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

Sunset over Des Moines

Sunset over Des Moines

Sunset over Des Moines - Photo taken wth the Olympus E-3 with 40-150mm zoom lens. Program mode, with aperture offset, live-view. Camera held high over the cyclone fence on the overpass.


Ken Norton Sat, 04/09/2016 - 11:30

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.

An Olympus OM System Fireside Chat

An Olympus OM System "Fireside Chat". From the left, an OM-4T (An OM-4T is the USA version of the OM-4Ti) with Zuiko 28mm F2 lens and Motordrive 2. An OM-3Ti with Zuiko 100mm F2 lens. And an OM-4T with 50mm F1.4 lens and Motordrive 2.

Photograph was lit with a single Olympus T45 flash with Flashbender. Camera used is the Olympus E-3 with OM Zuiko 35-80 F2.8 zoom at 85mm and F2.8.

Fireside Chat

Ken Norton Thu, 01/21/2016 - 18:49

Paradise on Earth - Looking for Adam and Eve

Submitted by Ken Norton on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:21

My artist-photographer friend, Michel Szulc Krzyzanowski, has contributed greatly to Zone-10 through the years and is starting a new project. I'm posting his request here to help expand the search:

I am a conceptual and autonomous photographer. I develop my own ideas into photo projects that result in books, publications and exhibitions.


Typical aspect of my photo projects is that it is always a journey into the unknown. This I achieve by choosing a subject from which beforehand we cannot predict how it will reveal itself.

For example, last year I travelled to the geographical center of the United States, which is somewhere in the South Dakota hills, to find and document the person that lives the closest to the heart of America.


Another example: I went to 10 countries to look for people who believe they are the most beautiful in the world.


Now I work on a project that is called “Paradise on earth”. For this I am looking for a couple with the first names “Adam” and “Eve”. I want to meet this couple to document their lives.

Do you happen to know a couple named “Adam” and “Eve”, let me know:


A Craftsman And His Tools

Photo of cameras

We are not supposed to get emotionally attached to a piece of equipment. "Cameras are tools" we are told. Personally, I think that's nonsense. To a craftsman, a tool is a very personal thing. Each one is selected for very precise reasons. If you are just making money with cameras, yes, they are just tools. If you are a craftsman, there is a joy in what you are doing and making money is secondary. The reward for what you do isn't money, it's the personal satisfaction of doing something that brings you personal joy.

Ken Norton Mon, 01/11/2016 - 18:58