I had planned a camping trip up to Mt. Rainier Washington with some friends from out of state, who were all coming together to meet there at the national park. I was so excited to be going because I had never been there before, but I had seen photos and knew it was going to be beautiful. I knew that I was going to have a great opportunity to get some beautiful shots for my photography, but I started thinking maybe I would like to try out a different system than what I am used to. I wanted to give it a try and see what unique shots I could get from trying a different system (very excited!) The landscape is breathtaking, and the colors are vivid seeing all of this just from other photos.
I made the choice of trying out Olympus, I have been very interested in their cameras especially because they are micro 4/3s. Micro 4/3s are in themselves a completely unique sensor sizes. There size is appealing to me on all of their equipment. The Pen F with a 17mm 1.8 was definitely something that I wanted to give a try because of the feel, the look, and it’s almost like a point in shoot but able to change out the lenses. The second one is the E-M5 Mark ii with a 12-40mm f/2.8 wanting to try this system one big reason was because of the weather sealing, which is perfect for where we’re headed – weather report saying it was snowing on are way! Another reason was the capability with the Bluetooth, to see how firing off camera works with my phone.
I had all these features that I wanted to try out on both cameras – long exposure, star trails, as well as the vividness of the shots with that micro 4/3 (nothing always goes as planned it seems). Unfortunately, I forgot the ND filter, the tree cover mixed with the clouds made star trails unavailable as well and no services for Bluetooth. Even with the original thought I was still able to test both systems and shoot the most amazing landscapes I have seen in a long time. The colors that came out of both of these cameras were unreal, to the point that editing them would be pointless. The Pen F has a nob in front which makes it incredibly easy to change between monochromatic, art, color or CRT (color creator). These modes simply affect the coloring of the images, as well as the artistic capabilities within the each option setting. The screen on both cameras will rotate to the left side of the camera, making it great for taking group shots without a tripod. Over all this was such a great experiences and I am over the moon with how great a lot of these Olympus shots came out- this might be my new brand I will be moving too! 🙂