What’s in my pockets today?

EM-5 light

Hi folks,

I thought I’d my take on “what’s in my bag?” πŸ™‚

Olympus OM-D EM-5, Panasonic Lumix 14 mm, Panasonic Lumix 12-32 mm, Olympus 9 mm bodycap fisheye, Olympus MCON-P02 Macro Converter, a lot of fun.

Best wishes,

Leigh

“Hometown”

Hi everyone,

View from the Bridge over the River Thames at Kingston Upon Thames, my “hometown”. Taken with my new body cap fisheye, not bad for a fun lens :). I found an amusing comment in a video on the lens’ 15 mm sibling which is, I think, equally applicable “Anyone who doesn’t think the lens is fun is probably best kept away from people” πŸ™‚ .

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/49537341801/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Best wishes,

Leigh

Something a little bit fishy

Hi folks,

I took a new lens out for a stroll around my hometownΒ  of Kingston Upon Thames this morning. I already have a perfectly good fisheye lens which I very rarely use but I bought the tiny Olympus 9 mm fixed f/8 body cap lens and it is a LOT of fun to use. The images have a sort of film-like quality to them.Β  It’s acceptablyΒ  sharp in the middle, not so sharp in the corners, it’s manual focus, has chromatic aberration aplenty, it’s cheap , made out of plastic, the pixel-peepers out there would absolutely hate it and I LOVE IT!. The lens is marketed as a fun (not toy) lens and they got this absolutely right. When fitted to one of my OM-D bodies it’s possible to put the camera in a jacket pocket. Being so small and light it’s the sort of lens that you can have with you all the time and, therefore,Β  use. Well done Olympus, like most things, if photography isn’t fun then you’re not going to get the most enjoyment from it and this lens has fun written all over it.

body cap lens

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Kind regards

Leigh

These are a few of my favourite things!

Hi folks,

Don’t worry I’m not about to break into a medley of songs from the Sound Of Music πŸ™‚ . These are a few of the things that I find the most useful (read essential) in my photography in no particular order.

  1. Olympus’ amazing 5-axis image stabilisation which enables me to habitually and confidently take worry-free handheld HDR shots.
  2. Viveza, part of the NIK Collection, now owned by DXO.Β  Of all of the software that I own, and I own a lot, this software, one of my first purchases, singularly contributes the most to my work. The control point technology is a fantastic, incredibly powerful tool enabling selective image adjustments. Think of it like dodging and burning on steroids! and a lot more.
  3. Olympus’ Highlight/Shadow display function. A fabulous tool in assessing exposure especially useful for HDR shots used alongside the camera’s histogram display.
  4. Skylum Software’s Aurora HDR 2019. The best HDR software that I’ve ever used bar none.
  5. DXO Viewpoint. A very useful and powerful tool for correcting converging verticals. I hate converging verticals, if the Mark 1 human eyeball saw things that way then that’d be a different matter πŸ™‚ .

Tip, if you have a camera with a keystone compensation feature like my Olympus OM-D E-M1, and time to do it, then I occasionally use it to take a reference JPEG image before turning it off and shooting in RAW. That way it greatly helps to take the guesswork out of estimating if you’ve allowed enough room to correct verticals whilst keeping the desired framing or you can ensure that you allow enough room in the frame to correct later using Viewpoint.

I could just about live without everything else but these are essential tools of the trade for me.

I’ve used them all in this shot.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/49520971043/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Best wishes,

Leigh

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner”

Hi folks,

Now for something completely different :). London street scene with iconic black cab and red bus.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/leighkemp/49520971043/in/dateposted-public/lightbox/

Best wishes,

Leigh