Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Trend Continues! - New Rugged Lumix DMC-TS4 Announced

 New Lumix DMC-TS4 Announced
New Lumix DMC-TS4
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Back on January 11, I posted about the trend of new Lumix waterproof, shockproof camera models being announced in January.  It started in January 2009, and has now occurred every year for four years, culminating in today's announcement of the DMC-TS4.

It seems that the main differences from the DMC-TS3 are in higher resolution video, manual exposure settings, with the rest being software features, including time lapse, "miniature" mode (which I have yet to understand), panorama assist, and automatic image retouching in the camera.

I must admit, I was not patient enough to wait for the new announcement, and my DMC-TS3 is on its way to me in the mail; I purchased last weekend.  Based on what I see, that was not a bad decision.  These improved features may well be important to others, but I don't feel like I missed out.

Apparently some others see it the way I do.  My reading of dpreview's user comments generally agrees:

(Click Here) to see the dpreview announcement and comments.

I will be writing my impressions of the DMC-TS3 in the coming days and weeks, as I get my first experience with a waterproof Lumix camera.  I plan to get it wet!


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Tiny Sensors and Landscapes - Seems Like a Bad Combination

When is a small-sensor camera acceptable for landscapes?  Many people would say "never."  And, I understand this sentiment.  But, who cannot agree that this shot from user  AJAPHOTO over on dpreview.com, using a DMC-LX5 is a great landscape image?
Wonderful Landscape Made with Lumix DMC-LX5
 http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1033&message=40312409                                      Himeji Japanese Garden Adelaide South Australia
Click on the picture and see just how nice it is at a larger size.
Here is one of my own images:
Lumix DMC-LX2 Makes California Landscape
Garnet Lake, Mammoth, California                                                                                                                               Lumix DMC-LX2, iso 100, f8, 1/80 sec
The image above is from my Lumix DMC-LX2, which I used for three years before replacing it with the even-better DMC-LX5.  Printed at about 9"x15", this image looks great.  Now, low iso is necessary to get this kind of performance from such a small sensor.  But, since I had a (small) tripod with me, that was not an issue.
So, don't avoid taking that beautiful landscape shot just because you don't have your "better" camera with you!  Enjoy using the camera that's in your hand.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon

I took my twin G3 kit to the Chinese New Year parade in DC's Chinatown yesterday (briefly).  A minor family emergency required me to leave early, but I got a few images I like.  All of these images are straight from the camera, unedited.  They were converted from raw to jpg in the upload process.
Year of the Dragon, 2012, by Lumix DMC-G3
Dragon Masks, Year of the Dragon, 2012
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 at 58mm
iso400, f5.6, 1/640 sec

Here is a shot of the Chinatown Gate:
DC's Chinatown Gate, by Lumix DMC-G3
Chinatown Gate, Washington DC
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso400, f5.6, 1/400 sec

It was very crowded, even before the parade officially began.  I can only imagine that it got more so.  This boy's face and costume caught my eye:
Young Participant, Chinese New Year, by Lumix DMC-G3
Young Participant
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 at 114mm
iso800, f5.8, 1/500 sec
This photo is one of those tiny glimpses of time:
Dressed Up For The Parade, by Lumix DMC-G3
Dressed for the Festival
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso400, f4, 1/125 sec
Happy New Year!, by Lumix DMC-G3
 Happy New Year 2012!
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 20mm f1.7
iso160, f16, 1/13 sec


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One of My Images That Sticks in My Mind

Chilled Milk
Chilled Milk
Lumix DMC-G1, 14-140mm f4-5.8 at 14mm, iso400
f5.6, 1/80 sec.
I can't say why I like this one, but I do.  Hope you enjoy it too.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Little Humor - Digital Review Looks at the Lumix DMC-LX5

This guy, Kai Wong, from digitalrev.com, really cracks me up.  He has done a series of funny videos,including this one, performing "durability testing" on popular DSLRs:

Video Source: 

Here, Kai does a much less destructive evaluation of the Lumix DMC-LX5.  Now be forewarned, there's more humor than substance here, but if you have a few minutes, it's worth a look (and laugh).
 Video Source: 

Just a little humor for a Sunday morning.


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Surf Photography With Compact Cameras?

