Nature Photography with the OM System 40-150mm f/4 Pro Lens: Field Test Results
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by Martin Belan
2w ago
I’ve owned the OM System 40-150mm f/4 Pro Lens for over 9 months now.  I also own the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 and the Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6 lenses. I’m finding that the longer I own the f/4 version of the 40-150, the more often it finds its way into my camera bag. In this blog, I focus on my field test results for the OM System 40-150mm f/4 version of the lens.  I look at this lens through several categories such as: how I use the lens, Image quality, size and weight, etc.  I’ve also written a blog comparing the three Olympus / OM System 40-150mm lenses and why you should cons ..read more
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Tree Burls at Olympic National Park – A Unique Photography Opportunity
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by Martin Belan
1M ago
Tree burls are fascinating, often gnarled growths that form on trees, resulting from a tree’s response to stress or injury. These unique formations not only contribute to the tree’s resilience but also offer striking and prized material for woodworkers and artisans. Tree burls are relatively uncommon, but not rare, occurring on a small percentage of trees in a given forest.  However, the woods surrounding the Spruce Burl Trail in Olympic National Park are loaded with Spruce trees with large burls.  This high concentration of spruce trees with large burls makes the Spruce Burl Trail a ..read more
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Is the Think Tank Airport Advantage the Best Way to Travel with the OM System 150-400mm f/4.5 Lens
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by Martin Belan
2M ago
The OM System 150-400mm f/4.5 Lens is a terrific bird and wildlife photography lens.  It has the sharpness of the Olympus 300mm f/4 lens with a huge focal length range of 150 – 500mm (300 – 1000mm full frame equivalent). The problem is that it is a large lens for the Micro Four Thirds system which makes it more difficult for travel.  The Olympus 300mm f/4 lens is small, light and easier to travel with, fitting in smaller carry on bags and backpacks.  OM System 150-400mm f/4.5 and Olympus 300mm f/4 Size and Weight Comparison Lens Size Weight OM System 150-400 f/4.5 4.6 x 12 ..read more
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Sweetwater Wetlands: A Bird Photography Hotspot in Tucson, Arizona
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by Martin Belan
2M ago
I left a few days early for a photography workshop in Sedona, Arizona.  The plan was to photograph the beautiful desert landscapes and birds in Saguaro National Park.  While the desert landscapes were beautiful in Saguaro National Park, I found the bird activity to be slow.  I walked the trails for miles in both the east and west sections of the park, with only a handful of bird photographs. I had researched a few other bird photography locations in and around Tucson, and decided to try them out after having my fill of desert landscapes.  One of the parks that I tried was S ..read more
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Putting OM System / Olympus Live ND to the Test at a Crowded Great Falls Park in Virginia
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by Martin Belan
3M ago
I was driving home from southern Maryland on a Sunday afternoon and decided to check out Great Falls Park and hopefully photograph the waterfalls.  Great Falls Park is located in McClean, Virginia just 18 miles from Washington D.C., and is known for its beautiful, cascading waterfalls. The conditions were not great for waterfall photography.  The park was very crowded; the parking lot was full and people were driving around waiting for a parking spot. This is to be expected on a weekend, being located very close to Washington D.C.  It was so crowded, I didn’t even take my tripod ..read more
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A Travel Photographer’s Guide to Backing Up Your Photographs on Long Trips, and Short ones too
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by Martin Belan
3M ago
Taking a journey to faraway places and capturing unforgettable memories and stunning views with your camera is every travel photographer’s dream. But amid the excitement of exploring new territories, the concern of losing those special moments you’ve captured is always there. That’s why having a good backup plan is important to ensure your photos are safe and sound. For many years, I’ve been using a backup strategy where every night I copy my SD cards to an external drive then turn the SD over in the case and don’t use that card for the remainder of the trip. This approach has every photograph ..read more
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Capturing the Best Shots: Page, Arizona Photography Guide
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by Martin Belan
4M ago
Page is located in Northern Arizona, close to the Utah border.  Page is not necessarily easy to get to; however, a variety of landscape photography gems are located in an around Page.  This makes Page a perfect destination for a landscape photography vacation. In this blog, I’ll talk about the photo opportunities in and around page, some tips for photographing them, and tips for visiting Page. Getting to Page, Arizona The closest “big” airport to Page is Flagstaff. Flagstaff airport is about 2 hours 20 minutes, 134 miles from Page. However, mainly smaller planes fly into Page.  ..read more
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How the Multi Function Button Works on Olympus / OM System Cameras and Why You Should Use it
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by Martin Belan
4M ago
In this blog we are going to explore a useful feature of OM System / Olympus cameras that often flies under the radar: the Multi Function Button. No matter what type of photography you shoot, having quick access to key camera features is essential. The Multi Function feature allows you to customize a button for control over multiple settings, streamlining your shooting experience. Many of the OM System / Olympus cameras have several programmable buttons, so why do I need to use the Multi Function feature? The OM System OM-1 has 8 programmable buttons, but I still seem to run out of customizabl ..read more
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Top Locations for Bird Photography in Everglades National Park
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by Martin Belan
4M ago
Everglades National Park in southern Florida is a huge 1.5 million acre area of diverse wilderness. The Everglades is famous for its wildlife, especially birds. In this blog, we’ll explore bird photography in the Everglades. I spent several days scouting out the trails and best locations to photograph birds (and some wildlife) in Everglades National Park. Note: I did not visit the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park.  To visit this area, you need to ride the tram or rent a bicycle.  Private motor vehicles are not allowed along the trail.  I focus on the southern part o ..read more
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Capturing Nature and Architecture Through Photography in Dry Tortugas National Park
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by Martin Belan
4M ago
Nestled in the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Dry Tortugas National Park is a gem for nature and architectural photographers. Home to Fort Jefferson and a vibrant array of marine life, this remote park is also a haven for bird photography enthusiasts. Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote National Parks in the continental United States. The park is only accessible by boat or seaplane, bringing only about 80,000 people visit Dry Tortugas National Park each year. In this blog, I’ll cover getting to Dry Tortugas, photo opportunities in the park, and the gear you may want to ..read more
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