A steady stream of digital living from Olympus Visionary Jamie A. MacDonald

2nd September 2014

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Hey how is everyone doing today? I just wanted to take a minute and update everyone on some things related to my Kelby Photowalk.http://ift.tt/1vzg7XFFirst the big news…Well, it’s big to me and I hope it is big to you as well! My sponsor Olympus Imaging will be doing a couple of really cool things for the walk. First of all they will be sending what are called “Live Drive” kits. These are cameras that YOU can borrow for the event. Take it out on the walk and see what the Olympus OM-D cameras are all about. I will have on hand 4 Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras with 12-40mm f/2.8 lenses attached, and 4 OM-D E-M10 cameras w/ the 14-42mm kit lenses attached. I will also have on hand two 25mm f/1.8 primes, two 45mm f/1.8 primes, and two 75mm f/1.8 primes that users can attach to the loaner cameras. Or if you are already an Olympus micro 4/3 user you can borrow one of these lenses to try on your camera!In addition to the Live Drive kits they are going to be donating TWO cameras for me to GIVE AWAY! They are giving out an OM-D E-M10 and a TOUGH TG-3!And I am not done yet!!! My friends at www.Borrowlenses.com have given us two $150 gift certificates to use towards gear rental that I will be giving away as well!!Oh and before I forget, I will also have some little goodie bags to hand out too! The quantities of those may be limited so get there before the start of the walk and hopefully I will have one for you!Now before I go I do have a small favor to ask of you. If you are a Twitter user please follow the sponsors of this event. They are:@Kelbyone @Getolympus and @BorrowLensesIf you are a Facebook user head over and LIKE their pages. The links are below. If so inclined you can mention that you are attending MY photowalk as this helps them see the level of attendance we have. This helps them decide if they want to do giveaways in the future with us.So you have nothing to lose…But a camera or some gift certificates to gain!!http://ift.tt/1vJno6ahttp://ift.tt/1m7W6m4http://ift.tt/1vJno6dOh…And finally….Don’t forget to share this with your friends!! The more the merrier!! Even though the photowalk page says 50 people can register….You are more than welcome to come even if the event says it is full
										Borrowlenses.com
Hey how is everyone doing today? I just wanted to take a minute and update everyone on some things related to my Kelby Photowalk.
http://ift.tt/1vzg7XF

First the big news…Well, it’s big to me and I hope it is big to you as well! My sponsor Olympus Imaging will be doing a couple of really cool things for the walk. First of all they will be sending what are called “Live Drive” kits. These are cameras that YOU can borrow for the event. Take it out on the walk and see what the Olympus OM-D cameras are all about. I will have on hand 4 Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras with 12-40mm f/2.8 lenses attached, and 4 OM-D E-M10 cameras w/ the 14-42mm kit lenses attached. I will also have on hand two 25mm f/1.8 primes, two 45mm f/1.8 primes, and two 75mm f/1.8 primes that users can attach to the loaner cameras. Or if you are already an Olympus micro 4/3 user you can borrow one of these lenses to try on your camera!

In addition to the Live Drive kits they are going to be donating TWO cameras for me to GIVE AWAY! They are giving out an OM-D E-M10 and a TOUGH TG-3!

And I am not done yet!!! My friends at www.Borrowlenses.com have given us two $150 gift certificates to use towards gear rental that I will be giving away as well!!

Oh and before I forget, I will also have some little goodie bags to hand out too! The quantities of those may be limited so get there before the start of the walk and hopefully I will have one for you!
Now before I go I do have a small favor to ask of you. If you are a Twitter user please follow the sponsors of this event. They are:@Kelbyone @Getolympus and @BorrowLenses

If you are a Facebook user head over and LIKE their pages. The links are below. If so inclined you can mention that you are attending MY photowalk as this helps them see the level of attendance we have. This helps them decide if they want to do giveaways in the future with us.
So you have nothing to lose…But a camera or some gift certificates to gain!!
http://ift.tt/1vJno6a
http://ift.tt/1m7W6m4
http://ift.tt/1vJno6d

Oh…And finally….Don’t forget to share this with your friends!! The more the merrier!! Even though the photowalk page says 50 people can register….You are more than welcome to come even if the event says it is full

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31st August 2014

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Y’all know what time it is.

Y’all know what time it is.

