Summer is known for great fireworks displays. Olympus is known for great camera scene modes. Coincidence? No way. Your first step in taking great pictures of fireworks is to simply select the Fireworks Scene Mode. The camera will then slow the shutter speed value and set the focusing point to infinity (∞).
If your camera doesn?t have scene modes (i.e. the E-1, E-3 & E-5) or is able to support a high-level of manual control, set the camera to manual mode (M) and adjust the shutter speed and aperture. Setting the aperture to F8 and a shutter speed of 3 to 4 seconds should give good results. Set the ISO sensitivity to 100 or 80. And don’t forget to change to MF (manual focus) and set the focusing point to infinity (∞).
The start and end of the trail features these steps.
Jordon, Oliver, and Mark at the start of the trail.
Mark is ready to go
Oliver had just fallen but was okay.
Jordon and Mark on the trail.
Mark showing off his new sunglasses that we bought for him as an early birthday gift.
Oliver checking out Waskesiu Lake.
Jordon and Mark explore the trail.
Two ducks swimming near the shore. Well not that near, I was using an M.Zuiko 75-300mm lens which means that I was shooting at a 600mm equivalence.
Here is Oliver exploring the dark underbelly of The Narrows Trail.
If you ever have a chance to explore some of Prince Albert National Park’s trails, make sure you do. It was my first hike like this and I had a blast. We explored the Waskesiu River Trail later that day and of course are heading back up to hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin later this summer.
I woke up early and went with Jordon to Saskatoon City Hospital while he got treatment and some tests on his foot. It gets better for a while and then it gets way worse. Today was a way worse kind of day. The good news is that they did the test on his leg that he has been dreading and the results were amazing. The leg is messed up but the long term prognosis is getting better.
After that ordeal was over, I had a nice brunch with Mark and Oliver who then along with Jordon took me for a walk with our cameras along to Wanuskewin Heritage Park. We got out there and it was closed for a special function (doh!). We had been out on Sunday’s before but didn’t realize they also close on Sundays in the winter.
So we decided to go out to Pike Lake and check it out and The Gift of Green Nature Trail. We walked the promenade but the trail wasn’t open yet and was still barricaded. We will return to hike it for Oliver’s birthday (it was his idea and was excited about it).
The boys gave me a three disc frisbee golf set that I can use at the frisbee golf course in Diefenbaker Park. I will try them out next weekend. Jordon and Sean are tossing the discs once in a while (Jordon is terrible at it) so I may join them.
They also got me a grip for my Olympus OM-D E-M10, some lightweight gloves for when we go to Grey Owl’s cabin, and some new headphones from Panasonic. I must thank Hilary for introducing all of us to the joy of higher quality headphones (and reviews in The Wire Cutter in some tweets a couple of years ago. My ears thank her.
Jordon had some photos of Mark, Oliver and Marley framed for me. They look great. Well the photos of Mark and Oliver look great, the one he picked of Marley was of me after I had to run after her after she bolted. I look mad, Mark looks indifferent, and Marley looks defiant.
I hope you are having a wonderful Mother’s Day as well.
It’s an upgrade over the Olympus PEN E-PL2 that Jordon gave me for Christmas in 2013. I love that camera but this one is faster, has better image quality, a viewfinder, wifi, and is better in low light. I am super excited to try this out and master it.
I already have a collection of lenses from my E-PL2 so I am set there. Now I just need to master the new camera.
He will use it to shoot Mark’s football this fall with and maybe some wildlife. I hope he likes it. Of course Mark is super excited as it means that he gets Jordon’s older Sigma 70-210 lens. He sees it as a win-win.
Mark gave him a new Starbucks Travel Mug
Oliver gave him Saskatoon’s Electric Transit: the Story of Saskatoon’s Streetcars and Trolley Buses by Easten Wayman
It’s a used book from Westgate Books.
They also ordered Jordon a 65 litre backpack for our trip to Grey Owl’s cabin. It’s big enough that we can pack Oliver in it and have room to spare.
It is Jordon’s day off today. I took it off to hang out with him. After the boys were off to school, we went for coffee at City Perk and then grabbed lunch at the Spring Roll on 33rd. This afternoon we are off for a long walk as Jordon tried out his new lens and then to Broadcast House where Jordon does his 5:15 roundtable with David Kirton and Cynthia Block.
Jordon took this photo today with his Pentax K-30 and the Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8.
Jordon got a great year end bonus. Instead of spending it on himself, he decided to get me a new camera. We looked at a variety of Olympus options from the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and E-PL7 to an older Olympus OM-D E-M5 but decided on the Olympus OM-D E-M10.
I ordered the Olympus OM-D E-M10 from Don’s Photo in Saskatoon and I hope to have it in a couple of weeks. Thanks to Jordon who bought (and surprised me) with the Olympus PEN E-PL2 and two Christmases ago and surprised me with the decision to get me this camera. I can’t wait.