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2012 Melbourne Tulip Festival {warning: heavy images}

Discussion in 'Nature' started by thelaxong, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    795
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Guys,

    I have been with my family to the Melbourne Tulip festival for the past 2 years. It gave us a lot of pleasures. 2011, I took my E-3 and the 12-60mm plus the 50mm macro lens with me and it was heavy. I was reluctant to take the same kit with me this year. Luckily, now in late 2012, I could fit the EM-5, 25mm, 45mm and the 12-50mm kit lens without any hassles. I love the bokeh of the 45mm and 25mm. I was surprised with the macro function of the 12-50mm kit lens.

    Here are some of the flowers, taken mostly with the 45mm, some with the 25mm and some with the 12-50mm.

    Critiques are Welcomed. Be gentle, I am still learning :) 

    The whole set on FlickR: tulipfarm_2012-19 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    45mm:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134319536/" title="tulipfarm_2012-19 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134319536_63f645faa8_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-19"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134323620/" title="tulipfarm_2012-31 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134323620_caf4df91df_c. "600" height="800" alt="tulipfarm_2012-31"></a> <br>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134291407/" title="tulipfarm_2012-14 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134291407_5c1c7fa596_c. "600" height="800" alt="tulipfarm_2012-14"></a> <br>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134315090/" title="tulipfarm_2012-2 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134315090_e35d24a6ca_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-2"></a> <br>

    25mm:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134304481/" title="tulipfarm_2012-61 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134304481_f5581c7ff8_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-61"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134305609/" title="tulipfarm_2012-65 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134305609_6435a7c56c_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-65"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134308551/" title="tulipfarm_2012-77 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134308551_ba47728150_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-77"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134338742/" title="tulipfarm_2012-90 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134338742_4272981565_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-90"></a>

    12-50mm:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134329912/" title="tulipfarm_2012-55 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134329912_b5038b2db2_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-55"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134330386/" title="tulipfarm_2012-57 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134330386_45339407b7_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-57"></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8134303171/" title="tulipfarm_2012-56 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8134303171_076ae51ef4_c. "800" height="600" alt="tulipfarm_2012-56"></a>


    The whole set on FlickR: tulipfarm_2012-19 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
     
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  2. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Wow ..JT ..fantastic shots.I am planning to go over the weekend . I know 12-50 mm is quite capable lens but I coudnt live with it and sold it. I am gonna go there with Oly 14-54 mm MrkII , Oly 45 ,and PL25 .
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
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  3. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Brilliant color!
     
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  4. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

    539
    May 21, 2012
    Beautiful shots. Somehow, I like those taken with the 45mm better.
     
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  5. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    303
    Jun 22, 2011
    Sydney
    stunning colors.:thumbup:
     
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  6. North20

    North20 Mu-43 Veteran

    282
    Oct 18, 2012
    East of the Cascades, PNW
    Pat
    Wow, gorgeous flowers!

    You, and your EM-5, handled the harsh light quite well.
     
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  7. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    795
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Thanks Bhupinder. You will enjoy the trip there. But you better hurry up, if the weather is hot like yesterday and today, the flowers won't last long :) 

    You are not happy with the 12-50mm but now you have a heavier lens in the 14-54mm mk2? Btw, How do you like that lens on the OMD? Does it focus fast at all? I still have a Mk1 copy for my E-3 and its sharpness is excellent.
     
  8. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    795
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Thanks. I also love the colors Olympus cameras produced.

    Somehow, I feel the same. Most shoots of that day were taken with the 45mm.

    Only the last bit of that day, I was trying out the macro mode of the kit lens and the 25mm. Kit lens exceeded my expectation. However, I found the 25mm is harder to handle than the 45mm. I guess, I haven't spend enough time to learn how to use it properly.
     
  9. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    795
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Thanks for your comments. I am still learning to handle harsh light. I found myself on the day deleting and adjusting a lot to get the shoots right. I am hoping to improve my keeper rate.

    I guess my OMD is hating me that I am going through the shutter actuation and the batteries too quickly :redface:

    This is me:

    - Taking a shot
    - Reviewing, scratch my head (not that I have any hairs left ;) 
    - Not happy :mad:  because of over or under exposures
    - Adjust, Retake
    - Not happy again :mad:  :mad: 
    - Adjust, Retake
    ....
    ....
    :tongue::love:
     
  10. North20

    North20 Mu-43 Veteran

    282
    Oct 18, 2012
    East of the Cascades, PNW
    Pat


    :laugh1:

    Well, I for one certainly feel like you're doing pretty good!
     
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  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Wow, a really nice set! I love the color and the variety. :thumbup:
     
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  12. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    609
    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
    rpamparo
    beautiful colors & sharpness! great set :2thumbs:
     
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  13. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Stunning shots. Thanks for posting.
     
  14. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    795
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    Thanks all for your kind words.
     
  15. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    Nice, colorful shots! I also like the shots taken with the 45mm better. The first shot from the 12-50 is also nice with great color, contrast and texture. The other 2 shots from the 12-50 looks a little flat in spite of the nicely saturated color.
     
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  16. thelaxong

    thelaxong Mu-43 user

    795
    Jan 13, 2011
    Melbourne - Australia
    A kiss from ... a snake ...

    btw, they had snakes, lizards and other reptiles in the show as well. My daughter got a kiss from a snake :blush:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelaxong/8141191088/" title="vi_n_snake-1 by thelaxong, on Flickr"> 8141191088_e1742cfbe2_c. "600" height="800" alt="vi_n_snake-1"></a>
     
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  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oh JT we are in the same boat.I have also a 7 year old daughter and I think they met you when we came to deliver lens to your place enroute Daylesford .
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  18. aragorn1980

    aragorn1980 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    698
    Aug 10, 2012
    Athens Greece
    Takis
    Beatiful shots and colors!Congratulations!
     
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