Any of you that regularly read this Blog will know the issues I have with my Olympus EM5. This is nothing to do with the camera, as we all know how good it is, but more the way I haven’t been able to gel with. The has led me to seriously consider selling it.
I am off to Rome to stay with my good mate Baz. The plan was to take my trusty Nikon and 85mm, but also put the EM5 in my bag with the 45mm, and have a chat to Baz, who is a true advocate of the EM5, to see if he could shed some light why I’m not hitting it off with the EM5.
So yesterday I went to Bath, and considering the weather we have had of late, it was a very nice day. I thought I should give the EM5 a last chance as it would be taking up space, and I could take a couple extra Nikon lenses.
Another friend on Flickr, Esther, is having no issues as you can see on her photostream. Maybe that’s because she has smaller fingers than mine. It is very hard to get used to the small buttons after using the Nikon.
The EM5 has a digital viewfinder, which I find is not a patch on the Nikon’s, which is so bright and clear. I’ve missed a lot of shots compared to the Nikon, but it faired well yesterday on the following shot and others.
I had spoken to this guy earlier, that is how I knew he was Spanish, but his English was perfect.
The shutter is so different to the Nikon too. You get a thud with that, so know that the shot has registered, whereas the shutter button on the EM5 feels quite soft and also quiet, which on the other hand can be an advantage when getting some of the shots in this post.
I waited ages whilst this guy emptied this bin. I thought I would get a shot over the top of the bin, and every time I thought I thought I was going to get one his head would bob down to do something else. I finally got the shot when he was replacing the black bag.
I was wondering why this girl was standing so straight and looking at me, as I was pointing the camera at her. She didn’t move at all, even when people walked past. I waited until I had a clear view, and got the shot. Immediately after I got it she turned to her left. It was then that I noticed a man with a camera a good way away from her. She had been standing there for him to take a side profile of her with the Abbey in the background. It was only whilst editing that I realised she wasn’t staring across at me, her eyes were slightly to her right, probably looking to see that it was clear for the shot.
The one thing that the EM5 has is the flip out screen, and was one of the reasons I had bought it in the first place. It is a touch screen, and I have found that is the best feature of the camera. When I say it is touch, I mean it is superbly sensitive, and fast. I find that using the screen to take a shot is faster than the shutter button, but that may just be me. Maybe Baz and Esther may confirm that. Martin has an EM1 and he agrees with me on that.
It’s always good to get a few fun shots, and I think these following two fill that brief. These two shots were achieved using the screen.
I have a challenge on Flickr and some people may think I will enter this shot, but they haven’t seen the one I shot with the Nikon yet.
Don’t ask, I don’t know, I only took the shot.
When shooting “Street”, you often get funny looks or even worse. They can actually make a shot, ask Baz, as he seems to get more than his fair share, but then again that may have nothing to do with photography. This time though, the look wasn’t offensive, it just made me laugh. Hence the title.
The one thing I really like about Bath is that there are plenty of benches. Which you will have seen in my previous posts from Bath. This gives great opportunities, with people sitting on the benches,or approaching you. Also it gives the photographer the chance to rest his weary legs. As I have not been feeling too well of late I took full advantage of that.
Most of the shots in this post were taken whilst sitting on a bench. It wasn’t the only place I went, I did stand up at times. The lady above sat on one of the benches to the side of me, whereas the man below was sitting on the same bench as me.
He was such a happy chappy, who, I don’t think could speak English. A performer started his act along from us. You could see flames and smoke and he shouted out “The shows about to start”. The man turned towards me and said “Show”, and laughed. Then the performer shouted “Come and see the show”. The man looked at me again, smiling, and said “Show”. A lady walked over to his side, who I assumed was his wife. He pointed to the performer, and he said with a big smile, you guessed it, “Show”. If nothing else he will go home having learned one word of English.
The next man was also sat on the bench next to me. It means that I have to lean back just to get him in the shot.
This lady was sitting on my right and had people coming back and for to talk to her. She was on her phone when I took this shot, as you can see by the reflection in her Ray Bans.
I used the screen it to its full potential for this shot, which I took whilst sitting on a low step. It is one of my favourites of the day as I really like low POV shots.
I think I made the right decision to take the EM5 out with me yesterday, and as you can see from the shots above, I am starting to feel a bit more at home with it. It would be a crime to sell it.
So if you took the title to mean I was selling the EM5 to get rid of it, you were hoodwinked. It was a case of selling its positive attributes, by showing the shots.
Needless to say, the EM5 will be joining the Nikon in my arsenal on the trip to Rome, where it will work alongside.