Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ah, So That's What Using a Different Camera Feels Like!

Leaving my beloved Nikon in the car, yesterday I had the chance to fool around with a top-of-the-line, brand-spanking-new Olympus E-M5 OM-D Series Digital SLR Camera during the Essex Heritage Photo Safari that my friend Juli and I went on in Newburyport that was sponsored by Hunt's Camera and the Essex National Heritage Area.  Even though the camera was very cool in many respects and had some very interesting on-board features such as Art Filter effects and a monitor that swivels both up and down so that you can change the perspective of your shot without having to kneel down or climb up on things along, with a very lightweight body and lens, I'm not really sure if it's a camera that I'd buy.

Part of me really liked it - especially my right arm due to the light weight! - and part of me wasn't so sure about it - some of which I'll chalk up to having spent so much time with my Nikon and not quite sure what to do with a smaller camera!  The part of me that really wasn't sure about it though is the part that registers price being that the model that I was using was about $1,300 with just a 14-42 mm lens.  Ouch!  Amazing technology certainly does come with amazing price tags attached, huh?

Juli was using a version that was a slightly less-expensive Olympus (with a price tag of about $900) than the one that I had and she paid better attention to David Wells, the professional photographer who gave us a bit of advice and instruction before we ventured out into the pretty town of Newburyport to hunt for photographic opportunities, so I think that her photos were loads better than mine when it came to subject matter and composition ... well, except maybe for this one she sneakily took of me trying to figure out how to use my camera by the waterfront ...

or me still trying to figure out how to use the camera in a cheese and wine shop ...

but like these two that she shot when she wasn't taking pictures of me!

As for me, I was busy taking pictures of bottles of wine (if you look in the upper left you can see Juli taking that picture of me above) ...

... and shoes and accessories ...

... and candy ...

... and a hot dog sign ...

... and a steeple that I apparently got fixated on ...

... and a monument by the waterfront ...

... and some bicyclists ...

... and one I took of Juli on the waterfront probably right before she took the one of me!

As you can tell from some of the photos above, I did try out a few of the Art Effects that the camera offered and even though they were cool (I rather do like the "Key Lime" effect on the first steeple picture), I guess I'm just more of a traditionalist than artist when it comes to using a camera.  That said, I had a great time and it was a lot of fun and I might actually have even learned a few things from David, our pro, even though I might not have applied them that well! Let's see what I can do with his tips and my trusty Nikon though!

Oh, and as for Newburyport itself - what a great place!  I'll be heading back up that way again before too long as I continue my travels for that other project I keep alluding to so stayed tuned for more.  Perhaps I can even talk Barb into taking a journey up there with me when she's up visiting her SisterDears in July - there's obviously wine to be found and I think she'd love the area!  Speaking of Barb, I totally befuddled her with yesterday's post that contained no photos at all so I hope that today's post makes up for that!  


  1. Yes, ma'am! Yes, please! Yes, I'd love to go to Newburyport! And it's only about 30 miles from my SisterDear Lynda's. And probably from SisterDear Janice's as well, from a different direction, come to think of it.

    Did I say "YES"?

    The steeple key lime effect looks rather like poster edge or palette knife. I too love a fabulous traditional shot. Having said that I must say I really do enjoy messing around with them in Photoshop! I also rather enjoy the camera apps and photo editing apps on my iPhone and iPad. :)

    I can't remember the last time I picked up my Canon! I didn't even bring it on my cruise... the resolution is much better on my iPhone. :)

    My vacation begins in 4 weeks and 3 days. Approximately. :)

    big hugs xoxo

  2. You got some great shots Linda. I love your new header BTW :)

  3. Scratching my head a little because you said something about art effects, and so I don't know if the photographs were the natural images or modified in some way. I was going to comment about not having good natural light with those storm clouds...but I don't know if you removed them or added them.

    I think I'm a traditionalist when it comes to photographs. I think of taking pictures as capturing what is.

  4. i've dallied about the idea in my head of getting a good camera but honestly if it doesn't fit in my pocket i'll just never have it with me. i know me. but i'd like a better tiny one i think.

    smiles, bee

  5. Anonymous9:32 AM EDT

    I like traditional photos too, effects can be okay (simple ones, like making a photo black and white) but looking at these photos-I think I prefer the ones you take with your Nikon.

  6. A church? Go back to the candy store and get some close-ups!


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