Day Lilly - Olympus E-1 Color

Submitted by Ken Norton on Sat, 07/16/2016 - 17:20

I took this photo with the Olympus E-1 and OM Zuiko 100/2 lens. The color is straight out of camera, with just contrast and brightness adjustments applied. No saturation, vibrance or color changes. The biggest challenge with the E-1 is making sure you don't overexpose the image and clip the reds. Processed in Lightroom with sharpening and noise reduction in NIK.

Day Lilly

A Conversation Between Spouses

Submitted by Ken Norton on Fri, 07/15/2016 - 09:12

Honey, you know that since we're going to be empty nesters here in a month, our financial situation will improve a lot. I really would like to get a new digital camera.

ANOTHER CAMERA???? You've got how many cameras now?

Ahem. Ten. Maybe twelve. OK, fifteen or so.

Buy more film, dear.



Sunset at Green Valley Lake

Submitted by Ken Norton on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 22:18

I got out and exercised the Olympus E-1 this evening. That amazing Kodak sensor may be 13 years old, but it still rocks the colors. Green Valley State Park, Creston, IA. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Green Valley


Here is the same picture WITHOUT editing. Please understand that editing choises are artistic choices. No two people will edit the picture to the same conclusion, nor would I edit it to the same conclusion the next time I touch it.

Unedited version

Olympus E-1 Firmware Updating

Submitted by Ken Norton on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:22

Most Olympus E-1 cameras were shipped with firmware 1.0 or 1.1 installed. The last firmware version released was 1.5. If your camera is not running 1.4 or 1.5, there are substantial performance penalties in focusing, shutter latency and CF card read/write. In fact, the default version 1.0 won't even allow you to shoot another picture until the buffer is cleared.

To check your version:

1. Turn camera off.

2. Open memory card door.

3. Turn camera on.

4. Press the green Play button and OK button at the same time.

5. Read the firmware version on the screen.

6. Turn camera off and close the door.

Updating the camera is a problem now. The current releases of Olympus Viewer and Studio no longer are able to update the E-1. Older versions still do. If you still have Olympus Viewer 2 running on your computer, you should be able to update. If not, you may be out of luck.

Or not...

Contact us at and we can arrange with you to update the camera to Version 1.5 for $10 and the cost of shipping two/from here. Any included lenses will be checked and updated too. This is a limited time offer, and is available for as long as Olympus maintains the on-line update files in their current location.

Don't delay. The performance gain with the update is substantial and we don't know how long the update files will be provided.

Ken Norton


Submitted by Ken Norton on Sun, 03/27/2016 - 22:18

This photograph was taken by Emily Cuckow. who was assisting me with senior portraits. Lighting was a studio monolight with shoot-through umbrella placed about 8 inches away from the head. A second monolight was bounced off the wall to the side, which threw just a little bit of light onto the gray colored seemless paper. Camera used was the Canon T5i with 24mm lens. Only minimal processing in Lightroom.


Red Branch and Road - Two Views, Two Edits

Submitted by Ken Norton on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 22:28

These two photos were taken up near Copper Harbor, Michigan. I'm showing them here with an explanation.




1. First of all, these are taken with 35mm film. I used the legendary OM-4T camera loaded with Fujichrome Velvia, ISO 50 film. This gives an illustration as to a slightly different look/feel to the images that a Full-Frame digital camera may give over a crop sensor camera.


2. Secondly, two lenses were used. In the wide shot, it was taken with the Zuiko 35-80mm F2.8 zoom at a wider, if not the widest setting. This specific lens is in the category of "best of" that any particular brand will have produced. The vertical picture was taken with the Zuiko 300mm F4.5 lens.


3. The lighting changed between the two pictures. The sun was coming in and out of the clouds (the only sun we saw that entire week) and the scene changed dramatically from one picture to the next. This is an important point because in changing light, taking pictures across the various lighting can produce different results.


4. Editing. I did interpret the images differently. The editing for both images does include dodging and burning and different levels of adjustment in Lightroom. Had I intended for both images to be displayed together, I would have processed them to match. But each image was edited "stand-alone" with no regard for the other.


5. Believe it or not, the red branch at the top is the same in both pictures. The color is different because of the lighting and how it was processed.


6. Back to the second point, I changed perspective and shooting location. I liked the branch and wanted to work with it and moved about 200 feet between pictures.


7. The telephoto picture required getting dirty. The road curved, so this picture was taken from within the woods. I had to avoid patches of poison ivy and I needed to move branches out of my way. Many landscape photographers carry thread with them, but I used spare tripods to lean against branches to get them out of the line of sight.


8. Time. It took time to work this scene. We spent around a half-hour at this location, shooting a number of pictures. I started out wide and kept going to a longer and longer focal length. I finally ended with the 300mm lens and a long ways from where I started. In a rush, I work the scene getting my standard angles and views, but with time, I can explore the other options and expand beyond just the obvious.

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