The EM5 Is Gone!

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!

The Hat Seller
The Hat Seller

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.

Squeezing it in
Squeezing it in

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 Line of the Dots
The Line of the Dots

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.

The Phone Photographer
The Phone Photographer

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.

Watching the Strangers Pass
Watching the Strangers Pass

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.

Groom The Hair
Groom The Hair

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.

Some Beard!
Some Beard!

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.

Enjoying Lunch
Enjoying Lunch

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.

In Her Own Thoughts
In Her Own Thoughts

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.

The Pizza Eaters
The Pizza Eaters

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.

The Pizza Cutter
The Pizza Cutter

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.

6 thoughts on “The EM5 Is Gone!

  1. I could not wait to discover your photos with the EM-5 and I’m sorry to hear about your mishap. ( even more sorry that I gave you the chalIenge to use it for a walk !)
    I love the pictures in this article, and the editing is just the right mix of shadow and light. “The line of the dots” is beautiful, and the two guys in “Watching the Strangers Pass” are excellent.
    The EM-5 is sometimes capricious, it happened to me sometimes to turn it off and on again to make it work. I hope yours can be repaired. Tell us what’s going on…
    On my side, my computer is gone ! I need a new one… and the editing of my pictures will have to wait a little…

  2. I’m glad you gave me a challenge Esther. Also working to a similar way to Baz has made me look at other things to try, so no need to be sorry, otherwise I wouldn’t have tried.

    I love those hats where they allow the light to pass through, drawing patterns on the face. The 2 guys just seemed so good when I saw it.

    I’ve never had any problems up to that point that were the fault of the camera, only down to me not understanding it fully, but just as I was getting into it and the fun side, it decided to stop. I took it back to the shop, Jessops in Cardiff and there was no problem. It will be back in 3 – 4 weeks. What a difference to buying on line. This is the first time I’ve ever used a store due to the price, but I can see the piece of mind it gives.

    So sorry to hear of your computer problem. My problem is I upgraded to Windows 10, and found it crashed quite a few times, so uninstalled it, but then found problems with Windows 7, so had to do a clean install. I haven’t got my Photoshop Disks, so my editing will have to wait also.

  3. “The Line of the Dots” is wonderful. I love the way the hat makes the wonderful patterns on her pretty face.

    “Watching the Strangers Pass” is my favorite. The ultimate “life as it happens” shot.

    I’m sorry to hear about your misfortune with the EM5 but at least you had a backup. That kind of thing is why I am so hesitant to buy online as opposed to a store. It’s a good thing that you bought yours from the store. I really liked your initial pictures with the EM5 but I know that you weren’t feeling them as much since you were used to your Nikon. You can really tell that you are getting much more comfortable with the EM5 just by the quality of your shots now.

    • There is something about the “Watching the Strangers Pass” shot that appeals to most. Just two old men chatting whilst watching the world go by, and a bit different to a bench.

      Yes Tina, after the issue with the EM5, and the smooth way it was dealt with in store makes me rethink my buying strategies, especially higher value items with working parts.

      Isn’t it funny how I have had it about 9 months and hardly used it. Then just as I am getting used to it and enjoying using it, it gives up the ghost. Can’t wait to have it back now.

  4. MisterGC

    Ooops I read this a while ago in my truck and forgot to pop in again when I got back from work. Better late than never eh?

    I love those angled low pov style shots. They are so different to your usual style as you mentioned. A big thumbs up to Baz for getting you into that.
    The two guys are fantastic. I’ve forgotten their names again even though you mentioned them over on flickr. I must be getting old.
    The second from last shot of the people eating on the benches is another top shot especially for the details in the wall. I know street mainly about the people but I also look for this like that….I don’t know quite why but details like that appeal to me.

    Hope you get your camera sorted out soon and get some more of that waist-shooting done.
    I bought my D5300 and A6000 both on eBay because they were cheaper and I could pay by PayPal, however I made sure I only bought them from the large Electronics Department stores over here such as Mediamarkt and Saturn eBay Shops, that way if any thing went wrong I still had the receipt from the chain and could take any problems to any store, no matter where in Germany, and I could get any problems sorted. Cameras cost too much now a days to buy them blindly online.

    Oh yeah, and as for Windows 10….I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. I’ve heard so many bad things about it. I’ll stick to 8.1. Good luck in getting your PC back in order so you can get on with the editing.

    Grant.

  5. That’s bad news about your EM5. What was the outcome? I have used OMD kit for a couple of years now and (touch wood) not had any problems.

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