Erawan National Park. Olympus E-3 (E-System) images


Two-and-a-half-hours drive from Bangkok is the Erawan National Park – another convenient getaway from the unrest in Bangkok. 

Walking the nature trails provides nature detail in abundance. This reptile was frozen to a tree trunk as I approached. I too, froze and carefully composed using the 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD Standard Wide Zoom ( I carry this lens ready for action) edging closer after a few safety shots. 

When walking in forests looking for subjects I enable a few ready-made settings such as: 

1. ISO 100 or 200 depending on light conditions.
2. F5.6 for reasonable depth of field and shutter speed.
3. IS-1 is enabled for likely hand-held shots (keep it set at all times unless using a tripod).
4. Focus area selection is set to single target as I am expecting a small subject in the frame and I need the focus to recognise this.
5. Function key toggles between auto focus and manual focus. I trust my eyes!
6. Shutter release on L (Low) – typically at 3 frames per second.
7. On-camera flash raised. I find fill-flash in a dimly-lit forest very useful. Use with restraint though as it can easily send a reptile or mammal darting in the opposite direction!
8. These settings can be saved in your camera in My Mode or Custom Reset for quick access. 

Working close-up with the Zuiko 50mm f2.0 Macro


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