For today’s post, I’d like to share a few first impressions and some photos from the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens that I recently picked up for my Olympus OM-D E-M5. The PL25 is a fast normal lens for the Micro 4/3 system. Remember, when using Micro 4/3, you must double the focal length to get its 35mm full frame equivalent, so this lens hits one of my favorite lengths, and that is 50mm. The lens is a little bigger than my other Micro 4/3 lenses, but you’re fitting more glass in, so it needs to be bigger, I think. It also came with a lens pouch and a lens hood, something the Olympus lenses do not come with, which I appreciated. The lens provides excellent bokeh when shot wide open at f/1.4, but when using a lens like this in the daytime, you need at least a 2 stop ND filter with a camera like the OM-D, since it has a minimum shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second. If you’re not using an ND, the shots will overexpose. That said, I’ll probably have more thoughts on the lens as I use it more, so here are some shots I grabbed with the lens over the weekend! So there you have it, some sample shots from this very nice lens! All of the shots in this post were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens, both of which are available at Amazon. As always, if you [...]
Today we get to announce our preliminary schedule for Photo Magic 2013 at Walt Disney World. Many of you have emailed us about the schedule and we apologize in the delay. The reason for the delay is we have been waiting for confirmation on a special event we are planning. It is still not 100% confirmed, so we can’t announce it, but expect an update on that next week.
Photo Magic 2013 is scheduled from Sunday October 20th to Thursday October 24th. We are planning on a meetup on Saturday the 19th though for anybody who will be at Walt Disney World and would like to join us.
Today’s photo comes to you from right inside the gates of Disney California Adventure. Here we have the main station for the Red Car Trolleys on Buena Vista Street well after park closing. Buena Vista Street amazed me in many ways. One way that constantly stands out to me is how it feels like the area has just been like this forever. When you walk Buena Vista Street, it really is hard to believe that all the loud colors and postcard facades used to be there. Combine that with the music playing and the Red Car Trolleys moving down the street, and you get a very timeless feel, similar to that of a Main Street USA. For this shot, I setup my composition so that the Red Car track would swoop through the frame while also framing the station behind it. I had to do multiple exposures for this one, so I used Bulb mode and created 10″, 30″, and 90″ exposures, which I blended using Photomatix on my computer. From there, I imported into Lightroom for my typical workflow. One thing I had to correct for though was the noise in the sky. Sometimes, when you do a 90″ long exposure, you can get some sensor noise in the sky. To correct this, I just created a brush in Lightroom, slid the noise reduction slider for that brush up to about 50, and then painted over the parts I wanted corrected. That basically solved the problem! This shot was [...]
Today’s photo comes from right after Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. I love seeing Disney photos that tell a story. It isn’t always the easiest thing to accomplish seeing as many of our favorite photo subjects are static objects that don’t move or show emotion. This photo is instantly relatable to anyone who has been on Main Street USA right after Wishes ends the night for those who aren’t staying late to take photos. It is a mass exodus, and it gets quite chaotic. I love the motion here, with all the families heading for the bus terminals or the monorail to take them back to the TTC. I also love that during all this commotion and warm yellow light, Cinderella Castle stands frozen in time, and in a very different color palette than the rest of the photo. I think that works so well, as Cinderella Castle is one of those things that is truly timeless. No matter how many folks come and go through the gates of the park, the old girl still stands there every day, just the same as the day before. From a technical standpoint, there isn’t much to this one. I shot it at f/1.8 and and ISO of 640, which on most modern cameras is pretty clean, which meant that I didn’t have to do a ton of noise reduction on it at all. I also didn’t really do a ton with this one when it came to processing, and I for this [...]
Today’s photo is a monorail on a Monday, but with some interesting perspective as well. This photo has been done many times before. The reason for that is, well, it’s simply epic. The monorail is a Disney icon, and seeing it pass Spaceship Earth is one of the most welcoming sights for any WDW fan. When my fiancee and I entered the park, I knew the monorail was about to pass, so I briskly walked to this spot. After taking the shot, she asked me if this one was better than all the other monorail shots. Perhaps she just doesn’t get it and I’ll have to have Ryan sit her down and teach her the importance of monorail photography. Normally, I don’t love Monorail Silver for photos, but I thought the uniformity with Spaceship Earth made it quite nice here. It was also right as the sun was starting to come down, so the light was pretty great as well. Speaking of that light, here’s the interesting perspective part I mentioned in the beginning of the post. As most of you know, my primary camera is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I’ve been Canon loyal for almost 5 years. I love the system, the lenses, everything. Maybe a little more dynamic range would be nice, but that’s for a different conversation. This shot was taken with my secondary camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. This is the camera I’ve been taking to the parks a lot more lately, due to the [...]