Hi and thanks to Sherry Felix,

I’ve been experimenting with some new ideas. First off I’ve been learning about electronic shutter. I never really gave it much thought but I shoot a lot of HDR and that typically mean 3-5 shutter activations per image so it got me thinking and I’ve programmed a setting (Myset) to enable exposure bracketing and, here’s the important bit, enable High Speed Silent Shutter (11 FPS) which uses electronic shutter rather than high speed mechanical shutter. That way I can shoot as many frames as I like and not wear out the mechanical shutter any more than it already is. It has it’s limitations if one shoots high ISO, very fast action and/or in indoor lighting but, in both my landscape and macro work it looks as if it’ll work well. And it has the added bonus of being silent.

The trick I normally use to decide if, when and how much bracketing to use is to keep an eye on the camera’s on-screen shadow and highlight display which shows shadow areas and blow out highlights and rotate the the manual exposure compensation dial either way to work out how many stops of over and under exposure are required to restore detail in the highlights and/or shadows, remembering to reset it before shooting.

The other thing I’ve been playing around with is using my 10 inch tablet for chroma key green (Hex #00ff00) and chroma key blue (Hex #0000ff)ย  and other “funky” backdrops.ย  A couple of quick test images:

Watch and bubble from greenscreen finished - CopyWatch and bubbles finished 2 - Copy

Thanks Sherry, you’re helping me to stay sane. ๐Ÿ™‚

Best wishes,


Motorcycle Bookends Macro

Hi folks,

Another day, another macro shot or rather shots, three 8 image merged focus stacked shots taken three times with 0 EV, +/- 2 EV compensation and processed as HDR in Aurora.



Best wishes,


Macro shooting with Olympus Capture software & processing with DXO, NIK & Topaz software. Video running time approx. 50 mins.

Hi folks,

A new video.
Macro shooting with Olympus Capture software & processing with DXO, NIK & Topaz software. Running time approx. 50 mins.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II.
Lens: M.Zuiko 30 mm 1:3.5 macro lens.
Software used: Olympus Capture, Olympus Workspace, DXO Photolab 3, NIK Vivezza 2, Skylum Aurora HDR, Topaz Denoise AI/AI Clear, Sharpen AI and AI Gigapixel.
Focus stacking and High Res. shooting and producing an insanely large 32,000 x 24,000 pixels (768 Megapixel) image produced from a 37 Megapixel high res. capture!.


Kind regards