Another series of pictures I took during a walk in Holland. This time from Amersfoort to Woudenberg. I discovered my Olympus OMD EM10 (Mark I) in combination with my 17mm 1.8 Zuiko lens is becoming my favorite set-up for these occasions. Given the speed of my companions during these walks, I do not have time to switch lenses anyway…
All pictures taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 (Mark I) camera in combination with a Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 lens. Recorded in Raw; post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.
Recently I visited Rapperswil, a town situated on the southern end of the Lake of Zurich. It is a beautiful old town, built on a hill in a peninsula surrounded by the lake. Rapperswil boasts a number of historic monuments, including an old monastery, a castle and several churches.
Due to the fact that my Nikon D750 was being repaired by Nikon (as part of the recall program to fix the flare problems of their D750 model), I decided to take my Olympus OM-D EM10 camera with me.
With the exception of the pictures of the individual musicians of the band KabelBrand (for which I used the Olympus 14-42mm 3.5-5.6 lens), I took all the photos in this post with the Olympus 9-18mm 1:4-5.6 wide angle lens. Because the OM-D EM10 camera uses the micro four-thirds sensor, the equivalent full frame length of this lens is 18-36mm. The lens is extremely light; weighing only 155 grams, it almost feels like a toy, and certainly a lot lighter than the 640 grams of my old Nikon 20-35 mm (although that is a 2.8 lens).
It was an extremely sunny day and therefore an excellent opportunity to check the performance of the lens under these conditions. As you can see, the lens did a great job. The only thing is that the performance of the lens when it was exposed to direct sunlight was not great; I could not use a large number of my pictures, because they showed clear traces of flare when I reviewed them in Lightroom, despite the fact that I was using a lens hood. This provides a good reason to scrutinize pictures taken under these conditions more closely with the LCD screen of the camera next time. It is also a good reason to come back to Rapperswil another time to try and see whether the performance of the lens without a UV filter would be better.
One of the most beautiful parts of the world is the Lake District in the North of England. It is a beautiful green area, with mountains, brooks, lovely villages and, well, lakes. I once read that it was this landscape that inspired Tolkien when he described the landscapes in his “Lord of the ring” books, and I would not be surprised. The Lake District is incredibly idyllic. During one hike my travel companion exclaimed at a certain moment: “Look at how beautifully God created the earth”, and I could not agree more.
On May 15, 2016 I more or less happened to stumble on the 20 years Jubilee of the Zürich Museum Bahn (ZMB) in Sihlwald. Great Rolling Stock and a great atmosphere. Luckily I happended to have have my Olympus OM-D-E-M10 and 9-18 lens with me and could take some nice shots of the event. I used Lightroom for post processing.