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

21st September 2014

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It Is All About The Light…AND Your Location

I have been chasing “good light” for the last few years now in my photography. When I first started shooting I was simply chasing photos. I would head out the door, cameras strapped to me, and I would just shoot shoot shoot. And that was fine. Those days of amassing large numbers of photos each week are what taught me how to expose properly, when to worry about shutter speed and aperture, when and why I might want to bump ISO or use exposure compensation.

Ahh the good old days of inexperience.

Cut to today and I find myself in a different place when it comes to how I approach shooting. I am a bit slower, a little more thoughtful of not just what I shoot, but WHEN I shoot.  And I am not just talking about photos below where “the decisive moment” (thank you Henry Cartier Bresson) is the right time to shoot. I am talking about waiting for the LIGHT to be right. There is a difference.



A good example of what I am talking about was what I encountered the evening of September 20th 2014. 
There were a series of storms moving through the region just to the south of me and I was tempted to chase after them for the opportunity to shoot some stormy clouds. My past experiences told me to not pursue the storms, but to wait for them to pass. Given that the time was close to sunset and the the back side of the storm system was clear, I knew that when the storms passed, they would be illuminated by the setting sun. And THIS is exactly what waiting for the light is all about. Below are a couple of images shot after the stormy weather had passed, and the sun began to set and illuminate the sky from a low perspective.




So I ask you to give this exercise a shot. When you have gotten comfortable with your camera, and you know when to shoot with what settings, I ask you to spend a few days just following the light, getting to know it, understanding when IT can become the star of your photo, and not just another one of the actors.

Take care.

Jamie



19th September 2014

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My swede is getting up there in mileage. :(

My swede is getting up there in mileage. :(

15th September 2014

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Just in case you missed it….. The +Olympus  Capture app in action. Pretty rad!
										Olympus Capture App
Just in case you missed it….. The +Olympus  Capture app in action. Pretty rad!

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 152014 at 08:13PM

15th September 2014

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I am very overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback I’ve gotten from you all…..You make it such a treat to put these together!!! The next video will be even better I think. It is a cool feature that everyone will want to use!!!Stay tuned!!
										Macro Photography w/ your Olympus cameras.
I am very overwhelmed by the wonderful feedback I’ve gotten from you all…..You make it such a treat to put these together!!! The next video will be even better I think. It is a cool feature that everyone will want to use!!!

Stay tuned!!

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 152014 at 07:30PM

14th September 2014

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Decided to put together something on doing some basic macro photograpy with your +Olympus cameras.
										Macro Photography w/ you Olympus cameras.
Decided to put together something on doing some basic macro photograpy with your +Olympus cameras.

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 142014 at 08:12PM

14th September 2014

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Let’s shoot some MACRO!! #fb @getolympus
										Macro Photography w/ you Olympus cameras.
Let’s shoot some MACRO!! #fb @getolympus

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 142014 at 08:05PM

12th September 2014

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SOOC jpg with the @getolympus #PEN in monotone.

SOOC jpg with the @getolympus #PEN in monotone.

Tagged: pen

8th September 2014

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I saw this little fella peeking around the stem of a Hibiscus flower…Love the focus stacking feature on the +Olympus  #TOUGH  TG-3Happy  #MacroMonday  
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I saw this little fella peeking around the stem of a Hibiscus flower…Love the focus stacking feature on the +Olympus #TOUGH TG-3
Happy #MacroMonday  

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 082014 at 06:42AM

7th September 2014

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Timelapse of the severe weather event in Eaton County Michigan Sept. 5th
										Timelapse of Sept 5th Severe Weather Event
Timelapse of the severe weather event in Eaton County Michigan Sept. 5th

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 072014 at 04:59PM

7th September 2014

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DJI Phantom footage of the storm damage.
										Sept 5th Storm Damage
DJI Phantom footage of the storm damage.

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 072014 at 04:59PM

7th September 2014

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So this was the storm I was out shooting on Friday. Just a little clip before the wind got too bad.
										Extreme Wind.
So this was the storm I was out shooting on Friday. Just a little clip before the wind got too bad.

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 072014 at 03:46PM

2nd September 2014

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Heading out for the evening walk.

Heading out for the evening walk.

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

Tagged: PicasaiftttSeptember 022014 at 11:57AM

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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