Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Shooting a fisheye with a flash

Shot at f8

f3.5. I thought it was set to f8 and had it zone focused.

So while I was walking around the other day in Huaqiangbei I stumbled upon a camera store carrying a variety of c mount lenses. These are very interesting due to their miniscule sizes and low prices. I ended up buying a 50mm f1.4, 35mm f1.7, 25mm f1.8 16mm f1.4 and a 8mm fisheye that was made for cmount but they had a m43 version available as well.

These two shots came out of the fisheye. I decided to leave my Voigtlander noktons at home, and just shoot with the tiny 25mm, 50, and fisheye. With my 10.5mm I often shoot with a cabled flash at close distance. These were two shots were I was playing around and tried out the same technique with the fisheye. I love the way that it is able to draw in the entire background while bringing me close enough to use my flash. It really lets the subject stand out in the image even more than they do when I shoot with the 10.5mm.

As you can see the lens is very sharp, and as the kicker? It only cost 60 usd. :D

Please comment and let me know if you have any questions about this little lens. I will be happy to answer.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Shenzhen's Painting Village

A tray for discarded paint in Dafen Painting Village

Shenzhen may not be the oldest city in China but it does have it's share of attractions. One of these is Dafen oil painting village. A beautiful area where paintings of any kind can be found or commissioned. Dafen serves as a location where companies from around the world can have oil painting produced either in large quantities or as single commissions. It is a very interesting area and a must see for both the art and the low prices.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Olympus Em5 Mark II 6 month review


In October 2015 I switched from using my Panasonic gx7 to using an Olympus Em5 Mark II as my main camera. I have been using the Em5II solely since then and have become very familiar with it. I will be reviewing this camera as it relates to my personal usage.
Keep reading after the break.