I photographed the above image with an Olympus OM-D 5 II that had been converted to IR. I used the Olympus 14-150mm lens and hand held the capture at 1/80 sec. I did not crop one pixel as I liked the framing. The vignette is not added, it is a combo of the lens, the light and the branches. I did add some digital enhancements… This tree lost one large curved branch this year. I imagine it won’t look exactly the same next year either. Consider joining me next year for my Charleston 2017 workshop.
A special thanks to Tom Wester fro the camera loan. Tom attended both of my Magnolia Gardens workshops and we were able to shoot together before the rest of the group got to Charleston. He was very generous in lending me one of his many camera rigs. The Olympus cameras have great image stabilization when hand holding. I also like the small, lightweight size!
My friend Alan Lillich suggests that I purchase an OM-D E-M5 Mark II or the Olympus OM-D E-M1 -if I wait for the version II. He also recommends the lenses below. He also suggests the Watson duo charger.
– Lenses are f/2.8 Pro zooms 7-14, 12-40, 40-150; 60mm Macro, 8mm Fisheye; 1.4x TC. And the 300mm f/4.
– Watson duo charger, does both small Canon and Olympus.
I’ll most likely get the OM-D 5 II to convert to IR and the OM-D E-M1 (version II when it comes out) for travel photography. I am not getting rid of my Canon gear just making some slight changes where they are needed in my gear.
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I head out first thing tomorrow morning for my flight to Namibia. I can’t wait. Hopefully, I’ll come home with lots of images and memories that I will love!