Disclaimer: I’m not a professional photographernor paid to write for Olympus.
Olympus is one of the big camera brands in the market today that has been in the market since 1936 ( that is the year Olympus’ first camera was introduced according to Wikipedia).
Last month, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to test their mirrorless camera. I saw the Olympus ad on Facebook about their mirrorless cameras ( which are the EM1X and the E-M1 Mk2 ) that they are borrowing out to people who are interested in trying out Olympus cameras. So, I immediately filled up the form and since it’s Olympus, I didn’t have a huge expectation because for sure there are hundreds or thousands of people who would like to put Olympus cameras to the test. To my surprise one of their consultants emailed me and asked some information about me and what I usually take pictures of. He informed me that I could borrow a camera of my choice but the waiting time is long because there are lots of people who showed interest in the ad. I was also informed that this is also a project that he is working on (will do a seperate post about this).
I chose the EM1X and I asked for a telephoto lens. Unfortunately, I got late and I got the telezoom and a standard lens instead. I’m not complaining though.
Here are a couple of shots that I took using EM1X. Fixed the lighting on LR.
When I was still living in the city, I wondered where the bees were, because I only saw a couple of these pollinators even though the place is rich in plants and flowers. I always have a fascination for bees because of their bright yellow and black color. Also, these species has an enorm contribution to the ecosystem. Without them, we would starve to death. Going back to where the bees are, they are on the countryside. Apparently, they do not thrive in the city. For sure, because of the pollution and the human population threatening their peace and existence.
A couple of hundred meters away from where I live, there is a growing number of forest. Inside these forests are hidden cabins/houses that have been abandoned for many years. We found two of them at the moment and these cabins seem to have stories to tell if only the doors are unlocked. There was of course the temptation to break in, but I respect the door locks for perhaps the owners wanted it that way. And I find it very rude to just break in into someone’s property without permission. Well, we were already trespassing on their property already and breaking in will be way too much, in my opinion.
The first house is not hard to find because it is located by the main tractor road and it is located just behind someone’s active property. But as you can see in the picture, mother nature is slowly, but surely taking over the property.
House number 2 on the other hand is a bit isolated. It is hard to find because of the dense forest that surrounds it.
If you’re living in the countryside, expect that you won’t be able to see your neighbors every day because of the distance between their house and yours. Well unless you pay them a visitor of course, but it depends if you have the time.
Yesterday, the dog and I went for a walk. Took the opposite way because I was also going to check our postbox. While walking, I saw the neighbor number 1 observing us. I didn’t wave back but I smiled. I’m not sure though if he smiled back because it was raining. Then it began raining even more so we hurried up. On the way, the dog stopped in front of neighbor number 2’s property and then the dog began sniffing the place while I was a bit preoccupied by my Pokemon GO game. All of a sudden, I heard a loud knock on neighbor number 2’s window. She looked angry at us and she was signaling that the dog should leave her property. I didn’t panicked though, but I got stressed. I immediately pulled the dog out of her property and I checked for any signs of poo. Nothing there, but I think the dog marked a small spot on the on the property. I smiled and waved at neighbor number 2 but she just rolled her eyes on us. Neighbor number 2 by the way is an old lady, around 80 years old something and according to the old owner of our house, she is from the east coast. She doesn’t live in this place but she is here once in while for vacation.
To be honest, I’m still bothered. How can an old lady be so angry like that? Is it because she’s a cat person? Or, maybe she had a bad day yesterday? Who knows? I hope that it’s nothing personal, really because after all we are living in the countryside and neighbors should really get along.
For the first time, I am joining Cee’s Black and White photo challenge. I have been following Cee here on WordPress for quite a while now and I always get tempted to do some of the photo challenges. The reason why I am only doing this now is because I am doing photo challenges already from The Daily Post and I did not want to fill my blog with just photo challenges. But then I realized that I am already posting a lot of photos here so why not join other photo challenges as well and besides it is fun.
Anyway, this is my entry for this week’s Black and White challenge which is pets. This is my pet Zorro. A 5 year old dachshund.
Mornings could be a tough time of the day to wake up and stay awake. I admit that I find it hard to be a morning person. Like today, I was dead tired this morning. I could of course have some cup of coffee but that would upset my stomach so I opened the door to the terrace and got some fresh air and voila! I got really awake in a jiffy.
It was 0 degrees Celcius and snowing. I think it is cold but not that cold. I went out to the terrace in my pajamas and IKEA slippers and started to think again of my frustration and my problem yesterday. I thought that I am the unluckiest person alive but my partner said that as long as I have a roof over my head then life is not that bad.
Moving on. I am sharing some of the shots that I took today from the terrace. I think the weather is perfect for a black and white shoot.