An Afternoon in Berlin (1)
To be away from thoughts of fashion photography for even 30 hours was like applying Optrex to tired eyes. Suddenly, my photographic muse was free to roam in new territory and, as here, to take a longer view.
Not only was this the first time the OM-D had travelled abroad with me but it was also the first occasion I’d used Olympus’s 40-150mm (80-300 efl) zoom. To say that this is an affordable lens is a ridiculous understatement (just look it up.) I’ll be writing more about it as we go through the mini-series I’m putting together here but for now I’m happy to say that this marvellous optic, weighing just under 7 ounces (191g) does absolutely everything I want a lens of this type to do.
To take this picture of the Reichstag, the German parliament, for example, I was able to get far enough back to avoid both vertical distortion and the need for any further cropping in post-production.
By the way, I’m not entirely sure why there’s such a vast amount of grassy space in front of this typically understated teutonic building but it could be because I was standing over the site of a particularly famous bunker (need to check that one.)
But anyway, having already fallen in love with a certain Olympus camera I now seem to have landed myself a new amour in yet another Olympus optic.
And actually, how about a fashion shoot on the steps of the Reichstag after all? Mrs Merkel, if you happen to be reading this …
Olympus OM-D, 40-150mm f4.0 - 5.6 R, 1/500 sec @ f9, ISO 400
*Click on image for a sharper view (no, I don’t know why either.)
Olympus Photography Playground, Berlin. All these were taken on on a phone as everyone else had cameras. Sure they are a record but it does show the limitations! Almost making a point to try it out and be disappointed.
Some of the areas were huge, some smaller. The very simple ideas like ribbons attached to clothes rails with fans behind them were fun and easy to do. Others were much more complex but even for an artistic dunce like me, all were engaging.
It is an excellent event and well worth the trip. On until May 24th. Entry free. Check out here for more:
and here although in German you can see the key exhibits
More Gothic tales - taken on a fairly new snazzy phone. Ergo - rubbish. Sure there are some great images taken on phones but challenging light still causes issues. Cameras still win every time. Artistically perhaps, the blurry almost Victorian era feel to the faces seems appropriate. For the real thing follow @teammcgillicuddy or see www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/journal/
For more events like this and your chance to have your images in a book or at an exhibition - get on an event! www.omd-events.co.uk
Whitby Goth #OMGOMD weekend. These images from E-P3 in dramatic tone and grainy black and white. keep an eye on www.omd-events.co.uk for upcoming events.
Long time, no photos. No real excuse. Just busy. Back to Dramatic Tone as the theme. This one is by Cleveland Aaron (www.f5point6.co.uk) long time Olympus user and very nice chap. Even he is bitten by the DT bug. This is Stephanie (www.freshagents.co.uk) at the recent London Camera Exchange show in Southampton. OM-D of course.
No false promises on any more regular content but we have a press trip coming up again - Berlin. A major photography event. So I suspect that will be the next big news. Sounds exciting. But then, I know why we are there so it should.
Well, just for comparison. Here is the last, fist clenching image put through the Olympus ImageShare APP and given a little Dramatic Tone. Certainly more scary.
4 of 4. Modern life. Stressed, complicated, anonymous.
3 of 4
2 of 4
Sequence. 1 of 4. Tube. No art filters. For some reason this woman’s intensity made me think. She shoved past me to sit down and then started texting furiously. As she did so, her eyes welled up and she got more intense, until I panned back to include the other woman texting more serenely. (see later shot) No idea why this all seemed so important at the time. Perhaps it was the conversations earlier. All so fleeting.
Anyway, no dramatic tone filters this time.
photograph within a photograph experiments with the olympus pen mini