Some more pictures both from a serendipitous couple of minutes post bath time before bed where all of the children actually cooperated for some pictures (which almost never happens, even when bribes are offered).
Sigma 30mm, f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO1600
Sigma 30mm, f/3.2, 1/25s, ISO1600
I am really loving the custom white balance settings on the E-M5. The basics are you select custom WB1 or custom WB2, you then grab something white (in this case I grabbed the top of a white plastic box near by), place the object in frame (I think it is supposed to take up the whole frame, not 100% sure on that), and then hit the info button. The camera chews away for a couple of seconds and then, most of the time, the custom white balance is selected. I have had it fail a couple of times, I think because the object was too out of focus maybe. At any rate, auto white balance generally does a very good job (sometimes it is nice to select shadow or cloudy if you want to warm the scene slightly). However, I guess for whatever reason the CFLs in my master bedroom are particularly cooler shifted with poor color reproduction because Auto WB and tungsten didn’t work (which generally works for most of the CFL lights in my house on my wife’s E-PL1, as auto white balance doesn’t in that lighting…though auto WB works on my OM-D in most of my house’s CFL/LED lighting). A lot of colors were missing and it was still overly warm. I won’t say color reproduction was perfect after setting CWB, but it was/is very, very good for that room’s lighting. No changes to tint or color temperature in lightroom on either picture (actually not lightroom adjustments to the above two RAW files in lightroom other than converting to JPEG).
I also managed to get out for a hike yesterday to one of my favorite spots in Potapsco state park. The park used to have a lot of industry in the valley a few decades ago (some mills and some other things). Currently there is a small fabrication business and a large, and old church (located about 300yds from each other, the church in the pictures from last week is the one in the valley, constructed roughly around 1880). There are a fair number of ruins however, one of which is a partially collapsed church right by the dam in the valley. Unfortunately, or fortunately it is about a mile and a quarter hike from the nearest parking lot (though it is about 50yds from another parking lot…but on the wrong side of the river and back in the woods).
Sigma 30mm, f/2.8 1/500s, ISO200
Unfortunately the hike was at lunch time, so I had to deal with harsh noon-time light crashing through the trees. However, surprisingly the E-M5 generally handled the huge DR with aplomb, even at ISO800 at some points to keep the shutter speed high enough to stop down for better sharpness/DoF. For the most part shooting about -.7 to -1ev prevented any of the highlights from being blown too much to be able to recover them in lightroom from the RAW file and the shadows weren’t too deep to pull them up either. So in general for any of the pictures you see “blown” highlights or clipped shadows that is because I either choose not to recover them, or in a lot of cases pushed the shadow/highlight sliders out.
Panasonic 14mm, f/6.3, 1/2s, ISO800
Half a second handheld at 14mm and the picture is pretty much tack sharp if you zoom in to 100%! Holy crud Batman! I love this IBIS (not so good at longer focal lengths, but IBIS rarely is. Still, pretty reliably sharp if I have decent handholding at 30mm and 1/15s is not bad at all either nor is 1/25s at 45mm).
Olympus 45mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO200
Olympus 45mm, f/4, 1/400s, ISO200
This is right around the minimum focus distance on the 45mm.
And this is it at 100% (click for full size image)
A macro lens the Olympus 45mm isn’t, but it is very good wide open and oh so sharp stopped down a little. Between that and the 16mp of the E-M5’s imaging sensor you can get some really, really nice results. I did have to manually focus this one, because even with the smallest focus box the camera just kept refusing to focus on the leaf/dragonfly.
More pictures later. I was only able to work through half of them last night.