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15th November 2012, 08:20 AM
Since I have E-5 and video function, I found nice to make movies with my favourite subject - wildlife.

Here are a few of my best movies with wild animals. All are made with E-5 + Zuiko 50-200 MK1.

Green woodpecker :

Bee eaters:


European ground squirrel:

Coot with babies on the nest:

15th November 2012, 09:25 AM
OOOhh I want to visit you country and see these magnificant birds myself :)

Thanks so much for sharing with us here :)
I must use the Vid on my E-5 ... one day :)

15th November 2012, 09:28 AM
Nice videoclips. I keep promising myself that I'll try it one day.
Now you have given me some incentive.

15th November 2012, 12:05 PM
Thank you for your comments !

I was like you. I had zero interested in the video function. Actually I considered the video an uselless function on DSLR.

When I bought E-5 and start using the video, I realized the huge potential of this.
There are moments wich cannot be captured by photo. Motion, sound...are important too.
And of course there is another technique when making movies - this is a challange.

But I make video ocassionally only; prefere to make pictures most of the time.
Sometimes, when I see an interesting moment, there is a conflict in me : to do photo or video ? :) Most of the times the photograper inside me wins the fight.

I am confident that if you will start using the video function you will love it.

Yes, Romania is a very interesting country for wildlife.
If you ever decide to visit it for this, you will not regret it. Only ask first what is the best period for the species you like to capture.
For me the highest season is june, when most of the birds are nesting and are very tolerant with the people.

15th November 2012, 03:14 PM
I really enjoyed these clips - thanks for showing them - I am guessing some were hand held with IS on?

I like the green woodpecker who seems to be convinced that the grass lawn is in fact a big patch of tree bark :D


15th November 2012, 05:27 PM
Beautiful clips, thanks for sharing them.The Bee Eaters are fantastic. As others have said I also tend to ignore the Video capability of my cameras but the few attempts I have made have been quite pleasing.

I like the green woodpecker who seems to be convinced that the grass lawn is in fact a big patch of tree bark :D


The Green Woodpecker is a bit different to the others. Their favourite food is Ants and their green plumage is optimised for their feeding habitat. You are actually far more likely to spot one on the grass than in a tree.


16th November 2012, 06:47 AM
I really enjoyed these clips - thanks for showing them - I am guessing some were hand held with IS on?


Thank you !
Ian, the key is a good software to stabilize and fix the jelly effect caused by shaking and by the rolling shutter.

At 200mm, the IS from E-5 does not help too much.
Main reason I am using IS is that it makes zoom/crop, so I get better magnification of the subject.

If I do not have tripod, I only try to keep the camera as fix as possible so that I minimize the shaking.

In the video with woodpecker, I sit down on the ground and keep the camera on my knee.
Even this way, the shaking was too big and I considered the video unusable when I made it. I was lucky that I did not delete it.

The main problem is not the shaking itself, but the "jelly" (rolling shutter) effect caused by the shaking.

I can stabilize the movie with Deshaker plugin in VirtualDub, but the jelly effects remains there.

Finnally I had found that Adobe After Effects has a very nice stabilizer module (Warp Stabilizer) wich stabilize the image and fix the jelly effect.

Movies wich I considered unusable, I could fix with Adobe After Effects.
For me Adobe After Effects was a new era of editing movies. And it has tons of filters : unsharp mask, sharpen, shadow&highlights.... It is an fantastic tool.

Here I had posted a comparison between a movie stabilized with Deshaker (Virtual Dub) and the same movie stabilized with Warp Stabilizer (ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS).
Display it full-screen and in full HD resolution :

Digital Stabilization means all the time cropping from the movie.
Keep this in mind when you are recordind the movie. Leave enough space arround the subject, so that you can stabilize later on with an editing software.

Beautiful clips, thanks for sharing them.The Bee
The Green Woodpecker is a bit different to the others. You are actually far more likely to spot one on the grass than in a tree.

Thank you !
Here i "shoot" one in the tree. This was the best picture in that session (E-5, 50-200, ISO-2000):
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7273/8165015744_f8953ac13e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/8165015744/)
Ghionoaie verde (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/8165015744/) by Fraton (http://www.flickr.com/people/27603562@N04/), on Flickr

16th November 2012, 09:16 AM
This is very interesting :)

I have been doing some comparisons with the OM-D E-M5 and Pen E-PL5. Both have the same sensor but different IBIS systems. I was under the impression that the reduced rolling shutter effect on the E-M5 was down to an improved (faster) sensor read out. That may well be the answer but the E-PL5 does seem to exhibit more rolling shutter effect than the E-M5, which means either the sensor read out is slower (in my opinion this is unlikely but I will check with Olympus) or the IS is so much better on the E-M5 that it really does reduce the rolling shutter effect. I will do some tests on the E-M5 with IS switched off compared to the E-PL5. This should provide a firm answer.

Thanks for the tip about the After Effects feature - I have AE so I will try it out :)


16th November 2012, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the tip about the After Effects feature - I have AE so I will try it out :)


You're welcome !
Waiting your impressions about AAE, after you will try it.

Impressions about E-M5 vs E-PL5 will be interesting too.