 Yes!  The capability of compact cameras sure has changed in recent years.
User Gary R. on dpreview posted this story about going to Oahu's North Shore with three compact Lumix Cameras:  DMC-LX5, DMC-TS1 (underwater), and DMC-ZS7. 
Source: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1033&message=40345180

It is certainly worth clicking through to his pbase album to see the rest of his images:
I was hoping to see some images from inside the waves with the TS1, but they aren't there.  Regardless, I think it's impressive how well Gary captured the gorgeous waves and the feeling of the beach.  Sounds pretty good on a rainy cold day here in Northern Virginia.

Where Are My Zeiss Lenses For Micro 4/3?

Zeiss on Lumix
I Want to See A Planar on my Lumix WITHOUT
an Adapter!

Image Source: http://projecthree.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html

I recently found this announcement from almost a year ago, stating that Carl Zeiss had joined the Micro 4/3 standards group
(click here) to see the announcement at dpnow.com.
So where are the Zeiss lenses for Micro 4/3?  I would LOVE to see that happen.
I also found this very recent announcement about Tokina, Tamron, and Astrodesign joining up:
So maybe we'll start to see even more world class lenses for Micro 4/3 in the near future!
Multiple helpful users on dpreview informed me of these Zeiss cine lenses already available in Micro 4/3:
These are large cine lenses, and reportedly multiple thousands of dollars.  Not exactly what I am looking for, but it does answer my question.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Real Inspiration for Chinese New Year Photography

To add to my earlier post, here is one from Boston.com with many truly excellent images from Chinese New Year.  Inspiration!

Image Source:  http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2012/01/lunar_new_year_2012.html

(Click Here) to see them all.

Lunar New Year and the Color Red

Here in Washington, DC, this coming weekend will mark the celebration of the Chinese (Lunar) New Year.  It is the year of the dragon, most auspicious of them all.  DC will host a Japanese New Year celebration, as well as the annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown.  Here is an image I took at last year's parade:
Chinese New Year in DC, Leica M8, Zeiss 25mm f2.8 by Reed A. George
Chinese New Year 2011
Leica M8, Carl Zeiss 25mm f2.8, iso320
f8, 1/125sec

 My friend James, a DC resident, forwarded me this link from the Washington Post:
The piece features some descriptive text about the color red, about our perception of it as described by eminent scientist Jeremy Nathans, and a great set of photographs by Post photographers, exploring the color itself.
Happy Lunar New Year, and have a great Year of the Dragon!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter's Dream - One of My Shots

Winter's Dream by Reed A. George
 Winter's Dream, Bristoe Station, Virginia
Lumix DMC-G1, Pana-Leica 45mm Macro-Elmarit f2.8
iso100, f5.6, 1/100 sec

I took this shot on a cool winter morning, while visiting the Bristoe Station Civil War battlesite.  For some reason, this image made me think of what those confederate soldiers, far from home, many from Alabama, thought as they camped here soon after the first battle at Manassas.  Many of them died from disease, which was rampant throughout the encampment.  

This view could be anywhere.  I wonder if any of them saw something similar, which made them think of home.


Beautiful Post of Wide Angle HDR Images

 User Guzziknight on mu-43.com has posted a very nice series of high dynamic range (HDR) images of a church interior, taken with his Olympus EP-1 and Lumix 14mm f2.5.
Source: http://www.mu-43.com/f56/westview-abbey-20529/

Here is a link to the full post (click here).
While I have been accused of being a technological luddite when it comes to photography, I am a fan of well-controlled HDR.  This is a great example.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Results From New Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 Starting to Appear

New Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 Looks Promising
 Image Source:  http://www.iflphoto.com/Other/Petals-2012/i-LBrRH96/0/X2/P1030642-X2.jpg
Poster OdzBodkinz on dpreview posted this and one other nice image, taken in his garage with the DMC-G3 and new power-zoom Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 lens.
(click here) to see the original post.
Here's a link to Panasonic's description of the lens:
Lumix 45-175mm f4-5.6 Lens
I am having trouble seeing a reason to consider this lens, myself.  Before I bought the 14-140mm, I had the 45-200mm.  It was a great lens, and I can't imagine where the 45-175 would be better.  It has the same maximum aperture.  Apparently the new lens has aspheric elements, Power OIS (versus Mega OIS in the 45-200), and power zoom.  Power zoom does not attract me.  I did not see anything lacking in the 45-200 image quality, but I suppose aspheric lenses could always add something. The improvement to be expected from Power OIS is nebulous; Panasonic's description has a non-quantitative graph, which seems to indicate more images will be in focus.  Not too convincing for me.
I will stick with the good all-around 14-140, and the awesome 100-300 for the time being.
That said, the images I've seen from the 45-175 look quite good.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lumix DMC-G3 Visits Croatia!

