As a follow up to our recent article, Hi Res Cactus Images, this posting features some Floral Showhouse macro images of flowers. All photographs were captured handheld with an Olympus OM-D E-M1X and an M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens, using the Handheld Hi Res Mode.
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Macro photography is one of those things that can become addictive. Virtually anything around us can become a potential subject for this type of image.
Being able to capture high resolution macro images handheld has further increased my enjoyment of this genre of photography.
I certainly appreciate the skill set of photographers who have mastered the art of in-studio macro photography. They use their specialized gear to create absolutely stunning work.
I’ve never had the patience for complex studio set-ups and I tip my hat to the folks who have that virtue!
My style has always been more free-wheeling and experimental. That’s one of the reasons why the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is such a good fit for me. Much like my Nikon 1 gear, the E-M1X provides an incredible amount of creative freedom. Albeit for different reasons than my Nikon 1 kit.
I love the challenge of looking at small details around me and finding a particular shooting angle that enhances subject separation. As I was capturing these Floral Showhouse macro images, I couldn’t help but be fully engrossed in the experience.
When photographing small details, sometimes all it takes is a very small shift in a shooting angle to achieve the desired degree of subject separation.
Handheld Hi Res macro photography does take some practice. It is important to determine the right personal technique. For example, I regularly compose images from the rear screen of my camera rather than using the EVF on my E-M1X. I always shoot in Manual mode with an auto-ISO setting, and use single point auto-focus.
Creating this selection of Floral Showhouse macro images of flowers is one of those situations where camera gear can make a difference. The combination of the Handheld Hi Res Mode on my Olympus OM-D E-M1X, and the camera’s 7 stops of IBIS, is a game changer for me. Many people have asked me, “How effective is the IBIS on the E-M1X?”
Well… it’s good enough that the Handheld Hi Res macro image above was captured one handed as I reached out over a flower bed. My E-M1X captured this photograph with only one attempt. That’s more than good enough for me.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Photographs are presented as 100% captures without any cropping.
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