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Living With Pigeons

If you don’t already know, Sara and I have been raising two abandoned pigeons since we found them on our balcony on a rainy Christmas Eve.  Here is a small snippet of a day with those fluffballs with skinny legs … all photos taken with iPhone 5s, edited with camera+.

Hi there, I see you’re watching Game of Thrones, mind if I join?

Oh wait, what’s this?!  And can I eat it?

Argh I don’t care, it’s mine anyway.

Wait, what are you doing dad?

If you try to steal this remote I swear I’ll bite your fingers off!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Told you.

You know what? I don’t even care, I’m tired now.

Get as close to me as you like, I’m seriously going to sleep.  Stop staring at my partially molted face feathers!

Zzzzzzz …

Bingo “Why does Boots get all the attention?”

No, I don’t actually want to play, I just wanted the attention and now I’m going to casually groom myyself on your knee, thanks.

On second thoughts, I’m tired too … zzzz.

Fun and exciting times on my day off work!  Boots and Bingo say hi to alll you readers out there!

Tribute to my OM-D

For a while I was running the risk of sounding like a massive Sony fanboy.  Most of you will know that this isn’t true, I’ve been using Canon DSLR’s for years and my first mirrorless was an Olympus OM-D E-M5.  Sony has always been an extremely innovative company that’s not afraid to push the boundaries.  Let’s face it, Canon and Nikon are too afraid to put a full frame (FF) sensor in their compact system cameras because that’ll destroy their sub $2000 AUD DSLR market.  Olympus is unlikely to make a FF OM-D because they have an extensive m43 lens range which happens to be extremely popular and extremely sharp.  Going FF would mean a whole new lens range for Olympus and Pansonic.

Don’t get me wrong, my OM-D E-M5 is one of the finest cameras I’ve ever used, some of my best photos were taken with the OM-D.

Sydney Town Hall, Taken with OM-D E-M5 and 12mm f2.0.  Speaking of lenses, the m43 range of primes is one of the finest out there for compact system cameras.  I have and still use the Olympus 12mm f2.0 and Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4.  Sharpness is incredible, focusing speed is quick and build quality is as you would expect for a fast prime (especially in the Oly 12mm).  The versatility of the m43 lens system is worth mentioning too, in case you didn’t know, Olympus and Panasonic “mirrorless cameras” share the same lens mount, which means you can use either brand on their bodies.

Did I mention how good the in body Image Stabilisation (IS) is on the E-M5?  In short, it’s incredible.  I can shoot hand held 1/15 shutter speeds with no issues.  Definitely not something I would try with my 5D2 or even the a7.  Olympus seems to have 5 axis IS figured out before the other manufacturers.  The harbour bridge photo above was taken hand held with E-M5 and Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4.

I can’t have a post about the OM-D without mentioning just how awesome the kit lens is.  Yes, I said it, kit lens .. and yes, it’s good, REAL good.  The bee photo was taken with E-M5 and 12-50mm kit lens.  It has a neat little push action to activate macro mode and the image above is typical of the kind of quality you would get.  Obviously a lot of luck comes into these photos with timing and lighting but you can rest easy knowing an OM-D kit straight out of the box has the ability to get you quality like that!

With all these qualities, it’s unlikely I’ll officially retire the OM-D.  There are too many lenses I have for it that I love and it has taken SO many great photos for me.  In fact, I might go get it out now to have a play around …

– Chris

PS. This post was mainly about the E-M5 but a lot of the qualities apply to the new OM-D versions as well.  Personally I prefer the look of the E-M5 over the newer and more improved E-M1.

Gmail Scam

Yes, I have broadened my range of writing to also accomodate public service announcements.  A while back I received this email …

 

I’d like to think I’m pretty aware when it comes to email scams, things like the Nigerian prince, USA Federal agent who claims to have my 1.5 million USD in a suitcase and even the paypal scam was pretty easy to spot.  This takes it to a whole new level though.  The email that sent this to me is no-reply@accounts.google.com.  When I saw this I immediately thought that this may have been a legit email.   I have received legitimate emails from google telling me of suspicious sign ins to my account and they have all checked out.  Everything in the email looks about the same as the legitimate ones, in fact in an article I read some people STILL didn’t believe that this was a scam …

Sorry Barry Kelly, but I think you lose this time.  Here’s the thing, I don’t even own a gmail account chris230889@gmail.com, I have a gmail account but that’s not even close to the real thing.  That email is logical, because chris230889 is the handle to my hotmail account, and most people use the same handle when it comes to these things, I’m just a bit weird so I like to change things up.  

Naturally the error they made in my email address rang alarm bells so I decided to do a bit of digging around.  A security researcher at malware.ru found that clicking on the links will take you to an online phishing site hosted http://www.privacy.google-settings.com and while it may look pretty legit it isn’t actually owned by google.  Instead it’s owned by “Aksnes Thomas” (sic) from Sweden with the email address aksnes.thomas@yahoo.com.  The phishing site’s source contains the email address valsowrom@gmail.co which the researcher believes could be the scammer’s real email address.

And if ll that went right over your head, the important thing to do is DO NOT CLICK THE LINKS.  If you feel paranoid and think that it was a legitimate Google email, just sign into your account as you normally would and change your password.  

Now that I have successfully made you all educated, aware and highly paranoid, here’s a soothing photo of my beautiful girlfriend handfeeding baby goats to calm the nerves.

Olympus OM-D E-M5, 12-50mm, Sydney Royal Easter Show