James Harold Photography: Blog https://www.jamesharold.com/blog en-us (C) James Harold Photography james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:24:00 GMT Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:24:00 GMT https://www.jamesharold.com/img/s/v-5/u695459454-o406102034-50.jpg James Harold Photography: Blog https://www.jamesharold.com/blog 80 120 Two Years Too Long https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2016/9/two-years-to-long I cannot believe that it is almost two years since my last post. Back in late 2014 I had to make the hardest decision which was to focus on my full time career in order to support my family. I love, sharing my love for Photography and Olympus and whilst I will not be able to blog as often as I did, I intend to start again. During the last two years I have continued to shoot wherever I go and I still find myself picking up my original OM-D E-M5 on many occasions. For me it has the nostalgia of the early Olympus film cameras, in my eyes it was the first digital camera for Olympus that changed the game. 

With Photokina around the corner and many Olympus rumours flying around I will certainly be looking to add to my collection this year. Whilst we are on the subject of new equipment, for anyone that still questions what camera brand is the best Nikon, Canon, Olympus etc, stop right now. Honestly you will develop your style and skills far better if you look at the company behind the name. Each year technology advances and will continue to do so, the team at Olympus are amazing and I truly thank them for everything they have done for me. I met so many talented people, which as a result of that my passion, skills and work developed at a far faster pace than I would ever been able to have done on my own. My recommendation\ advise is to book on as many of the Olympus events as you can. Start building relationships, sharing experiences, frustrations etc. it will be the best thing that you ever do.

To close this blog I wanted to include a few photos from a recent trip where I visited the small and beautiful mediterranean island of Formentera and also mainland Spain. I have my next trip planned for mid October which will hopefully include a review of a new lens or two. Finally, thank you to all my followers who have continued to visit my site and ask me questions during a time when I haven't given much back. 

Speak to you all soon,



Asia Gardens, tropical paradise in Spain.


The beaches of Formentera.


Javea Old town. So many beautiful streets to get lost in.


The amazing and famous Can Carlos Restaurant. Beautiful in so many ways.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Olympus Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus Travel Photography Travel Photography https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2016/9/two-years-to-long Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:00:01 GMT
Winter Walk in Brighton https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/11/beuatiful-brighton-walk With Christmas only around the corner, today was one of those days were you could of mistaken the weather to be a beautiful spring day. With clear blue skies, there was amazing low light throughout the beautiful city of Brighton. With the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and a variety of lenses to hand I had a great time capturing different parts of the city whilst soaking up the atmosphere. It doesn't matter how many times I walk around Brighton there always seems to be something new and different to capture.

I am looking forward to meeting new friends on my next street walk event which is taking place in January. So if you fancy joining me with the latest Olympus equipment, book a place via the Olympus Image Space website.

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james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Brighton Lanes Photography Brighton Beach Brighton Street Photography Captured by James Harold Olympus OM-D Olympus OM-D E-M1 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/11/beuatiful-brighton-walk Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:47:52 GMT
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 at Westminster https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/11/olympus-25mm-f/1-8-at-westminster For a long time the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds lens was glued to my OM-D but since Olympus released the 17mm f/1.8 it took a back seat. Since then the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 has joined my bag so I headed out around the Westminster area of London to rekindle the love I have for shooting at the full frame equivalent of 50mm. 

Much like the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens that soon became a massive hit for Olympus, the 25mm f/1.8 inherits many of it's older brothers characters. If you have used either of these lenses you will be able to appreciate that whilst being incredibly light and small the image quality it delivers is truly amazing. I had a great hour out with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and recommend the next time you head out, reach for a lens that you haven't used for a while.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold London Urban Photography Olmypus OM-D E-M5 Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/11/olympus-25mm-f/1-8-at-westminster Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:01:57 GMT
Remembrance Day Colour Isolation https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/11/remembrance-day-colour-isolation Being Remembrance Sunday I decided to visit the Army Church of St Andrew's Garrison located in Aldershot. The Poppy, traditionally used to commemorate servicemen and women who have been killed in conflict seemed a fitting reason to use Olympus OM-D E-M1 built-in Partial colour tool.

It was a honour to watch the British Army today, whilst my thoughts went out to all the men and women who lost their lives.


