Taken with the Lumix GX8.
Black and white semi-feral cat
There have been several semi-feral cats that have visited us over the time that we have lived in our current home. All of them have been either completely black or black and white, and all of them have had a very well-defined sense of personal space.
I usually see them at a distance while carrying water or feed to the ponies, or when I’m doing other work around the place. Showing any kind of interest in them, even just looking too long in their direction, results in a quick disappearance.
More recently there has only been one regular visitor and on his last visit I happened to get this lucky shot as was outside with the camera just as he decided to pop up in the long grass in the ‘front garden’.
This was taken using the Lumix GX8 and the m.zuiko 75-300mm lens. It was only the fact that I was using a long lens that meant that I captured this particular image through the gap in the fence, without encroaching on his personal space. The result is one of my favourite cat images.
Monochrome Dandelion Clock
Monochrome Power Lines
Teasel in black and white
I love taking pictures with the Lumix GX8. It’s a wonderful little camera – lightweight with excellent image quality. For me it has brought the joy back into photography.
This shot of a fawn coloured llama was taken with the GX8 and the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:.2.8 macro lens. This Olympus lens makes a really nice portrait lens. Further experiments with 1:1 macro shots are now in progress.
This image is posted at just 72dpi.
Dancing Teddy Bears
I’m still testing out the different functions on my Lumix GX8. The following image was created in camera using the multiple exposure feature.
The menu option for multiple exposure on the Lumix is quite straightforward with easy to follow instructions and I fully intend to experiment more with this particular feature.
Llama photograph with the Lumix GX8
I’m really liking the Lumix GX8, but I still have lots to try, and lots to get used to.
The llamas don’t seem to mind me using this camera around them. In fact they seem more curious about the camera than anything else and often come over to have a really up close and personal look at the small black object in my hands. Perhaps they think I have some tasty carrots tucked away inside for later.
In the past when they saw the Nikon and its lenses they all tended to walk the other way, but this llama couldn’t even be bothered to get up from his comfy bed of fallen leaves. He just sat there and let me take a few pictures.
So overall the Lumix is a hit with the llamas a major plus point for me.
Moving from Nikon to Lumix
Well I have finally done it. I have just swapped my Nikon D300s for the Panasonic Lumix GX8. I wanted something smaller and lighter to carry around with me as I have been finding the Nikon increasingly difficult to use due to some of my long-term health issues.
The guys at Carmarthen Cameras were extremely helpful and spent ages with me discussing all the available micro four-third options. Overall I preferred the feel and the weight of the GX8 in my hand and so went for that with the 12-60mm kit lens.
There will be quite a learning curve in making the switch over as the two systems are very different. Time will tell as to whether or not I made the right choice.
But for the moment here is the first picture taken with my new Lumix. I will keep you updated as to how it all goes.