All posts by Thomas Stirr

Thomas Stirr is an author, executive coach, and photographer/videographer based in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He specializes in industrial photography, safety and corporate videos. His work also includes landscape and nature photography, and experimentation with photo art. Nikon Canada has featured Tom's work numerous times on Facebook and Twitter. To follow Thomas, please visit his website and his YouTube channel

Getting Better with Age

I’m still wrapping my head around my Olympus cameras getting better with age as additional capabilities are provided through firmware updates. My previous experience with other cameras was that firmware updates were mainly used to fix software bugs, not give me new capabilities at no additional cost.

When I purchased my first E-M1X I was amazed with the camera’s innovative functionality, build quality, handling and ergonomics. Having read about how Olympus would add features through software, I was anticipating that birds would be added to the E-M1X’s Intelligent Subject Tracking.

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Backyard Pigeons

This article shares some new images of pigeons in flight that were captured handheld in my backyard, using an E-M1X with Bird AI. Unlike many downtown environments, pigeons are not that common in our residential area. I haven’t had very much luck capturing photographs of pigeons in flight in the past. My lack of past success is likely due to a combination of my own technique, limited angles of view in my backyard, and the auto-focusing performance of the camera gear used in previous attempts.

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More Kingfishers in Flight

This article features ten new photographs of more kingfishers in flight, captured during two recent visits to Grimsby harbour. On Monday and Tuesday this week I had one opportunity on each day to photograph a kingfisher in flight.

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Fish Crow in Flight

Recently I was at Grimsby harbour doing some general bird photography and was able to capture a selection of images of a fish crow in flight. My knowledge of bird species is fairly limited, and I was not familiar with this particular bird at all.

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Aggressive Blackbird Test

Photographing an aggressive blackbird chasing another bird is a challenging situation since these mid-air altercations are fleeting at best. Yesterday I had the opportunity to do a quick test using my C1 Custom setting on my E-M1X to capture an aggressive blackbird going after what appears to be a crow.

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Mourning Dove Leaving Nest

This short article features 15 consecutive photographs of a mourning dove leaving its nest, which was in some cedar hedges. These images were captured handheld using an E-M1X fitted with an M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom and M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter. I used Pro Capture H with my standard settings of 15 Pre-Shutter Frames, Frame Limiter set to 15, and 60 frames-per-second. My standard shutter speed for small to medium sized birds is 1/2500.

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ISO Versus Shutter Speed

As photographers we often have to make trade-off decisions such as choosing ISO versus shutter speed when we’re out with our cameras. There are few hard and fast rules when it comes to these decisions, as personal skills and preferences often come into play.

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Pro Capture Thought Process

This article shares 15 consecutive photographs from a complete Pro Capture H image run and discusses my Pro Capture thought process. All images were captured handheld using an E-M1X fitted with an M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens and M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter.

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