All posts by Thomas Stirr

Thomas Stirr is an author, executive coach, and photographer/videographer based in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He specializes in industrial photography, safety and corporate videos. His work also includes landscape and nature photography, and experimentation with photo art. Nikon Canada has featured Tom's work numerous times on Facebook and Twitter. To follow Thomas, please visit his website and his YouTube channel

Comparison of J5 and E-M1 Mark II Images

This article shares a selection of images captured hand-held with a Nikon 1 J5 and an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II. The creative spark for this article came from Anders, one of our regular readers. The primary objective of the article is to do a brief comparison of J5 and E-M1 Mark II straight out of camera (SOOC) jpeg images.  We have also included some corresponding samples of images created from RAW files after some post processing was done to them.

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OM-D E-M1X Hand-held Hi Res Images at Bird Kingdom

This article features a small collection of Olympus OM-D E-M1X Hand-held Hi Res images captured at Bird Kingdom. Unfortunately there were not as many birds as usual in the public areas during my visit today. This reduced the number of photographic opportunities that were available.

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Field Testing Olympus Gear

We are preparing for some changes to our business. These shifts will impact our photography work. Our approach to video. And, the scope of services we provide to our clients. While I still intend to use our Nikon 1 equipment, some of the changes we have planned for our business will extend beyond the capabilities of the Nikon 1 system. This will result in the need for us to add some different camera equipment to our kit. The purpose of this article is to advise readers that for the next while I will be actively field testing Olympus gear on a selective basis. Continue reading Field Testing Olympus Gear

What Constitutes Professional Gear

Lately I’ve been spending some time looking at camera gear reviews to get a better handle on what is currently available. I had to smile when I glanced at some of the reader comments on various photography sites. The debate on what constitutes professional gear seems to be one of those pointless exercises that never seems to end. Many folks seem to get downright glandular about the subject and attack each other’s opinion with some fervor.

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Landing Postures That Create Anticipation

Many of us who enjoy photographing birds in flight focus our efforts on specific bird behaviours including hunting/fishing, taking off, and landing. It is always a special moment when we can capture a subject bird doing something other than a typical fly-by. This article shares a selection of seven consecutive images and discusses landing postures that create anticipation in our bird photographs.

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Successful Fishing Strike at 60FPS

Due to very high water levels in Lake Ontario, shore birds and wading birds have been avoiding their usual fishing spots this spring. About 10 days ago I spotted my first Great Blue Heron at Hendrie Valley. It put on quite a show for me. This article shares a series of 20 consecutive images of a successful fishing strike at 60 FPS. Continue reading Successful Fishing Strike at 60FPS