.  “A” mood, Auto ISO 200-6400, f/16 with the lens set for the Hyper-Focal DOF. (Full Manual can be used also, if you prefer to set the f/stop AND Shutter Speed, and let the camera set the ISO needed. This will result in a higher ISO though in most cases. I use f/16 because, 1], My eyes are old, 2], the DOF is different than the scale on the lens.. IE: f/8 will have DOF as f/16 on a m4/3, so the scale is off, and was made for a 36×24 sensor/format. So, this helps in prejudging DOF on a m4/3. And, with THIS lens, diffraction in not an issue at f/16. Make sure you set the IS to 300mm (SCP>IS1>INFO>set Max Zoom Length)

All these photographs are taken with my Olympus OMD E-M5 with the Nikon 100-300mm f/5.6 Macro AiS.  I shoot RAW, and use Corel AfterShot as my RAW editor, and Photoshop CS4 for my finishing touches and noise reduction with the Imagematic NoiseWare Professional Plugin. Enjoy

Olympus OMD E-M5 / Canon FL 50mm f/1.4 MkI

I hope you enjoyed these photographs. If you find time to  visit Ohio, The Columbus Zoo is a great way to spend 1/2 day.

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