Eastern Racer Snake Panorama

We were walking back through a local park to go home when we saw this Eastern Racer snake slithering by us. This was a few months ago so I am trying to catch up on some older files I had not gotten to.  I was only carrying a m43 Olympus Camera with a 14-140mm lens. So I zoomed out to 14mm to get the whole snake but the Racer seemed very small in the frame with a lot of grass around it. So I  changed my strategy and zoomed in and shot a 3 image series @ 140mm to assemble into a panorama to make the Racer Snake more prominent in the final image and still show the whole Racer snake. Then I got closer as it was going by to get a Portrait @ 140mm of the Racer’s head.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Eastern Racer Snake Portrait @ 140mm, m43 Camera

Fall Walk In The Woods

We took a walk through the woods at a local park just to get some fresh air. I only had my iPhone 11 Pro with me since I was not thinking anything would be interesting to photograph. The sun was low and most of the leaves were off the trees, but the shadows of the trees were amazing. The iPhone did a nice job photographing in a variety of lighting conditions. After getting use to the new iPhone for a while now, I tend not to use the pano mode as much,  preferring to shoot multiple images to assemble my own wider or panorama views. Even with the 1.5mm lens selected (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm), I want more width without more height. On this walk I had enabled the phone to shoot HEIC Raw files instead of jpeg files. This way I supposedly had true Raw Data to work with in Adobe Bridge before opening in Photoshop instead of enabling Adobe Camera Raw to open jpegs as Raw files with settings. Also for certain scenes I like using the 16:9 capture mode setting for longer scenes without using the 4:3 usual capture. The 16:9 does not work with the 1.5mm lens.

DM_1_5mm_v1_IMG_1025

1.5mm lens 

DM_1_5mm_v2_IP11_IMG_1001

1.5mm lens

DM_4_3mm_IP11_16x9_IMG_1007

16:9 format – 4.3 lens

DM_11_19_4_3mm_16x9_2 img pano_v1

2 image panorama – 4.3mm lens

DM_11_19_4_3mm_16x9_IMG_v2_0993

4.3mm lens 16:9 Format

DM_2img_pano_1_5mm_0983

2 image panorama – 1.5mm lens – assembled in Photoshop

DM_4_3mm_IP11_16x9_IMG_1007

2 image vertical panorama – 4.3 format

DM_11_19_4_3mm_16x9_2 img pano_v1

4.3mm (26mm Full Frame Equivalent) 16:9 Camera Format

 

Davidsons Mill Pond Park Landscape Panoramas

I am still working on trying different techniques or ways to work with iPhone images in Photoshop. Overall it is a fun and useful addition to my equipment. Especially if I am walking around with Long telephoto lenses and still have the option for other wider views with out carrying extra lenses or cameras. Because of the very small lens focal lengths some techniques are difficult to get the results I am expecting. But it is fun to see what the iPhone can do. If you enable Photoshop to open jpegs in Camera Raw, you can uprezz your iPhone images quite successfully as you are opening them. Also you can correct/adjust the image before you open the file. Seems to work well with the Panoramas also. Do not go way overboard in size, but used moderately this seems to work quite well. The featured image was captured using the panorama feature on the iPhone 11 Pro, using the 4.3mm lens (35mm equivalent 26mm). You have to be careful using the panorama setting because quite often you get a “bowing” effect in the middle of the image. Mainly because the far left and far right are way off to the side so it in the middle it is “closer” to you so it is a little bigger, giving an slight distortion in the middle. Sometimes you can minimize this by “shooting up slightly. The Smaller Panoramas are made from 2 vertical or horizontal images, layered in Photoshop and “combined or blended” with Photoshop. The biggest problem is being careful to not exaggerate “keystoning effects” when using the extremely small focal lengths that are in the iPhone (1.5mm, 4.3mm & 6mm) shooting more straight into your views helps. 35mm – full Frame equivalent mm would be 13mm, 26mm & 52mm. Any slight up or down angles seem to distort quickly, but can be controlled a little by shooting more straight into your subject.  Slight adjustments in Photoshop also helps.

DM_Pano__v1_IP4_3mm_26mm_FF_IMG_0359

Narrower Panorama of featured image, first try before the featured image.

