Journal Makings

Watch it hover, Fly.

I decided to get my “Flying Bird” shot. It didn’t end well. The birds must have decided to not go out for the day, however, my old friends, the hoverflies were out playing with each other. When I say “with each other”, I really mean it. I try and focus on a hoverfly with full zoom about to get an amazing shot… when another hoverfly comes screaming over playing what appears to be “hover-dodger” and smashes into the one I was about to snap.

This happened a lot. My photo opportunity window with these things were about 5-10 seconds, 15 at max if I was really lucky. Not much time to manual focus (because of the tiny size of the critters) and snap the picture but I managed it, somehow.

A nice touch to these photos, which was completely unintentional, is the dark background. This happened because the sun was beaming directly on them and they were showing up as little white pellets so after I turn the exposure down and speed the shutter speed up, that was the result. This was using the 14-150mm M.ZUIKO lens with the Olympus E-PL1

As always, click the image for a larger version. (opens Flickr in a new window)



I wanted to make a video with the 14-150mm lens because it’s touted as a good video lens due to the near silent auto-focus. I ran into the garden and decided to just film anything. It’s not anything spectacular, but it is a nice demonstration.


M.ZUIKO 14-150mm Lens Review with Test Shots

I’ve recently got my hands on the Olympus 14-150mm M.ZUIKO Micro 4/3 camera lens for the Olympus PEN series of cameras. The lens is being used on the Olympus E-PL1 and so all video/photo content will have been produced using this badass camera & lens unless otherwise stated.

To start, I’d like to point out that I’m not a professional photographer (as many of you will know), but I am picking it up quickly as a hobby. With that in mind, I’m not going to get into all the nitty gritty details that only a camera/photography expert will understand but I will talk about it as the general consumer and technology lover.