Thursday, April 16, 2015


People say, Olympus Micro Four Thirds image sensor is small, hence has limited capabilities when it comes to overall dynamic range captured in a photograph. We have been told that larger image sensors such as full frame sensors can retain more details in the extreme highlight and shadow regions, preventing from highlight and shadow clippings. While we do not defy the rules of science and physics, my question here remains valid, how much more dynamic range do you really need?

I have to admit I am not one of those technical freaks who would scream out loud when I spot a tiny bit of highlight burns in my photograph. I am very forgiving and may tolerate a lot more loss  of dynamic range in my photographs than many others. However, I have also rarely encountered an issue whereby the dynamic range of the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system is not sufficient. 

E-M5 and 25mm F1.8 lens

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Penang Shutter Therapy, a Short, but Fulfilling One

Important Note: 
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I have been severely deprived of my shutter therapy sessions. 

Work has caught up on me, the last weekend I was away to Penang, and subsequently Seri Manjung for Olympus Malaysia Touch and Try events. It was great fun meeting so many amazing people who do use Olympus system from up north of Malaysia, and sharing so many incredible stories and adventures using OM-D and PEN cameras. Many came up to me and said hi, following my blog and I feel so blessed to be able to reach out! I always feel at home in Penang and Northern states of Malaysia, mainly because people here speak generally Hokkien, a language I am very familiar with (main language in my hometown Kuching as well). 

In the midst of all the huff and puff, chasing the dying light of the day, I had about one hour before sunset in one fine evening in Penang. One hour may seem too short to do anything after a long, exhaustive day of work, but my desperation to shoot on the streets took over. Penang is heaven for street photography, and if I had my way I would spend a FULL DAY shooting till my legs fall apart. People in Penang are so friendly, the streets are beautiful, rich in both culture and history. After all, Penang is recognized as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. 

I was using my own Olympus OM-D E-M5 with M.Zuiko lenses 45mm F1.8 and 25mm F1.8

I live to eat food like these. Cendol in Penang has got to be the best in Malaysia

Portrait of a Stranger, in Penang

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Exploring Video Recording of E-M5 Mark II

I am very, very new when it comes to video but that does not stop me from doing it. I studied my past video recordings which I have done (with numerous cameras, E-M10, E-M5 and E-M1) and there are many shortcomings which can be improved. No, this has nothing to do with the cameras' capabilities of recording video, it was due to me, the user's almost non-existent experience and knowledge in making a good video. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Shutter Therapy: Making Time

Work schedule is NOT looking good for the coming month. I dare not even think of what stretches beyond that.

I had to cancel a family pre-arranged gathering (last Friday). Everyone was practically waiting for my return since I had skipped Chinese New Year and I have promised to come home to Kuching in March for the Chinese Ching Ming event. I don't think mum was particularly happy when I told her my annual leave was frozen and I was held back to work. Seriously, what work can be more important than family? I have even sacrificed my Chinese New Year holidays earlier this year so that I should be able to take a few days off for this once a year occasion. Nonetheless, whatever that has happened, happened and things do not look encouraging at all walking down this road. 

This weekend, I finally found a little time, precious time to grab the camera and walk on the streets again. I spent the morning with some familiar street shooting partners in crime at Pudu Market. It was unusually bright and hot this morning. Did I have enough of a shutter therapy session to scratch the itch I have had for a while now? I do not think so. That will have to do for now. 

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and M.Zuiko lenses 45mm F1.8, 25mm F1.8 and 75mm F1.8

So Young