Last two images captured using the VIVID mode






james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Olympus OM-D Remembrance Sunday St Andrew's Garrison Church, Aldershot https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/11/remembrance-day-colour-isolation Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:08:10 GMT
Olympus 40-150mm Pro f/2.8 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/10/olympus-40-150mm-pro-f/2-8 Yesterday the Olympus Ambassador team were invited to the Image Space in London to test the new 40-150mm f/2.8 pro lens. Expectations for this 40-150mm40-150mm lens were extremely high and in order to sit nicely alongside the 12-40 f/2.8 pro lens it had to deliver sharp results throughout the focal range and aperture. In the hand the lens has the same high quality engineering as it's smaller sister and what we have now come to expect from Olympus mZuiko lenses. Mounted on the OM-D E-M1 the lens sat nicely in the hand and for a majority of the day whilst walking I held the OM-D in one hand by the grip down by my side so weight is certainly not an issue. 

So let's move onto the most important fact of this new lens, how did it perform? We all headed out with the beautiful model Anna Zeller, unfortunately for her it was raining but luckily for us the new lens is weather sealed. The weather in general for the day was low lying cloud giving a low contrast skyline. The Autofocus is extremely fast and the manual focus snap ring is silky smooth. Another astonishing fact is how close this lens can focus on a subject, I believe officially it is rated at 50cm and in real life it could almost be mistaken for a macro lens. During the day I tested the lens throughout the aperture and focal range in a variety of high contrast and low lighting situations and it performed amazingly. It deserves the title of a Pro lens and it will certainly be in my bag.







Amazing day spent with the team and the new lens. Be sure to look out for other images shared from the Ambassador team and events through the Olympus image space.

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold London Street Photography Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 pro lens Olympus Ambassador James Harold Olympus OM-D E-M1 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/10/olympus-40-150mm-pro-f/2-8 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:54:38 GMT
Olympus Photowalk in Nottingham https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/10/olympus-photowalk-in-nottingham On Saturday 25th October I hosted the Nottingham Photowalk which was organised by Olympus through the Imagespace website. Before we PA250037PA250037OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA get started let me take a minute to explain that streetwalks aren't just for Street photographers. Attendees for this event included a variety of photographic genres including Macro, Landscape and Portrait. These events will increase your knowledge of the Olympus system, whilst giving you the opportunity to gain hints and tips from an Olympus Ambassador, most importantly they also give you the opportunity to do what we all love and that is to capture new imagery.  

The venue for this walk was the beautiful historic city of Nottingham, which for those of you that have visited will appreciate it is a city full of charm and character. During the walk I explained and used a variety of in camera features including Highlight and Shadow control, Art filters, Aspect ratio, Keystone and Multiple exposure. Using the built-in features the group quickly appreciated the advantages of creating in camera and ultimately reducing or removing the need for post processing. For this reason all the images captured during the walk that I share in this post are out of camera jpeg's.

Nottingham Skyline using the colour creator function to add a touch of magenta.


Diorama filter


Dramatic Artfilter


Multiple exposure


Keystone used to straighten the buildings


During the walk we stopped at a traditional shoemaker, greeted by the owner Peter he was more than happy for us to browse the shop and snap away.


Modern lines


Colour creator under the arches of Nottingham castle.


So if your not sure if photowalks are for you, then think again. They are a great fun way to use the latest Olympus kit whilst gaining inspiration. Be sure to visit the Olympus Image Space website where you will find further events which are run by the Olympus Ambassador team. 

Here are a few more images I captured during my short stay in Nottingham.







I Hope to see you at the next event.

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Ambassador" Captured by James Harold Olympus Olympus 12-40 pro lens Olympus OM-D Olympus Streetwalk https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/10/olympus-photowalk-in-nottingham Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:09:17 GMT
LNDNWLK with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/9/lndnwlk-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m1 On Saturday 13th September Mirrorlessons in conjunction with  Johnny and Rebecca Patience organised their 2014 London Photo Walk. 35 keen P9131045P9131045OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA photographers were invited along for day and with the forecast set for an unusual warm 20 degrees there was a great buzz as we all met up at Stephen Bartels Gallery. For the walk I brought along three Olympus prime lenses (12mm f/2.0, 25mm f/1.8 and the 75mm f/1.8) during the walk I switched between the three lenses every 45 minutes. Using a variety of aspect ratio's and art filters in camera throughout the walk, I enjoyed capturing an area of London that I knew well, although anyone that has attended a photo walk knows that this is one event where you end up talking more than you shoot. For all you photographers that are yet to attend a walk, be sure to book one up soon. A great day shared with new friends. 

