Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm F2.8-4 may be THE lens for sports and wildlife with a Micro 4/3 system.

The preliminary information sounds like everything you would look for in a lens like this.Maybe it has a variable aperture but it is a smaller,more usable range which I do not find objectionable.The size and weight make it easily hand holdable and easy to carry afield.The Image Stabilization should be great on Panasonic cameras but also good on Olympus bodies,which have excellent in body stabilization in their own right.

Lenses like this make the M4/3 even more of a viable and logical alternative to traditional DSLR’s.The format allows for smaller,lighter equipment with excellent image quality and an ever growing line of lenses covering the full focal length range-and doing it very well.Having 100-400mm effective focal length range in one compact lens is a big advantage.Add a tele converter to extend it further.

The real proof of this lenses virtues will be in the field use.I hope to be trying one out after it is available sometime in June.Combined with my Olympus OMD EM1 mk2 it should be great for wildlife.Add in the Olympus 12-100 f4 and you could have a top quality,lightweight combination.

Maybe we have to wait for a full field test but I get the feeling it is going to be good……..

 

 

Vero- A new,photography oriented social network

Social networks can seem to be overwhelming at times.The last thing you may want is another social network to deal with.Vero is a new network but with a definite orientation towards photography.

It looks great,has several levels of sharing and is free for the first 1 million users to sign up.

Take a look at Colby Brown’s blogpost for a complete break down of Vero.

https://www.colbybrownphotography.com/what-is-vero-why-is-it-important-why-you-should-be-paying-attention/

I signed up and find it more pleasant to use so far.

If you create an account,search for and follow me!

 

How to get the most reliable use from your memory card.

Memory cards are way of photographic life today as film was in the days of film.There are many theories and opinions on how to care for your cards for best results.The attached link is an article on the proper care and usage of memory cards by someone who knows-a former Lexar executive and photographer.

Take a look and get the real story on what is good for your card and ultimately your images.

http://www.diyphotography.net/not-delete-images-memory-card-using-camera/

 

 

Sand Dunes Impressions

 

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The sand dunes in Death Valley NP are an impressive site at any time of the day.In the late afternoon,they are even more impressive.The low angle of the sun creates shadow and highlight contrast to give them depth not visible at mid day.

For this particular shot, I wanted to try a different look.Topaz makes some great plug-ins for Lightroom at reasonable prices.The Topaz Impressions plug-in is for the situations where you want to give your photographs the look of a painting.It offers a very wide variety of styles and effects.Brush sizes and styles as well as coloring can be adjusted in a user friendly way.It can give a new look and life to your photographs.

This particular look I thought gave the dunes the feeling of what you see on a windy day in Death Valley.

While Topaz Impressions is not the least expensive of the plug-ins Topaz offers,it can give a unique look to your photographs.There is a free trial available to give it a try.

 

Art in the Grove Oct. 18

The Copper Area News published this post to their site about The Art in the Grove event on Oct. 18 at the Olive Mill in Queen Creek Arizona.It is an event put on by the Artists of the Superstitions,a group of artists which I am a member of.The AOTS is a great group of artists promoting art and artistic events in the central Arizona area.If you are in that part of AZ,go by and check out the event and other events by the AOTS.

_DSC0031-Edit-2Here is a link to the page:

http://www.copperarea.com/pages/its-fall-and-time-for-art-in-the-olive-grove/

August 29,2015 Supermoon

The “Supermoon” was being heavily discussed in the media for days leading up to the Aug. 29 peak.This was taken from a section of Jones Beach on Long Island (New York).

While the beach still had a lot of people there enjoying the early evening,this particular area was quiet.The sea gull seemed to be watching the moonrise with as much interest as anyone else there that night.It all made the experience of photographing it even more special.

After finishing up my series of photos,I found out that there was a surf fisherman a few hundred yards to the west of this spot.While I was photographing the moonrise,he had caught a four foot Mako shark.Maybe he came to see the Supermoon too._DSF1298