First time out with my new E-M5! (travel story with pictures)

Nonnit

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I have been trying out the M43 system with old G1, I decided it was time to upgrade to better camera.

I really like the E-M5 so far but there is lots to learn and try out. I got good deal on used body, I had the samyang 7.5mm fisheye, panasonic 14mm f/2.5 and olympus 45mm f/1.8

My primary system is canon DSLR, I am on the hunt for something lighter and smaller. I shoot a lot of landscapes and the 10-22 is my main lens, I find myself using the samyang as ultra wide angle rather than fisheye lens.

I live in Iceland and the days are short (sun is not visible on the sky in most of december).

Sun is at the highest around 13.00 (timezone here is not correct).

And the story begins:

This morning of december 23 I saw it had snowed during the night and the mountains had beautiful snow textures. Good time to take out my new camera for the first time!

I live in small town on the east coast, I need to take a trip to the next fjord to the town there and do some shopping (10 minute drive)

I drive just outside my town, take some pics, don't like most of them but this one seems fine (12:30, I should have gone out a bit sooner, the light is good)
Samyang 7.5mm fisheye
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I am on my way to the next fjord to shop for christmas, this stop is between them, my fjord is to the left, the next one is to the right. The gap in front is the opening to the ocean
Samyang 7.5mm fisheye
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I stop on the way and put the 14mm on to capture some textures in the mountains, i pick out some plant as foreground, I use f/11 so I everything is in focus, just like I do on my Canon (maybe overkill for m43) This is high noon at around 13.00: ISO 800 f/11 1/40s
Panasonic 14mm
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I am in next town and stop by the pier and take a pic of the rescue boat
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Samyang on the camera again ( I love UWA!! - everething else feels restricted) - I go to the end of the pier and reach out to get "just the sea and mountains" (the fisheye is so wide that it is hard to get clean foreground, I almost fell in the sea trying to "reach out, just a little more!")
Samyang 7.5mm fisheye
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I drive just outside of town and I am in luck, the horses are not far from the road, I park the car. The horses can be seen here as tiny dots.
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Yea, I can use the oly 45 now! The horses see me walking towards them and they start walking towards me. We meet at the fence. the gray one looks handsome and proud ! I pick f/2.0 because I know this is "sharpness/bokeh sweetspot" on my lens (and I like bokeh pics) - cropped photo, I got this pic as I was approuching
Olympus 45mm f/1.8
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Now I am close, but to close! This pic is actually an outcast because the focus is not on the eyes, however I like the tones or something about it (and this is the only one like this)
Olympus 45mm f/1.8
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Closeup of this beauty.
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The horses behind, often not the best angle but I saw something here I thought it could work (and I think it does)
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The weather is getting worse, hail/snow is coming in burst and quiet in between. This horse never got close, I really wanted close up of the thick hair! (this is heavy crop) - I will be back and get him/her for closeups.
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Time for the fisheye! I wonder if I can make this work?: ultra wide + horses + mountains in the background?
Not to bad but I messed up the straight lined horazion, almost the look I wanted.
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Yes, this is it!
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On my way back I take one close to the ground (I see articulating screens as huge benefit to my style of photography)
Panasonic 14mm
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I go to the store and think I should just drive straight back home, I have plenty photos, it is getting dark and weather is getting bad.




I decide I should drive down to the old pier and take a look at the ocean before going home - good thing , I like this picture.
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Trying to take self portrait ( why don´t the E-M5 have FULLY articulating screen?) - the focus is off and this pic sucks, it is here just for the story
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Back in my hometown, the time is 15:20 and the light is gone. The E-m5 comes to the rescue and I have no problem taking handholding pic of the 2 local fishing ships in for X-mas
ISO 2500 - 1/30s - f/5,6 (to get all in focus)
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Ah those Icelandic horses...:smile:
I'm still kicking myself for NOT getting a lot photographs when I was stationed at Keflavik.

Gorgeous country & gorgeous photos - enjoy that OM-D :cool::smile:
 

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OUTSTANDING series and narrative. Thank you. :2thumbs:
 

Nonnit

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This is a beautiful set! I love the colors in the clouds and the photos of the horses/ponies. :2thumbs:

Sunrise/sunset is pretty much seamless this close to the arctic, in other parts of the country people can see the sun hoover above the horizon during high noon. (If they got clear vision to the sea)

Fjords are normally surrounded by mountains and the sun does not rise above them, the light is still there and the sky is often very colorful.

You can go on a photoshoot and capture the sunrise and the sunset in the same trip!

Last time I saw the sun was early december/late november, I am looking forward to seeing the yellow thing again!
 

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Thanks for taking us along on the trip! Great shots and explanations of the camera, lenses and settings.
 

Nonnit

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You need a 7-14

I need something as good or better than my current Canon 10-22mm lens!

I use the canon with 77mm filters (polarizer, LEE big stopper and 2 stop N-grad)

As far as I know the 7-14 lacks filter threads! Major thing......

This is an example of photos I make with UWA+filters (filters are important!)

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I decide I should drive down to the old pier and take a look at the ocean before going home - good thing , I like this picture.
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I love this picture. Being new to a better camera (bought the GX1) I am finding it a great experience. Hope to get unique shots like this too :biggrin:
 

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PHeeeeeeeeeeew! :bravo-009::eek::bravo-009:

I need something as good or better than my current Canon 10-22mm lens!

I use the canon with 77mm filters (polarizer, LEE big stopper and 2 stop N-grad)

As far as I know the 7-14 lacks filter threads! Major thing......

This is an example of photos I make with UWA+filters (filters are important!)

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Your pics along with your narrative are fab.The sense of being there and experiencing that coldness in the lanscape was a visual treat.I`m going now to put on another pair of socks.
 
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