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If anyone is interested in attending a Photo Walk, let me know as I am currently planning one in Brighton.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold London Photo Walk London Urban Photography Olympus OM-D Street Photography https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/9/lndnwlk-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m1 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:42:32 GMT
Spanish memories with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/8/spanish-memories-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m1 Now being back in the Uk for 1 week and missing the warm climates of Spain, I decided to try and recreate Spain's most famous dish "Paella". Living near to the coast I am very fortunate to be able to visit local fish mongers and buy fish almost straight off the boat. Today was about capturing life, enjoying the company of good friends and being out with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 & 12-40 pro lens.

A room with a view, looking through the fish mongers port hole.

_EM10082_EM10082 Choices, Choices

_EM10085_EM10085 The fishing nets

_EM10088_EM10088 The net strands

_EM10090_EM10090 Jennah D "I know where my fish came from.

_EM10089_EM10089 A framed view from each port hole. 

_EM10086_EM10086 The fish catcher

_EM10094_EM10094 The fishmongers.


Paella creation begins

_EM10107_EM10107 Ingredients "Fresh Lemon"

P8300001P8300001 OMG, The dish is full


Time to enjoy.


Great day shooting lifestyle with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and 12-40 Pro lens. The guys at Brighton Fish Sales "@Bnfishsales" where amazing, if you are passing you must pop in and see the amazing range of fresh fish these guy's have on sale. 

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Lifestyle photography with Olympus OM-D Olympus 12-40 Pro lens Olympus E-M1 Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/8/spanish-memories-with-the-olympus-om-d-e-m1 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:40:25 GMT
Sunny Spain with the Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/8/sunny-spain-with-the-olympus-om-d 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


Spanish localSpanish local Typical old town street's

_OMD1016_1_OMD1016_1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Everything is blue and white

IMG_0030IMG_0030OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Down at the fishing port.


Old Town at night.

_OMD1034_OMD1034 Local side street tavernas


Mi Lola.

Javea Old TownJavea Old Town The happy Spaniards

_EM10752_EM10752 The street entertainer. 

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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.

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus Street Photography Travel Photography https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/8/sunny-spain-with-the-olympus-om-d Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:17:28 GMT
Olympus Micro Four Thirds https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/8/olympus-micro-four-thirds For those of you that know me, it is fair to say I am not one to sit around. My brain generally never switches off and I am always thinking of what to IMG_0011IMG_0011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA do next. During my hectic week travelling, I still find it hard not to look at full frame shooters and think as committed and driven as I am if I were still shooting with such heavy kit would I capture and enjoy photography as much as I do now. This week I have travelled from Brighton to London onto Liverpool, then up to Glasgow across to Edinburgh, down to Birmingham and finally heading of to Spain on Friday. It all sounds glamorous but my point here is that Micro Four Thirds allows me to travel with a weeks worth of clothes, camera equipment and gadgets all packed into a case that can go on board a plane. I maybe bias but M43 delivers such amazing results that I truly do not understand why as a street, urban or travel photographer you would want to shoot with anything else. The genres are not limited to those I mention which is to clear to see form the amazing work that is shared from other Micro Four Third photographers around the world. 

Here are a few images captured during my travels this week. All were captured with the OM-D E-M5 "Which maybe seen as old technology now but I still love it" and the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 prime lens which I have loved ever since owning.

Liverpool Pride at it's best.


Almost the Sydney Opera House.


This way to the Lochs.


Captain Jack Sparrow


Having fun with a selfie


The groovy nun




The modern Bagpiper 


The street witch


In transition 


Modern city skyline


The library curves


Birmingham Library wall (looking down)


I hoped you enjoyed my whistle stop tour of four cities, I had a blast. Next stop is Spain, tomorrow where I will be enjoying shooting with the Olympus TG-3 and the OM-D E-M1. It would be good to hear your own personal stories from your recent travels via my comments section.

