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Rawcoll
30th October 2013, 07:59 PM
Took advantage of the break in the weather and toddled off to Westonbirt Arboretum with my wife yesterday to check out the autumn colours. They looked fabulous and the arboretum didn't seem to have suffered in the recent gales.

I got chatting to a guy with an E-M1, and he was gracious enough to let me 'try it for size' and check out the EVF. A lovely little camera, about the right size for me, unlike the chunky GH3 I'd previously eyed. He'd had it for about a month (E-M5 before) and was raving about it; I think I can see why. He'd had no issues with it, as some have reported here.

Piccies? Well, I'm using Lumix kit so it seems less than appropriate :) . But maybe, just maybe, I'll be returning to the Olympus fold.

Benedict
30th October 2013, 09:16 PM
Ian - never mind about the camerrs,where's the pics from Westonbirt. :D
Wanted to go there this year,unfortunately my ongoing health has prevented me from doing so. I managed to get there 2 years ago,but I was about two weeks early for the change in foliage colour.:(

Phill D
30th October 2013, 09:26 PM
Yes don't be shy we don't really mind what you used to take your shot. You are thinking about getting an Oly that's good enough.

Rawcoll
30th October 2013, 10:11 PM
Also, to be totally up-front, I'm feeling pretty kn***ered and haven't even put them on the machine yet. Do that tomorrow I hope. That's one of the problems of being the wrong side of 60 I'm afraid *cry. Not even sure if there are any gooduns yet!

Rawcoll
31st October 2013, 11:47 AM
Here are a few shots from yesterday, as requested, after preliminary processing.

To be honest, it's very difficult to do justice to the impact of the autumn colours.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1010623-001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/67144)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1010565-001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/67140)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1010606-001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/67142)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1010562-001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/67138)

Just a taster. 2nd and last with 100-300mm, the others with 12-35mm (Panny!)

brian1208
31st October 2013, 11:54 AM
it's very difficult to do justice to the impact of the autumn colours.

I find its a problem with much of Nature's glorious colours but I do like these, #2 and #4 in particular look good on my screen

Benedict
31st October 2013, 01:10 PM
Thank you Ian for posting, I love them all - just wish I could have made the round trip. There is no substitute for just being there and letting the eyes take in the beauty of it.

Rawcoll
31st October 2013, 04:57 PM
Brian and Benedict, thanks for your comments. I think we were lucky with the timing and the weather. The only downside was that it was half-term and the place was chocker. Plenty of photo-holics out and about too!

brian1208
31st October 2013, 05:33 PM
The only downside was that it was half-term and the place was chocker.

We battened down the hatches and stayed at home because of that. (Wanted to get down to the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetland Centre but couldn't face the "Mini-wildlife" :D )

Phill D
31st October 2013, 08:09 PM
Lovely sharpe and colourful shots.

Peter_Hartland
31st October 2013, 10:27 PM
Hi Ian, guess I was that guy, mind your wife looked at me rather sheepish when I said you must get one. Hehe. The light yesterday was magic & just checking my images quickly they look really good


http://hartlandp.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v86/p353675532-5.jpg



http://hartlandp.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v96/p480428799-5.jpg

Rawcoll
1st November 2013, 09:18 AM
....mind your wife looked at me rather sheepish when I said you must get one.

Hi Peter, or is it Anthony, fortunately she is very tolerant *super

You've got some lovely bright colours there. Nature's colours are truly overwhelming. I think I can understand why you were doing some measure of HDR as I had to recover quite a few highlights where I hadn't allowed sufficient headroom. The GH2, nice though it is, hasn't the best DR and it approaches clipping very abruptly, which is why I'm looking at upgrading.

Anyway, it was nice to make your acquaintance and thanks once again for letting me have a bit of a play with your new machine.

Ulfric M Douglas
1st November 2013, 09:45 AM
Were you both really there on the same day?

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1010606-001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/67142)

http://hartlandp.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v96/p480428799-5.jpg

Rawcoll
1st November 2013, 10:20 AM
yep :).

It wasn't sunny all the time, and some bits were shaded by trees anyway.

I thought the same myself when I saw Peter's pics; perhaps mine need a bit of brightening up in pp.

Rawcoll
1st November 2013, 11:04 AM
Here's another more "sunny" one. As I said one of the problems I found was highlight clipping, which is quite evident in this pic. Strong sunlight and shade are problematic.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1010557-001.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/67166)

Still not as "bright" as Peter's, but then he has a lot more yellow (and sun!) in his.

G2EWS
1st November 2013, 01:00 PM
Not only was Ian and Peter there, but I was as well, with my EM1 and another of Peter's friends with two EM1's

A plethora of EM1's and a superb day to capture some brilliant images.

Best regards

Chris

Peter_Hartland
1st November 2013, 01:28 PM
The DR on the EM1 to the GH2 is nearly 2+ stops. !2 + on the EM1 & just 10 on the GH2. These were non HDR the HDR are even better. We were there at 9am & by 12 the light had changed a lot.

Rawcoll
1st November 2013, 04:38 PM
Not only was Ian and Peter there, but I was as well, with my EM1 and another of Peter's friends with two EM1's

Chris, I presume you were amongst the small gaggle near Peter then? By the way, is that a ham radio callsign you're using as username?

I just checked out DXO data for the GH2 and it shows the DR as being just over a stop worse than the E-M1 at ISO 200, presumably without any auto DR functions being in operation. Though as I mentioned earlier, clipping is very abrupt and isn't pleasant. The 4/3rd E5 is shown as over 2 stops worse. That's my take on it anyway.

Edit Beg pardon, reading the wrong label, 'cos the E-M1 ISO 200 setting is only 122! Thought it was the ISO100 value, not the 200. The difference is about 1½ stops.

G2EWS
1st November 2013, 04:51 PM
Hi Ian,

Yes we were together and apart all the time we where there.

I have been asked many times of it is a call sign and the answer is no, even though I am an electronics engineer in the communication field!

I have also been told if it was my call sign I would over 90 years old!

Best regards

Chris

banjukes
1st November 2013, 10:12 PM
Super Autumn colours from the Acer / Japanese maple. Very poor colour from native deciduous trees this year for some reason. Nothing wrong with the images above IMO.
thanks for sharing

Peter_Hartland
1st November 2013, 10:36 PM
Super Autumn colours from the Acer / Japanese maple. Very poor colour from native deciduous trees this year for some reason. Nothing wrong with the images above IMO.
thanks for sharing

My sons an arborist & tells me we need a good frost for native trees to have a good colour.