Sunny Spain with the Olympus OM-D

August 25, 2014  •  1 Comment

Having just returned from two glorious weeks on the Eastern Coast of Spain, I wanted to share 4 benefits of shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 which may IMG_0037IMG_0037OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA seem basic but essential. 

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

IMG_0035IMG_0035OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The colourful window

IMG_0044IMG_0044OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Local

Spanish localSpanish local Typical old town street's

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IMG_0030IMG_0030OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Down at the fishing port.

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Old Town at night.

_OMD1034_OMD1034 Local side street tavernas

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Mi Lola.

Javea Old TownJavea Old Town The happy Spaniards

_EM10752_EM10752 The street entertainer. 

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The lady in red

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Good night Spain.

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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.


Comments

Chris Hall(non-registered)
A great selection of photos and some very good advice. Thanks for sharing James. I especially like 'The Local' and the one of Jack. :)
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