My Olympus XZ-1 has become my take anywhere travel companion. A camera small enough to have on my shoulder without getting in the way. And my white camera seems to attract attention in a good way. Several people have come up to ask me what kind of camera I’m using.
Last week, I was on yet another trip to California. My XZ-1 by my side as I rushed through the Austin and Dallas airports. A couple of months ago, I shot SFO, this time it was Texas. The absolute image quality does not match my Olympus Pens, of course, but it works great for capturing life around me. It’s the kind of photos of the mundane, everyday occurrences that become even more interesting over time. I use this camera like people use smart phones, but I get much better image quality and without all that silly and trendy Instagram like effects.
The fast zoom lens (f1.8 – f2.5) works well and keeps the quality up. The zoom also allows me the freedom of framing — beyond a prime lens — and I could also do some decent closeups. Whether it’s shooting drinks up close, finding the neat lines of modern airport architecture or doing some “street photography”, the camera has become my entertainment on these trips. Something to take my mind off of the monotony of travel.
Shooting often and everywhere also trains my brain, forcing me to see new compositions or by doing variations on a style. But I have to admit, it’s just plain fun. Here are several photos I took at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
Click on the photographs to see a larger image and hover over the photos to see the exposure detail. Multiply the focal length by 4.66 to get the 35mm equivalent