An Ode to the Olympus Pen

Last month, I was lucky enough to test drive the new Olympus Pen E-PL2 Camera for free as I embarked on a Chevrolet-sponsored Road Trip Challenge to SXSW Interactive Conference.

The  “Eh Team” Vancouver blogging contingent competing in the challenge was comprised of 5 people. Of the 5 only 1 is bona fide photographer (John Biehler). But that didn’t stop our entire team from diving into photography with shutters wide open!

My personal experience with photography is limited. I’ve always been intimidated by high-end DSLR cameras –  so many buttons and big ass lenses!  That being said, I’ve always loved taking photos of unique perspectives and beautiful things. That’s the beauty of photography: it’s inclusive. You don’t need to be a pro to enjoy this art form.

When I picked up the Olympus Pen E-PL2 it was like magic. Every photo I shot with this camera for the 14 days of my trip turned out perfectly – or at least a heck of a lot better than it should have.

In addition to the 2 detachable lenses that came with the package, my favourite feature of the camera is the Art Setting. You can choose from a variety of options to help create an artistic image. My favourites were: Pop Art (which amps up the colour in your photo) and Dramatic (which saturates the colours to create a crystal clear vintage look). There are also a host of great Scenes to help capture in all types of light and weather conditions. I really enjoyed playing with the Fish Eye effect. I also noticed that this camera has excellent image stability features compared to similar cameras.

I’ve always been really inspired by the contrast between nature and man made things. My eye is drawn to shapes and colour like a magpie to shiny objects.  The Pen really helped me bring my ideas to life. It was fun to use and easy to navigate and has really helped me realize how much I enjoy taking photos.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the trip:

Driving through Idaho.


Faded Tibetan prayer flags in Moab.


Yoga in Utah.


Zen moment on the road.


Beauty in the middle of a harsh highway.


Somewhere in Texas.


The power of the storm.


Viva Las Vegas.


Nevada sunset.

Somewhere in Nevada.

View the Eh Team Flickr Gallery here.

The camera also takes amazing HD video. Check out this cool video I came across on You Tube.

Here’s a video gear guide for the Olympus Pen E-PL2

**Full disclosure. I received the camera on loan from Olympus Canada for free.


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