Before They’re All Gone

Yesterday, one of my daughters and I went to a local garden as a sort of photography practice/quality-time adventure.  We had an excellent time together and she came away with a whole host of great photos which we’ve since printed for her portfolio.  She really is coming along with her photography.  I hope she keeps learning and, at the very least, maintains it as a hobby throughout her lifetime.

Tonight I’d like to share with you what I managed to capture from the trip to the gardens.

I decided to pack light so I wouldn’t be encumbered helping out my daughter – that meant no tripod or lighting equipment.  All I brought for myself to use was my trusty Sony A7rII, to which I decided to attach to it a previously neglected Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro.  I’ve had it for at least a year now and I have messed around with it before but never for more than a few minutes at a time.  Using it yesterday, I can now tell you that it will be a shelf lens no more.  It is an incredible piece of glass!  Tiny in size, razor sharp, contrasty, and superb color – everything you would hope.

Something of note for you photographers using the most recent Sony A7-series cameras:  If you’re shooting macro images handheld, double the focal length of your lens stabilization setting on the camera.  I found that 50mm was not aggressive enough when I was in at 1:2 reproduction ratio.  Once I dialed up the focal length setting to 100mm, it was able to perfectly stabilize my shots without getting the jitters.

On to the photos!!!

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro

These flowers are teeny tiny.  The head of the flower is no bigger than a pea.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro

For this portrait of my daughter, I went for a different look in post-processing.  I quite like the low-contrast and warmth of it.  It certainly was a hot summer day.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro

The back side of a banana leaf with the sun backlighting it.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro

Of all the photos, I spent the most time on this in post-processing.  Quite a few layers of color grading and adjustments were used to get this look.  Not quite lo-fi, not exactly muted, almost antiqued.  Not sure what to call it but I like it a lot.  It is now the wallpaper on my iMac 5K.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro

This duck kept staring at me.  I think he was trying to see what lens I was using this time.  Later, he nodded his approval of the use of the old Zuiko 50mm.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  I have another post on the wings for another lens I recently purchased.  Hopefully I’ll have that up by the weekend.

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “Before They’re All Gone

  1. Thanks Wes. It was a lot of fun shooting them alongside my daughter. She walked away that day with even more keepers than me. We’ve since printed them and I got her a portfolio album so she can begin collecting her favorite images. It’s nice to have the big, coffin printer back so we can do that sort of thing together.

    Like

  2. I loved your photos with Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f3.5 Macro lens. They are so sharp and have smooth bokeh and nice colors that I couldn’t resist buying one from eBay.
    Also, I appreciate you sharing about changing the stabilization focal length to 100 mm.
    Talking about focal length for stabilization on Sony A7’s, when using lenses like Minolta 35-70 mm macro, one of your favorite lenses, do you keep changing the focal length on your Sony a7rii, as you change the zoom distance, or is there any trick to overcome that tediousness.
    I will appreciate if you can share your ideas about it.

    Like

  3. Hi Jon,

    Great to hear you found a Zuiko 50mm to buy. You’ll really enjoy that lens as a good walkaround. As far as the stabilization goes when using the Minolta 35-70mm, I’ve found that a 50mm setting works pretty well as a happy compromise if your shooting broader shots during the day – I don’t change it constantly. I’ll only change it to precisely match my focal length when a shot is really, really slow. When clicked over to macro mode(70mm), I’ll set the stabilization to 70mm.

    I hope that helps. Let me know how you like your Zuiko macro!

    Cheers,

    Tom

    Like

  4. I’ve purchased Sony a7ii very recently so I have been using the Zuiko 50mm Macro for couple of weeks now and I am blown away by the quality of the lens. The build is so wonderful that I get satisfaction just by touching the lens, the long throw of the dampened focus ring especially and the sharpness. And because it is 50mm I am ready to take macro photo anytime I’m walking around with it.
    Thanks again Tom for introducing this truly remarkable lens.
    So far this is the only lens with Olympus OM to Sony E mount adapter that I have so I’m looking for another one that can be mounted on the same adapter, but do you have any suggestion?

    Like

  5. Jon,

    That’s so awesome to hear you’re enjoying the old Zuiko macro as much as me. It truly is a special lens. Regarding other lenses in the OM mount, I can suggest a few from the assortment I have: The Zuiko 24mm f/2.8, the Zuiko 28mm f/2.8, and the Zuiko 75-150 f/4. Either wide, prime is an excellent lens that you can’t go wrong with. The Zuiko 75-150mm zoom lens is very small, light and capable – perfect for walking around with on your full-frame A7. I hope you find these suggestions a good starting point and do let me know if you pick up another OM mount lens. Maybe you’ll find something I’ve not yet tried.

    Cheers,

    Tom

    Like

  6. Hi there,

    I’ve found that when I use a zoom lens I can set my image stabilization focal length to a middle value – in your case, 200mm. The only time I’ll bother matching my image stabilization to current focal length is if I’m using a really slow shutter speed (< 1/20th). I hope that helps you out.

    Cheers,

    Tom

    Liked by 1 person

Feel free to leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s