I was on my way to dinner. I had gotten off work at four and had spent a couple of hours photographing, trying to become more familiar with my new OMD EM1. I had spent most of the time with the camera on a tripod, using the auto-bracketing and touch screen features. By this time the sun was full down as I headed to Woodbury on one of my favorite back roads. As I came around the corner I caught sight of the pond with one lone Canada goose. I almost didn’t stop; I didn’t think the lens that was mounted was long enough, and I didn’t think there would be time to put the camera on the tripod. But, nothing ventured they say, so I parked the car and walked quietly back along the road, setting the camera back on auto image stabilization because I wasn’t going to use the tripod. I was using the 20mm f1.7 lens set at f2. and the camera’s HDR set to three exposures 3 EV apart; the camera resting on a fencepost.
In the computer I ended up just using two of the exposures in Photoshop’s HDR merge which I then moved into Nik Color Efex 2 to bring the rather flat tone mapped image to life, and this is the result. I continue to be impressed with the Olympus’ sensor and processor, and the jpegs are so good for my use that I’ve not bothered with their odd raw downloader. The real icing on the cake for me is their terrific image stabilization that almost negates my Parkinson’s tremor.
Olympus OMD EM1 with 20mm f1.7 lens.