31st August 2014

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										Sunset Lapse

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22nd August 2014

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So Jamie….What’s in your bag?

I’ve been seeing more and more posts from photographers showing what they are carrying, and I have been receiving requests for a “what’s in your bag?” post. So I figured since I have some free time this evening I will do exactly that. And without any further introduction I give you….


What’s In My Bags?


First up is my “daily carry”.



  1. My bag is the Think TANK Photo Turnstyle 10
  2. Attached are two Munny Vinyl Keychain figures.
  3. Camera on the left is the Olympus OM-D E-M10
  4. The camera strap is by Cecilia Gallery and is leather and Alpaca Wool.
  5. Attached is the Olympus 9mm Fisheye Bodycap Lens.
  6. Left lens is the Olympus 25mm f/1.8
  7. Right lens is the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
  8. Right camera is the Olympus TOUGH TG-3
  9. Attached to the TOUGH is the LED Light Guide Attachment for macro work.
  10. Lower left 2 Olympus BLS-5 batteries for backup.
  11. Right of batteries is a Trustfire CREE LED torch.
  12. Right of torch is a Black Diamond carabiner.
  13. Right of carabiner is an Amazon Basics Lens Pen.
  14. Above lens pen is the Peak Design Capture Pro w/ Micro Plate.
  15. Right of Peak Design is dental tape. :)
  16. Above dental tape is the Motorola MOTO-X phone for AT&T.
  17. Left of phone are my personal and Olympus business cards.
  18. Right of cards is the MeFoto Roadtrip in Blue.

And below is my “field carry” bag. This is typical of what I might take into the woods to shoot.



  1. Bag is the Think TANK Photo Retrospective 30.
  2. Far left is a no name filter holder housing two B+W 10 stop ND Filters one Hoya Circular Polarizer and a few random filters.
  3. Right of filters is the Olympus SEMA Mic Adapter.
  4. Right of SEMA is the Audio Technica ATR-3350 powered Lavalier Mic.
  5. Above mic is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with HLD-1 battery grip attached.
  6. Attached to the camera is the TAP&Dye Legacy Strap.
  7. Next to OM-D Is the OM-1n a gift from a good friend. Attached is the Zuiko 24mm f/2.8
  8. Left lens is the Rokinon 7.5mm fisheye.
  9. Next to the fisheye is the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
  10. Next to the 12-40 is the mZuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro.
  11. Next to the macro is the mZuiko 75-300mm
  12. Below the lenses is the Olympus TOUGH TG-3
  13. Attached to the TOUGH is the LED Light Guide Attachment for macro work.
  14. Lower left 2 BLN-1  batteries for backup.
  15. Above batteries is the Think TANK Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket for my SD cards.
  16. Below batteries is a Trustfire CREE LED torch.
  17. Right of torch is a Black Diamond carabiner.
  18. Right of carabiner is an Amazon Basics Lens Pen.
  19. Above lens pen is the Peak Design Capture Pro w/ Micro Plate.
  20. Below Peak Design is dental tape. :)
  21. Right of dental tape is a Giottos Rocket Blower.
  22. Above Rocket Blower is the Motorola MOTO-X phone for AT&T.
  23. Left of phone are my personal and Olympus business cards.
  24. Right of phone is the MeFoto Roadtrip in Blue.
  25. Right of tripod is the Glock G19 9mm pistol
  26. Below right of pistol is the Remora In Waistband Holster.

Well that about sums it up!
The top bag goes with me everyday to my day job, to the store, to take the to school and home…EVERYWHERE. You never know what you may see so be prepared!

The second bag is actually what I last used in it. I was out shooting sunrise wildflower scenes with that bag.

Before I go though I want to invite you to ad a link to YOUR bag! I am always curious to see how other people prepare to go out shooting.

Take care,

Jamie

19th August 2014

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A little storm chase timelapse. Gets dark for a minute!!
										Chasing A Storm
A little storm chase timelapse. Gets dark for a minute!!

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18th August 2014

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If we invite you over for a spaghetti dinner, I suggest you come!

If we invite you over for a spaghetti dinner, I suggest you come!

18th August 2014

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Just lying here getting my face washed.

Just lying here getting my face washed.