21st November 2012, 01:12 AM
Well done Katran...love all of them.
I have just got a camera with video and tried it wit some Snipe .....just got to find out how to view them on the computer....keeps saying Real Player has stopped working.
Ah well never mind - I will have to just look on the back of the camera.


21st November 2012, 02:53 PM
Thank you !

You can try to open the movies with something else (Windows Media Player).
If still not working, install another player (by example VLC Player).

21st November 2012, 04:14 PM
Lovely set of video's Katran, with some great subjects

21st May 2013, 08:37 AM
Lesser whitethroat babies in the nest :

Pui de silvie mica in cuib / Lesser whitethroat babies in the nest - YouTube

A few words about clip :
-first part of the movie contains a few clips with the babies in the nest, hand held (no tripod) but stabilized later, on editing, with Adobe After Effects;
-last part of the movie contains pictures in chronological order showing the full story of this babies : egs in the nest, hatching, parents bringing food to the babies, babies growing and leaving the nest.

After coming out of the egs, babies are leaving the nest after 10 days only.
So I had to invest time in a short period to follow the full evolution.

Technically the movie is not perfect, but I hope you will like the story.

Choose the watch the movie in HD for good quality/resolution !


21st May 2013, 09:17 AM
Super video, Katran - many thanks for sharing. Treat yourself to a nice windsock for the mic and you will be perfect!


21st May 2013, 10:17 AM
Thank you, Ian !

Yes I need to find a good windsock or if I do not find to build myself one.

21st May 2013, 04:08 PM
Thoroughly enjoyable throughout, Katran, really nice work.

21st May 2013, 06:17 PM
Thank you, Imageryone.

21st May 2013, 08:44 PM
I missed this thread the first time round - these videos are superb.
I have used the video function on the E5, but not very often.

Yes I need to find a good windsock or if I do not find to build myself one.

I got this one Katran. (Never tried it yet though!) :

Micromuff The Original Wind Muffler: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41q04l4AlJL.@@AMEPARAM@@41q04l4AlJL

I don't think it would have made much difference even if I had used it for this clip:


But switching my phone off might have helped!

23rd May 2013, 07:56 AM
Super videos. Well done indeed!

23rd May 2013, 12:28 PM
Thank you for your comments !

Jim, I saw very nice photos in your photostream.
Graptolite, thank you for the link ! I will check it.

24th May 2013, 12:01 PM
Very nice videos, I enjoyed all of them.

30th May 2013, 06:52 AM
Thank you, Tordan !

Another 2 wildlife videos I made last weekend: little owl and sand martin. To be watched in HD resolution.

Cucuveaua / Little Owl (Athene noctua) - YouTube

Lastuni de mal / Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) - YouTube

This is one picture taken during the photo session with the little owl.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2822/8858638086_f34e16a20d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/8858638086/)
Little Owl (Athene noctua) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/8858638086/) by Fraton (http://www.flickr.com/people/27603562@N04/), on Flickr

30th May 2013, 07:50 PM
Excellent again. Nice and sharp in HD.

6th June 2014, 12:37 PM
Woodpecker adult feeding baby in the nest by E-5 + Zuiko 70-300mm:
Woodpecker feeding baby in the nest / Ciocanitoare de gradina hranindu-si puii in cuib - YouTube

Light was poor. I used a tripod.

And a few pictures from the same session:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3887/14321202226_30380fd291_o.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/14321202226/)
Woodpecker baby in the nest (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/14321202226/) by Fraton (https://www.flickr.com/people/27603562@N04/), on Flickr

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2937/14378855063_455baa9283_b.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/14378855063/)
Woodpecker feeding baby in the nest (https://www.flickr.com/photos/27603562@N04/14378855063/) by Fraton (https://www.flickr.com/people/27603562@N04/), on Flickr

6th June 2014, 02:08 PM
Great stuff - I thought the young bird was going to eat the fly.

6th June 2014, 02:50 PM
Very nice Katran. Love the woodpecker.

Looks like the Adobe stabilisation software is the one to get.

6th June 2014, 03:53 PM
WoW ! Terrific :) absolutely cracking images :)
Thanks for sharing :)

6th June 2014, 04:02 PM
Thank you for your comments !
I expected the young bird will get only insects, spiders...etc.
But 90% of the food was mulberries as in the picture, only the rest (10%) was spiders.

7th June 2014, 01:17 PM
Fantastic! Keep them coming.

20th June 2014, 08:43 AM
Thank you. Tordan !

1-2 weeks ago I discovered a second woodpecker nest. It could get closer, but the light was worse.
The nest was near a main road - a lot of traffic and noise compromising the sound of my video.
So one picture + 1 video from this nest. E-5 + Zuiko 70-300mm.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2936/14277758938_1352983e18_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nKFfiy)Woodpecker baby (https://flic.kr/p/nKFfiy) by Fraton (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

Woodpecker baby in nest close-up / Pui de ciocanitoare in cuib - YouTube

25th June 2014, 08:24 AM
Last weekend I found a grey wagtail nest and recorded the moments when parents were feeding the babies.

Grey wagtail feeding babies in the nest / Codobatura de munte hranind puii in cuib - YouTube

25th June 2014, 11:15 AM
White-throated dipper juvenile doing some fitness. :)

Young dipper trying to get adult's attention / Juvenil de mierla de apa - YouTube