My first solar eclipse, no clue what to expect or how to photograph. My question was should I even try to photograph?, as the podcasts I listened recommend just enjoying the first eclipse. Decided just to enjoy than picturing it. Didn’t bother getting the solar filter.
Liked to try out the Panasonic zoom for an Chicago Air and Water Show and eclipse was also around the same time, rented panasonic zoom lens for both. Here is my experience with the lens, and some short comparison with the D800E Sigma 150mm-600mm.
This is one of the main reason I upgraded the camera, to view and shoot the city skyline in twilight hour. Usually this is the main drawback with the m4/3 cameras, and wanted to switch FF mainly for the low light sensitivity .
Even if I ignore price of the moment, this is what I need (not really, unless I get paid to do the shoot, it’s of course a want!). I need two zooms, a wide angle zoom 24-70 , a tele zoom 70-200 zoom and a fast prime 35mm Continue reading
Events like this is where I need a real camera, and compounding fact of tough lighting and not the right location is the fact, that we usually don’t go early enough to sit in ideal location (Not the front row, but 4-5 rows from the front). As usual we ended up seated further back. This is when I felt most of my other cameras fell short, and iPhone camera’s are unusable. But I am very impressed with the results I got from E-m5 ii camera-lens combo.
I have used quite a lot of camera’s in the digital era. I checked my library and this is the list I came up with. Most of them are consumers cameras.
I used to pay so much attention to ISO noise, if I go to any review site I view the image only at 100% like to see every little details. I started viewing images in sites like 500px and Instagram initially little bogged down by the fact that they don’t show full detail. But later started appreciating the art form rather then the technical detail of the sensor. I know lot of us buy sensor based just on ISO capability, which is considered the weakest link in m4/3 format, and is considered at it worst in night time. To my surprise E-M1 ii produced excellent results. I took series of photographs of Chicago skyline at night time and checked at various ISO on different screens.
I was paying so much attention to technical side, forgot all about why I liked photography. It’s about Composition. I liked a lot of photographs, never really paid attention on why some photographs are more interesting. Having few courses let me understand few things about photography and what makes an interesting image. Though I can find much better images in the web to show these concepts, I don’t want to user others pictures, so here are few samples on what I took and what I learned from them. (Need to find out if it is copyright violation if I use others picture as example and credit them for their work).