Rediscovered Moments

As photographers many of us have had rediscovered moments when we’ve gone through some of our unprocessed image files and found some useable photographs. Over the past few weeks I’ve been cleaning up some old photography files that for whatever reason I left dormant and unprocessed. This article shares some rediscovered moments.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-1000, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 3571 pixels on the width, subject distance 76.2 metres

This image of a bald eagle in flight was captured back in early October 2021. While bald eagles are spotted from time to time at Hendrie Valley they are often too distant to make viable photographic subjects.

The next three images date back to August 2021 and were captured at the Biggar Lagoon Wetlands in Grimsby Ontario. I was watching a Great Blue Heron as it was wading in one of the ponds. It suddenly did a quick jump out of the water. Perhaps it had been startled by a turtle or something else beneath the surface of the pond.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 464 mm, efov 928 mm, f/8.9, -0.3 EV, 1/1600, ISO-1600, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, full frame capture, subject distance 41.1 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 464 mm, efov 928 mm, f/8.9, -0.3 EV, 1/1600, ISO-1600, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, full frame capture, subject distance 40.3 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 464 mm, efov 928 mm, f/8.9, -0.3 EV, 1/1600, ISO-1600, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, full frame capture, subject distance 39.5 metres

This was one of those situations when something completely unexpected happens and you just react to the action.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/12, -0.3 EV, 1/2000, ISO-1600, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 4449 pixels on the width, subject distance 45.8 metres

The photograph above was captured at Hendrie Valley and shows a Great Blue Heron after it has just taken flight. I had a number of typical captures from this image run which is likely why I hadn’t processed these files earlier. This image dates back to May 2021.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter @ 800 mm, efov 1600 mm, f/13, 1/2500, ISO-6400, cropped to 4996 pixels on the width, subject distance 3.2 metres

The photograph above dates back to August 2021. It was captured handheld using the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS along with the M.Zuiko MC-20 teleconverter at a focal length of 800 mm, efov 1600 mm, ISO-6400.

The next three rediscovered moments are photographs of a dragonfly that I captured in my backyard in September 2021. I used the rear screen on my E-M1X to compose these images as the dragonfly was quite low to the ground. The short minimum focusing distance of the M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS helped me create these photographs.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/500, ISO-1600, cropped to 4184 pixels on the width, subject distance 1.3 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/10, 1/400, ISO-4000, cropped to 3552 pixels on the width, subject distance 1.3 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/400, ISO-4000, cropped to 4193 pixels on the width, subject distance 1.3 metres

The next seven consecutive photographs are from a Pro Capture H run captured at Hendrie Valley in September 2021. This series of photographs document a ‘slice of life moment’ that in of themselves seem mundane. When captured with technology like Pro Capture H I find these moments to be quite captivating.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3840 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3840 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3840 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3840 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3840 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3840 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 400 mm, efov 800 mm, f/6.3, 1/2500, ISO-2000, Pro Capture H, cropped to 3844 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.6 metres

Here is another image from August 2021. Although I had no opportunity to photograph this osprey catching a fish, it did fly by close enough to allow me to capture this image.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 391 mm, efov 782 mm, f/8.7, 1/1600, ISO-800, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 3665 pixels on the width, subject distance 43.6 metres

My guess is that the bird in the next photograph is a Northern Shoveler duck. This image was captured in early December 2021 at Windemere Basin Park in Hamilton Ontario.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1600, ISO-6400, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 3762 pixels on the width, subject distance 18.9 metres

The following photograph of a red winged blackbird taking flight was captured at Hendrie Valley in June 2021 using Pro Capture H.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS @ 293 mm, efov 586 mm, f/8.5, 1/2500, ISO-640, Pro Capture H, cropped to 4349 pixels on the width, subject distance 6.3 metres

The final photographs in this article were captured at Hendrie Valley in October 2021 as what could best be described as a ‘turn and shoot” moment.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1250, ISO-640, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 2739 pixels on the width, subject distance 65.3 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1250, ISO-640, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 2886 pixels on the width, subject distance 65 metres
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 560 mm, efov 1120 mm, f/9, 1/1250, ISO-640, Bird Detection AI Subject Tracking, cropped to 3415 pixels on the width, subject distance 62.2 metres

If you have some older photography files that have been sitting idle as you’ve not found the time to process them… now is as good a time as any to go through them. You may find some rediscovered moments that bring back some positive memories.

Technical Note:

Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.  Crops are noted. This is the 1,125 article published on this website since its original inception in 2015.

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8 thoughts on “Rediscovered Moments”

  1. The cute walking bird made my morning. What a great catch. So tender, tiny, fragile. Isn’t there a song…. Like a bird, on a wire, …. by late L. Cohen? Thank you for this.

    1. Hi Claudia,

      That capture was one of those where a little bit of motion catches your eye. The bird made about three running hops along the wire fence before it darted off. I felt very fortunate being able to capture this Pro Capture H image series.

      I agree that the subject bird looks tiny and fragile… but then I remind myself that everything in nature has to be tough in its own way to survive.

      Tom

    1. Thanks Lewsh, I’m glad you enjoyed them. The comparatively short minimum focusing distance of the M.Zuiko 100-400 creates some added functionality to the lens. At 400 mm (efov 800 mm) the lens has an image magnification factor of 0.57 in 35 mm equivalent terms. Adding the MC-14 or MC-20 teleconverters does not change the minimum focusing distance so the maximum magnification in 35 mm terms increases to 0.81X and 1.15X respectively. This makes the M.Zuiko 100-409 a very good option when a photographer wants macro-type details but from a safe distance.

      Tom

      1. Thanks for the detailed info. Do you determine the numbers by your own calculations or are the magnifications printed up somewhere?

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