Using a "free" Micro 4/3s Camera at the Desert Museum

April 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I went to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum last week. Instead of carting around the big DSLR to take pictures of flowers and blooming cactus, I decided to take my smallest, interchangeable lens camera, the Panasonic Lumix GF2. The GF2 was actually an afterthought of a camera. I got it from Adorama, after purchasing the lens that went with it. Adorama threw in the camera body for free. I was never sure that I would want to use something that was a 'free-bee'. After all, if it was free, it must mean it wasn't really worth using. 

One day, I was getting ready to take the camera to a used camera dealer, but before I did, I got it out of the box. It looked kind of fun. Small, black,  and actually very well built.  I took it with me on a small business trip in the car to Sierra Vista. Shot some video with it and took some more photos. This time, I wanted to compare it to a cell phone. I have a Galaxy S5 - not a bad cell phone for photographs. The Lumix didn't seem as good at first. Some of the shots I took with my cell phone were more vibrant, more colorful and looked better. I soon realized that my cell phone was doing quite a bit of "in the cell phone" enhancements that the Lumix wasn't doing. 

A few days later, I went with my wife to the Desert Museum, one of Tucson's best attractions. This time, I was determined to use the camera to its fullest. And when I got home, I downloaded the RAW files into Adobe Lightroom. After a few starts, I came to this photo of a flower that seemed to float in mid-air. This picture was enhances a bit in Photoshop and then again with one of my favorite plug-ins, Topaz Adjust 5.1. I was pretty pleased with this look - and I found out a good lesson: it's not the cost of the gear you have, its what you do with the gear you have. 


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Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.

 

 

I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 

 

Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.

 

Oh, and I like riding my bike!

 

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