 I love seeing how a new camera model, especially one that I'm using, travels around the world to places I will likely never see in person.  This post is from user Solamente on dpreview.com, and shows four stunning images from Croatia, taken with the DMC-G3 and Lumix 14-140mm zoom.
(Click here) to see the rest.
Lumix DMC-G3 in Croatia
Image source:  
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, 14-140 (@25 mm), ISO 800, 1/60 sec, f5, -1 EV

This looks like a very special place.  Solamente indicates they used the clarity slider in Lightroom to reduce the effect of the fog.  I would love to see the originals.  I can almost feel the humid chill in the air.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Couple of Examples From the Fossil Shoot

In my earlier post today, I showed the setup I used to start photographing the fossil samples at the Calvert Marine Museum.  I thought it may be useful to show a couple of examples of the images taken.

Keep in mind, these are for scientific and not artistic purposes.  They were shot in the smallest file size available on the Nikon D700 (2,128 X 1,416 pixels) in order to save time and storage space.  I did my best to optimize the lighting to show the features of the specimens, using cross-lighting with two flashes.
Conradostrea Sp., Image 1
Conradostrea Sp., Image 2
Panopea Americana, Image 1
 Panopea Americana, Image 2


Photographing Fossils for the Calvert Marine Museum

I spent the weekend fighting off a cold and photographing the extensive fossil collection at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland.  As you will see below, my Lumix kit has not supplanted my Nikon D700 for this type of work.  I shoot the D700 tethered through Lightroom, and use the excellent Nikkor 60mm f2.8 AF-D Micro lens almost exclusively.

The two shots below, however, were taken with the Lumix DMC-G3 and 14mm f2.5.  You can see the Nikon inverted above the fossil.
Lumix Shoots Nikon Shooting Fossils
John Nance and I, Photographing Fossils
Lumix DMC-G3, 14mm f2.5, iso160, f8, 1 sec

In order to get these shots, I set up the DMC-G3 with a remote shutter release, prefocused, and with a 10 second timer.  I then I triggered the DMC-G3, waited until I heard the shutter open (after the 10 second timer), then triggered the Nikon D700 remotely, to get the Nikon flashes to go.  I like the way they came out.
Lumix Shoots Nikon Shooting Fossils
This is one of just me.  Same settings as above.

Did I mention that the museum's collection is extensive?  How does 40,000 samples sound?  We covered maybe 10% this weekend.  Good thing it's fun and interesting!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lumix DMC-GH2 Sails Tasmania!

Lumix DMC-GH2 Sails Tasmania!
Image Source:  http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/6683697889_dd43456dfb.jpg

This forum contributer over at mu-43.com, who goes by "nickthetasmaniac" (same id on flickr) has posted a very nice set of images taken while sailing around Tasmania

source: http://www.mu-43.com/f56/east-coast-sailing-20329/

Unfortunately, he doesn't give lens or exposure details, except his list of equipment, which is a DMC-GH2, Voigtlander Nokton 25mm, Lumix 7-14mm f4 and SMC 50mm f1.2, which I have to guess is a Pentax lens and adapter.

Regardless, he clearly has a very good eye, and knows how to get out where there's something to see.  I feel that I learned a little about a part of the world I've never seen, and even a little about the photographer.  Excellent.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

