This article shares a selection of photographs that I captured handheld before sunrise at LaSalle Park in Burlington, Ontario. I must admit that it felt a bit odd to head off during the wee hours of an early November morning to capture some landscape images without a tripod.
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Having some prior experience with the IBIS performance of my Olympus OM-D E-M1X, I was very confident that I would get some useable images. Even when shooting multiple second exposures handheld. My only real concern was if the weather conditions would remain calm.
I found that the dual grip design of the E-M1X made it feel very comfortable and natural to capture longer exposure handheld photographs using a portrait orientation.
My handheld shutter speeds ranged from 1 to 4 seconds for the photographs featured in this article. It is important to note that I wasn’t propped up against a tree, or a railing or a fence. These were all free standing shutter speeds.
Shooting with slow shutter speeds allowed me to use base ISO-200 for all of these photographs captured handheld before sunrise. Hmm… every time I type “handheld before sunrise” it feels a bit incredulous.
As I was composing these handheld low light images, I couldn’t help but harken back to my full frame DSLR camera days. Without a tripod, most of these images would have been impossible for me to capture successfully at ISO-200. Technology has certainly advanced, giving photographers a lot more handheld flexibility. This really suits my personal shooting style as I hate using tripods.
I arranged to meet a photographer friend of mine at LaSalle Park. He arrived when it was still “dark o’clock”. We wandered around the pier area for a while, capturing images along the way.
As you can see in the photograph above, I was able to include my friend in one of my handheld compositions. This image was captured using a shutter speed of 1 second with an equivalent field-of-view of 80mm.
In the past, I had captured a few low light landscape images with my E-M1X using slow handheld shutter speeds. This was the first time that I really tried to put my camera’s IBIS capability to the test with this type of subject matter.
Suffice to say that I was completely satisfied with how my Olympus OM-D E-M1X performed. Unless I do some Live Composite imagery, use the Tripod Hi Res mode, or do some extremely long exposures (e.g. 8 seconds or longer) with my E-M1X, I can’t see why I’d ever need to bring a tripod with me.
During the eight months that I’ve owned my Olympus OM-D E-M1X and selection of M.Zuiko lenses, my M4/3 kit has kept on redefining what is possible. This produces an incredible feeling of creative freedom every time I’m out with my Olympus camera gear.
Photographs were captured handheld 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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