Category Archives: Landscape

The Olympus E-M5 using Dramatic Tone: by Tamer Erdem


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‘Though the basic principles of photography are still valid, digital photography changed the rules of the game when it comes to post/in camera-processing. Post-processing or in camera-processing facilities and potential are almost endless and much more effortless in digital era. Art filters were introduced by Olympus a couple of years ago. After Nikon D300, when I purchased my first Olympus, E-P1, I really fell in love with pinhole effect and grainy black and white art filters.

Then I got E-P2 and like new diorama filter that miniaturize the scene. But the ultimate filter that I can desire was offered by OM-D, E-M5; dramatic tone filter for landscape photography. If you do not have enough time for post-processing and like some punchy, strong and slightly surreal landscape images, go for it without any hesitation’

Long Exposures with the E-M5

A big thanks to Mark for a Great Article on making long exposures with the E-M5 and Live View Bulb setting.

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And now for something different!

I know, most of my recent posts have been about the new Fuji X-E1, but tonight I decided to take out the OMD and test it out for ultra long exposures.  I have the OMD as a high speed replacement for my Canon DSLR (currently a 7D) in order to reduce weight and ease of use.  Overall the camera performs very well and generates impressive, sharp images up into very high ISO’s! But a friend recently purchased one to use and wanted to do some long exposures.  So I got mine out, looked over the in camera options and was VERY surprised to learn of several very nice long exposure benefits built into this camera!

  • Live View Bulb Mode: This is an amazing feature (are you listening Fuji?)!  With this mode, you must first set the max shutter speed length, then the update…

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The last of things before Winter sets in!

Living in an area where “True Winter” doesn’t set in until February, there are times when we get snow, then have a thaw down. this last week has been a thaw down for us after 6″ of snow average. In some areas, that means a last chance effort for some plant life to resurrect for a few days or weeks. For my photo-op I decided to go to well known nature trail park. A place that has many wooded and non wooded trails, with a steam that runs into a lake, and a Bat Sanctuary that is located in the wooded areas.

During below freezing temperatures, the wild Mushrooms, Moss, and other plant life go into hibernation until Spring. But, when we our Indian Summer (in January), many will re emerge for a short time. This is the time I chose to go and take my Olympus OMD E-M5 fitted with my 55mm f/3.5 Micro Nikkor (Version K last f/3.5 version and the last version before the f/2.8 Ais and AF where offered),

As some of the Ice melted on the lake, the small waterfall became alive again. A bit muddy, but alive.
As some of the Ice melted on the lake, the small waterfall became alive again. A bit muddy, but alive.

One of the many types of life that re appears after a thaw, is moss and mushrooms mostly. IE: Molds!! LOL. The Mushrooms can get fairly large with so much water being absorbed by the dead trees on the ground. And quite pretty to look at and photograph.

Mushrooms 01

Mushrooms 02

Now, even though I was in a wooded area, there was enough light to properly light the subjects without using a small flash if needed. One thing with using a Macro lens, is when you focus real close, you have to “Watch” what is happening to the light. You may cast a Shadow and not realize it at first. So, you may need to walk around the subject to allow good lighting. In the image below, I had to move behind the mushrooms on tree section as to not cast a shadow from my body.

Mushroom 03

Other things to consider is shooting at f/11 at least for very close focusing (under 2 feet). That will mean kicking up the ISO to as high as 6400 for decant shutter speed like 1/40 of a second. But, even with IBIS, that speed for very close objects where the Field-Of-View is close to 1:2 life-size may still result in a very slight image blur that shows up as a “wee bit soft”, but, still acceptable in most cases. With the E-M5, you can use “Auto-ISO” and set the “Slow Flash Speed to whatever shutter speed you want as you slowest speed. I used 1/40s, but, 1/80s may have been better. That setting with the “Slow Flash Speed” is an undocumented setting that also sets the slowest shutter speed used with the “Auto-ISO” function.

Wood Slice


Besides the world of close-up and macro, there is also landscape photography available to capture even in the Pre-Winter dawn. There is a lake that is partially frozen, trees of course, and the waterfall in slow motion.

Waterfall in slow motion




A little FALL fun with the Key Line Art Filter

This is mostly an image post, although, my original intent was to try out the “Beta” version of Olympus’s “Focus Peeking” and junk the JPGS… Instead, I left the RAW alone and worked on the JPGs. I found with focus peeking, that with some subjects, like, leaves on the ground, you can follow the focus band across the ground as you focus from close up to INF. What I did not like too much, was that the Key Line filter may also records the “Focus Peeking” outlines… I hope this is just a temporary oddity with the limited Beta version. I found this a pretty cool effect for Fall colors to make a more graphic arty look. I think it worked well.

So here you go…..