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

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 the 5-Target Group but have been finding a lot of images that were front-focused and the point of focus was just in front of my subject, making my subject soft.

Last night I switched to Small Target and the results were vastly better. The majority of what I was shooting last night was static images with no major focus tracking. Reviewing last nights results I hardly had any front-focused frames and most shots were tact sharp – success!!

Another issue I was having was with soft images using the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 IS Pro and 1.4 tele when shooting wide-open. Images often looked soft with no real focus point anywhere – kinda like how heat waves from the road in a distance can blur your photo, but image shouldn’t have been suffering from any heat waves. By stopping down to f7.1 it seems to have fixed my issues there. I have had some success shooting this combo wide open, but most shots seemed to have not worked out.

Female Downy Woodpecker in a tree in Bozeman, Montana

For this shot of a female Downy Woodpecker, I was using the M.Zuiko 300m f4 Pro lens and 1.4 tele. It was shot handheld at 1/800s at f7.1 and Auto ISO of 1250. This shot was super sharp with the Small Target AF, and check out that light I have in her eye!!

With this setup it gave me the equivalent focal length of 840mm when compared to a full-frame camera, without all that extra weight 🙂 I am really loving this part of the Olympus system!

 

Baby Mountain Cottontail Rabbit

OMG How darn cute is this little guy???

Baby Mountain Cottontail Rabbit

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 to finish breakfast eating grass and clovers. All I had to do was sit motionless in a chair in the yard and he/she came within 10 feet of me without even seeing me.

This was photographed hand-held with the Get Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera and the M.Zuiko 300mm f4 IS Pro lens. Shot at ISO 800 at 1/400s at f5.6.

 

Bison and Spring Snowfall in Gallatin Gateway, Montana

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 Pro lens that Olympus has loaned me for a couple months. It was shot hand-held at 1/160s, f8, at ISO 200. To get the same lens reach using a full-frame camera I’d be using a 600mm f4 lens and there is no way I’d be hand holding that monster of a lens at 1/160th of a second for any amount of time!

One concern I’ve had with MFT is that the camera is only 20MP (my current Sony a7R3 has more than double the megapixels) and I specialize in large prints. The more megapixels, the larger you can print, right? If I can’t get great looking prints out of the Olympus there’d be no reason for me to switch from Sony.

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White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons

“White Pelican in Fog on the Snake River at the Tetons”
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

 

Earlier this month I spent 4 days in Jackson, Wyoming exhibiting at the Jackson Hole Art Festival. On my way back to Bozeman, MT I headed out early that day so I could photograph the sunrise at the Oxbow Bend Turnout.

 

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While photographing the sunrise, I noticed this white pelican slowly cruising the Snake River coming towards me. I took the wide angle lens off my camera and put my 150-600mm lens on my camera and tripod and photographed the pelican as it was floating past me.

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Elk Cows with Calf at Grand Teton National Park

I came across a herd of elk shortly after sunrise at Grand Teton National Park last month as they were on the move. I quickly parked the car in a pull-off and started taking photos from just outside the car.

They came out of the woods and into a clearing and this group of cows, with a calf, paused for just a moment to get a look around to see if there was any danger in the area.

 

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Shiras Bull Moose at rest

A Shiras bull moose with summer velvet antlers rests in a field of grass in the late evening at Gros Ventre Campground in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, in early summer.

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Moose are the largest extant species in the deer family. The Shiras Moose is the smallest subspecies in North America, weighing from 507 to 785 lb at maturity and can be found in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

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