Full of Life and Color

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I would say that I am regularly on Plan W… but I’m biased.

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Full of Life and Color

Do you remember that ‘surprise road trip’ that I talked about Tuesday?  Well it was about time that I developed some of the shots from that awesome spectacle that was an evening hot air balloon raising.  The reason it was a surprise, mainly, is because we luckily didn’t have any plans for a Saturday night, and spur of the moment found out about a hot air balloon festival going on in Hudson.  Luckily, I happened to know a wonderful gal that I met in Peru (yes, the one in South America) that lived nearby, and was actually at the festival!  Within two hours of finding out about it, I had the camera bags packed, batteries charged, our overnight bags loaded to the car, and an evening ahead that you couldn’t have imagined would be as fun as it was.  Between being surrounded by glowing hot air balloons, walking on a frozen lake illuminated by thousands of luminaries, and topping off the night with wine and Pisco Sours, there was potential for awesome overload.  Taking the cake, though, was reuniting with a friend from the road, as the three of us talked late in to the night about travelling, teaching, and telling stories.

Balloon Festival Hudson William Woodward

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Uh oh, new toys!  As size and compactness become more of an influence in my photography, I’ve begun looking for a solution that can be a ‘always with me’ style setup.  After pouring over reviews for days, the system to go with became pretty apparent, in the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  Not only is it a beautiful design, taking style tips from the original OM-D series, but it takes absolutely stunning images.  Don’t mind the dust, as it’s already been going out with me in my bag, but here are some first images of the kit.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

A slim setup with a 20mm f1.7 prime.

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All the menu items you could need are quickly accessible.

I’ll be writing up a more in depth review in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share a sample image to display the awesome images coming out of this little powerhouse.  Taken at ISO 1250, don’t mistake the falling snow for noise.