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

Carbon Footprint Update

This short article provides a carbon footprint update related to some decisions that we’ve made over the past few years in support of the environment. Whether each of us has any concerns about the environment on an individual basis, is a matter of personal choice. This article is simply an informational update for those readers that are interested in this topic.

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M.Zuiko 90MM PRO IS Macro Review

This article provides my M.Zuiko 90mm PRO IS Macro review and is based on a good amount of field work done over the past 6 or 7 weeks. As regular readers know this is not a gear review website. We only do hands-on reviews of equipment that we actually own and use.

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Photographic Philosophy

The photographic philosophy that each of us brings to our work is a cornerstone that anchors all that we do, and serves as a guiding principle. I suppose there could be an infinite number of philosophies that each of us could pursue when it comes to our photography. For me, it has always come down to a binary choice between “the best possible photograph” and “the best photograph possible”.

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Focus Stacking with Digital Teleconverter Test

Yesterday I spent some time doing a handheld in-camera focus stacking with digital teleconverter test with the M.Zuiko 90 mm f/3.5 PRO IS macro lens. I also had the M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter attached as part of my macro set-up.

I figured if I was going to push myself and my gear… I might as well try to break through a new personal, handheld macro boundary by combining the Handheld In-Camera Focus Stacking function with the Digital Teleconverter. And… and throw in the MC-14 for good measure.

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Shooting Angles and Distances

It is important to consider shooting angles and distances when doing macro and close-up photography as these factors impact our images.  This article shares some handheld macro images that were captured at a recent visit to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. All of the images are displayed as full frame captures without any cropping done to them at all. Photographs were resized for website use.

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90 Macro with STF-8

This article features some handheld test images captured with the M.Zuiko 90 mm f/3.5 PRO IS macro lens, and STF-8 Twin Macro Flash. All of the photographs (except image 22) were created during a short duration visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington Ontario.

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Handheld Focus Stacking With MC-20

I’ve been continuing to practice handheld focus stacking with the  MC-20 teleconverter and M.Zuiko 90 mm f/3.5 PRO IS macro lens. This article features a selection of HHFS (handheld focus stacked) backyard images of some insects and blossoms.

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Jumping Spider Macro Images

This article features a small selection of jumping spider macro images that were captured handheld using in-camera focus stacking (HHFS) with my E-M1X, an M.Zuiko 90 mm f/3.5 PRO IS macro lens, and an M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter.

I’m still in the early stages of my learning curve with this lens. These jumping spider macro photographs should definitely be viewed from a test image perspective. All of the photographs in this article are full frame captures without any cropping. They were resized to 1200 pixels on the width for website use.

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Flies in Flight Test

This article features some handheld images from a recent flies in flight test I conducted in my backyard, and provides some related commentary.

Like any test session, my objective was to push myself and my camera gear so I could better understand my current capabilities, as well as identify opportunities for improvement.

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