18th August 2014

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In case you missed it, I am hosting the local Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk in Lansing Michigan. I host these events every year and always have some goodies to give away. This year +BorrowLenses.com is donating 2 $150 vouchers to use for gear rentals, and I am probably going to have some swag from my sponsor +Olympus as well! Should be fun!!! Follow the link to sign up because it is filling up fast!!
										Right on the steps of the Capitol
In case you missed it, I am hosting the local Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk in Lansing Michigan. I host these events every year and always have some goodies to give away. This year +BorrowLenses.com is donating 2 $150 vouchers to use for gear rentals, and I am probably going to have some swag from my sponsor +Olympus as well! Should be fun!!! Follow the link to sign up because it is filling up fast!!

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17th August 2014

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For those unfamiliar w/ the prime lens line up I offer this little article I whipped up this afternoon.http://ift.tt/1v5VEpa
										Prime….What a great word to describe a lens right?

For those who aren’t sure what exactly a prime lens is let me give a brief 
explanation. A prime lens is one with a fixed focal length. Or another way 
of putting it is that with a prime lens you cannot zoom in and out. If you 
want to “zoom in” you need to actually move yourself closer to your 
subject, and if you want the opposite you’d need to move back away to get a 
wider view. Oft…
For those unfamiliar w/ the prime lens line up I offer this little article I whipped up this afternoon.

http://ift.tt/1v5VEpa

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17th August 2014

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For those unfamiliar w/ the +Olympus prime lens line up I offer this little article I whipped up this afternoon.http://ift.tt/1v5VEpa
										Prime….What a great word to describe a lens right?

For those who aren’t sure what exactly a prime lens is let me give a brief 
explanation. A prime lens is one with a fixed focal length. Or another way 
of putting it is that with a prime lens you cannot zoom in and out. If you 
want to “zoom in” you need to actually move yourself closer to your 
subject, and if you want the opposite you’d need to move back away to get a 
wider view. Oft…
For those unfamiliar w/ the +Olympus prime lens line up I offer this little article I whipped up this afternoon.

http://ift.tt/1v5VEpa

Tagged: PicasaiftttAugust 172014 at 07:32PM

17th August 2014

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A Prime Line Up

Prime….What a great word to describe a lens right?

For those who aren’t sure what exactly a prime lens is let me give a brief explanation. A prime lens is one with a fixed focal length. Or another way of putting it is that with a prime lens you cannot zoom in and out. If you want to “zoom in” you need to actually move yourself closer to your subject, and if you want the opposite you’d need to move back away to get a wider view. Often times a prime lens tends to come with a “fast aperture” meaning it can open up wide to let in lots of light. This allows for use in lower light situations, and it also gives you that nice bokeh, or out of focus background in less technical terms.

What we will see in the rest of this article is an explanation of the focal length, aperture, general use, and sample image of each of the Olympus primes. Each sample image will have been shot at f/2 and at approximately the minimum focus distance allowed by the lens.
 

So now that we have a little background on what  prime lens is what do you say we take a look at the Olympus line of µ4/3 prime lenses? We’ll start off at the wide end with the mZuiko 12mm f/2 The 12mm f/2 is a relatively wide angle lens that is great for landscape photography or for use indoors during family gatherings or other events. Because it has an aperture of f/2 it is good at gathering light when shooting inside. I also use this as a go to lens for photographing the night sky. 
 



The image above shows the 12mm f/2 in black finish. It is also available in silver.
Below is a sample image shot with the 12mm wide open at f/2  and at close to its minimum focus distance of about 7 inches.



Next up we have the mZuiko 17mm f/1.8 This lens was probably my favorite lens for general walking around. It has an effective focal length of 34mm which puts it close to that or what is seen with the human eye. It has since been replaced by the 25mm f/1.8 as my favorite got to lens, but it is still an awesome piece of kit.

The image below shows the 17mm f/1.8 in the silver finish.




Next up is my favorite mZuiko prime. The mZuiko 25mm f/1.8. This is ALWAYS in my bag. Whether I plan on shooting landscapes, wildlife, urban exploration or portraits, this lens is almost always used.

Below is the mZuiko 25mm f/1.8 in black finish.




This next lens has repeatedly gotten rave reviews as one of the best portrait lenses you can buy for the µ4/3 system for the money. It is cheap, and it is incredibly sharp! With an effective focal length of 90mm it makes for some wonderful headshots with luscious bokeh. Say hello to the mZuiko 45mm f/1.8

The mZuiko 45mm f/1.8 in black finish.




