Happy Independence Day to my American readers. Here are some images from a typical 4th of July party. I noticed a lot of beautiful reds, captured especially well by the Olympus E-1 that I’ve been playing with recently. Unlike yesterday, where I shot dim and moody photos at night with a tripod, today’s daytime shots were all handheld.
The E-1 is an ancient 11-year-old camera but its Kodak CCD sensor intrigued me. Some like the old CCD sensors better than the modern CMOS — they claim it has better color and more of a film like quality. I don’t have enough experience with film to really compare but I do notice a difference in color rendition.
This E-1 DSLR is ideally suited for daytime use. For maximum quality, I need to stay at or below ISO 200, though in well-lit places, ISO 400 will also work.
I experienced a sense of freedom not having to use a tripod and the good light made the autofocus work a heck of a lot better. I made a mistake though. I forgot to reset my exposure compensation from last night, which I realized half way through. I was one stop over on this image. It recovered well in RAW though.
I must say I’m really liking the colors. I have complained about the reds on some other cameras, such as the Fuji X100S. I think these look swell.
Have a great 4th of July weekend.
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