Beyond the Lens with Matt Suess – Photography Journal & Blog

Goodbye Sony! It wasn’t you, it was Olympus. Why I Switched, Part 1

By Matt Suess | July 22, 2019

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series. I will add links for new additions here when they become available. Part 1 – an Introduction It is official – on July 9, 2019 I broke-up with Sony after 5 years and went back to my first love from way back in the 1980’s, Olympus. It […]

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Sony Just Announced New 60MP Camera – Am I Bummed Now That I Switched to Olympus?

By Matt Suess | July 16, 2019

So right on the heals of me leaving Sony FF for Olympus, Sony today announces a 60MP upgrade to the camera I just got rid of. Am I upset? Am I regretting my choice?? Absolutely not, and this shot is just one reason why! There is more to a camera than it’s megapixels, and what […]

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Luminar Flex from Skylum Updated to v1.1 – What is Flex and What About this Update

By Matt Suess | July 10, 2019

Skylum today has released a free update to Luminar Flex bringing it to version 1.1. What is Luminar Flex? Don’t they have Luminar 3 too? For those not familiar with Flex, think of all the great photo editing filters and tools from Luminar 3, minus the not-ready-for-primetime catalog features that Luminar 3 has. If you […]

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Ranch Horse on Cold Morning – Tetons

By Matt Suess | July 9, 2019

I am amazed at how insanely sharp the Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens is. Not to mention the great focal length too, equivalent to 80-300mm at f2.8 in the full-frame world, all in a lightweight design that makes it easy to carry around all day.

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Registration Now Open for my 2019 Fall Grand Tetons Photo Workshop

By Matt Suess | June 1, 2019

Registration has just opened for my 5th Annual Fall Grand Teton Photography Workshop in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming!! Here is some of the important info: Dates: Monday, September 23 – Saturday, September 28, 2019 Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced Class Size: Limited to just 6 students Type: Field Workshop Note: Previous fall workshops […]

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Still Learning the AF System on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X Camera

By Matt Suess | May 29, 2019

In my continuing experiments with the Get Olympus system they have loaned me and the OM-D E-M1X camera in particular, I’ve had some focusing issues that I believe I am finding solutions to! Switching camera systems is never easy nor is getting used to new AF systems. For most of my shots I have been using […]

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Baby Mountain Cottontail Rabbit

By Matt Suess | May 26, 2019

OMG How darn cute is this little guy??? I first saw this baby Mountain Cottontail rabbit yesterday outside our fence when I was mowing. This morning we couldn’t figure out why the dogs were super excited in the backyard. Once the dogs were put inside, this little guy came back out from under the deck […]

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Black and White Tulip

By Matt Suess | May 24, 2019

I have always loved black and white photography. In fact I was processing and printing my own b&w photos way back when I was 12 years old! But I can not recall right now when – or if – I ever created any serious black and white flower photographs before. So here’s a start, with […]

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Pro Capture for Lightning with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X Camera?

By Matt Suess | May 9, 2019

Pro Capture for lightning with the OM-D E-M1X camera? Yes, please! We just had a small lightning storm pass overhead here in Montana and while it was on it’s way I ran outside to see if Pro Capture would work for getting shots of lightning. And it does! For those not familiar with Pro Capture on […]

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Bison and Spring Snowfall in Gallatin Gateway, Montana

By Matt Suess | April 30, 2019

I love watching bison forage for food when the ground is covered with snow. They use their head as a shovel to push the snow away to get to the grass below. This was photographed yesterday during a late April snowfall here in Montana. It was photographed with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera and M.Zuiko 300mm f4 IS […]

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