Recycled Computing

My New Camera, an Olympus Pen E-P1

- 2011.06.03

It has arrived, and boy, is it good!

Olympus Pen E-P1

My new digital camera, the Olympus Pen E-P1 is here. And, frankly, it's the reason you haven't heard much from me recently.

I have been using it as I normally use a film camera and, so far, I have been very impressed with the resolution, handling, and tiny size. Olympus packs a lot of camera in a small package, and the fact that the E-P1 looks just like an old Leica rangefinder is gravy.

For this column, I thought I'd just provide of the images that I've captured with the camera, in spite of the fact that I have a weird visual style. It's also a good idea to explain what you are looking at. It might not help, but it's a good idea.

It's pink - or salmon, if you prefer. I noticed this color (the entire room was painted in it) and had to shoot it. If you look closely, you can see the texture of the cinder blocks.

I was filling up one of my cars at a gas station and happened to look up. The hazy sky blending with the blue structure interested me. I suppose it is better than getting irate about the price of the gasoline I was pumping into the car.

I could get all sophisticated and claim that these pictures are my homage to Alfred Stieglitz's "Equivalents" series, but clouds are clouds. I make no excuses.

Shooting a bright light source indoors can fool your camera's light metering system. The camera will meter the source and underexpose the background. However, in this case, it was the effect I was going for.

I suppose I should read the camera manual for all the special features and controls that I have yet to use. But that's for another column.

Happy imaging! LEM

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