Urban Landscape + Lifestyle Photography

The Olympus E-PM2 and the 4 city East Coast tour

Staircase, Peyton Randolph House - Williamsburg, Virginia

Staircase, Peyton Randolph House – Williamsburg, Virginia

Happy New Year!

I hope y’all had a wonderful holiday season. I got back from my big East Coast trip several days ago. I needed a few days to recuperate from my vacation, which sounds strange but I’m sure you know what I mean. After a whirlwind 4 city, 6 state tour with my family, I needed some time to unwind. I’m happy to report that everything went off without a hitch after an initial worry due to a flight delay in Austin. We made our connection in DFW with 10 minutes to spare and a bit of good luck since our next plane to Richmond was delayed a few minutes too.

Arches, Library of Congress - Washington DC

Arches, Library of Congress – Washington DC

So where did we go? The photographs on this post reveal the answer — they are from our 4 major destinations. After we landed in Richmond, Virginia it was a quick one hour drive to Williamsburg. We stayed there two nights. Despite living on the East Coast for a while, I never visited that place before. I was quite familiar with the 3 other places. We stayed in Washington DC for 4 nights, Philadelphia for 2 nights and New York City for 4 nights.

Bourse Interior - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bourse Interior – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First and foremost, this was a family trip so I made sure we did family fun activities but I did manage to take a bunch of photographs, both for my blogs as well as family snapshots. In fact, I got my latest camera, the Olympus E-PM2 with this trip in mind. After 4000+ photographs with the E-PM2, I know the ins and out of this camera quite well. For the most part, it worked well. There were, however, a few things that didn’t work as well as expected. I will do a full E-PM2 review soon.

Skinny Dinosaur, Museum of Natural History - New York, New York

Skinny Dinosaur, Museum of Natural History – New York, New York

Over the next few weeks and months, I’m sure I’ll post a bunch of photos from this trip. There is a lot of architecture and urban landscapes, of course, as well as some street photography in New York. If this was a pure photography oriented trip, I could have easily shot for 2 weeks or more at each place. Instead, I squeezed in shots as we travelled between museums, activities and the 4 cities.

Photographs taken with my new Olympus E-PM2 with the 14mm f2.5 lens. I used the Panasonic wide-angle adapter for 3 of the photos.

Click on the photographs to see a larger image and hover over the photos to see the exposure detail.

13 responses

  1. Welcome back Andy and glad you had a good trip. I would love to see any images of Union Station in Wash DC in case you shot any. One of my favorite places just to go hang out and just watch people. I miss DC – was there for a few months at a time on work assignments. I have been through Richmond several times but never stopped – I have to do that.

    January 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    • Thank you, Libby. Great to be back. Union Station was one of the casualties of the family part of the vacation. We were pretty close to the station but my boys were pretty tired by then after touring at the Library of Congress and the Capitol.

      I would have also liked some photography time in Georgetown but we ended up just driving through.

      January 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

      • LOC is also one of my favorite places. Sch a wonderful old place. I used to shoot the ladies rest room with film (when no one was in there!). When I was last there it was a throwback to the 1950s with the old stall doors. And yes, of course the rotunda ceiling. Glorious. It’s one of the best places ever.

        January 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

  2. I have a huge crush for your first picture, the staircase…..

    January 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

    • Thank you, Lauren. I saw this scene while touring the house and I loved the light and shadows.

      January 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

  3. Andy, all 4 of these photos are great. You have a wonderful eye for composition and light. I look forward to seeing many more photos from you East Coast trip!

    January 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    • Thank you, Gregg.

      January 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  4. Andy,
    The DC and Pennsylvania photos shown in the gallery display associated with your trip are just brilliant. Were these interiors — the Eastern Pen images, the Furness library, etc. — made with the auto bracketing for HDR mentioned in an earlier entry? How processed? Tell me they were shot from a tripod. Please.

    January 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    • Thanks Mike, the 4 photos on this post are all handheld. The Furness library, 30th Street Station and Eastern State Penitentiary photos on my Pennsylvania gallery were shot on tripod with multiple exposures.

      January 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  5. I cannot wait your full review of E-PM2! At a first glance, there seems to be no flaw in the E-PM2, new sensor as same as E-M5, light weight, and small body. I am really curious what the negative would be on the E-PM2. I use E-P2 and am happy with it. Having a second body like E-PM2 would be good for me.

    January 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    • Yoshi, thank you for your visit and comment. I will try to get the review done but please feel free to remind me if I’m taking too long. Lots of stuff to post and not enough time. The E-PM2 has been very good but there are a couple of slight negatives. I will talk about it on my review.

      January 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

      • Andy, I am looking forward to your review!

        January 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  6. Yoshi

    Yes, you are right. You have a lot of things to write. This is a kind reminder. I am hoping that you could find time to finish and upload your review on E-PM2. Thanks!

    February 15, 2013 at 9:49 pm

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