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A few Olympics shots

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by CiaranMc, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    I took my Oly E-PM1 to the Olympic Park on Friday night, here are a few shots I took. They are all with either the 40-150mm M. Zuiko lens or my Lumix 1.7 20mm.

    I had real issues with the lighting during the athletics, at f/5.6 the ISO had to go up and the shutter speed was lower than I'd like.

    I'd REALLY appreciate feedback, I am trying to teach myself to take decent pictures and haven't been at it long :smile:

    The park:




    The action:



    Some portraits:



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  2. Buddy

    Buddy Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 27, 2012
    Enjoyed your pics - :thumbup: Thank you!
  3. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    do they have restrictions for camera specifications especially on the size of lenses during admission?

    nice set by the way, i like the panoramas!

    (A 100-300 would be nice i think.)
  4. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    The official advice was quite confused - the gist of it was that you're not allowed any equipment that doesn't fit into their bag restrictions of 20cmx30cm. That rules out tripods and so on.

    Mind you, there were plenty of people around with huge SLRs with 300mm lenses around. All using flashes ;-)
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  5. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Wow, lovely shots! I'm going on Friday and it looks like my 150mm's long enough to see the athletes reasonably, how far up in the stands were you?

    Also are you stitching the wiiiiide arena pano shots? They look great but I'm guessing the arena's bigger than a 20mm lens!

    Quick edit to say I don't think any m43 lens will trouble them from a couple of days in different venues...saw lots of DSLR 200 and 300mm lenses in there, just don't take anything big enough to block someone's view.
  6. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    We were in row 12, the shots of athletes going over the line are about 60-75% crops.

  7. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    Re: bag restrictions, the only inspection at the Olympic Village was at the entrance, where your bag is put through an airport-style X-ray machine. There is not further inspection and the rate they're putting people through, nobody is going to be quibbling over lenses.
  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Very nice shots, particularly the panoramics. I agree the 100-300 would be great for shots of the athletes, but yours look great. :thumbup:
  9. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    I'd love a 100-300mm, I'd be a bit worried about taking 300mm photos handheld though!
  10. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    E-PL1 with Vivitar 75-300mm taken handheld from two sections beyond first base. f5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 500

    Here's a similar one with the 18mm to give you an idea of what 300m can pull in for you.
  11. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    How is it so sharp at 1/125? You must be a statue
  12. wawa

    wawa Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 16, 2011
    The colours are really bright on these and look good -- did you do processing for them? I agree that the wide shots are esp nice. And really? The 40-150mm zoom does that well in not great lighting + action? Wow. Good work!
  13. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Years ago I shot pistol, rifle and machine gun competitively.

    The IBIS helps a lot too. :wink:
  14. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    I think your shots are great. If you are sitting with elbows on knees and breathing right you can do hand held 300mm. IS helps a lot. On the EM5 it helps a LOT. A wall or post comes in handy as well.
  15. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    I processed them in Aperture and fixed the black point and exposure, then boosted the saturation / vividness.

    The athletics shots were a bit washed out because of the lower light, so I put a bit more colour into them but the daytime ones aren't enhanced much - it was a very sunny day and the park is a really colourful place!

    This shot:

    ... was under floodlights so was pretty dim, it was taken at the full 150mm zoom which only gives f/5.6 so I had the shutter on 1/320, as low as I dared, and the ISO up to 1000.
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    These came out great - especially liked the pano and the photo of Ennis crossing the finish line.
  17. CiaranMc

    CiaranMc Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 8, 2012
    Thanks for all the kind feedback for the first set, I went to a couple more events so here are some more pics!




    Football final:




    Some crowd stuff:



  18. NJH

    NJH Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    South West England
    More great pics, thanks for posting.
  19. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    Just wanted to say a HUGE thankyou for the reminder about pano stitching - used to do a lot of these and sort of fell away from the technique.

    Now I have a proper image that captures the stadium, what a fantastic night!

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