I had a few minutes to spare during my lunch break, so I played around with the E-PL1′s filters, just for a laugh.
Sometimes the E-PL1 just lets you turn off your brain and stop worrying about your settings and simply turn the dial to Art and shoot away. The results are sometimes just as pleasing. But then again, I like all the Lomo / Filter stuff :0)
Had some fun around the garden last week. I bought myself a 5-way reflector and wanted to try it out, then moved on to some flash work in broad daylight:
Taken with available light, Olympus E-PL1 with Kit lens, gold reflector to the right and slightly behind reflecting the sunlight from behind the camera back onto the flower. Here’s the setup shot:
Then, I moved onto pure flash work:
Pen E-PL1, YN560 on a stand camera left.
Saw this dead leaf hanging by a thread from the doorway of our garden shed. E-PL1, Kit lens, YN560 handheld off to camera left. The same setup was used for the following pictures also:
Caught this big drop of rain after a shower in one of the big leaves of this plant (I’ve forgotten the name of it):
That week, my parents were over to visit from the UK. We took them for a lovely walk around the Dietrichsburg in Melle, which has a Wild Boar Park on it’s grounds. But these Foxgloves were more stunning than the local pigs ;0)
Both the above were taken with the PEN and the kit lens in available light.
And to finish off, here’s the Dietrichsburg itself:
We even got luck and stumbled upon a load of boars…
There are more pictures of the wild boars on my Flickr stream.
All images processed with Olympus Viewer2 and RAWTherapee.
It was time for one of our horses, Lord Easy, to have his hooves looked at by the blacksmith. A great opportunity to get some candids of the “smithy” at work:
All photos taken with the Olympus E-PL1 – Kit 14-42mm lens – Processed with Olympus Viewer2 and RAWTherapee.
I should really start using the Nikon DSLR again, it’s getting seriously neglected since the Olympus arrived ;0)
Even though some people will tell you you should always “fill-the-frame”, I find something serene about images with lots of free space in them. Here’s a church spire just poking it’s head above the beautiful green trees in the foreground to reveal it’s figure at the top in all it’s golden splendour.
Continuing with this “blue”-ish theme, I couldn’t resist this scene, especially after watching all those episodes of “You Keep Shooting” with Brian Peterson.
I was a big Spiderman fan as a youngster, always on the lookout for the next Marvel comic to hit the stores. So it’s not much of a guess what I called this photo…
Crawling around under the climbing frame, I looked up to see where my son was and this dazzled my perception for just a second…what is up, what is down?
And now, for some more creative ideas from the man himself, Mr Brian Peterson…
Every time we go to visit our horses at the stables, we are visited by several cats who also live in and around the stables. They are always running around between our feet and jumping up and down the bales of straw.
There is, however, one particular cat (I call him “curious”), who always takes the same perch high above us in the rafters and watches the proceedings below with interest.
Here is “curious”:
Shot handheld with the E-PL1 in very low light with the kit 14-42mm lens. SOOC jpeg, no further processing.
I had been waiting desperately for the post to arrive before last Saturday. I had ordered a used Olympus Pen E-PL1 through the Amazon Marketplace on Monday and was hoping it would arrive in time for my trip to Switzerland on Sunday.
Al + Chris (that’s Chris and I ;0) had to travel to Dübendorf on Sunday for a meeting, then on to Zürich for a photoshoot on Monday. I didn’t want to lug my DSLR Kit with me for the trip as we had a lot of clothes and other gear to take with us anyway. Having been reading Wolfgang Lonien‘s Blog for a while, I decided the Olympus Pen E-PL1 was the right camera for me.
Thankfully, it arrive on Saturday just in time for me to fire off a few test shots and to dial in the settings recommended by Wolfgang for using the camera.
So off we went on Sunday, heading South at about noon…
On the road.
We soon had our hopes of getting through without delay squashed as we hit our first tail-back. And taking the A5 was a mistake, there are roadworks every 2 kilometers.
Crossing the border.
We arrived on time though and checked into Hotel Assinello in Dübendorf for a quick freshen up.
Oh well, it's only for one night...
We were then met by our producer who took us to an interesting restaurant which sported a distinctive “Country and Western” style…
A saddle tee-light holder...unusual to say the least.
Steak on a hot stone....no, not mine!
A look at the rear of the restaurant (the front was full and we had to sit in the overflow area).
The waiters were dressed up well, too!
A strange couple.
So the picture above was the view out my window when I got back to the hotel. This was the rear area of a neighboring restaurant. Funny old couple really…
The next morning I awoke to clear blue Swiss Skies as I haven’t seen in a long time…
But the view out my window looking left didn’t get better…
The dining room (and reception)
After breakfast, I decided to take a quick walk around the town to further test my new Pen. With skies like those and a sunrise to match, who could resist?
Those blue skies...
What a combination.
Flowers on the Couch
We then made our way into Zürich for the photoshoot.
Beauty Retouch ;0)
Checking the Results
All images are SOOC Jpegs shot in aperture priority with no additional processing, resized with Digikam to 800 pix.
I am very pleased with the results I’ve achieved with this little camera. As far as image quality, sharpness, and colours go, this beats my entry-level Nikon D3000 DSLR for OOC-Images hands down.
I shot in RAW and JPEG, so I’ll be editing a few RAWs soon to see what happens then…