Beech Leaf and Cascades

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ed Heaton, a Tamron Image Master, renowned  for his landscape photography expertise and his equally talented son Zach to capture some views of Autumn in Pennsylvania.

Most of my photos today were with the Tamron 14-150mm Di III Lens and my Olympus PEN E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds Camera.  A small and lightweight combo that can capture a great diversity of scenery.  Here is one of my favorites:

Fine Art Waterfall Photograph

Autumn in Pennsylvania captured with the Tamron 14-150mm Di II Lens and the Olympus PEN E-PL3 Micro Four Thirds Camera.

Camera settings: 14mm (28mm equivalent) @ 1/2s F/9 ISO 200.  Aperture Priority Mode -2/3 EC, Auto White Balance, RAW file format, Spot Metering, 2-second delay.  Camera mounted on Benro carbon fiber tripod.

Poplar Leaf on Log

I get very caught up in trying to photograph the wildlife of New Jersey during our summer months.  However, now that the songbirds begin their southern migration out of the Mid-Atlantic and as many insects end their terrestrial lifecycles it is once again time to notice the various and vivid foliage colors brought about by the change of the season.

m43 NJ nature photo

An early Autumn nature photograph from New Jersey using Tamron’s all-in-one lens and an Olympus PEN compact camera.

Above photo was taken with Tamron’s first lens offering for compact Micro Four Thirds digital cameras.  The 14-150mm Di III provides a 28-300mm equivalency (35mm terms).  On the wide end, 28mm is great for drawing in scenery and the telephoto end with a short minimum focusing distance is very useful for honing in on details like individual leaves.  This photo of a Poplar Leaf in New Jersey was taken at focal length of 132mm in Aperture Priority Mode.  -1 stops of light was dialed in, with an aperture of F/9 and the ISO at 200.  My tripod-mounted Olympus PEN E-PL3 was triggered by a 2 second timer to allow for a 1/2 second exposure in this low-light situation.

Fingers and Fretboard

A short guitar video (of myself) that I recorded and edited recently in New Jersey.

Manually prefocusing two cameras on the position my guitar would be at was a challenge in itself.  I actually took a cardboard box from a photography light stand and laid it in place as a marker for focusing.  Took me about 3 tries to really guess exactly where my Ibanez guitar would be.  I had external microphones from both cameras wired fairly close to where my small guitar amplifier was on the ground.

After setting the manual video exposures on both cameras, I started rolling and slid myself into position.  Took me about 7 minutes on this take to get a 45 second musical passage that I was happy enough with.

Video post-processing first involved syncing the full 7 minute clips by matching peaks on the audio waveforms.  After that, it was a matter of cutting to whichever video feed I wanted to be viewed for the guitar part being played.  I did some color corrections, highlight tweaks, and selective saturation before rendering out the AVI file.