I recently went to a ‘hands on’ event organized by Olympus UK, at Brick Lane in East London. It was good to meet up with people I’ve only met via twitter, and to have little play with the Olympus OMD EM-1 the latest micro four thirds camera.
First impressions are size, it’s a little bigger than my EM-5 with the side grip on, and the button layout seems less fiddly to use and better laid out, the usual rapid AF was ultra fast but that’s what we expected from this one, Olympus set the bench mark with the EM-5 and this didn’t disappoint. This model also has focus peaking which works well if you prefer manually focusing and wifi, which was very impressive to see in action although a bit gimmicky for me, no doubt it will have it’s use for others. The lens on it was the new 12-40 f2.8 which is apparently freeze proof! and will be a great walk about lens, with the pull back ring for manual focus mode.
For me I won’t be upgrading my EM-5, it does everything I need, and I can’t justify the cost. For someone contemplating moving to Micro 4/3 this would be the first choice, and as more pro’s are now seeing the benefits if lighter kit bags and smaller, less obtrusive cameras, I think Olympus have brought out another winner.
The event its self was well organized and had lots of photographic opportunities with urban performers putting on great demos to try out the new kit. I used my EM-5 with the Zuiko 17mm.
It has come around quick but this week saw the return of London Fashion Week, I was there on the first day, to grab some shots in the court yard at Somerset House. The weather was pretty awful but that did not deter the Fashionistas from turning out dressed to impress, as usual there was the varied looks, from very smart to the completely outrageous! All good though.
The camera I used was the Olympus OMD EM-5, I set on aperture priority and auto ISO, letting it do all the work, which it did as usual. As the weather was so dull and wet, I used the little pop up flash that comes with the Olly, this was just to give a bit of a lift and set to ‘fill’ mode. I’ve not really used this flash much before as I prefer to use natural light, but I’ve got to say I was happy with the way it worked and produced nice well lit images to which I have not had much to do in the way of post production, other than adding a little ‘punch’ in Lightroom and maybe converting some to black and white.
Lens wise, I did something I don’t normally do when street shooting, and that is bring more than one lens. My OMD is normally permanently attached to the lovely Zuiko 17mm f1.8, this is my ‘go-to’ lens for street shooting, but as there was a chance I might get into a catwalk show, I brought a few options to get some distance covered. I had the 45mm Zuiko f1.8, the Olympus 12-50 kit lens and the Lumix 45-200, which in real terms equates to 90-400!… that should do it.
So after ducking and diving the rain, here’s a few pics of the day….
Recently,on the 2 out of the last 3 trips out shooting in London i’ve been getting frustrated with my results. Ok some days are better than others, but lately no days seem better than others!
What could be so wrong? I know the streets down there really well, was I to familiar? stuck in a rut? or just walking around missing the obvious? Hmm… I put my feelings out there on ‘tinternet looking for suggestions, it was suggested that I should slow down, take more time and observe. I must admit that I don’t tend to hang around, I don’t know why, it’s just how I walk…. fast (ish).
So was my objective this time out, slowwwww down take more in and observe the area I was in for a while. It was made easier to do due to the pissing down rain, so I was seeking shelter and staying around to see what came along.
I gotta say, it did make a difference, I got a couple of results. It seems that as I stuck around, ideas for different angles etc. popped into my thick head and the creative side got explored a lot more than if I was operating at my usual speed. So I think I will carry on exploring this technique, it is worth a try.
Shooting in central London recently, experimenting with my new Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens. I think this is a perfect focal length for street photography as it equates in real terms as a 35mm focal length, and works perfectly with the OM-D. The guys jeans stood out and complemented the blue sky in the background.
To brighten up the winter blues I revamped a slideshow of images I took back in August last year. It’s a summers day at Camden Market…. music pumping, smells of street food cooking and the Camden crowd with their quirky dress sense and hair do’s…… Well worth a visit, and don’t forget to haggle!
Here’s the YouTube slideshow. The images were uploaded at Low Res, so may not look too good at full screen.
All taken using the fabulous Olympus OM-D with a Sigma f2.8 30mm lens.
I am an avid Twitter user, tweeter, tweeb… whatever you like to call me!… obviously being an Olympus user, I follow most things connected with the brand. So one day I came across a tweet by Olympus UK asking for submissions for an upcoming feature in the Olympus User Magazine… why not, I thought.
I am predominantly a street photographer, I walk the streets and take photographs of things/people/situations/objects that interest me. I’m not into deep heated discussions about what is and isn’t ‘street’ apart from when it obviously is not!
I try to set myself small projects when out, this way it makes things a bit more interesting for me. One of my longer term ‘projects’ is that of the ‘off duty chef’. These guys nip out between services for a quick smoke or a phone call, often in shop doorways, often on the back streets out of sight of customers. So I started to build up a body of images depicting them, and pretty soon it turned into a bit of a fine art, predicting where I would bump into them, and what times they are out. I really respect them, they are hard working, often long unsociable hours, often miles from home.
Anyway… this what I presented to Olympus, and it did get published in their magazine on about page 9 here… http://content.yudu.com/A20gyv/OlympusMagIssue5/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=
Here’s a couple of pics.
ps. @bobrhodesphotos is my twitter handle…. feel free to follow!
Continuing with the flash experiments, I got this image a few nights ago in Soho. What do you think?….. Is it a Fluke, a Fake or Straight Up?