DN_Pond__v4_2img_pano_6mm_ip_52mmFFIMG_0365

2 horizontal iPhone images stacked for panorama

DM_2img_pano_v1_1_5mm_13mm_FF

2 iPhone images for wider panorama assembled in Photoshop

DM_2img_Pano_v1_1_5mm_13mmFF

2 iPhone images for taller panorama

11_Pro_Camera_v2_IMG_6190

More Assorted Butterflies

The last of the Butterfly images for this year. They closed their Butterfly exhibit at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park and removed the coverings on their butterfly house, releasing all the butterflies a few weeks ago to migrate. These were the last few we photographed before they moved on. It took me a while to work on posting these but finally got to them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

American Painted Lady Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Painted Lady Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Buckeye Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch Butterfly, 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch Butterfly, 140mm, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Painted Lady, @ 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Painted Lady, @ 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch, @ 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch, @ 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Monarch, @ 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Cabbage White, @ 140mm m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Painted Lady – @ 140mm m43 Format

Beaver Lodges At Davidsons Mill Pond Park

A few weeks ago we were at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park and we saw a lot of Beaver activity by the water areas along the trail through the woods. We were there for a walk so I only had a m43 camera with a 14-140mm zoom, which with it’s small sensor has a field of view sort of equivalent to 28-280mm on a full frame camera. There are a lot of fallen trees so we could see they have been very busy. But as were were looking at what we thought was a Beaver Lodge, a beaver actually ran along a fallen tree and submerged to go inside the Lodge. It was fun to watch, but Beavers are mostly busy at night. It was a distant shot so it was not great, but I still documented it. We went back, but during the day they are usually not active, so I was shooting a series of the 2 Lodges we could see and the surrounding landscape. Around the bend we thought we spotted a few more Lodges but could not get clear shots of them. Another Park we enjoy walking in, Plainsboro Preserve & Audobon Facility, has even more Beaver Activity / Damage. But it is hard to get close to the water, and along the trails you see more trees chewed down. So there is even more Beaver activity there.

Beaver_Lodges ID_v13_DM 9_18_150mm_76A8150

3 image Panorama of the 2 Lodges

DM_Beaver_Lodge1_v1_150mm9_19_76A8241

CloseUp Beaver Lodge #1

DM Beaver Lodges_v2_pano_7img_150mm_9_24_19

Beaver Lodge #1 & 2- 7 image Panorama – Tamron 150-600mm @ 150mm – showing surrounding landscape

DM_Beaver_lodge_5img_pano 250mm

Beaver Lodges 1 & 2 – 5 img Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm

DM_Beaver_lodge_One_v1_76A8186

Closer View Beaver Lodge #1

Turtle_Guardians_v2_DM_9_19_76A8196

Turtles on felled tree by Lodge #1

Beavr_Lodge_II_v2_9_19_76A8336

CloseUp Beaver Lodge #2

DM_Beaver_Tree_Damage_v2_76A8360

Beaver Felled Tree – Amazing how they can take down Large Trees

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beaver “Lodge #1” with Otter in forground – 140mm m43, X-Large crop

Camera IMG_1034 v3 Beaver Location

Camera setup to photograph Lodges in the distance, iPhone 6

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tree Felled by Beavers – Amazing how many there are and how long it must take. but I guess they do not have anything else to do.

End Of Season Butterflies

We went for a walk at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park to see what photo subjects we could find. Weeks ago was the end of season for the Butterfly House, but they still had the covering over the framework and you could still see a few butterflies flying around in there. But on this visit we were surprised they took down the covering so the butterflies were now loose in the fields and gardens around the framework. Just a few days ago the butterflies we did photograph in the fields looked quite the worse for wear. These butterflies looked in extremely good condition so we had a great time photographing them on the branches of  bushes around their old home. I was using a 300mm f/4 lens but was shooting at f/4 or f/5.6 to keep the background smoother & softer to minimize a distracting background.

817126B1-6E8D-4BF1-BEE7-2C047815267D

Black_Swallowtail _v3_9 19_DMBuckeye Butterfly v1_DM 9 19 300mmBuckeye_Butterfly_v5 DM 9_19BuckEye_Butterfly_v2_DM 300mm_9_19_76A7196Eastern_Blk_Swallowtail_v2_DM 9_19_76A7190Eastern_Blk_Swallowtail_v3_DB 9_19_76A7185

 

Davidsons Mill Pond Park Panorama

We went to a local park for a walk so I only took a lightweight camera setup, the Olympus OM1-Mk1 with a Panasonic 14-140mm lens. It is the perfect walk around camera when you are not going to photograph something very specific and just want something better than your camera in the iphone. Before we got to the trail through the woods, I saw this view I thought was interesting with the clouds. I shot a 3 image series to combine in Photoshop @ 14mm. It is interesting that when doing a panorama @ 14mm with a m43 format, you have some slight touchups to get a nice panorama. Full frame cameras seem to handle panoramas better. It also seems worse if you do even more over-laping frame sections. So I shoot more frames and then just pick a few to use for the final panorama. But this way I have choices of which frames I can select or turn off to get the best results.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2 image panorama @ 14mm, combined in Photoshop 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

3 Horizontal Images Stacked Vertically @14mm ea.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2 Horizontal Images @ 14mm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2 Horizontal Images @ 14mm 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2 Horizontal Images @ 14mm 

%d bloggers like this: