I’ve just returned from what is now becoming an Annual Event of visiting Baz &Mrs Baz in Rome. Once again their hospitality was second to none.
Again it was unbroken sunshine with the temperatures hovering around the 35C mark. Slightly warmer than the rain soaked land that is the UK!
Sadly it was tinged by this being the last time I used the EM5 before it went.
I was out in Rome with Baz and I took a few shots with the Nikon at the Colosseum, where we had got off the Metro. I then decided to take up Esther’s challenge of only using the EM5 for the rest of the day.
I put the 45mm on the EM5 whilst we were sat at the Piazza Foro Traiano and got the shot of the Hat Seller, before making our way towards Via Cesare Battista where I got the shot of the girl fighting with her lunch.
The shot of the girl above and below were as we turned the corner into Via Del Corso. This corner is very busy and people squeeze passed due to the cafe’s and the railings which stop you falling into the road.
We then crossed over the road to take advantage of the shade. I saw these 2 guys leaning on the windowsill and got a last shot with the 45mm before changing the lens to my 14-42mm zoom, to take advatge of the wide angle and to have a play.
Putting on the 14 – 42mm lens totally changed the way I was shooting. Baz encouraged me to use it from the waist or hip as I did with all the following shots.
I didn’t use any zoom and found it was fun, but having to remember to pause as I shot, which I failed to do a number of times.
We turned off the Via Del Corso heading towards The Pantheon. A place I really like as there is so much going on, but that wasn’t going to be our destination, just a pass through.
You can see by these shots that they are totally different to my normal style. I also found that I was editing them differently as the POV is so different and I like the way they look with the darker processing. I used darker processing techniques on a lot of my shots in Toulouse, but found I was going too dark, but think I have found the right balance with these.
We continued heading through the side streets and on seeing people sitting on benches thought it was time to eat myself, and what better food to eat on the go than pizza.
I went into the pizzeria and got this shot of the girl cutting my pizza, which I ate on the bench across the street. Little did I know that would be the last shot I took with the EM5.
I sat on the bench eating my pizza, with the EM5 beside me. Once I had finished I couldn’t wait to pick it up to get shots of people across from us sitting on the benches. I picked it up, switched it on, up to my eye, pressed the shutter and …. it switched off!
I switched it back on and the screen came on for about 5 seconds then switched off again. To cut a long story short, I tried a different card, battery and lens. Still the same. The image was showing in the viewfinder or on the rear screen, but with no info, and there was no response from any of the buttons. So that was that. The EM5 was a goner. Stored away with the lenses for the rest of the trip.
Luckily enough I had the good old trusty Nikon and 85mm. Baz said I did it on purpose so that I could shoot with just the Nikon, but I was just beginning to have a lot of fun with the EM5.
I’ve looked all over the net for a solution but there doesn’t seem to be one. So it’s a trip into Cardiff today to take it for a repair. I’ll let you know the outcome.