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Greg Drawbaugh

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Greg Drawbaugh last won the day on 11 September 2018

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About Greg Drawbaugh

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  • Birthday 14/06/1966

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  • Real Name
    Greg Drawbaugh
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Minnesota, USA
  • Photographic Interests
    Birds, Aviation, Wildlife
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  • Fav. Camera
    Olympus
  • Fav. Lens
    Olympus 300mm f4.0 PRO
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    Lightroom
  1. I used the original version of this lens for years, and agree it is a good performer for the price. The sweet spot is at F8.0, and results fall off quickly either side of f8.0. For an easy to carry, light weight lens with a long reach it is a keep provided you have enough light to shoot at f8.0. I gave my copy to a friend when I purchased my Olympus 300mm f4.0 Pro.
  2. I sold my 12-40 when I purchased my 12-100. The 12-40 was excellent in every respect, but I found myself really needing the extra reach beyond 40mm more often than not. The dual-sync IBIS with this lens is nothing short of magical, as I have been able to take 10 second exposures unbraced and handheld, it is that good. While I agree it is a hair less sharp than the 12-40, for 99% of the time the results are stellar. Besides, I have the 25mm, 45mm and 75mm f1.8 lenses when I want to get serious about shallow depth of field and sharpness. You can not go wrong with either of these lenses, as they are both excellent. I am attaching my proof that 10 seconds handheld is indeed possible with this combination, and I was sitting on the ground but holding the camera in a normal position, plus controlling my breathing. I took multiple shots, and could hit the 10 second ones 50% of the time, and anything 2 seconds or less at 90% of the time.
  3. I own all three versions of the E-M1, and to be honest the original or "classic" as I call it is what opened up what was possible with a mirrorless system. I mainly photograph birds, many times in flight and the mkII and X are huge improvements over the classic. I really think the mkII may be the right choice for many people, but X offers incredible ergonomics with the 300mm f4.0 and hopefully upcoming 150-400 Pro zoom. Is the X worth the substantial jump in price over the improved mkII? The jury is still out for me, but I am eager to keep testing and do not regret purchasing it. The C-AF and C-AF+TR work incredibly well, and the best way for me to use the C-AF is to assign the lever by the viewfinder to toggle in between S-AF and C-AF. I also keep a custom mode assigned for birds in flight as well as another for Pro Capture.
  4. Greg Drawbaugh

    Lightroom!

    If Adobe would add the Patch Tool to Lightroom I would have little need to work in Photoshop. I concur with Dallas, as I do almost 100% of my work in Lightroom and only use Photoshop for its excellent content-aware tools for touch up work. In the end, $10 USD is a bargain for both programs IMHO.
  5. I still use my original E-M1 along with my newer mkII. I also owned an E-M5 mkII, but sold it and kept the E-M1 when I bought my E-M1 mkII. I shoot mainly longer lenses and fast moving subjects, and the original E-M1 can still deliver, surprisingly well in fact, along side my mkII. My Olympus 300mm is almost permanently attached to my mkII, as these two were built to work in complete harmony. I have zero desire for any full-frame camera from any manufacturer, as what I shoot lends itself amazing well to the m4/3 world.
  6. Welcome to m4/3, and I used to shoot with the Panasonic bodies up through the GH3, but switched full-time to the Olympus side once I picked up the E-M1. The Panasonic has a much simpler, easy to navigate menu system than the Olympus. I have not used the G9, but I really like some of the features it has. I would be curious to see if it is as fast as my E-M1 mkII for moving subjects, such as birds in flight. I will be watching to see what you can get out of it.
  7. Chris, I second the motion, great to see your work again. I can imagine -25C as I live in Minnesota, but makes it no less daunting. Gorgeous images!
  8. Vivion, You are correct, I work over the contrast for some of these in a "secret sauce" I use as a plug-in. As I said up front, I like a little different look in my shots, especially when there are so many other really good photographers at the same event, I like mine to look "different."
  9. C-17 "Globemaster III" blast-off over a lineup of parked T-6s, Olympus E-M1 mkI and Olympus 40-150 Pro
  10. F-16 "Viper" and P-51D "Mustang" Heritage Flight, E-M1 mkII and Olympus 300mm Pro
  11. Alan, Many thanks, and happy to hear you are pleased with my work from that week. The Raptor shot is one of my all-time favorites, and happy to hear I am not alone!
  12. Thanks Dallas, the Raptor is truly a vapor generating beast.
  13. And sometimes you are in the right place, have the camera set up correctly and then get lucky. This is an F-22 "Raptor" catching some nice vapor with the burners lit in a hard turn. E-M1 mkII and Olympus 300mm Pro
  14. I have done a few shoots with aircraft owners, and I try and keep checking to see the look on their face when we are shooting around their aircraft. When I get a look such as this, I know we are still good to go. Olympus E-M1 mkI and Olympus 17mm f1.8
  15. Sometimes I just like the color to really pop, I call this "A Photographer Photographing Photographers Photographing Photographers" Olympus E-M1 mk11 and Olympus 25mm f1.8
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