Timelapses for beginners (7 basic tips) Top

Timelapses are fun and can be very powerful if used in videos. A couple of days ago, the weather forecast suggested strong storms coming up, so I brought my GoPro Hero 5 and my Olympus E-M1 Mark II into the office and did a couple of timelapses throughout the day. This is what I got:

While this may not be as impressive as what other photographers / videographers are doing, I think my example serves us very well for this article, because it illustrates some do’s and don’ts quite well.

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Diffraction on Micro Four Thirds cameras 2 Top

Ever wondered why full frame lenses go to much smaller f-stops than MFT lenses?
Even if you don’t know what diffraction is, you might still want to read this article. Every photographer knows, if you shoot your lens wide open, it is not as sharp as if you step the aperture down a little. But if you step it down too far, you get another problem: your photos will start to lose sharpness, but that is due to another effect called diffraction.

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Hamburg Alster Lake / sunset photography session Top

A few days ago I managed to get my 150mm filters to finally do some long exposure photography with my Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 Pro lens. But unfortunately I live in northern Germany, not too famous of amazing weather. After a few more days of wait, finally the sun came through. While it was still quite cold (about 5°C with freezing wind), the sunset was stunning. I did manage to get one nice shot out of it and recorded a video of that.

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Photowalk in Hamburg Top

Today I knew the weather was going to be nice and it already started in the morning, when I was cycling into the office for work. When I saw floating ice sheets on the Alster lake in the morning, I just had to stop there and take some pictures.

Floating ice sheets on the Alster lake.

Later that day I proceeded to leave work early to meet up with two friends to take some pictures around the Dockland (a visually pleasing office building right at the harbour). Still, I had to stop a few times on the way because of the amazing light.

Two girls walking along the harbour.

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Olympus E-M1 Mark II High Resolution with flash Top

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I haven’t been writing in ages, but I have not forgotten about the blog.
Recently I made the switch and bought an Olympus E-M1 Mark II, since I loved the Mark I. Not because I needed to upgrade, but because I wanted to (GAS got the better of me).
One of the things that I liked about the E-M5 Mark II, which I had hoped to have in the E-M1 Mark II, was the high resolution mode. For those of you who don’t know: Olympus takes 8 pictures by moving the sensor with the In-Body Image Stabiliser (IBIS) by tiny bits and then merging it together into one huge image (50 Megapixel JPG, or if you convert the RAW, it gives you a whopping 80 Megapixel).

I have shot this in RAW (it automatically saves a JPEG as well) and will be showing you both, the converted RAW and the in-camera created JPEG.
If you wish to see them, just scroll down. First I would like to talk about the small pitfalls I encountered while taking these.

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Around the streets of KL Top

I do enjoy walking around the streets of KL. There is just so much to see and you always encounter at least one unexpected thing throughout your jouneys. During the day you can discover all sorts of interesting things, if you are a little attentive and dare to move away from the main streets a little. Not only do you see childrens playgrounds that seem to have suffered over time and not seen a child in years, you even come across things like incredible art at a sign post.

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Butterfly Park Tour Top

Today was a rather nice Sunday morning and Robin Wong invited me to join him on a tour through the Butterfly Park of Kuala Lumpur.
Unfortunate circumstances made this slightly more difficult (he forgot to message me until last night and I forgot to charge my phone, so I only got the message this morning, haha), but eventually I arrived and joined Robin, Jackie, Carmen and Calvin on their photo tour. However, the target was not, as one might be tempted to conclude, butterflies. Instead the objective was to take macro shots of insects, such as spiders, crickets but also flowers and the occasional butterfly.

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KLCC at night Top

As it had been nearly six years since I last visited the area around KLCC (and back then I had a more then crappy camera and no photo experience whatsoever), it was time for a revisit.

Obviously this had to be at night, since the quality of light is so much more diverse and interesting. And to my amazement, KLCC had installed a water fountain system with LEDs that correspond to the music played, resulting in a number of people just sitting down to enjoy the show. And on top of that, a couple of completely new buildings have come up in the meantime, changing the cityscape (on the outskirts that is even more severe, completely ruining my favorite photo spot. It is now blocked by 2 large apartment buildings – what a let down).

Once again my Olympus setup allowed me to run around without a tripod and without worrying about blurred images (thanks to the fantastic 5 axis image stabilizer, I can almost always get away with an ISO lower than 1600). Whenever I go out at night, I leave my zooms at home and switch to my primes, since they are smaller and let in more light. The M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8 is a must and always with me. Additionally I either take the 45mm f1.8 or 75mm f1.8 with me, rarely both. For indoor gatherings where I want close-up shots, I tend to bring the 45mm. If I am walking around outside on the streets, then the 75mm it is (most of the times), since I can more easily take a step back out there (not so much when sitting at a table or being in an enclosed space).

As always, I hope you enjoy the images.

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