Wildlife Photography on a Budget [Olympus 40-150R]

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by jsusilo, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    Wildlife Photography on a Budget [Olympus 40-150R] + Icefield Parkway Canada [O45 & P14]

    These are taken this past weekend at Jasper National Park - Alberta Canada. Considering the price $150, O40-150R arguably one of the best bang for you dollar in native m43 term.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9180021425/" title="Wildlife-1 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="732" alt="Wildlife-1"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9182231688/" title="Wildlife-2 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="731"

    Background blur is pp in photoshop
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9182224802/" title="Wildlife-3 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="731" alt="Wildlife-3"></a>

    Background blur is pp in photoshop
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9182219836/" title="Wildlife-4 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="732" alt="Wildlife-4"></a>
  2. rhoydotp

    rhoydotp Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 5, 2012
    Toronto, Ont
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    that's only 150mm, how close were you from those bears?

    nice sharp images, btw!
  3. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2011
    Ellicott City, MD
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    These are great shots with good colors and sharpness. I thought you needed a 1200mm lens (or a big gun) to photograph a bear and a cub!

    On a serious note. The 40-150 is a great lens and you have shown that very well here.
  4. Smashatom

    Smashatom Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2013
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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    Would love the chance to see bears that close up! Great shots!
  5. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    When I spotted the bears, they seems to be comfortable with people walking by in the area and so I walk gently to frame it as they kept eating grass and leaves. Honestly, I was surprised when I saw them, I could not believe they were probably within 50ft away from me .. it was pure luck. All pictures were shot with OMD in RAW and processed in Lightroom (mostly added some sharpening and vibrance, plus adjust both white and black).
  6. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 22, 2011
    nice photos and good capture. But please becareful with bears .Your own safety
    is of prime importance.
  7. WorldShooter

    WorldShooter Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 17, 2013
    Giethoorn, Netherlands
    Real Name:
    Peter B.
    Excellent shots! And a real showcase for a "cheap" telezoom.

    Surprising quality. The one flaw I see when looking at your shots, is the rendering of the bokeh (and this a lens property, absolutely nothing to do with your skill). Especially in the bear shots: your focus and DoF are immaculate, giving you nice separation on the bears, but the background is very busy, especially with all those trees and leaves.

    Still, many kudos! Thanks for showing us! :clap2:
  8. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    Few landscapes from the same trip ...

    Panasonic 14
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9182285784/" title="Landscape-2 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="731" alt="Landscape-2"></a>

    Olympus 45
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9180063207/" title="Landscape-3 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="732" alt="Landscape-3"></a>

    Panasonic 14
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9182275548/" title="Landscape-4 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="732" alt="Landscape-4"></a>

    Panasonic 14
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9182268770/" title="Landscape-5 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="732" alt="Landscape-5"></a>

    Olympus 45
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9180047307/" title="Landscape-6 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="731" alt="Landscape-6"></a>

    Panasonic 14
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24095751@N07/9180043081/" title="Landscape-7 by GJSusilo, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="732" alt="Landscape-7"></a>
  9. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nice shots! What processing are you doing? The colors are super saturated.
  10. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    They were processed using HDR effect pro. I'm fairly new on pp and most of the time I simply play around with their standard preset and settings. When I saved and exported processed HDR image back to lightroom, I do find the color gets over- saturated easily (as you mentioned) making them look not natural.

    These are bracketed shot and I use HDR effect pro (or sometime photoshop HDR) not to get HDR look but rather wanting to merge the images together quickly. Unfortunately, HDR processing often makes the merged image look -over saturated, tho I do like the structure that it brings out... wonder if anybody have solution to this [how to merge bracketed shot outside HDR].
  11. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    yup the 40-150 can really surprise me at times with it's sharpness (especially stopped down slightly). Lightweight and cheap.
  12. GRID

    GRID Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 22, 2011
    Impressive landscapes, and very nice bearencounter, but if youre going to blur the background in PP you need to pay alittle more attention to the edges i think, and maybe say that you have dont that in PP to :)
  13. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Absolutely stunning shots :2thumbs:
  14. Julia

    Julia Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 9, 2013
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Amazing images. Spent 5 weeks in 1995 in Banff/Jasper/Washington Peninsula and your photos bring back a lot of great memories.

    I once literally ran into a black bear while searching for a spot to fish. It's an adrenaline rush I don't ever want to repeat ;)
  15. KGOW

    KGOW New to Mu-43

    Jan 7, 2013
    My workflow is using photoshop to merge the bracketed shot only and saving it as 32Bit tiff file and export back to process it regularly using Lightroom.

    This instruction for reference Process Your HDR Images in Lightroom by Gene McCullagh
  16. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    Sharp eyes! You caught me here Grid and yes I reposted the images after one commented about the background being a distraction. Background blur is not possible with this lens and so I experimented with gaussian blur in photoshop, spent only few minutes because I only plan doing 5x7 print, I figured its good enough for untrained eyes (like myself) but unfortunately not yours :).
  17. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Great shots all J. Well done!
  18. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
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    The problem with using the 40-150mm lens to photograph bears eating salad is that the photographer may end up as the entree...


    Thanks for posting these shots; I've been playing with this lens for the last couple of days and need to use it more :thumbup:.


  19. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    For many of the shots I like the highly saturated look. It is rich but not so strong to detract, although it is at the upper limit IMHO. If the saturation is too much for your taste, back it off a little. I have not used HDR effect pro and my copy of Photoshop is old and does not have HDR in it. But once you have the picture you can easily adjust the saturation in Photoshop. For the most part blue and maybe cyan are the only colors that are too rich, perhaps the greens here and there. If you are new to this then you are doing very well! Keep up the good work.