I Admit It, I like HDR

HDR Reveals Detail in the Shadows, Kauai Ficus Tree
This is What My Eyes Saw; the Camera Couldn't See it All in One Exposure
HDR Image of Ficus Tree, Kauai, Hawaii
Lumix DMC-LX5, iso80, 35mm equiv full-frame focal length
Three exposures, processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a technique that combines brightness levels from multiple images of the same scene, to produce a single image with a wider apparent dynamic range, which means that details are not lost in shadows or very bright areas.  Used correctly, it can reveal detail that is visible to the human eye, but not within the capture range of a camera sensor.
HDR is frequently over-used and over-processed, which can lead to a very artificial look.  If that's what the photographer intended, okay.  But, in many cases, it just looks like someone went on a trip to computer game animation world.
Here is a nice online article from Peter Tellone on the B&H Photo blog:
I learned about HDR in an excellent workshop at a Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA) meeting.  Our instructor, Dr. Stephen Wright, did a great job of demonstrating the technique.  The LHSA is probably not the most technically progressive group in the world; they tend toward more traditional approaches and fewer buttons and controls.  However, many of us saw HDR as an extension of what the best cameras can provide.
If you are interested, the software I use is Nik Efex Pro.  It is available at Amazon:
I hope you will find this useful.  HDR really can make a challenging, high contrast lighting situation into something you'll be proud to show.  Just don't overdo it!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Well, Some Good News From Kodak?

Kodak Still Committed to Film Business According to Report
Image Source:  http://www.KodakTransforms.com/
This post from the British Journal of Photography says that Kodak is indicating a commitment to the film business, and also says this part of their business has remained profitable.
That's great news.  Let's hope Kodak bounces back as a smaller, focused business, and continues to provide film for years to come.  I, for one, still want it to be available.

New Firmware Announced For Lumix DMC-GX1 and 100-300mm f4-5.6

 Panasonic announces new firmware for the DMC-GX1 and 100-300mm f4-5.6 Mega OIS lens
New Firmware Announced For Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 Lens
Image Source: 
I don't own the GX1, but look forward to seeing the "Improved Performance of O.I.S." for the 100-300, indicated in the announcement:
The firmware upgrade should be available at the link above around the end of January, 2012.

The Crooked Mile - One of My Shots

The Crooked Mile - Shot With Lumix DMC-g1, 14-140 Zoom
The Crooked Mile
Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 at 14mm
iso200, f16, 1/25 sec
This shot was taken in Solomons, Maryland.  I opened my zoom as wide as it would go, closed down the aperture to f16 for maximum depth of field, and got down low for a perspective that hopefully draws you into the scene.  
The walkway is as ricketty as it looks; I did not venture further out onto it.

Featured Lumix Photograph from "and the bird took flight..." on flickr

I regularly peruse flickr and other sites for inspiring photographs.  It keeps me out of creative ruts.  Every once in a while, I come across something I feel I must share.
Featured Lmix Photographer Image 210/365
Image Source:http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7022/6635799317_b787e11145.jpg
  210/365 by flickr user "and the bird took flight..."
Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm, iso200
f4.2, 1/8 sec

This photograph really caught my eye.  Flickr user "and the bird took flight..." has real creative genius.  You owe it to yourself to take a look at how she is using the Lumix G3 to express it.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Sad Day For Photography -Kodak Files For Bankruptcy

 Today, the 130 year old pioneer in photography, Kodak, has filed for bankruptcy protection.  I don't know 
about you, but my first camera was a Kodak 126 Instamatic, loaded up with cartridge film.  I still remember my mom saying that I was just wasting film, taking pictures of cars going down our street.  Most of the only photos I have of family members who have passed are on Kodak film and paper.  I learned to develop and print with Kodak film, paper, Dektol, and D76.  I, for one, will miss Kodak.
Image Source:  


Wish I was There Now...

Where the Heart Is...  DMC-G1 in Kauai, Hawaii
 Sunrise at Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Lumix DMC-G1, 14-140mm zoom at 29mm 
iso100, f11, 1/15 sec
I was talking with a colleague last night about places that I feel my soul is at home.  This is one of them for me.  Of course it's easy to feel that your soul belongs in such a gorgeous place, but I really feel it, even in the small local town.  
I hope to make it back there sometime soon.

