Wordy Wednesday #452 “ Clearing Your Mind with a Walk”
Aug02

Wordy Wednesday #452 “ Clearing Your Mind with a Walk”

As I’ve written about before, I like to take walks during the day to get a bit of exercise, clear my head and sometime try out  new equipment, which was the case on this particular day. I had just purchased a new-to-me black Panasonic Lumix GX1 camera body from a camera store in Japan (via eBay) and wanted to make sure that it worked. I stuck on an Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens (34mm equivalent) which produced a  compact and...

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The Format of the Medium is the Message
May22

The Format of the Medium is the Message

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”— Marshall McLuhan I believe that the camera you use—and the way that you use it—determines the format, or shape, of the final image. Look no further than the hundreds of YouTube videos that are shot using a vertical format—the shape of the smartphone—despite every moving image that the maker has ever seen in their life is horizontal. I was having coffee with...

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Wordy Wednesday #214 “Garden of the Gods in Color”
Jun15

Wordy Wednesday #214 “Garden of the Gods in Color”

Ive written about the Garden of the Gods before and you can read some details in my previous post about shooting the wonder of nature with infrared capture. While my friend Mark Toal and I were visiting the Garden of the Gods, he loaned me a Panasonic Lumix GX85, with which I made the above shot. (Mary ordered me a Lumix GX85 for my birthday last month and it should be here today.) I’ve never been good at shooting with two...

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First Photos from Panasonic’s Lumix LX100
Sep18

First Photos from Panasonic’s Lumix LX100

Our photokina week coverage continues with a look at Panasonic’s Lumix LX100. Today’s Post by Mark Toal I’ve always thought of mirrorless cameras as having interchangeable lenses so the new Lumix LX100 stretches that definition a bit. With it’s fixed mount 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 lens it looks more like a point-and-shoot camera but I think its Micro Four-thirds (18 mm × 13.5 mm) sensor qualifies it to be for the Mirrorless...

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High ISO and Noise Reduction
Feb03

High ISO and Noise Reduction

“I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise.”—George Gershwin Today’s Post by Mark Toal Noise is an issue with all digital cameras. When Panasonic’s Lumix G1 came out I didn’t like the noise levels in images above ISO 400. With current cameras from Panasonic and Olympus I feel more comfortable shooting up to ISO 1600 but above that the noise gets too strong for my taste. If you’re not familiar with...

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Micro Four-thirds at PhotoPlus Expo
Oct28

Micro Four-thirds at PhotoPlus Expo

PhotoPlus Expo took place in New York City last week and I wanted to cover some of the Micro Four-thirds product announcements. First and most fun is the Lomography Experimental lens kit. The kit includes 3 lenses; a fisheye lens for 160° shots, a wide-angle 12mm lens and standard 24mm lens. The lenses have built in shutters and all three are only $89.00. Last week I wrote about the new Panasonic Lumix GM-1 tiny MFT camera. PhotoPlus...

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Micro Four-thirds: The Nerdographer
Aug19

Micro Four-thirds: The Nerdographer

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal Last week I was trying out two new Panasonic point-and-shoot cameras. The FZ70 has a 20mm-1200mm zoom lens and the other is a pocket camera, the LF1. The LF1 has Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication). Not only did I shoot almost 3000 photos and a couple of hours of video I applied filters to the images in the LF1 and then sent them to my iPhone via Wi-Fi and uploaded them to Facebook. I loved every...

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