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Couples at DisneySea with the Panasonic G1

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If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I’ve been “playing” with a Panasonic G1 for four months.  I bought the G1 and the Leica M-mount adapter to use with my Leica lenses.  The results with the Leica lenses, at least the wide angles, have been less than stellar, what with poor resolution away from the center of the image.  And with the 2X crop factor, wide angles lenses became less than wide angle.  Check out my other postings for impressions and photos taken with the Leica M-mount lenses.

However, the Lumix 14-45mm and 45-200mm zoom lenses on the G1 have performed in good fashion.  In color images, I found the sensor (and lenses) to produce rich color images although the lenses were not the sharpest at the wider apertures.  I also found the focus lock to be quick and accurate.  When you combine that with a compact design that’s easy to carry, you have a winner.

This series of photos were taken in a span of one hour.  They were converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro and Aperture 2.

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May 8, 2009 at 7:01 am

More photos from Tokyo DisneySea

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I’m finally getting to the bottom of my DisneySea photos.  It’s such a picturesque venue with lots of opportunities for photographs.  Between the attention to detail of the various themes to people watching, you would be hard-pressed not to have your camera out.

Photos taken with Panasonic Lumix G1 with Lumix 45-200mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens and Leica M8 with Summicron 35mm f/2 lens.

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May 1, 2009 at 7:36 pm

More Panasonic G1 photos – dancing girl at Tokyo DisneySea

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This sequence of photos was taken with the G1 and the 45-200mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens wide open at f4.56, 1/400 sec, 230mm effective focal length, ISO 100.  Handheld single-shot with image stabilization on.  The results show the camera is quite capable.  Slight post-processing, increasing vibrancy using Aperture 2.

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April 27, 2009 at 6:39 am

More photos at Tokyo DisneySea with Panasonic Lumix G1

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I’ve had a Panasonic Lumix G1 since January and I’ve discovered that its a very handy piece of gear that easy to carry, especially when traveling.  On a recent trip I relied on my Leica M8 for the majority of my photos but the longest lens in my traveling M8 kit is the Summilux 75mm f/1.4 lens which with the M8’s crop factor of 1.3 is equivalent to 100mm in 35mm format.

On this particular day I also carried the G1 with its optional image stabilized 45-200mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens which has an effective range of 90-400mm.  Not only is the G1 a tiny DSLR, this lens is very compact, so much so that I was able to carry both the M8 with a Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 lens and the G1 and lens in the same bag, the small Billingham Hadley.

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The G1 saved the day as there was no way I could get close to the show to take closeups of the action.  The show photos ranged from 107 -334mm effective range.  Although the lens isn’t that fast the image stabilization managed even to steady the lens extended to 334mm.  (And as I noted in other recent postings, some photos to 422mm.)

The show photos in this posting were all shot in jpeg.  Handheld.  No tripod.

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April 26, 2009 at 6:40 am

Dancers from “Mythica” show at Tokyo DisneySea

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I’ve been to Tokyo DisneySea on several occasions and never had the opportunity to view “The Legend Of Mythica”,  the daytime waterfront extravaganza.  During my previous visits, the crowd was so large, I  did everything I could to avoid the show.  But it was a great time to visit other parts of the park.

On this visit, the crowd was smaller and I was able to get a front row view.  Visually, it was a vivid, action-packed production.  With a percussion background, the rhythmic and sychronized show was the highlight of my visit.

Check out my other posting for more photos from this show.

Photos taken with a Panasonic Lumix G1 camera and Lumix 45-200mm zoom f/3.5-5.6 lens, focal length from 230 – 422mm, image stabilization on, JPEG.

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April 24, 2009 at 6:39 am

Tokyo’s DisneySea theme park

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There are two theme parks at the Tokyo Disney Resort.  The 26 year old Tokyo Disneyland, which is as much fun now as it was when it opened, and the seven year old DisneySea,  which is based on an aquatic theme with a few major rides thrown in for the thrillseekers.  I won’t go into detail about the attractions at the parks.  You can check out their website for more information.

These photographs were taken during DisneySea’s midafternoon presentation of “The Legend of Mythica”, a fantasy-based extravaganza that features Disney’s beloved Mickey Mouse (and friends) and mythical characters from the land of Mythica.  The “show” is spectacular with plenty of opportunities to take photos.

These photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix G1 with 45-200mm f/5-5.6 zoom lens.

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April 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Muir Woods north of San Francisco – don’t miss it.

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One of the highlights to any trip to San Francisco is a visit to Muir Woods located north of the Golden Gate Bridge off the highway from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach.  It’s not a long drive, probably about 15 miles north of San Francisco. Take US101 across the Golden Gate Bridge, get off the highway at the Stinson Beach exit  and follow the signs.

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One does not see many locals visiting Muir Woods as they have the luxury of many destinations in beautiful Marin Country and beyond.  And tourists usually are bound to a few days in the area.  As a result, one sees many tourists (and school groups) at Muir Woods.  But thats not a bad thing although Muir Woods, being the focal point of tourists wanting to see coastal redwoods, does become congested when the weather is sunny and dry.

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There are many miles of trails and the farther you roam from the parking lot, the fewer people you do see.   And if the weather is wet and foggy, well, there are even fewer people.  I happen to like the wet weather as the experience is more primeval.  The dampness of the air, the scent of the redwoods and other fauna, and fewer people can make the visit more personal, a sense of being part of nature.

All photos were with either a Leica M8 with Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 lens or a Panasonic Lumix G1 with Lumix 45 – 200mm f/4 – 5.6 lens.

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April 10, 2009 at 11:53 am