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Olympus OM-D Olympus OM-D Micro Four Thirds https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/8/olympus-micro-four-thirds Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:12:22 GMT
Edinburgh Fest, Olympus E-M1 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/edinburgh-fest-olympus-e-m1 I took a short trip to Edinburgh with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 to capture the start of the Edinburgh Festival. Arriving at lunch time I headed out with _EM10744_EM10744 the 12mm f/2.0, 75mm f/1.8 and the 12-40 f/2.8 Pro lenses. Shooting on a clear bright sunny day as it was in Edinburgh that day images can be slightly washed out with low contrast. Although the E-M1 boasts a 1/8000sec shutter speed I find attaching my B+W 2 stop ND filter gives the images a little bit more contrast.  I have probably shared the most amount of images that I have done in this blog but I had such a great time it was hard to limit the selection.


_EM10165_EM10165 The festival begins.

_EM10490_EM10490 12-40 pro zoom lens

_EM10705_EM10705 Vibrant colours and the young Scottish punk in the background.


The enchanted fairy

_EM10384_EM10384 Don't mess with me.

_EM10589_EM10589 The scary wild boar.

_EM10593_EM10593 Colourful rhythms. 

_EM10399_EM10399 True Scottish Attire


Always time for a quick selfie.

On Stage

_EM10733_EM10733 Having spent a few hours around the festival I decided to head out around Edinburgh to capture some of the local scenary.

_EM10264_EM10264 Water of Leigh, runs across the west side of Edinburgh up to the coast. Captured with the Big Stopper lee filter and using the OM-D Live Time feature triggered remotely from my iPhone. "Don't you just love technology".

_EM10248_EM10248 Urban meets rolling landscape.

_EM10635_EM10635 Unusual yellow house in the urban skyline (& a flying dog)

_EM10283_EM10283 The mighty Edinburgh Castle.

PEM10599PEM10599 Edinburgh Pipe band under the mighty castle.

_EM10605_EM10605 The OM-D E-M1 was able to capture each moment with ease. With high energy a lot of the festival was captured at pace and even with a 2 stop filter on my lens for a majority of the shots the IBIS in the OM-D performed amazingly. The only shame is that I didn't have more time to spend walking around this beautiful city, although it is fair to say I managed to pack a fair amount in. I certainly know my feet told me so at the end of the day. 


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Edinburgh Festival Edinburgh Street Photography Olympus OM-D Olympus OM-D E-M1 & Lee filter big stopper https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/edinburgh-fest-olympus-e-m1 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:47:57 GMT
The Black Pearl https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/the-black-pearl Last night I headed to New Brighton situated on the north point of the mersey. Knowing it was low tide when I arrived I had the 12mm f/2.0, 25mm _OMD0141_OMD0141 f/1.8 and the OM-D E-M5 to hand and was looking forward to the evening ahead. Having set off from St James's Street station I took the short train journey up under the Mersey and up to New Brighton. Heading down to the beach I bumped into a real Gent, Major. He explained how he scoured the beach in search for drift wood which he has used to build "The Black Pearl", a life size pirate ship that is open to all and constructed on the shoreline of the Mersey. Major continued to tell me how his work now attracts hundreds of children to the shores of the mersey leaving beautiful poems on and around the ship.

I have included a lot of photos in this blog as I captured too many during my short session which deserve a mention. By now those who read my blogs know that I like to use the features available in the OM-D. A majority of the images were captured in manual mode and during the session I used a mixture of aspect ratio, contrast, sharpness and art filter settings to try and create something a little unique. For those of you that haven't explored all these features, take the time to do so and hopefully from the images I have shared you will see that you can capture what you want in camera with minimal need for post processing.

"Major, a true gent who took the time to tell me his story".

Captured with the Olympus 25 f/1.8 prime lens


"Major's dog waiting for his owner to play ball".

Captured with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 prime lens


Down on the beach, "washed up crab".

Captured with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0


"New Brighton Lighthouse"

Captured with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 prime lens.

_OMD0110_OMD0110OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA "The dog walker"

Captured with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 prime lens.


"New Brighton Rocks"

Captured with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 prime lens.


