Samples of my PEN E-PL2 photography; Dramatic Tone art filter

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Triumphsteve, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Triumphsteve

    Triumphsteve New to Mu-43

    Greetings. I have been using Olympus DSLR and PEN cameras for awhile now, and I am always amazed at the magic these cameras can provide. Lately, I have been testing my micro four thirds PENS (E-P2 and E-PL2) to try and replicate results similar to what my my E-3 and E-5 can show, and I find the PEN cameras to be superb alternatives to carrying around the heavy DSLR equipment.

    The following gallery of PEN images were made with the new E-PL2 and the new generation Zuiko 14-42mm II zoom lens. Where I have provided an illustration of the Dramatic Tone art filter, I have first posted a normal image made with the i-Enhance shooting mode, followed by the Dramatic Tone art filter shot. Most of the time, I find the mode of the Dramatic Tone result to be very interesting and ethereal. My E-PL2 photographs were made primarily of items for sale at the Raleigh Flea Market in North Carolina, and I have included a few motorcycle images of my Triumph Truxton. Please take a look and feel free to give any feedback, criticisms, etc.

    Steve Brantley Photography | SmugMug

    My general photo web site is here: Steve Brantley Photography | SmugMug and I have other examples of PEN E-P2 images, Olympus E-5 images, and many other subjects. Most all images were originally shot in RAW at an ISO range of 100-200, Aperture priority, single center focus point, image stabilization turned on, and processed with Capture One software.
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    Hello and welcome Steve - you have a great gallery of images.
  3. JustShootMe

    JustShootMe Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    Austin TX
    Good stuff Steve , I am considering purchasing an EPL2 just for the dramatic tone filter. Is the camera faster processing the art filters than the other Pen's ?
  4. isabel95

    isabel95 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Your images are compelling me to look harder at the e-pl2!

    I really don't need it. I didn't need my e-pl1 either, but I love it.

    That dramatic art filter does make for stunning images!

    I think I would probably go nuts switching back and forth between the e-pl1 and the 3-pl2 since the buttons on the back are so different.

    I would park different lenses on each camera.

    I'd love to hear from people who use the e-pl1 and e-pl2 interchangeably.


  5. andyw

    andyw Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 27, 2010
    Surrey. UK
    Very nice dramatic tone images (all are great!!) Have you any tips for using this filter like the best lighting etc.

  6. Triumphsteve

    Triumphsteve New to Mu-43

    I also have the E-P2, and I feel the newer E-PL2 processes the art filter images a little faster after taking the shot.
  7. Caspian

    Caspian New to Mu-43

    Jan 6, 2011
    Welcome Steve. I am also in North Carolina. Nice shots.
  8. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France

    If I were you, I'd wait a bit for the next Olympus Viewer 2 update. Last time, upon e-p2 & e-pl1 release, the 2 new art filters (cross process and diorama) of those cameras were made available to e-p1 users through the raw processing software at no charge. Of course, you can only apply those effects in post-processing on raw files, but it's still really handy.

    So maybe if you intend to only shoot a small number of filtered image the wait would be worth it.

    As a stop gap, you can create a close enough effect with any layers aware post processing software like photoshop©®. Copy the image in 2 layers, turn the background one to b&w the way you like it (better if contrasted - in wet lab terms, I'd say 3.5 grade filter), and lower the transparency of foreground (colour) layer between 20% and 50% according to your taste in whatever fusion mode happens to work for you. Can't be more precise because I don't use Photoshop, and it's more an art you need to experience with than a perfect science experiment anyway.

    Result should be something like this :

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="">[​IMG]"288" width="288" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">De <a href="">OLYMPUS E-P1</a></td></tr></table>

    or this :

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="">[​IMG]"255" width="288" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">De <a href="">OLYMPUS E-P1</a></td></tr></table>