Happy 4th of July: The beautiful reds from a community get together

A pair of dogs, 4th of July Party - Austin, Texas

A pair of dogs, 4th of July Party – Austin, Texas

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.

A Patriotic Centerpiece, 4th of July Party - Austin, Texas

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.

Well Grilled, 4th of July Party - Austin, Texas

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.

Brownies with Color, 4th of July Party - Austin, Texas

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.

Watermelon Slices, 4th of July Party - Austin, Texas
Lightning McQueen, 4th of July Party - Austin, Texas

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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4 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July: The beautiful reds from a community get together

  1. I’ve been paying attention to your last two posts on the E-1. As usual the photography is superb.

    I’ve owned three E-1s, all of them used, one of them given to me by Kirk Tuck (which I still have). The other was given to my daughter and the third was stolen along with my E-3, 12-60, and 50-200 two years ago August.

    You’re not the only one who has come to appreciate the different color palette and reaction to light of the Kodak sensor. There’s myself and a whole lot of others. That’s why I came to own so many used E-1s. I agree about the best usable range being between ISO 100 to ISO 400, but in the right hands I’ve seen the camera pushed to ISO 1600.

    I’ll also say this: the camera gained a new life for me with the release of Lightroom 4. I don’t know what Adobe did, but I found incremental improvement in RAW file conversion starting with later releases of Lightroom 3, with a major bump with Lightroom 4. Everyone always complains about the sensor, but the sensor is only a third of the story; the second third is the lens system (which is superb) and the final third is the post processing software, which has grown demonstrably better over time.

    When it comes to lenses, I still have the FourThirds Zuiko Digital 2/50mm macro.

    For those who care about such things, here are a series of E-1 photos taken by me and the E-1 over the last three+ years.

    Sample pink: https://flic.kr/p/cGH5CS
    Shore shot: https://flic.kr/p/aJkxc6
    Fall light: https://flic.kr/p/aDCNoZ
    Sample yellow: https://flic.kr/p/aDzo72
    Royal red and violet: https://flic.kr/p/aDuev6
    Water drops: https://flic.kr/p/9GpMuV
    Sample green: https://flic.kr/p/9DnLpV
    Deep purple: https://flic.kr/p/9z9Gw8
    Do Not Forget Me – Mission Ysleta, El Paso, Texas: https://flic.kr/p/9dJu2m

    The Power of the Olympus E-1 from 2011: http://blogbeebe.blogspot.com/2011/01/power-of-olympus-e-1.html

    I shoot primarily with the E-M5, and the E-1 is back to sitting in the bag; I don’t want it stolen or lost. I miss the older Four Thirds cameras I lost, especially those lenses. I stick with my primes these days in micro four thirds because I don’t care for any of the zooms.

    1. Bill, thanks for the detailed comment. Your photos have a wonderful color and really shows off the capabilities of the camera. I hear really good things about the 50mm, too bad Olympus didn’t make wide primes with big apertures. That would be my preferred choice.

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