I recently visited the Floral Showhouse Gardens & Tropical Foyer in Niagara Falls Canada. While at the facility I captured a number of Handheld Hi Res cactus images with my Olympus OM-D E-M1X and M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens.
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Like many things in life, I’ve found that the more I use the E-M1X’s Handheld Hi Res Mode… the easier it gets.
The majority of photographs in this article were single attempt captures. By way of a message on the rear screen, the E-M1X will advise a photographer if a Handheld Hi Res Mode image attempt failed.
As I’ve become more familiar using the E-M1X Handheld Hi Res Mode for macro photography I’ve found using shutter speeds of 1/320 or 1/400 work well. Photographing from the rear screen rather than using the EVF also seems to help my Handheld Hi Res macro success rate.
When possible I looked for smooth, uncluttered backgrounds as this helps with subject separation.
When moving in close to some of the larger specimen I had to be careful not to inadvertently prick myself on some of the needles.
Since the Handheld Hi Res Mode captures 16 images, then combines them into one RAW file, it does quite a good job dealing with noise at high ISO values. This makes it well suited to use for macro photography.
The highest value at which the Handheld Hi Res Mode will work is ISO-6400.
I spent some time capturing Handheld Hi Res macro images of some of the other plants at the Floral Showhouse Gardens and Tropical Foyer. Another article is forthcoming that will feature some of those images.
Creating these Handheld Hi Res cactus images was an enjoyable experience. My comfort level with my OM-D E-M1X has increased significantly with each passing day. Using the Handheld Hi Res Mode for macro photography is something that now feels quite comfortable and normal.
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. All are presented as 100% captures without any cropping.
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