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

MC-20 birds-in-flight

This brief article shares a small selection of MC-20 birds-in-flight images and discusses the performance of this teleconverter. Recently I put my Olympus OM-D E-M1X, M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter through a pretty rigorous field test photographing birds-in-flight. You’ll see an extensive article on that field test very soon.

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Forearm Camera Support

Recently I visited the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory to test out some Kenko DG Extension Tubes. I mounted the extension tubes and a M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M1X. At times, this high magnification gear combination required some additional hand-holding support. I had the opportunity to use my forearm camera support technique during this photo session. One of our readers, Ray Miller, joined me at the facility and took a photo to help document this camera technique.

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Using a Macro Lens with Extension Tubes

Most of us use extension tubes and macro lenses separately for our close-up photography needs. As regular readers will know, I like to push my camera gear to see what will happen. This article features a selection of hand-held images captured by combining an M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens with extension tubes. All of the photographs in this article were created at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory.

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Photographing Small Church Exteriors

Many times when we’re on holidays, or driving through rural areas, we may come upon small churches. Often these structures can make interesting photographic subjects because of their local history, or architectural design. This article discusses some of the composition considerations when photographing small church exteriors.

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M.Zuiko MC-20 Teleconverter

This week my M.Zuiko MC-20 Teleconverter arrived from Olympus Americas. This short article provides some initial impressions on this piece of gear. Also included is a selection of images captured using this teleconverter. The M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter weighs 150 grams (~5.3 oz). It measures 59.8 mm in diameter (~2.4 inches) x 25.9 mm in length (~1.0 inch).

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Creative Expression Through Photography

Every time we pick up a camera, we have the opportunity to exercise our creative expression through photography. The subjects we choose. The lighting that attracts us. The lenses we use. The shooting angles that appeal to us. The camera settings we select. What we decide to do with our images in post. All of these factors help facilitate our creative expression through photography.

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Hand-held Macro Flower Images

I brought my Olympus TG-5 with me during our recent trip to Ireland, as a bit of an insurance policy against rainy weather. While it did come in handy a number of times in this regard, I also used it for some hand-held macro flower images. This article shares a selection of hand-held macro flower images captured at the Irish National Stud & Gardens.

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Deirbhile’s Twist Composition Choices

During our recent trip to Ireland, my wife and I ventured down the Mullet Peninsula to visit Deirbhile’s Twist and a few other spots in the area. This article features some Deirbhile’s Twist composition choices.

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Photographic Inspiration

The creative process has long intrigued me. The answers to how and why each of us create are as unique as there are people in the world. Some of us are drawn to specific subject matter, which becomes our focus… a passion. Perhaps it is a fleeting moment that moves us. A shape. A colour. The way light is interacting with a subject.  This article discusses photographic inspiration.

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