Pictures of Lucky the Duck and friends (25 pictures)

In the Olympus Talk Forum of dpreview.com, a group of photographers has been taking pictures of Lucky the Duck and then mailing the ducks to the next photographer on the list. I got the ducks on October 30th, 2009. The pbase album that collects Lucky the Duck pictures is at:

For some of the shots (Hallowe'en tales and the photo shoot picture), I used manual focusing using live view, which is a technique that I had not really explored before. I put the camera on the tripod and used my wired shutter release to fire the camera. I have a picture of the setup in the album. I used the info button to get the live view screen with the green square, and then positioned the square to the item I was focusing on, and hit the ok button to provide a 7x image of the selected area (usually the duck).

For the candlelight shots, I shot in slow sync 2 mode, which means the camera primarily shoots the scene with the available light, and then just before closing the shutter, it fires the flash. I played around with flash exposure compensation to get the effect that I wanted. I did forget to lock the ISO, so the camera did decide to bump up the ISO to 800 or so. Other than the candle light and the flash, there was just a hint of light from the dining room, but it didn't contribute to the shot.

In the photo shoot picture, you see Nutzo who is my personal mascot and accompanies me to renaissance faires and science fiction conventions. He started out in life as a finger puppet that Santa gave me for Christmas in 2008 when we went to my father's house in Illinois. In February, my wife made him a green renaissance flat cap that matches the hat in my green and yellow costume along with the tiny clay camera. As of November, my wife and I are planning to give him a girlfriend who is an painter instead of photographer (after all painters are more period to the renaissance). At the renaissance faire, Nutzo usually resides on my walking stick or on top of the camera.

Here are some of the albums Nutzo has appeared in.

The copyright owner on these pictures is Michael Meissner. Please direct any comments about this web page to mrmweb@the-meissners.org.

Michael Meissner's home page is at http://www.the-meissners.org, his Renaissance Faire/SF convention links are at http://www.the-meissners.org/ren.html, his digital camera links are at http://www.the-meissners.org/camera.html, his calendar links are at http://www.the-meissners.org/calendar.html, and the head of these photo albums is at http://www.the-meissners.org/photo.html.

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Pictures of stuffed animals arranged in silly positions (24 pictures)

