Family shots with the G3 + Olympus 45mm f/1.8

So I guess this will be the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review, part 2.  Tonight I grabbed a few frames of Brooke and Dayna playing around before bedtime with the G3 + Oly 45mm combo.  It worked surprisingly well in the low light of her room.

This was at ISO 2000 and it cleaned up quite nicely in Lightroom.  The noise is fairly well controlled and the image doesn’t suffer because of it.  As I use the the G3 more, I’m feeling more confident about the high ISO of the camera.

I don’t have much else to say about this combo right now. The more I use it, the more I love it.  The sensor is so much improved over the GF1 I last used.   Olympus and Panasonic have really stepped up and brought a number of high quality lenses out as well.  All I need now is a wide angle to complete my prime kit.  Eventually it’ll happen.

A Busy Saturday

Below are a few images from my day yesterday.  I first took some family portraits for some friends.  I decided on an old historical house that is being fixed up and turned into a bed and breakfast.  The main living room has a mix of great antique furniture and newer pieces.  The woodworking around the house is phenomenal as well as the accent pieces displayed.

Next up was taking some pictures of a house that will be on the house tour in Scottdale.  It was decorated to be an old time diner. The room itself was rather tight and difficult to capture everything.

The amount of detail and the care taken to arrange everything was impressive.  Waiting for me at the counter was even a sandwich, donuts and a Coke!

This place will be on the Scottdale Historical Society House Tour coming up

The first days with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8

Having moved back into a micro 4/3 system for my carry everywhere camera, I was excited to test out some of the newer lenses that have come out since I last had the GF1.  One thing that I have wanted was a 85mm fast aperture prime lens for portraits.  Unfortunately, Nikon’s new version is around $1,700 and even Sigma’s is $900. The solution was to get Olympus’s relatively new 45mm f/1.8 prime for my G3.  This gives a 90mm (in 35mm terms) focal length on a m4/3 sensor.  It’s very small, lightweight and fast.  Just what I was looking for.  I’ve only had this lens for a few days, but I already love it. Below is the prerequisite cat picture that any true lens test has to have.Everything just looks so sharp with this lens.  This was shot wide open at f/1.8 so the background just melts away.The detail this lens captures is fantastic.  So far, the lens is performing as I hoped it would.  Now I can’t wait to actually shoot some portraits with it.  Once I do, I’ll post more examples.

Ice hockey shots

Last night had me shooting in the ice rink for my little brother’s hockey game.  There was nothing too special, but hockey is a hard sport to shoot and the lighting conditions are not the best.

The toughest part is working around the other players and the officials.  The action moves so quick and there are so many bodies flying around that getting a clean frame is difficult and requires some luck.

Having another body partially obstruct the subject can occasionally work out.  I like the above image and I think the left hand blurry player adds depth to the image.  A split second later and the that blurry player would have filled the frame and destroyed the image.

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