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Waves crash! Sun shines! OM-D gets wet!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by bitmatt, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. bitmatt

    bitmatt Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 7, 2012
    Some of you may recall my thread back in April where I got pounded by Lake Erie waves to test out the weather seal on my brand-new E-M5.

    Well, waves were up a couple days ago so I did it again. What I lack in photographic skills I make up for in idiocy.















    Camera and photographer survive another soggy outing.
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  2. I would say that you have both idiocy and photographic skills in equal amounts :smile:. Those were some amazing images.
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Awesome series, Matt.
  4. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again and again Subscribing Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Can't argue with the EM5's superiority in this case. :smile:

    Awesome series!
  5. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Very cool images.
  6. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Tremendous. Amazing. Fantastic. :bravo-009::bravo-009::bravo-009:
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Nice series - that last one is phenomenal - suitable for framing for sure.

  8. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    I'm glad it was you,not me.I'm not that brave.
    The last one is totally awesome.
  9. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Incredibly brave, and incredible images! Love the 9th one (I think it's the 9th), and the last one! :2thumbs:
  10. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Good stuff Matt. Hey, let us know if the guts on your OM-D rot out (a better test would have been a great ocean, or even a minor ocean rather than a Great Lake). Be that as it may, I think in this particular case, enthusiasm would be a better word choice than idiocy.

    My favs are the first, last and one of the ones in the middle somewhere.

  11. dcassat

    dcassat Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 16, 2011
    These shots are great.

    I've noted that some of my best shots are under the worst circumstances (least ideal).

    Being in a tough place at a difficult time seems to give the best results.

    Problem is I'm not a morning person... Don't like driving down a country road after dark... don't care to get wet... or cold... I least I have a cat!

    And, wow, even though the camera is rated for it, I would have a hard time subjecting it to the water that it was meant to swim in.
  12. bitmatt

    bitmatt Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 7, 2012
    I think I'll avoid salt water if I can, although I think the camera would be fine as long as it doesn't get as drenched as I let it get here. This was excessive. I was more concerned about the grit than the water- Lake Erie sand is not clean and fine like ocean beach sand. It is more like sharp gravel, and these waves throw it around. Much of the particulate matter you see in the air here is rocky grit, not water drops.
  13. Liamness

    Liamness Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 20, 2011
    The shots look a bit like a movie poster.

    Hope the camera and lens got a good thorough clean afterwards, salt can do horrible things.
  14. bobbywise

    bobbywise Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Nantes, France
    They're awesome.
    Photos like that justify getting the OM-D, just for that !

  15. bitmatt

    bitmatt Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 7, 2012
    I did some split toning on most of these (orange/bluey-purple), so yup- very movie posterish. Essentially some of them came out like that on their own so I wanted the others to match. Several times while post processing I thought, "This looks just like GI JOE! Except it's WATER vs. CONCRETE!" There's a movie there somewhere.

    Oh- and no salt. Lake Erie.
  16. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    FANTASTIC!!! :2thumbs:
  17. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I thought this was going to be about RENT frm the title lol
    Nice pics!

    - Eliot@Austin, TX
  18. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    cameras that are NOT water resistant should no longer be an option. AWESOME!
  19. agpr

    agpr Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    Heraklion, Crete
    You put weather sealing in good use! Great shots.
  20. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I know I considered the weather sealing when I bought my OM-D and the 12-50 zoom but a weather sealed camera and lens is only half of what I need to try that. The other half is a weather sealed human body :) 

    Some great shots there. I won't try and compete :) 
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