Captured with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 prime lens.

_OMD0135_OMD0135OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA "Pop Art beach wall"

Captured with the Olympus 12mm f/2.0 prime lens.

OMD40132OMD40132 "The Black Pearl" Liverpool Urban skyline in the background.

Captured with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 prime lens.


A beautiful few hours breathing in fresh sea air whilst meeting a true gent along the way. 

Heading back to the hotel, the underground St James's Street station.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Burgess Hill New Brighton Liverpool photography Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Olympus OM-D The Black Pearl New Brighton https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/the-black-pearl Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:03:11 GMT
Brighton Beach Life https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/brighton-beach-life If the sun is shining you don't have to walk far to find something interesting in Brighton. I headed out with the 12-40 f/2.8 pro lens _EM10138_EM10138 attached to the E-M1, with the Lee Big Filter in my pocket and my tripod over my back to see what I could capture. Settings for the OM-D for the day were simple, Select manual mode and dial in what I required throughout the session. I have actually assigned the iAuto option on the dial to a Myset function so I am able to quickly switch settings to Live time mode and back again. Whilst you could assign Myset to a button on the camera I see little point in doing this as I would never use the iAuto option and therefore it is a redundant selection on the dial. During the session I used a variety of contrast, sharpness, aspect ratio and colour correction options that are built into the E-M1. The options are endless and only limited to what you want them to be. 

Friendly local artist outside an art gallery in Madeira drive. If you are heading down to Brighton any time soon be sure to check out his work. Very talented guy.


Summer reflections on the beach


Flying the flag, Lambretta lifestyle.


I love the depth of field the 12-40 f/2.8 lens is able to deliver. "Great statement"

_EM10132_EM10132 Colours and contours, so many amazing scooters to admire. 

_EM10136_EM10136 Glistening in the midday sun. The sharpness of the 12-40 f/2.8 lens is on par with the amazing Olympus prime lenses. Did I really say that, OMG.

_EM10100_EM10100 Sleeping amongst the local art work.


Beach movement. Playing with the Lee big stopper to add a sense of movement to the frame.

_EM10123_EM10123OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The smokey pier, Lee big stopper in midday sun. _EM10121_EM10121OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It doesn't matter how many times you head down to Brighton beach, there is always something new to capture. The E-M1 and 12-40 pro lens performed flawlessly allowing me to get on and enjoy the session. 



james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Brighton Street Photography Captured by James Harold Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 Pro Olympus OM-D E-M1 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/brighton-beach-life Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:57:04 GMT
Olympus 25mm f/1.8 https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/olympus-25mm-f/1-8 So today the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 landed on my doorstep and whilst I didn't have a great deal of spare time today I couldn't wait to attach it to the _OMD0020_OMD0020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OM-D and head out. Walking North through Mayfair you come across Grosvenor Square Gardens in West London. Although the garden is fairly small, today it was host to "Summer in the Square". There were traditional games laid out throughout the garden, with a wonderful live jazz band and BBQ filling the air. Some may question why I feel the need to own the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 when I already own and love the amazing Olympus 17mm f/1.8. 

Having previously owned the Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 "which is a great lens", I somehow missed the equivalent 50mm focal length. As like all the Olympus M43 lenses the new 25mm delivers the results that we come to expect from Olympus. Focusing is extremely quick and on initial comparison to the Panasonic 25mm the image sharpness is on par. Below are a few images that I captured during my short walk through the park on a beautiful English summer day.

Captured at ISO100, 1/100sec @ f/2.8

_OMD0008_OMD0008 Captured at ISO100, 1/160sec @ f/1.8 

_OMD0012_OMD0012 Captured at ISO 100, 1/100 @ f/2.8

_OMD0022_OMD0022 Olympus has produced yet another beautiful lens both optically and cosmetically. I can't wait to head with it again.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Olympus E-M5 Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/7/olympus-25mm-f/1-8 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:41:43 GMT
Here come the Poppies https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/here-come-the-poppies Living near the foot of the South Downs in Sussex I love heading up and over Ditchling Beacon around this time of year. I was hoping that by now the poppy fields would be out in full glory but there was only a few  OMD80070OMD80070OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA dots of red accross the fields. Being slightly disappointed I headed off to capture a little more of the south downs. With clouds bubbling all around me the broad tonal range soon disappeared to leave flat looking images. Not that this mattered as I enjoyed the challenge trying to create something using the inbuilt tools the OM-D offers me. I still believe the Olympus jpeg engine is one of the best on the market and I very rarely find myself using RAW files anymore. 

