Olympus EP-2 Images 11, 12, 13, 14 / Experiment!


Phra Sumen Fort, Bangkok

Image specs: Olympus E-P2, f4, 1/100, ISO 1000, 15 (30mm), 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Wide Zoom (M.Zuiko), white balance auto’, natural mode, hand-held.

Phra Sumen Fort is a short stroll from my flat and is in a park situated along the Chao Phraya River and a great place to chill out and photograph the changing light on the King Rama VIII bridge. I decided to spend the afternoon photographing with the art filters. Experimentation is a brilliant incentive with digital and I wholeheartedly recommend you put your camera through it’s paces.

I found the electronic viewfinder EV-2 with its 100% field of view essential for precise composition. See also ‘Olympus EP-2, Image 10. Wat Bowonniwet, Bangkok

Phra Sumen Fort, Bangkok (Art Filter 8 'Cross Process' applied)

Image specs: Olympus E-P2, f10, 1/640, ISO 160, 14 (28mm), 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Wide Zoom (M.Zuiko), white balance auto, art filter 8 ‘cross process’, natural mode, hand-held.

The sun was bright and the clouds dotted around the imposing fort. The sheer white walls and shimmering blue sky could, I thought, be perfect for some colour shift and contrast pushing. Art filter 8 – cross process – provided a dramatic example of why I am so excited to have the EP-2 alongside my workhorse E-3.

Cross processing goes back to film days when the procedure of deliberately processing print film with slide chemicals (E6) and slide film with print chemicals (C41) dramatically shifting colour and contrast in an almost surreal, other-worldly way. This can be replicated in Photoshop but it aids experimentation to have it there in your camera.

King Rama VIII Bridge, Bangkok

Example: The image above left, is taken with standard aperture priority, the right image with art filter 8 – ‘cross process’. The clouds and sky colour are the most obvious example of the effect of the cross process filter – see below also. I loved the drama and feel of these shots. The EP-2 has four aspect ratios to choose from. 4:3, 16:9, 3:2 and 6:6. Changing the aspect ratio can enhance a suitable composition.

King Rama VIII bridge, Bangkok (art filter 8 'cross process' applied)

Image specs: Olympus E-P2, f4.7, 1/40, ISO 160, 29 (58mm), 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Wide Zoom (M.Zuiko), white balance auto, art filter 8 ‘cross process’, natural mode, aspect ratio: 16:9, hand-held.

Phra Sumen Fort, Bangkok (art filter 8 'cross process' applied)

Image specs: Olympus E-P2, f8, 1/400, ISO 100, 14 (28mm), 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Standard Wide Zoom (M.Zuiko), white balance auto, art filter 8 ‘cross process’, natural mode, aspect ratio: 16:9, hand-held.

© Warren Field 2010

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