In the Rains

The disaster in Texas this past week quickly reminds us of the power of water and how devastating Mother Nature can be when we least expect it. With all the attempts with preparation, there are times that we can be caught unaware. It’s a time when people pull together and help each other out, working together in harmony.

It’s just the beginning of recovery, and it will be a long time before Texas is back to her bold form. In the meantime, those not personally affected by Hurricane Harvey can help support the cause by helping in anyway they can.

The Houston Humane Society has created an Amazon Wish List where you can contribute directly to help animals that have been affected in the Hurricane Harvey Flood. It is a tragic time, and many animals are lost and forgotten in times like these.

The remaining rains pushed northward and finally reached Maryland. A whisper of what Texas saw, it rained for a full day. The skies crying as you will for what it had done. But even with the flooding, with water comes life following.

While staying home working while the raindrops sang their song, a Cooper’s Hawk stopped by in hopes of a birdy breakfast.

The next morning I hosted a nature walk at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary in eastern Frederick. It really was supposed to be a bird photography walk in hopes of migrating warblers, but the birds were quiet and the beautiful fields with native grasses was wet from the rain. We quietly walked the mowed grassy lanes and enjoyed the raindrops left behind.

I’m finding that I’m picking up the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II with the 300mm f/4 lens more frequently for these types of walkabouts. It’s quick, lightweight and the images are good enough for most of how I share my images on social media. I do see a loss of detail that it has in compared to my full-frame Canon 5D Mark IV and either the 100-400mm or 500mm f/4 prime. I’ll use those when I know it’s images that I want to be the best quality possible.

But for little warblers that I know will be elusive, the Olympus kit is great. It also allows me to do great macro or tight nature compositions when I would like to. The only downside is the 6 feet plus that I have to back up for to obtain focus.

I’m happy enough just setting the camera in Aperture Priority and not pushing the ISO more than 1,000 with a low f/stop to help get the most light possible and to blur out the background. It’s nice and quiet too, allowing me to approach this little green frog in a small pond without him jumping away too quickly.

For those curious as to what happened to the Tamron 150-600mm G2 that I thought was awesome this past year. Well, I lent it to a friend and have not missed it one bit. I found it shines best in good light and a close subject. It was a bit unwieldy and very subjective to camera shake. I had to take three times more images to get one tack sharp like I like. It also has a loss of detail that I wasn’t in love with.

This Olympus kit does what I hoped the Tamron would do which was give me a walkabout kit with a 600mm reach when I don’t want to bring out the big guns. The Olympus does so much better in low light with the image stabilization offered in both the lens and the camera body. With a price tag of about $6,000 for the camera body, the 300mm and a 12-100mm lenses it’s not bad considering what I really wanted was the new Canon 600mm II lens at the price tag of $11k. Guess I better start being nice to Santa Baby.

Hope everyone has a lovely week and get out and enjoy nature!

9 replies »

  1. Fantastic nature close-ups, Emily. Interesting camera info, too. I just got a Fuji X-T2 and love it but it’s a big change from my Nikon D800. Better on my back! 🙂

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