Below are a few other images I captured whilst out and about in the Sussex countryside.

Poppy field or lack of. 

_OMD0056_OMD0056OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This way to the beach.

OMD80070OMD80070OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The rolling South Downs

OMD80067OMD80067 Ditchling Vineyard at the foot of the South Downs, the local grapes basking in the sun.

OMD80075OMD80075OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Sussex Windmill nestled amongst the farming fields.



james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Ditchling Beacon Ditchling Vineyard Olympus OM-D Olympus OMD E-M5 South Downs https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/here-come-the-poppies Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:56:16 GMT
OM-D handles Liverpool harsh light https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/om-d-handles-liverpool-harsh-light As I stepped off the train at Liverpool Lime street, I was delighted to see clear blue skies. Whilst typically these are far from ideal conditions to shoot in, it is exactly OMD80143_HDROMD80143_HDROLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA what I wanted today, I was hoping to grab a few high contrast images that gave a slightly different feel to this vibrant city. I headed out with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8, with one in my pocket I was constantly changing my lenses throughout the session. Making use of the built in art filters, aspect ratio's and highlights & shadows control, I was able to achieve unique imagery. It is only until you are looking through the EVF and you start playing with these built in features that it clicks and you are able to capture what you set out to achieve. A majority of the images are OOC jpeg's with a couple of them being post processed to add a a little more contrast. 

St Albert docks reflected in the modern museum structure.


Modern architecture basking in the sun

OMD80092OMD80092 The Royal Liver Building (high contrast, post processed.)

OMD80100OMD80100OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Royal Iris (Commuters ferry across the Mersey)

OMD80101OMD80101OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Onboard, the classic woodern ferry seating. 

OMD80106OMD80106OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A view through the ferry rails looking out onto Liverpool city skyline

OMD80123OMD80123 Rail shadows on the beautiful wooden decking

OMD80135OMD80135OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Flying the flag as I headed back towards the city.

OMD80138OMD80138 Barge chitchat in St Albert docks.

OMD80081OMD80081 Watching the sun drop after an amazing few hours capturing the city


I had a blast shooting in harsh conditions today. I know I wouldn't of achieved the results I did if I wasn't looking through an EVF. The detail the Olympus OM-D was able to retain was amazing and being that I was able to carry an additional lens in my pocket it not only allowed me to travel light but I found myself changing lenses throughout the entire session. If I were carrying a DSLR I know I wouldn't have captured as much and certainly wouldn't have had such an enjoyable few hours.

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Liverpool Mersey Liverpool city Liverpool photography Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/om-d-handles-liverpool-harsh-light Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:23:44 GMT
Saturday life in Brighton https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/saturday-life-in-brighton Living just North of the South Downs, I feel very fortunate that I can pop into Brighton on a whim. Whilst there is always something to see and do in OMD40031OMD40031 Brighton I wanted to head down with my son to the amazing street diner and meet up with good friend Gordon Laing for lunch. Walking around the hustle and bustle with the OM-D in my hand was a great feeling, with lot's of friendly faces you couldn't help but smile and enjoy the atmosphere. My lens choice for the day was the amazing Olympus 45mm f/1.8, I still love the fact that I am able to achieve the results I am looking for in a lens that is so compact.


Birds of a feather!

OMD40058OMD40058 The happy traders serving customers

OMD40030OMD40030 Taken by surprise

OMD40022OMD40022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Paella in the garden. What better way to enjoy the atmosphere and food.

OMD40017OMD40017 Smoked Salmon fire pit. Truly amazing flavours and cooked in a way that I have never seen before.

OMD40050OMD40050 Stall decoration. I love the creamy bokeh the 45mm delivers.

OMD40025OMD40025 Heading back to the station, The reflective smile.

OMD40054OMD40054 Final image, I couldn't help but hit the shutter button (next time I may just have to go in and have my haircut).


