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Barcelona with a m4/3 camera

Recently took a short trip to Barcelona, for yet another meeting. This time I decided to take a lighter, more compact system than my behemoth D800E + lens collection + large tripod. I had been hearing good things about the Olympus OM-D EM1, so I ended up renting a body, ultrawide zoom (Panasonic 7-14 f4), a "standard" zoom (Olympus 12-40 f2.8 ED) and a telezoom (Olympus 40-150 f2.8 ED). The OM-D EM-1 has an imaging sensor area essentially half that of the D800, which means that the field of view of the lenses is about half what you would expect from a 35mm FX equivalent. So the upshot is, I had a system covering 14-300mm effective field of view, that weighed less than half my D800 system (and I don't have a 300 f2.8...).

Of course, what physics gives on one hand it takes away with the other. You lose about 1 stop worth of isolation/shallow depth of field going from 35mm FX to m4/3, so the 150 f2.8 is not really like a 300 f2.8, but still it was a remarkably comfortable and easy to carry system that never seemed to limit me. I have made some prints of images from this trip to the maximum size I can pull off with my desktop printer (Canon Pixma Pro-1, which is a max 13x19 inch printer), and the files and results are very very good.

I'm now seriously considering investing in this system to parallel my big system, particularly for family-oriented travel where the 30 lb monster just gets in the way.


Anyhoo, on to the images. Gallery is linked to the image below, or as usual you can get there via the Gallery link at the top of the page.



Sweet and sticky, Barcelona Central Market

CMS Restoration Progress

As of today (March 15, 2015) a couple of the Galleries are back.

To whit:


Veneto Plain & Venice Australia  Patagonia Toadstool

What comes next will depend a bit on my ongoing Aperture->Capture One migration, which will be the subject of a separate article soon.



Veneto Plain and Venice Gallery

In late September/early October we took a trip to northern Italy, specifically the Veneto plain region and Venice, to attend the European Society of Veterinary Orthopedics and Traumatology conference. A smallish gallery, mainly of "intimate vignette" shots rather than grand scenics, is now up and can be accessed from the Gallery link, or by clicking on the image below.

Ventian Mask

Australia Gallery

In April of 2014 we took a long delayed and overdue trip back to Australia, spending time in Brisbane, Tasmania, Victoria and then back to SE Qld to end the trip on the Sunshine Coast at Alexandra Headlands. Let me just say that Australia has become MUCH more expensive in the time I have been away.

This was more of a family trip than an image hunting expedition, but a selection of photographs from the trip are now up in the Australia '14 gallery, accessible by clicking the image below, or from the Galleries link on the top menu.


Dolphins are cool.