The Whirlwind is Dying Down

What a week! In the last 7 days I have had a few things happen that have made things get a bit hectic and I am just now catching up.   So what has been up with me? Well only two things have "happened" but they've generated a fair amount of buzz for me on the social channels.

First thing to happen was the announcement of my continued work with Olympus Imaging North America as part of the Visionary program. I am joined by an incredibly talented and diverse group of photographers who will continue to inspire and encourage my work.

The 2013-2014 Olympus Visionaries

The 2013-2014 Olympus Visionaries

The other thing that has kept me busy is the launch of the new Olympus OM-D E-M1. This new camera is Olympus' first camera to be classified as a PRO camera that is not a dSLR.  This is a first in the industry I believe, and if someone else has made the claim I'd really like to see it compared to the E-M1. Everything about this camera lets the user know that they are handling a camera designed for a professional. From the magnesium alloy frame, to the massively customizable function button layout, this camera makes ease of use and durability fit into a compact and beautiful body. And performance? Hah! It performs like an Olympic athlete!

Having gotten the camera in advance of the public announcement I went to work doing an unboxing video (*see bottom of post) and shooting as much as I could to get some sample images ready. Once the midnight embargo lifted and the announcement was official I spent the remainder of the week answering (now 263) questions via email,Twitter,Facebook, Google+, and Flickr. Yes..I am keeping count. Why? I'm a nerd I guess. ;)  Now, with all this winding down I get to focus on what I really love, my family and my photography. I will be heading out tomorrow night to a local event for some light painting (and of course showing off the E-M1) and socializing. 
So until next time... Here are a few shots from the E-M1, all either SOOC jpgs or, get this, HDRs comrised of stacked jpgs. Crazy right?

Take care.



Prismatic: A stack of 5 SOOC jpgs spaced at 2 EV stops each and compiled in NIK Software's HDREfev Pro2

Prismatic:
A stack of 5 SOOC jpgs spaced at 2 EV stops each and compiled in NIK Software's HDREfev Pro2

Outpouring: HDR comprised of 5 SOOC jpgs shot at 2 EV stops each and compiled in NIK Software's HDREfex Pro2

Outpouring:
HDR comprised of 5 SOOC jpgs shot at 2 EV stops each and compiled in NIK Software's HDREfex Pro2

At Rest: SOOC jpg captured with the mZuiko 75mm f/1.8 

At Rest:
SOOC jpg captured with the mZuiko 75mm f/1.8 

The Drinking Place: SOOC jpg shot at 300mm with the mZuiko 75-300mm handheld. using 5 axis IS.

The Drinking Place:
SOOC jpg shot at 300mm with the
mZuiko 75-300mm handheld. using 5 axis IS.

And finally the unboxing video from Youtube.