Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pro lens

Are Pro lenses better?
Olympus 12-40mm 2.8F Pro

 I shoot with Pro grade lenses, a question I am often asked is are they better?
Pro lenses are built for heavy use and usualy weather sealed, and I shoot nearly everyday under all kind of weather situations. I leave my 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens on my Olympus OM-D  E-M1 all the time, I also have the consumer grade 40-150mm f4-5.6 in my camera bag for when I need extra reach.

My 40-150 lens is plastic and feels cheap compare to my metal built 12-40 lens, of course one cost me $1040 and the other $199.   Pro grade lenses are sharper, yes, faster and offer much better auto focus in low light situations. For general outdoor daytime use consumer level lens can do the job at a fraction of the cost of a pro grade lens.

Bellow are two photos shot at 40mm with the same camera, in ideal situations the difference is minimal.

12-40 f2.8 Pro   
 A cropped view of the above image shot with a 12-40 f2.8 pro lens at 40mm, iso 200, f14, 1/125 sec.

40-150mm f4-5.6

 The second shot is a cropped version done with the 40-150mm R lens at 40mm that cost $199. In this case the difference is minimal because of the size of the photo. At just 190 grams and under 4 inches high, I carry this lens with me in my camera bag at all times. A great little lens for the price.  When purchasing lens, always buy the latest version, even if it cost a bit more.  The newer versions are always improved over the later versions and worth the small extra cost.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Last days of snow

With the arrival of  warm spring weather I was busy taking some of my last images with snow for the season.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Travel photohrapher

What Travel + Leisure magazine looks for in photographers.

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec city.
An article of interest for those interested in travel photography

Photo editor Alex Arnold says of the photographers Travel + Leisure sends on assignment, “They have to be good travelers.” That sounds obvious, he admits, but he and photo director Scott Hall often look at photographers’ personal work to evaluate how well they can find the best angles and stories on location.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

FIS Freestyle World Cup

Val Saint-Come

FIS Freestyle World Cup 2017 moguls event held at Val Saint-Come, Quebec. I will shoot the practice run and first qualifications from this level, looks high, but less than half way up the ski hill.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

shooting sports

Shooting sports, tips from the pros.

A great article by Jin Colton posted on the National Press Photographers or NPPA web site. Number 5 and 6 are especially important.  It is not always possible to keep the background c.utter free, so I usually shoot a a wide arperture such as f5.6 or f4.  

Shooting sports, Tips from the pros

The above photo is a shot of Greg Van Avermaet won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. I took this photo of him as he headed to the start line at the Grand Prix Cycliste held in Montreal.  Shooting at a large aperture helps blur the clutter in the background,

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Photo editing programs

A list of 148 photo editing tools and apps. I personally use GIMP and my workflow contains Photo
 Mechanics, DX0 and Canon DPP.

Here is the list from Peta Pixa.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Olympus OMD E-M1

I got to try an Olympus OMD E-M1 camera with a  Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 pro  lens.  It is a wonderful compact lightweight camera compared to my Canon 1D or 7D.  This photo was shot in Olympus raw format ORF,  I added a diorama and frame effect in Olympus Viewer 3 and converted to jpeg and resized for this blog.  I was overall impressed by the ease of use of this camera and the results,  I may end up exchanging my Canon gear for Olympus after all.

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