a day of cat photos (and a middle finger to jared polin, tony northrup, et el)

Sewing Room Cat on a Rainy Day
Luke giving the equivalent of a feline middle finger. Trust me, it’s there.

This is a photo of Luke, one of my two Gingers (the two littermates known as the Gingersnaps) taken with the rather ‘ancient’ Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro four thirds camera sporting the M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8 short telephoto prime.

I’m going with this for two reasons: (1) Jared Polin’s total putdown of the E-M1X and (2) Tony Northrup, just on general principals (i.e. his mindless following of Sony’s alpha series (7 and 9) cameras). They both come down on how micro four thirds (and to a lesser extent APS-C) just aren’t up to the task of “being professional”, whatever that means. I’m glad both have found the equipment that allows them to make their various livings, and to promote their chosen equipment is fine by me. But to then come along and trash what doesn’t measure up in their estimation is where they cross the line from being good ambassadors of their respective favorite cameras to being a couple of loud mouth jerks. Two very load mouths amplified to ill effect by social media.

This then is my opening protest and my comeback. I can rail about the injustice of it all, but I’d rather go out and take photos instead of hanging out on the Internet because I think someone is wrong. All of the following posts (unless explicitly stated) will be taken with that camera and that prime lens.

a tale of two cameras

Same hibiscus. One image taken with a Panasonic GH4 and the other with the G9. Same lens, the Lumix 30mm/2.8 macro. Same time of day, the golden hour. One camera has a 16MP sensor, the other a 20MP sensor. Both images cropped 1:1 and both processed lightly in Lightroom 6.

Can you tell which camera made which photo without cheating? I can’t. To me both are lovely.