Category Archives: Animals

High Contrast Swan

This article discusses various considerations when creating high contrast swan images and some approaches that can be used in post. When we’re out with our cameras it can be beneficial to look beyond what we are physically seeing with our eyes, and imagining a photograph in our brains.

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Reflections of a Swan Charge

This short article shares a selection of 10 consecutive images that feature water reflections of a swan charge as the bird raced in my direction.  All of the photographs were captured handheld using a combination of the E-M1X’s Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking and Pro Capture L technologies.

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American Goldfinches

This article shares a selection of handheld photographs of American Goldfinches that were captured in my backyard earlier this summer. Although American Goldfinches visit periodically, we don’t typically see them with any regularity until August. By the fall most of the birds have migrated out of the area.

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Golden Crowned Kinglet

Earlier this week, during a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, I was very fortunate to be able to capture a selection of photographs of a Golden Crowned Kinglet. These small, insect eating birds are difficult to photograph as they are constantly on the move as they dart from branch to branch looking for food.

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High ISO Bee In Flight

With autumn in Canada fast approaching I spent some time capturing some high ISO bee in flight images with shutter speeds up to 1/5000. This was likely my last opportunity this year to do some testing with fast shutter speeds and related high ISO values with this subject matter. The photographs in this article were captured at ISO values between ISO-2500 and ISO-6400. All were captured handheld with an E-M1X, M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens and M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter using Pro Capture H.

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Favourite Pro Capture Images

This article shares some of my favourite Pro Capture images that were created using an E-M1X, M.Zuiko telephoto lenses, and M.Zuiko teleconverters. All were captured handheld. Without question the more that I have used Pro Capture, the more indispensable it has become to my bird and insect photography.

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Focus Stacked Dragonfly

This article shares a small selection of handheld in-camera focus stacked dragonfly images that were captured at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington Ontario. These photographs fall under the ‘push my gear and see what happens’ category. All were captured using an E-M1X, M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens, and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. This set-up was shot fully extended which creates an equivalent field-of-view of 1600 mm. All of the photographs in this article were created during the same photo session as described in my previous article. 

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Dragonflies at 1600 mm

This article discusses photographing dragonflies handheld at 1600 mm equivalent field-of-view, and shares a selection of new images. All photographs were captured using an E-M1X, M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS and M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. All images were created with my lens fully extended and fitted with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter. This produces a focal length of 800 mm (efov 1600 mm).

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