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Olympus 15mm Body Cap Lens

This new lens arrived today, first impression, it looks like a cap to protect the camera when no lens is connected. First photo was of sunset today using the “Pinhole” Art effect on the OMD E-5. Settings – JPEG S.O.O.C.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe lens came as a free gift when I bought the OMD camera, it also came with a cloth that wraps around the camera and a leather strap. To claim I emailed my receipt to Olympus and a few weeks later it arrived.

Love it when you get a nice surprise after buying a new camera. Looking forward to having a play with the new lens/body cap over the coming weeks.

 

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Sailing photos from a different angle

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Not everyone can spend the money on a helicopter to achieve aerial sailing photos. I needed an alternative for a regatta that was happening in my local area, so the idea came to climb the mast of a yacht and spend the day up the mast to achieve a different angle for sailing photos. Not quite looking straight down like you could in a helicopter but enough that the photos don’t show the background on a tight photo of a boat.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

The event was the 2012/2013 Cherub National Titles held on Lake Macquarie, hosted by the Belmont 16ft Skiff Club.

This is the view from a GoPro camera mounted on my head while i’m shooting the event.

GoPro Sailing photo

It was quite a challenging angle to shoot from, the yacht was motoring but the waves still made the boat move around quite a bit, this movement gets exaggerated the further up the mast you get so I needed to hang on and was using my legs to wrap around the spare halyards (ropes) to try and steady myself.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Camera settings were very similar to shooting from a boat, high shutter speed in the range on 1/2500 second to stop the action and keep the images sharp from me moving around.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Overall I am happy with the results from the DSLR. It achieved a different angle that made the boats stand out instead of being lost in the background when shooting from water level. Next I just need to keep the GoPro clean so the images are not hazy.

2012-13 Cherub National Championship, Belmont Bay, Lake Macquarie

Cherub Nationals 2012 – Day 3

 

Day 3 of the 2012 Cherub National titles saw a very good NE sea breeze blowing across Belmont Bay on Lake Macquarie. Todays images below.

 

On a side note : To the official from the host club – Thanks for telling us what you think (hold back on the language next time) and threats to ban us from the course…. stop power tripping, look behind you and get out of the way of the boats.Cherub Nationals 2012 1

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Compact cameras – does anyone still use them?

Had a scenic flight in a helicopter a few weeks ago and the couple beside me were taking photos with their smartphones. Now i’m all for this as I use my iPhone everyday for photos, but this couple didn’t have a compact or a bigger camera. The only way they could record the flight was from their phone. These are definitely changing times – keep the mobile revolution coming.