Amazing few hours in a photographers playground. Until next time Brighton, good night.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Brighton Portrait Photographer Burgess Hill Captured by James Harold Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/saturday-life-in-brighton Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:24:19 GMT
Riding the dirt tracks with the OM-D in Greece https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/riding-the-dirt-tracks-with-the-om-d-in-greece Just a 3 hour flight from Gatwick I arrived in small town of Messini, Greece. Having booked a family activity holiday on impulse I wasn't sure what to expect from an area IMG_0474IMG_0474 of Europe I didn't actually know that well. Being loaded with the typical family luggage, my photography kit consisted of 1 x body and 2 x lenses. Whilst I would have loved to packed more, I am a great believer in carrying a camera is better than not carrying one at all. Our home for the week was the Neilson Beach Club (amazing staff and they looked after us well). 

Driving down the winding roads it was clear that Messini is an area of Farming, but having booked an activity holiday I decided to head out on a mountain bike to explore the coastline and capture the local scenery.

The spraying crop fields



OMD50228OMD50228OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The shaded mountains

OMD50247OMD50247 View out over the bay



Low light pool

OMD10054OMD10054 A few family shots to share


Time for one last game of Jenga and then time to head home.

OMD50281OMD50281 37,000ft heading home.


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Neilson Holiday Neilson Messini Greece Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/6/riding-the-dirt-tracks-with-the-om-d-in-greece Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:07:55 GMT
A little bit of Sussex History https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/5/a-little-bit-of-sussex-history Nestled in the heart of Sussex is the historic town of Lewes and after having a crazy month at work I couldn't wait to venture out with my OM-D. The OMD40020OMD40020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA forecast for Sussex was a mixed bag of sun, cloud and heavy rain but with the OM-D weather sealing the only thing I was thinking about was cloud formation. Whilst I love the E-M1 I, still find myself reach for my E-M5 for street work and it came into it's own today. Walking through the narrow street's and shops I snapped away without anyone realising I was capturing the moment.



The image below was captured walking across the bridge into the heart of Lewes. Harvey's, Sussex oldest independent brewery dating back to 1790 is still brewing traditional beers which is featured in all the quant local pub's in the surrounding area. 

OMD40022OMD40022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Typical colourful Lewes housing.

OMD40017OMD40017OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This way to the Kitchen. Bridge house is a listed building nestled in the centre of the town.

OMD40007OMD40007 Walking into one of the towns antique shops, I was able to walk around with the E-M5 capturing the local antiques on sale without drawing attention. The image below was capture OOC with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 which is an amazing piece of glass. Bright, sharp and beautifully constructed.

OMD40015OMD40015  The English Passage, my favourite image of the day. I couldn't help myself but stop and appreciate the old brickwork in the walkway against the modern Bistro in the background.  OMD40020OMD40020OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Historic Lewes photography Lewes Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/5/a-little-bit-of-sussex-history Sat, 24 May 2014 21:47:19 GMT
Family Fun at 90mm https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/5/family-fun-at-90mm Waking up to a sunny bank holiday Monday, my family and I decided to head out to a local adventure park. Wanting to travel light I started the OMD50002OMD50002 internal mind game of lens decision, Zoom vs prime. Knowing the results that Olympus prime lenses deliver I soon decided to grab the 17mm f/1.8 and the 45mm f/1.8. I have achieved amazing results with both of these lenses and being extremely small and light they were perfect for the day. 

I started the day with the 45mm f/1.8 and was having so much fun at an equivalent focal length of 90mm it stayed on the OM-D for the whole day. All of the images were captured using the built in art filters.


Captured using the Monotone picture mode

OMD50007OMD50007OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Captured using the Vivid picture mode

OMD50010OMD50010 Captured using the Vivid picture mode

OMD50047_HDROMD50047_HDROLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Captured using the Grainy art filter

OMD50014OMD50014OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Captured using the Monotone picture mode

OMD50031OMD50031OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Captured using the Grainy art filter

OMD50016OMD50016 Captured using the Monotone picture mode


james_harold@me.com (James Harold Photography) Captured by James Harold Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Olympus OM-D https://www.jamesharold.com/blog/2014/5/family-fun-at-90mm Mon, 05 May 2014 19:25:08 GMT