Ice Photography

I will start with a few of my own images of ice to get us going:
Geometric Ice Crystals Photograph Well
Geometric Ice
Lumix DMC-LX2, iso 100
f5.6, 1/100 sec

Frozen Forest Floor
Frozen Forest
Lumix DMC-LX2, iso 200
f5.6, 1/160 sec

Abstract on Ice
Lumix DMC-LX2, iso 100
f4, 1/125 sec

I was inspired to look these up after reading this nice article on Ephotozine:

Source:  http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ice-photography-advice-18149?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ephotozine+%28ePHOTOzine%29

Well, I don't know the weather where you are, but winter is threatening us here in Northern Virginia, and I won't let it stop me from going out.  Even when the trees are bare and the sky is gray, if you look hard enough, you can find something interesting to photograph.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blogger's Morning

Blogger's View of the Day - Lumix DMC-LX5
 Blogger's Morning
Lumix DMC-LX5, iso100, f5.6, 1/60 sec, 16:9 ratio
This is just a quick grab shot that I think epitomizes my mornings - coffee, blog writing, journaling.  Could be worse...

Super DMC-G3 User Tips Thread on dpreview.com

Image Source: Panasonic

User Phototransformations at dpreview has started a new thread to collect useful user tips for the new DMC-G3:

source:  http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=40291102

He is asking for others to contribute.  I think this will be a very good resource for us G3 users going forward!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield

The sunrise reflecting off of the windows in the Old Stone House at Manassas battlefield was too attractive to drive by.  The house is located right in the middle of the American Civil War Battlefield, here in Manassas, Virginia. 

Sunrise reflecting off of windows of Old Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia.

Sunrise at the Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 400 f6.3, 1/125 sec

Sunrise reflecting off of windows of Old Stone House at Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Closeup of Window, Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 400 f6.3, 1/320 sec



There were two major battles here, approximately one year apart (1861-1862).  They are referred to as First and Second Manassas by the South, or First and Second Bull Run by the North, who preferred to call battles by the names of nearby rivers.  


The Old Stone House was a battlefield hospital in both battles, and sustained significant damage in the war.  There are inscriptions in some of the walls, written by wounded soldiers.


Even though I have visited this site many times, on this visit I discovered something new - a cannonball embedded in the exterior brick wall.


Cannonball marks the location of impact at the Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefield, Virginia

Cannonball placed in exterior wall of the Old Stone House

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 160 f1.7, 1/2500 sec


Apparently, when the house was rebuilt at some point after the war, perhaps after 1912, the cannonball was placed in the wall where it actually sustained a hit during the battle.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stone_House,_Manassas_National_Battlefield_Park#The_Stone_House_Today


Here is an HDR shot of the interior, through a rear window:


HDR illuminates interior and exterior of Old Stone House, Manassas National Battlefiled, Virginia
Sunrise Illuminates the Interior of Old Stone House,

Manassas National Battlefield, Manassas, Virginia

Lumix DMC-G3, 20mm f1.7 lens, iso 400 f6.3, HDR composite of three images




Monday, January 16, 2012

Learning From Our Past

 Learning From Our Past

I took this picture a few years ago.  While it was not taken with a Lumix camera (Nikon D200), I felt it was woth posting today, in memory of Dr. King.

We can all learn something from that man.


I May Have to Look at a Wider Angle Micro 4/3 Lens

I am naturally a telephoto shooter, though I have tried hard over the past few years to learn wide angle technique, with at least some success.  My widest lens on Micro 4/3 is the 14mm f2.5 Lumix, which is a great lens.  But, images like these make me think I should try a wider lens.

This was posted on mu-43user.com by Paulo Moreira:
Beautiful Wide Image by Paulo Moreira
Source: http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4094/4910746436_cdcc907640_z.jpg

Now, to be certain, I don't know what focal length it was shot at.  I suppose it could be the "long" end of the 7-14mm zoom, which is the same as my lens.  But, somehow I think this was shot wider, maybe 7mm?

With the Panasonic 7-14mm lens costing nearly $1,000, maybe I'd better make sure?  :)

Or maybe a trip to Europe would be better for getting me closer to shots like this?

Either way, I am inspired by this image.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

What Can I Do To Get Sharp Images With A Compact Camera?

Okay, so you've been watching how the capability of very compact cameras has been increasing quickly, blurring the lines between compact and SLR, amateur and "pro" equipment.  These changes are real.  For example, the Lumix DMC-LX5 has many features and image quality previously restricted to more expensive (and heavier, larger) cameras.

