Shooting in southern Europe at this time of the year has it's challenges, not only is the midday sun extremely harsh and bright but the temperature can also be uncomfortable to shoot in. Clearly there are plenty of opportunities to shoot early or late in the day but I wanted to combine a mixture to see how well the E-M1 performed shooting in these extreme conditions. Firstly I noticed that the standard rubber eye piece blocked out light extremely well which enabled me to make the most of the amazing EVF. The second thing I noticed was the grip, even with clammy hands the E-M1 felt secure. The third thing I noticed was from using a combination of the Highlight and Shadow control and Contrast settings I was able to retain great detail and the images were not washed out. Lastly is weight, with temperatures in the mid to high 30's it was essential that I travelled light, with a lightweight bag holding a couple of lenses and water there was never a point where I felt I needed to stop.
During this trip I used the Olympus 12mm f/2.0, Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 pro lens. When shooting during the day when there was no cloud cover my trusted B+W 2 stop ND filter stayed attached to the 12-40 pro lens. This ensured I was able to achieve the right exposure and not blow out too many highlights. I also find that OOC jpeg's have a little more punch\ contrast using an ND filter in harsh light.
Old town reflections
Old Town at night.
The lady in red
Good night Spain.
An amazing trip, the OM-D performed flawlessly. Whilst I have shared a fair few photos with you in this blog, it probably represents about 10% of the whole trip. Now, time to plan where to head next.