Yaaaaawn. Being a Dog Is Hard Work!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASMC Pentax 50mm legacy lens (adapted)
f/1.4
1/160 sec
ISO 250

“Why must life be so hard?!”
I love this photo to bits; it’s such a precious moment!  I love it when dogs do humanoid things, like yawn and sneeze.  I do wonder though… you know how people say yawns are contagious?  Do you think it works between dogs and humans as well?  Hmmmmmm I think I read a study that suggested yes, but I can’t remember.  Anyway, like I’ve said before, Phillip here will be heavily featured on this blog, on account of him being the cutest dog ever.
On a more serious note, this photo was taken with a gem of a lens that I found in my dad’s old collection.  It’s a K-Mount SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.4, and it looks like it’s packing some serious optics.  With an effective focal length of 100mm and an aperture that wide, it gives some super creamy bokeh that just ooooooozes.  All it took was a cheap K-mount micro four-thirds adapter off eBay and I was up and running.  It is a fully manual affair, like all adapted mounts, but that’s half the fun!

 

Bzzt bzzzzzzt (“This flower is delicious”)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA E-P5 50mm f 1.4Fujian C-Mount 50mm
f/1.4
1/1000 s
ISO 100

I got super lucky with this photo, actually.  I was in the process of framing and focusing the photo when, out of nowhere, a bee popped up!  It generously stuck around for a few seconds, providing the extra element I was looking for in the picture.  If it wasn’t for the fact that C-mounts are fully manual I may have missed this shot completely, but I guess photography is a bit like that, isn’t it?  And that’s why I love it.

C-Mount CCTV Micro Four Thirds Lens Review – Digital toycam funtimes!

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Two of the most common arguments used against mirrorless cameras (vs. DSLRs) is that there are less lenses and the sensor is smaller.  While both of these are true, one of my favourite accessories for my E-P5 addresses both of these complaints in one fell swoop.  As you’ve probably guessed from the title, I’m talking about the somewhat obscure C-Mount lenses.  These lenses, designed for CCTV (closed circuit television) have a flange distance that is way too short to be adapted for any current DSLRs comfortably (that I’m aware of).  That’s where the mirrorless cameras come in!  To cut a long story short, the compact nature of mirrorless cameras means that the C-mount lenses can be adapted, which is a good thing.   Continue reading

This way and that

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Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 28mm
f/18
32.0 sec
ISO 100

I’ve always enjoyed playing with extended exposure, but its inherent experimental nature meant it was a hideously expensive experiment when I was only shooting with film.  Thankfully, it’s much cheaper to mess around with it on digital cameras!  In fact, the Olympus E-P5 has a really handy feature called ‘Live Time’, which will periodically update your photo on-screen while the lens is open.  Essentially, you get to watch as your extended exposure magically builds in front of you.  This really is as amazing as it sounds as it gives you a crazy level of control, especially over the exposure level.  It helps immensely to reduce the number of photos that turn out to be entirely black or white because you got the exposure time very, very wrong.

This way to the other side

This way to the other side

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 14mm
f/3.5
1/320 s
ISO 200

This was unashamedly another bokeh stress test for the kit lens.  As I mentioned last time, you can get some pretty creamy bokeh, even though the aperture only opens to f/3.5.

From Mountains to Water

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA E-P5Olympus 14-42 kit lens at 42mm
f/20
1/40 s
ISO 100

So you may or may not know that I live in Brisbane, Australia.  We don’t have soaring skylines or amazing historical buildings, but we’re fortunate to be blessed some quite nice natural landscapes around, such as the one here.  Technically this was taken on the Gold Coast, which actually has more than just the golden beaches for which it’s famous.  I really like the effect of having sky, mountain and water all in the one frame.

Maybe one day I’ll own one of those houses with their own boat dock….

 

King of the Cube

King of the Cube

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 42mm
f/4.4
1/200 s
ISO 200

This little guy wasn’t meant to be the central attraction on the street, but he couldn’t help but steal the show!  He was set up by a street performer demonstrating that ‘weightless glass ball’ act.  The act was pretty impressive but seriously, look at how Amazon Box Guy is demonstrating total domination over that Rubik’s cube.  Just you dare try to encroach on his territory!

On a more serious note, I wanted to test out the bokeh on this thing.  At 42mm on the kit 14-42mm lens, the aperture can’t open any wider than f/4.4, but it still manages to get some reasonably shallow depth of field.