I brought two Olympus cameras to the Olympus Experience Weekend, which I think just makes sense. I used the Olympus PEN-F to create the six black and white portraits that I just featured. That’s my go-to camera for black and white portraiture. I also brought the slim and taken anywhere Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot which I re-purchased earlier this year. It’s an old camera, made in 2011, but it has some wonderful colors courtesy of the old-tech CCD sensor.
I think the XZ-1 is a perfect and unintimidating behind the scenes camera. It also rendered the colors vibrantly which contrasts nicely against my monochrome portraits.
The event took place on the pool deck of the Hotel Indigo in downtown Austin. It was also blazingly hot until the sun mercifully set behind the building. I think these photos will give you a feel of what it was like.
The camera has a 28-112mm equivalent zoom range, which was versatile enough for my purposes.
You might recognize this scene at the pool. I made my portrait of Kara #1 there.
The Olympus XZ-1 is getting good use. Small enough to carry over the shoulder or stuff in a small compartment in my camera bag. While today’s post is the last from the Olympus event, I’m going to continue with the XZ-1 photos. After many months of use, I just downloaded a bunch of miscellaneous images that I shot alongside my primary cameras.
This camera defies logic. Technologically, it’s old and outdated. But, I love the way it feels and how it creates these colorful, slightly soft images. They are not perfect and thankfully not clinical. Just a capable camera to capture life as it unfolds.
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