Staveley Barn

05th November 2014
Hello!

Today I am going to try and start to do something different with this blog, rather than my own inner ramblings and mopey rubbish it is time to get serious and start talking about interesting things. This may be photography, it may be adventures... anything really, so long as it is interesting and has something useful to contribute to the world wide web!

To kick things off, this photo.



I took this today using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 which is an absolutely fantastic little camera. It is small, robust and capable of really pretty excellent results. Just ask Neil Buchannan-Grant or Damien McGillcuddy! I have taken to producing wide shots like this using a technique of stitching multiple frames together rather than relying on a single cropped photo created with a wide angle lens.

Why?

Well - the problem with wide angles is the way that they distort perspective to make more distant objects recede further into the background. There are times when this is desirable, but in much of my work it is the opposite effect I am looking for, to bring the background up close and personal!

My lens of choice on the Olympus then is the Olympus 45mm f1.8 - this is typically used as a very highly rated portrait lens with a short tele-focus length equivalent to 90mm on a full frame 35mm camera. It is a really, really flattering focal length for portraits, and I like to think it works it's magic on the landscape too!

Indeed I like this focal length so much that I am itching to get an equivalent lens for the big Nikon!

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