This article shares some early spring HHHR (Handheld High Resolution) images of flowers captured earlier today in my yard. With the various restrictions and lock down measures that are in place, it is always good to get out in some fresh air to photograph whatever subjects we can find.
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In the early spring we are often hard pressed to find interesting new growth. Sometimes some dried remnants from last year’s flowers and shrubs is the best we can do.
When I grabbed my camera this morning it was a bit breezy. I decided to try some handheld high resolution (HHHR) flower photography with my E-M1X anyway.
I haven’t been in an indoor facility to photograph flowers for about a year so it was quite enjoyable to create a few simple flower compositions. Even if I was limited to just a few early spring subjects in my front yard.
It was quite easy to capture some reasonable images this morning. My HHHR technique came back quickly, as did using the rear screen of my E-M1X to compose my photographs.
The biggest challenge was timing my shutter release in between flower movements caused by the intermittent morning breeze.
While I don’t often need a 50 MP high resolution file to produce large prints, I always enjoy using my E-M1X’s HHHR capability. This technology does a great job reducing potential noise at high ISO values, and also provides higher levels of dynamic range than when shooting in standard resolution.
The macro image of some heather blossoms above was shot using a camera setting of ISO-3200. According to the Photostophotos website this HHHR image has 8.95 EV of dynamic range.
Even when using Handheld Hi Res at its limit of ISO-6400, this technology delivers 8.03 EV of dynamic range with very low levels of noise. This dynamic range performance is actually better than many full frame cameras at similar ISO values. Using Handheld Hi Resolution technology is great for flower photography, and other macro subjects.
I love using my E-M1X for macro photography. The IBIS performance is outstanding which allows for the use of shutter speeds of 1/250 or slower when shooting Handheld Hi Resolution macro images. Getting sufficiently deep depth-of-field for macro images is a pretty simple proposition when using M4/3 lenses. Stopping down beyond f/8 is seldom required.
In situations where a more muted background is desired, moving to an aperture of f/2.8 can create the desired effect , while still delivering good image detail, as we can see at the tip of this flower bud.
A slight shift in shooting angle can create even more shallow depth-of-field when desired. In my experience using smaller sensor cameras like M4/3 for handheld macro photography is an excellent equipment choice.
Back in my full frame days I owned a 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and hardly ever used it. My handheld skills were simply not good enough given the size and weight of the lens and the VR performance it delivered. I also hated being restricted by tripods. My E-M1X’s IBIS performance delivers the handheld freedom I love. Combined with its Handheld Hi Resolution technology, I have more than enough image quality for my macro photography needs.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Crops of the original images are indicated where appropriate.
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