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Posted by Richard_M: Sun Oct 18th, 2020 23:55 1st Post
G'day all,

I'm Richard and live in one of the outer suburb's of Melbourne, Australia.

Over the years I've tried various genres but have over the past couple of years mainly photograph native orchids, and birds.

I use Nikon, Fuji, and Olympus bodies and lenses. 

Here are a couple of recent snaps

#1 Large Duck Orchid (Caleana major) Although these are called large (there is a small version), they are very small. Each flower is a bit smaller than a dime

#2 Spotted Pardalote One of Australia's smallest birds

I look forward to sharing some more of my work over time and viewing what others are photographing.

Posted by jk: Mon Oct 19th, 2020 01:32 2nd Post
Welcome Richard.
Good to see you here as well as at the Fuji forum.
Hope you like it here.  It is just as friendly as the Fuji forum but we allow wandering off topic.  

I guess that like the rest of us you have been using Nikon for a while so you know most of what you need to know but there are always things others know more about.  We have one other member who recently moved from Nikon to Olympus so you are not alone here in that aspect.

Still learning after all these years!

Posted by Richard_M: Mon Oct 19th, 2020 02:05 3rd Post
Thanks for the welcome Jonathon

Although I tend to use Olympus more than the other bodies, it is because of their built in focus stacking. I have found over the years focus bracketing, first using a CamRanger with Nikon bodies, then using the functionality built into Fuji bodies, finding the closest point of a subject to the lens is not always easy, particularly with small subjects and aging eyesight. What I like about Olympus' implementation is it takes the first image at the focus point, then moves the focus away from the subject closer to the camera then takes three images moving towards the original focus point, then eleven images past the focus point, ensuring getting what is the closest point is in focus. For birding it is 99% Nikon. I'm not a fan of Nikon's focus (shift) bracketing implementation. I find both Olympus and Fuji make life easier for the photographer, particularly when the camera is in an awkward position in the field. However, what I do like about the Nikon is that it leaves the focus at the last image, which if you need to add a few more images to the stack it does make it easy. Olympus used to be like that, but then they followed Fuji with resetting the focus point back to the start after the stack is finished.

Posted by jk: Mon Oct 19th, 2020 08:43 4th Post
I have only done a limited amount of focus stacking but always with my Nikon D850 which I find works really well.  
Sometimes I find that it is much cleverer than me and where I chose a focus stack of 8 images it manages it in only 5 which I find confusing as I count the images as it takes them and then I wait for the last three (or what ever number).

Still learning after all these years!

Posted by Graham Whistler: Mon Oct 19th, 2020 18:42 5th Post
Welcome, Richard good to have you join us and thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

Graham Whistler

Posted by Iain: Wed Oct 21st, 2020 09:45 6th Post
Welcome to the forum Richard. Looking forware to seeing more of your Photos.

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