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‘White Out’ and Black Infra

June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Olympus PEN E-P5

Feature-packed, technology-packed, and tradition-packed.  That about sums up Olympus’s new PEN E-P5

On the 50th Anniversary of the PEN F, Olympus is launching ” a digital update of [that] classic film camera.”

Although the story on Shutterbug is actually just a press release from Olympus, it’s worth a look because of the blend of features, tech and tradition in this 16 MP interchangeable-lens compact.   For instance, the camera has built-in WiFi, a top speed of 1/8000, traditional dials and knobs, assignable functions, optional viewfinder, interval shooting, time-lapse movie, and a ‘photo story’ mode.

For a preliminary review head over to DPReview which says that it is “a serious camera, but one that has real charisma too.  Overall the E-P5 takes a significant step forward from the E-P3, and is perhaps best seen as an E-M5 in a slimmed-down body. Yet it adds useful extra features of its own . . . .”

Unfortunately, for all that it is, it seems that Olympus have overpriced the PEN E-P5.

White Out

Photographer Eirik Johnson’s “meditation on the passage of time” gives a whole different meaning to the term ‘white out’.

Johnson has taken ‘Summer’ and ‘Winter’ photographs in Barrows, Alaska of exactly the same cabin from exactly the same spot, reports D.L. Cade on PetaPixel.

Though strictly documentary, these photographs have a startling quality about them due to the intense shift in seasonal landscape.  What are sunny splotches of colour in scenes you may come across most anywhere in the world turn into stark white and shades thereof in the paired photograph.

Black Infra

From whites to intense, lustrous blacks, which is the usual result when shooting infra-red.

David English has an unusually technical article on the Leica Blog in which he explains how he used a B+W #092 filter to mimic IR film and the complications of using it with a Summilux-M 24mm.  These include issues like autofocus being affected and the exposure meter being fooled.

If the techicalities of IR don’t interest you, do check out the gallery for some arresting takes on everyday scenes that seem to be out of the Twilight Zone and feature some velvety blacks.


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