Loving the LUMIX FZ300 and Butterflies
Twenty minutes ago we had a new visitor to the butterfly garden, and this little guy just wanted to pose and show off. Since "Irma" came through with wind damage to the plants visits from the butterflies, have been a little light. So, seeing a species we haven't seen in the past, I grabbed the FZ300 and grabbed a few shots.
I think this butterfly is called a Gulf Fritillary, and if you want to challenge me, feel free. This is new turf for us. Over the summer we've had a half dozen different types of butterflies, and each time we're like little kids. I do my best not to miss any new visitors and have gotten in the habit of keeping one of the Lumix cameras near the back door.
When we built the garden last February we had no idea of the fun we'd have. Now the trick seems to be having the right plants. Different plants attract different visitors and thanks to LUMIX I rarely miss anything! And, while the butterflies come to feed during the day, nothing beats a glass of wine and an evening shot just after sunset.
The Zebra Long Wing and Monarch below were both shot with the FZ1000. Check out both the LUMIX FZ300 and FZ1000 with a click on either camera's thumbnail.
My good buddy William Innes is no stranger to SCU and has been featured in a few different posts about his experiences with Lumix cameras. He's also been a guest on the SCU/Photodex series to help you build a stronger business, but my favorite of all his appearances to date just might be this new video.
What I love about "Lumix Stories" is their ability to give you a profile of each featured artist. In the description of the video they wrote:
William avoids what he calls the wedding camera hangover effect caused by caring heavy full-frame DSLR equipment around, but thanks to the compact, lightweight nature of Micro Four Thirds mirrorless lenses he is hangover free. His transition away from full frame DSLR’s and onto mirrorless photography came after experiencing several key benefits key to his needs. Those key benefits include super sharp lenses like the Leica 42.5mm and Leica 12-60mm and a camera like the LUMIX GH5 with dual card slots, wifi, and the ability to shoot with lower ISO thanks to the innovative Dual Image Stabilization 2.0 mode.
But here's what was left out of this video's description - William shares a lot of great information about how and why he shoots the way he does. Listen to his choice of lenses, along with favorite features in the GH5, and regardless of what gear you currently shoot with, you'll pick up a mini-lesson in stunning wedding photography!
Check out more of William's work with a visit to his website. Just click on any image in this post. Then, take a "scroll" over to the Lumix Lounge and meet the rest of the Luminary team. They're a diverse and talented group of some of the most dynamic educators and artists in professional photography!
Images copyright William Innes. All rights reserved.
4K Video in the Hands of a Pro!
Here's the scenario. The challenge of any busy industry is getting quality time with friends and associates. We all see each other at the major conventions; follow each other on social media and even catch up via phone calls about various products, but we're always busy with the focus on everything but the friendship. Sound familiar?
Well, Suzette Allen and her husband, Jon Yoshi were up in St. Petersburg teaching last week, and I talked them into coming south before heading back to California. What a kick to just hang out with friends. We had no agenda, no schedule, except to spend time together.
But, there is a significant side benefit - Suzette and Jon are both members of Panasonic's Lumix Luminary team, and I had a challenge I wanted their help with. I wanted a better video and still images of Molly the Wonder Dog chasing a tennis ball. Molly's been chasing tennis balls since she was a puppy - turning twelve this past Labor Day weekend, it's still her favorite activity!
Suzette shot the video above with the new Lumix GH5 and the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm, F2.8-4.0 ASPH. The individual images are frames from the video, and they're tack sharp. Click on either image above for more information.
Check out more of Suzette's images, blog and teaching schedule with a visit to her website. Just click on any image in this post. Then, wander over to the Lumix Lounge and check out more of Suzette and Jon's images along with the rest of the Luminary team. They're a remarkable group of talented and diverse artists and educators.
Welcome to Luminary Corner. Besides being a recognized member of the professional photographic community, each post author is a member of Panasonic's LUMIX Luminary team.