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Norm in Fujino
04-10-2005, 02:37 AM
I went out flower-blossom viewing with my wife today (it's supposed to start raining from tomorrow), and practiced a bit more with the E-300. I'm only using JPEG (SHQ) quality level right now, will change to RAW as I find a bit more time to get into it. The new potential makes me want to work harder to bring out everything possible. I still have a long way to go just figuring out what in-camera settings will produce the best results, not to mention the stuff possible with RAW. :o
I've got five shots, I'm dividing them into two or three messages due to size restrictions. The first four shots were all with the 14-54mm f2.8 lens.

http://www2.gol.com/users/nhavens/resource/050410057a1.jpg
Japanese flowering cherry (the darker pink one in background is a weeping cherry).

http://www2.gol.com/users/nhavens/resource/050410061a1.jpg
The bamboo and cedars on the mountainside make a nice contrast to the cherry, with their varying shades of green and rust-red pollen (my eyes were weeping much of the drive). I don't know how well the difference translates in this small size on monitors, tho.

Norm in Fujino
04-10-2005, 02:47 AM
http://www2.gol.com/users/nhavens/resource/050410065a1.jpg
This one was taken at the same house as the second one in the prevous message, but from a different angle.

http://www2.gol.com/users/nhavens/resource/050410090a1.jpg

http://www2.gol.com/users/nhavens/resource/050410020a.jpg

This last one I call "Solitude," and include it for two reasons: 1) the tiny cute bug that decided to take a walk across the violet's petal--and 2) to illustrate the difficulties of using the Zuiko 50mm macro lens. It's incredibly sharp, but has been designed with very shallow DOF to produce nice bokeh, with the result that only part of this tiny white violet (Jp. sumire) is in focus. Not a photo I would otherwise want to display, but I'm going to to have to work on this. BTW, this exposure was 1/1000 at f3.2., and focus was just about minimum distance (the flower is only 1" across). I should have stopped down to about f11 or f16 to get more of the bloom in focus.

speaklightly
04-10-2005, 06:10 AM
Norm-

Many thanks for sharing some of the first photos from the E-300 with us. The resolution always suffers when you have to reduce it to fit the attachment requirements. I think you have made a great beginning. Knowing your natural talent, we will look forward to seeing more beaitiful photos fropm Japan.

Sarah Joyce

Bluedog
04-10-2005, 06:59 AM
Very nice Norm. I would've like to have seen the last one in better focus as you said with maybe a higher f-stop.

Norm in Fujino
04-10-2005, 07:00 PM
Very nice Norm. I would've like to have seen the last one in better focus as you said with maybe a higher f-stop.

Sarah and Bluedog, thanks for commenting. The resolution possible with the high-pixel cameras makes one want to try and get all the dynamic range possible from them, which means going to RAW--as soon as I have time :( . I just wish spring vacation weren't over, but classes begin from today. Also, it's started raining, so all the cherry blossoms will be gone.
Bluedog, the f2.0 50mm definitely can pull some longer DOF, but it's going to require some testing on my part to figure out the specific DOF results produced by various f-stops at various subject distances. I'll probably have to carry a slide rule with me. ;)

speaklightly
04-10-2005, 07:17 PM
Norm-

I took the time to read Ron Galbraith's critique on thhe 4/3 format. It does have a lot of potential. However, to a large degree it will be affected by the support that Panasonic lends to the emerging format. Only time will tell us more accurately.

Sarah Joyce

Norm in Fujino
04-10-2005, 07:34 PM
I took the time to read Ron Galbraith's critique on thhe 4/3 format. It does have a lot of potential. However, to a large degree it will be affected by the support that Panasonic lends to the emerging format. Only time will tell us more accurately.

Yes, everyone's holding their breath, or waiting for the other shoe to drop, whatever. It will be sad if the first from-the-ground-up system goes the way of the Edsel, so I'm personally hoping (hey, I've got an investment :o ) both Oly and Panasonic continue their support. A lot depends on how much new technology can be used to squeeze higher S/N from the smaller sensor format, although even now it's not as dire as some people have suggested. For some samples of 4/3 photos at ISO 3200, see Tony Finnerty-1 (http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1022&message=12949968) and more at Tony Finnerty-2 (http://flipperty.smugmug.com/gallery/463000). Needless to say, he' put the photos through noise ninja, but the results are pretty impressive, IMO.
BTW, you have a url to that article?