This next lens is one that most people might not include in a write up like this. It is the mZuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro. Yes…I am throwing the macro lens in this since it IS a prime and it IS one hell of a lens! This lens has given me incredible portraits over and over again. I actually prefer it over the 45mm f/1.8 for portrait work. And it is of course a wicked macro lens capable of 1:1 macros and it is fully weather sealed and even has a focus limiter switch to save you time while trying to close focus for macros.




And we are at the last lens on the list, (at least until the 300mm f/4 is released) but it was certainly worth the wait! This is the mZuiko 75mm f/1.8 At a 150mm equivalent focal length it is the longest prime in the µ4/3 lens line up from Olympus. It produces images that I can hardly believe. One must keep in mind that you need to be a fair distance from your subject when using it, but you will be very well rewarded by jaw dropping images.

 




Now I would like to do something I haven’t seen anyone do yet.
This series of images is taken with each of the primes I have listed above, but what I have done is keep the camera on a tripod in the same location roughly 7 feet away from my subject. This will allow you to see just what kind of field of view each lens offers as well as it’s depth of field characteristics.

These shots are all taken WIDE OPEN at the lens’ maximum aperture.  Which is most of them is f/1.8

 








And I just had to add this here. This last image was made with the mZuiko 9mm fisheye bodycap lens. The bodycap lenses and fun, cheap, and require no though to use. Just put it on, open the built in lens guard, and just start shooting and having fun!!!



So that concludes this write up. I hope you got some use out of it and I plan on doing a supplementary video to go with it. Right now I am trying to get a good audio solution to my videos and hopefully I get that worked out in time to be used with this subject.

Take care and feel free to share this on your social channels with those who may benefit from it.

Jamie

14th August 2014

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Today’s harvest! Much more to come!

Today’s harvest! Much more to come!

13th August 2014

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New product review!! Cecilia Gallery camera strap!! #fb
										Cecilia Gallery Camera Strap Review
New product review!! Cecilia Gallery camera strap!! #fb

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13th August 2014

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Alpaca Wool on a Camera Strap? Cecilia Gallery Camera Strap Review

You heard that right! Alpaca Wool!

So about a month or so ago I was given the opportunity to review a camera strap by a company based in New York. Oh I know what you are thinking…ANOTHER NYC CAMERA STRAP REVIEW!?!?  Well, yes, yes it is.  But this strap is a little bit different than what you may be expecting.  First off it has the material we all expect in a strap….Leather. But it has a second material you may not be familiar with, Alpaca Wool.

Alpaca wool, unlike leather, is a renewable material that is harvested annually the same way sheep’s wool is. And like sheep’s wool it is certainly a rich material to use versus something like nylon.  I fell in love with this strap as soon as I saw it thanks to its funky retro vibe compliments of the pattern in the wool. This pattern is called Q’enqo and is a design that represents a meandering river.

     But the more I have used it the more I love it for its fit. The leather almost immediately was soft and hugged my neck. Most other leather products require a sometimes lengthy break in period whereas the Cecilia Gallery strap did not.  And don’t get me waxing poetic about the rustic smell of the leather and Alpaca wool. My days on a farm around animals as a child was rekindled thanks to this rich earthy fragrance. Don’t mistake my description for someone saying the strap stinks because it certainly doesn’t! It just has that rich leather aroma we all love so much in a high end product of this type.

So enough typing! Take a look at my video and photos below to get a more visual description of this wonderful product!
 


12th August 2014

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I LOVE setting my +Olympus  cameras to RAW+JPG, and putting them into my custom B&W preset. With this setup I get a cool B&W JPG (which is exactly what I see in my EVF) and a full color raw to archive!Say hello to Danny Klein of The J Geils Band. :)SOOC JOG w/ the OM-D E-M10 + mZuiko 25mm f/1.8
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I LOVE setting my +Olympus  cameras to RAW+JPG, and putting them into my custom B&W preset. With this setup I get a cool B&W JPG (which is exactly what I see in my EVF) and a full color raw to archive!
Say hello to Danny Klein of The J Geils Band. :)
SOOC JOG w/ the OM-D E-M10 + mZuiko 25mm f/1.8

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