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First Time Traveling with Micro Four Thirds

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by awatahurm, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    I originally bought into micro four thirds while researching the "ultimate" travel camera. So I guess this is the moment of truth.

    The first thing I did after arriving in Tokyo was to eat a double serving of grilled eel.
    The second thing was to purchase the Panasonic 25mm, and I've been using it almost exclusively.

    So far, I haven't visited any landmarks, so you'll just have to trust that I'm in Japan.

    Campaign girl at Robotics Exhibition
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnshare/6338610594/" title="kokoro by awatahurm, on Flickr"> View attachment 182367 "480" height="640" alt="kokoro"></a>

    Design Festa
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    Doll Maker at Design Festa
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    Punk Prayer Dolls at Design Festa
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    Pale Doll at Design Festa
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    Artist at Design Festa
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    Griffin at Design Festa
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    Shoes at Design Festa
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    Live Art at Design Festa
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    Graphic Artist at Design Festa
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    More Live Art at Design Festa
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    More photos here:
    tokyo fall 2011 - a set on Flickr
    robot exhibition - a set on Flickr
    design festa fall 2011 - a set on Flickr
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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    1) I see you've already began to enjoy the food so no need for me to re-state this...:biggrin:

    2) Enjoy your new system!

    3) Great shots! :2thumbs:
  3. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    Nara is my favorite tourist spot in Japan (so far).
    It's not as picturesque, or as refined, as Kyoto. But it has an earthy sort of atmosphere that never fails to revitalize me.

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    nara shots - a set on Flickr
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  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Thoughts after a couple days' travel?
  5. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Nara: hope you escaped getting mauled by the deer! They are aggressive!
  6. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    1) I don't know if I've captured anything print-worthy yet, but learning the basics of photography has enriched my travel experience by allowing me to notice things that went unnoticed in previous trips.
    2) Changing lens is a drag. I could happily shoot my entire trip with either the pany 20mm or the 25mm. (Although having the Oly 12mm and 45mm is nice for certain subjects.)
    3) Almost every guy carries a man purse in Japan. It's very convenient to get some soft pouches for your camera gear and stick them in a shoulder bag. This way you can carry your gear plus incidentals in one bag.

    As far as Japan goes:
    This is my first time back since the tsunami hit. Tokyo seems not as bright at night. Kansai seems untouched. There seems to be a lot of public support for helping North-East Honshu rebuild. The people are positive and gracious as always.
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  7. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    I escaped unscathed this time.
    (One trick that seems to work is to hold out you open palm and say "Nai!" in a firm voice.)
    On my first visit I had several of them rub their snouts against me; getting huge globs of slimy deer snot on my jacket.
    This time I saw several of them chase a High-School boy around the park while he yelled "Taskete!" (Save me!)
  8. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Now that would be a funny picture.

    Very nice images - especially "Purification". I love Japan and the Japanese.
  9. madvette

    madvette Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 2, 2011
    El Monte, CA
    When I'm in Japan I always take a messenger bag, easier to switch out lenses, I remember the first time I went many years ago. When I tried to switch lenses out from a regular back pack on my back, it was a pain to get to stuff especially when you are a sardine being squashed to death on the yamanote line on a Friday night.

    That's one of the main reasons you see man purses, also during the summer months your back gets all wet from the 98% humidity.

    I actually fly out to Japan next week, I can't wait to eat some Basashi.
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  10. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    I totally misread the title and thought you were 'time-travelling' with micro four thirds... :rolleyes: 
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  11. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    You're watching too much Doctor Who!

    Great photos @Awatahurm!
  12. taran

    taran Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    Um, that's a scorcher. I think anyone would be proud to put that on the wall.
  13. sparkin

    sparkin Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    I adore Japan, and your pics remind me of why I need to go back.
  14. Dede

    Dede Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2011
    This just made my day! :) 

    Awesome pictures, thank you for sharing!
  15. I dunno, I think I see more than a few print-worthy shots in amongst those you've posted. So, any justification then for travelling with a second body to avoid lens changes :wink:
  16. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    I brought an e-p3 as my main camera and a e-pl2 as emergency back-up. So I'll have to give that a try.
    This being being my first time traveling with photo gear, I really overdid it. I even brought tripod and filters.
    But what I neglected to bring was extra storage.
    My laptop only had about 100 gigs to begin with (thanks mostly to my music software) and that's getting rapidly eaten up wit HD mini movies and Lg. Fine JPEG's + Raw files.
    I don't really want to spend my vacation time sorting through which photos to keep and which to trash, so I ended up buying a compact 500G external drive. (This is getting to be an expensive hobby.)

    Here's some shots from Miyajima. It's kind of a tourist trap but it's also quite scenic.

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    miyajima images - a set on Flickr
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  17. chris.j.sorensen

    chris.j.sorensen Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2010
    Freehold, NJ
    I LOVE these photos! The color is amazing. Could you share with us what PP you used, if any? These were with the e-p3 & 25 1.4? Thanks!!!

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  18. awatahurm

    awatahurm Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    Thank you.
    Yes these are all shot with the e-p3 (set to "i-enhance") and the 25mm 1.4.

    I think 1 and 5 (the twin lamp posts and the deer on the hill) are untouched jpegs.
    For 2 and 3 (feeding time and the old trunk), I imported RAWs into Photoshop, made a B & W layer, bumped up the contrast and then lowered the opacity to about half so that the desired amount of color would show through.
    The rest are JPEGs with a vignette added in Aperture.

    In other words the brilliant colors and golden tones are all olympus, and the toned down colors are me.
  19. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    A Great set, thanks for sharing.

    D in W
  20. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Love these three pics!
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