ROT Rally 2016: Street Photography with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

6th Street, ROT Rally 2016 - Austin, Texas

6th Street, ROT Rally 2016 – Austin, Texas

I wanted to finish this year’s coverage of the ROT Rally with photographs from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Most of these are street photographs with a few posed portraits. They’re the kind of images that I feel comfortable making with the Olympus 17mm f1.8 prime lens. The camera and lens are fast which works well for this genre.

Much of my ROT Rally coverage this year centered around photos I took with a point and shoot camera, which I call my Photo Sketchbook. This Panasonic ZS50 has a 24mm – 720mm equivalent zoom which allows me to frame images differently. The camera is a lot slower, compared to my Olympus, so the photos tend to be more deliberate. The E-M5 Mark II is my fast action camera and with a fixed 34mm equivalent, I can compose and shoot quite quickly.

Cameras and lenses can dictate the style of photography. Not to mention the technical quality of images, of course. The Panasonic ZS50 limits me with a narrow envelope of image quality, the Olympus limits with the fixed 34mm focal length. I’m trying to balance slow and deliberate against fast action grabs. It keeps things interesting and challenging to shoot two different types of cameras at the same time.

6th Street, ROT Rally 2016 - Austin, Texas
6th Street, ROT Rally 2016 - Austin, Texas
6th Street, ROT Rally 2016 - Austin, Texas
6th Street, ROT Rally 2016 - Austin, Texas
2016 ROT Rally Parade - Austin, Texas
2016 ROT Rally Parade - Austin, Texas
2016 ROT Rally Parade - Austin, Texas
2016 ROT Rally Parade - Austin, Texas
2016 ROT Rally Parade - Austin, Texas

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