From The Online Photographer
Image Source: 


But, the compactness and lightness of these new models is both blessing and curse.  Okay, mostly blessing, speaking as someone whose back has suffered from 40 lb camera bags.  One drawback is that the new cameras are so small, it's very difficult to hold them still during exposure, which is necessary to avoid blurring of the image when using slower shutter speeds.  Also, using an LCD display to frame your shot, with your arms extended, puts you in a less stable position to begin with.  So, how do you eliminate your own motion during shooting and get those sharp images you want?


In a lively forum entry on dpreview.com, user Rick880 asked this very question.  Here is a link (click here), but I will save you some reading time by summarizing the ideas for you:


First off - the old standard - a good tripod and cable release.  The small camera blessing applies here, as you can get away with a very compact tripod, with so little weight to stabilize.  Cable releases are available for some models, but not all.  In the case of the DMC-LX5, Richard Franiec's website (click here) offers this nice adapter that uses a standard screw-in cable release.  You can order the product directly via email/Paypal.

Photo source: http://www.kleptography.com/rf/lx3_04.jpg

But, a even a small tripod may be more than you want to carry.

A second approach is to use something - the neck strap, a string or chain connected to the camera, usually through the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera, and pull it tight while you've got the camera in shooting position.  This lends some stiffness to your body and arms, which can significantly reduce motion.  Here's an example of a homemade version from instructables.com:

"String Tripod"

Image Source: http://www.instructables.com


A third method is to use the camera's internal timer to trigger the shutter.  This removes the tendency to move the camera when pushing down on the shutter release with your finger.  However, it requires a subject that will wait a few seconds for your timer to go off, without missing the shot.

Fourth, most new compacts have a "burst" mode, where they will take multiple images in rapid succession.  If you take several pictures, you can usually find one that's very sharp.  This has the same disadvantage, in that it's only useful if your subject is holding still.

Finally, some advanced compacts, the DMC-LX5 included, have optional viewfinders (the LVF1 in the case of the LX5).  This may be the best way to avoid that "arm's length" motion, by bringing the camera back to your eye, which is where it belongs in my opinion.  You are much more stable in this position than with your arms extended, camera at the far end.

I hope you find these tips helpful.  These little cameras really are amazing - don't let their small size be a disadvantage!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Great Train Raid of 1861 - American Civil War

I am working on a photography project about the 150th anniversary (sesquicentenial) of the United States civil war.  Living in Northern Virginia, I am in a prime location.  I am an hour or less from several major battlesites, including Manassas (Bull Run), Antietam, and Gettysburg.  This project will last over the coming four years.

On May 23, 1861, under the command of Thomas (soon to be "Stonewall") Jackson, confederate forces appropriated a large set of railroad equipment, including locomotives, cars, tools, and track, from the B&O Railroad for use in the rebel cause. As a result of damage to the tracks, the equipment had to be moved overland. For a full description, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson's_operations_against_the_B%26O_Railroad_(1861) Pictured here is reenactor and historian Arthur Candenquist who presented on the Great Train Raid at Zion Church in Aldie, Virginia on November 13, 2011. He was dressed as, and spoke from the perspective of Confederate Captain Thomas R. Sharp.

Great Train Raid - Captain Thomas Sharp - Lumix Photography
Captain Thomas R. Sharp, Confederate
Lumix DMC-GF1, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso800, f2.8, 1/40 sec


Great Train Raid - Captain Thomas Sharp - Lumix Photography
Confederate States of America (CSA) Belt Buckle
Lumix DMC-GF1, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso800, f2.8, 1/40 sec
Great Train Raid - Captain Thomas Sharp - Lumix Photography
Captain Thomas R. Sharp, Confederate
Lumix DMC-GF1, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso800, f2.8, 1/40 sec
Great Train Raid - Captain Thomas Sharp - Lumix Photography
Captain Thomas R. Sharp Surveys Confederate Graves
Lumix DMC-G1, Pana-Leica 25mm f1.4 Summilux
iso400, f2.2, 1/80 sec
Great Train Raid - Captain Thomas Sharp - Lumix Photography
Confederate Grave, Zion Church, Aldie, VA
Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 14mm f2.5
iso100, f9, 1/8 sec
Great Train Raid - Captain Thomas Sharp - Lumix Photography

Captain Sharp's Boots
Lumix DMC-GF1, Pana-Leica 45mm f2.8 Macro-Elmarit
iso800, f2.8, 1/125 sec