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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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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MFT Monday: My Panasonic Lumix G5
Jul22

MFT Monday: My Panasonic Lumix G5

When I posted “Panasonic Lumix G6: Real Soon Now” I was on a waiting list for purchasing a new Lumix G6 but it turned out that I did not win the Lottery, so when Amazon put the G5 with 14-42mm lens on sale for less than $400, I ordered one. I fell in love with the Lumix G5 when Panasonic showed it to me at a press event in Sonoma, CA last summer and here’s why: The G5 has the same 16.05-megapixel sensor as the new G6...

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Panasonic’s G6 is Coming…Real Soon Now
Jun17

Panasonic’s G6 is Coming…Real Soon Now

It seems like just last year—wait, it was last July—that I was at California’s Sonoma Raceway for the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix G5. You can read my review of the G5 in the July issue of Shutterbug magazine, which should also be on-line soon. Here I was craving a G5, saving my pennies and Panasonic goes and announces, a key word, the Lumix G6. As I write this I’ve placed an order for the limited number of G6...

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