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It's Monday and "Mirrorless Mark" is back hitting a couple of favorite points about photography and working with LUMIX cameras.
Right out of the blocks I love the fact he shot in black and white, setting the camera to Monochrome D mode. So many of us have our roots in black & white. I love the richness of the tonal range in the image above. Second, comes Mark's point about traveling light. The G9 body only weighs 1.5 pounds, and with the lens Mark chose he was just over two pounds. That's light enough to literally NEVER be without a camera.
The last point I love about Mark's guest post is he shot everything on auto, making a point about the reliability of Panasonic's technology to make sure you never miss a moment. He could have chosen a dozen different ways to capture the image but went with simplicity in a moment of limited time.
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by Mark Toal
It’s been hot, and smoky from forest fires for weeks in the Northwest. When I can’t sleep because of the heat I’ll get up in the middle of the night and read or watch YouTube. YouTube videos seem to have reduced photography to a battle of sensor size, lens quality, ISO, anything but the image itself!
No matter what camera you use there is somebody to tell you you can’t take good photos unless you use something other than what you have. Hardly any of these people show you images they have taken.
The beauty of Micro Four Thirds cameras is the small size that allows you to always have a camera with you. I was reminded of this again when I decided to stop by the Portland waterfront on the way to my son’s house. I was carrying my Lumix G9 with the Leica 12mm lens. I had set the camera to shoot in the Monochrome D mode.
As I walked up to the railing of the walkway over the river a young man rode up on his bike, took off his shirt and pants and jumped into the river. As he climbed the railing I turned on the G9 and took three quick photos with everything on the camera set to auto.
Maybe the image would have better if I had used a larger camera and lens, but I more than likely wouldn’t have been carrying it especially on a 90-degree day.
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