Every now and then I'll take one of the LUMIX cameras out to just play, with nothing specific in mind. Well, I just received the 100-300mm lens and living near the water in Florida, there's plenty to photograph.
Two things to remember, because I'm shooting Micro Four Thirds, the lens is the equivalent to a 200-600 mm lens when shooting 35mm. Second, I'm sharing screen shots of images here on this post and they're still sharp!
Driving by the boat ramp near Nokomis Beach, there were a group of kids jumping off the bridge into the water. I set the camera up for continuous shooting. Again, remember, I'm just out "playing" with a great piece of glass all handheld! I wanted to shoot a little 4K, but the kids were chased off the bridge before I had a chance.
At one point a helicopter flew over head and I fully extended the lens to 300mm and grabbed a shot. It wasn't until I got home and downloaded the images from the day that I was reminded of a great story from my early Hasselblad days.
John Wagner was the president of Hasselblad UK for many years and was involved with Hasselblad USA in the interim just before I joined the company as president in 1987. In the 80's he was working on a project taking statements from the Bible and matching them with contemporary images. He was shooting near a military air strip in Israel photographing some fairly large cargo planes all with propellers.
This all took place approximately 30 years ago and there was no chimping! Shooting everything on film, he got back to London and sent all his film to the lab. Sadly he'd been shooting everything at too fast a shutter speed and every prop was stopped in mid-air, creating an incredible collection of impossible to use images!
Well, helicopters and prop planes should always be photographed in shutter priority at less than 1/125 of a second. Yesterday I just wasn't paying attention and was around 1/1000 of a second!
What can I say? It's hard to get good help! LOL
However, considering how high up the helicopter was, I was delighted with the sharpness.
Panasonic's tagline is "Changing Photography," and that's exactly what they're doing! My fascination with photography is from the marketing and business perspective. I don't earn a living as a working artist, but I'll match my passion against anybody's and in all honesty, I know more than I let on. The LUMIX family of cameras has completely changed my life and revitalized the love I have for imaging.
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