Picture #1: Crackers and quackers
Crackers and quackers
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/8.0, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 23.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 46.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:23:18
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 12:13
Picture #2: Hallowe'en tales
Hallowe'en tales
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/8.0, ISO 800, FL-36 flash, 1/3 sec, 27.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, manual focus, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 54.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash, tripod, RM-CB1 wired shutter release
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:36:49
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 12:17
Picture #3: Hallowe'en tales #2
Hallowe'en tales #2
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/8.0, ISO 500, FL-36 flash, 1/2 sec, 35.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, manual focus, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 70.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash, tripod, RM-CB1 wired shutter release
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:40:42
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 12:19
Picture #4: Hallowe'en tales #3
Hallowe'en tales #3
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/8.0, ISO 640, FL-36 flash (+0.3 flash compensation), 1/3 sec, 35.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, manual focus, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 70.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash, tripod, RM-CB1 wired shutter release
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:41:18
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 12:22
Picture #5: Hallowe'en tales #4
Hallowe'en tales #4
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/8.0, ISO 800, FL-36 flash (+0.3 flash compensation), 1/4 sec, 35.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, manual focus, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 70.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash, tripod, RM-CB1 wired shutter release
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:43:12
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 12:38
Special effects done by:
  • Bumping contrast slightly;
  • Desaturating colors;
  • Colorize image selecting a brown tone;
  • Smart sharpening.
Picture #6: Time for your photo shoot
Time for your photo shoot
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/8.0, ISO 320, FL-36 flash, 1/3 sec, 49.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, manual focus, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 98.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash, tripod, RM-CB1 wired shutter release
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:53:32
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 12:42
Picture #7: Snow globe
Snow globe
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Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/3.0, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 23.0mm, auto mode, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 46.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36 flash, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 17:42:12
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 19:08
Picture #8: Snow globe #2
Snow globe #2
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 23.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 46.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 17:44:53
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:38
Picture #9: Let's go and take some pictures
Let's go and take some pictures
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 23.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 46.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 17:52:14
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:41
Picture #10: Hey, we're splashproof also!
Hey, we're splashproof also!
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 23.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 46.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 17:54:51
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:43
Picture #11: Duck soup
Duck soup
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 25.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 50.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 17:57:37
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:45
Picture #12: Duck soup #2
Duck soup #2
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 27.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 54.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 17:57:56
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:48
Picture #13: Going to hell in a handbasket
Going to hell in a handbasket
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 23.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 46.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:02:54
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:51
Picture #14: Duck wannabee
Duck wannabee
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 20.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 40.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:04:26
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:53
Picture #15: Duck wannabee #2
Duck wannabee #2
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 17.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 34.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:04:53
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:55
Picture #16: Duck-duck-dragon
Duck-duck-dragon
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 27.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 54.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:05:55
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:57
Picture #17: Come fly with me
Come fly with me
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/100 sec, 46.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 92.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:09:40
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 18:59
Picture #18: Are these juggling balls or big eggs?
Are these juggling balls or big eggs?
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Copyright, Michael Meissner, 2009, All Rights Reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 28.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 56.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:12:26
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 19:15
Picture #19: These make really great nests!
These make really great nests!
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 22.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 44.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:13:48
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 19:04
Picture #20: It is duck and cup, not ball and cup
It is duck and cup, not ball and cup
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus E-3 camera with Olympus 14-54mm lens
f/5.6, ISO 100, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 19.0mm, aperture priority, natural color, matrix metering, image stabilization
35mm equivalent focal length 38.0mm
Extra equipment used: FL-36, Flip-it
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 01, 2009 18:16:00
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 19:06
Picture #21: Mmmm, peeps!
Mmmm, peeps!
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus C-2100UZ camera
f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 17.3mm, auto mode, SHQ, cloudy, matrix metering
35mm equivalent focal length 94.0mm
Extra equipment used: Promaster 5750DX flash
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 02, 2009 08:18:17
Last modified on November 02, 2009 at 09:13
Picture #22: Mmmm, peeps! #2
Mmmm, peeps! #2
800x623, 56,616 bytes (55.3K), (html file)
Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus C-2100UZ camera
f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/50 sec, 17.3mm, auto mode, SHQ, cloudy, matrix metering
35mm equivalent focal length 94.0mm
Programs used: NoiseNinja, gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 02, 2009 08:18:43
Last modified on November 02, 2009 at 09:16
Image stabilization might be needed to avoid camera shake at 1/50 sec
Picture #23: Hey, turn on the water!
Hey, turn on the water!
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus C-2100UZ camera
f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/40 sec, 8.6mm, auto mode, SHQ, cloudy, matrix metering
35mm equivalent focal length 47.0mm
Extra equipment used: Promaster 5750DX flash
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 02, 2009 08:57:03
Last modified on November 02, 2009 at 09:17

I tried to fill and turn on the fountain for the ducks, but I couldn't get it started.

Picture #24: The ducks, their tickets, and carrying case
The ducks, their tickets, and carrying case
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus C-2100UZ camera
f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/60 sec, 15.2mm, auto mode, SHQ, cloudy, matrix metering
35mm equivalent focal length 83.0mm
Extra equipment used: Promaster 5750DX flash
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on November 02, 2009 09:01:33
Last modified on November 02, 2009 at 09:19

Camera pictures (1 picture)

Picture #1: Setup for the Lucky Duck pictures
Setup for the Lucky Duck pictures
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2009, All rights reserved
Olympus C-2100UZ camera
f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, 12.3mm, auto mode, SHQ, cloudy, matrix metering
35mm equivalent focal length 67.0mm
Extra equipment used: Promaster 5750DX flash
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 31, 2009 23:56:02
Last modified on November 01, 2009 at 13:03

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