Though I didn’t know it at the time, I took advantage of an Olympus promotion at our local Looking Glass Photo and Camera just two days before before the Shelter In Place order came through for our seven counties here in the Bay Area of Northern California. I walked out of the store having upgraded my OM-D 5 Mark II for an OM-D 1 Mark III, as well as upgrading two of my lenses to the better built Pro category. I had gone into the store the day before the promotion so I could handle the newly released 0M-D 1 Mark III and test it out. That evening a close friend had encouraged me to take the plunge mainly because the OM-D 1 III was so much easier to hold and handle with my worsening inflammatory arthritic hands. But she also encouraged me because I spend a huge amount of my limited energy day doing photography in one way or another. It’s what I do. It’s what gets me up in the morning on a physically challenging day. Most of all, it’s because photography is one of the things that gives me immense joy.
I have thanked my friend, Anne, a million times. Even with the Shelter In Place order, I am able to take some photographs whilst taking the necessary walk with my dog each day (wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet away from other dog walkers). And I am absolutely amazed at the difference in the quality of the photos from the upgraded camera and lenses. AMAZED. It is giving me joy each and every day. And one of the great things about photography right now is that much of the work occurs in the editing afterwards. Which of course, needs to be done inside. It seems to be to be the perfect solution.
Most of the photos I have been posting have of course been older ones, taken with the older equipment before the Stay At Home order, or taken quickly on the fly with my phone. But here is one that I took today with the new camera and lenses. I was thrilled to have been able to capture the ethereal nature of the blossoms.
Jude, over at Travel Words, has challenged us in February to focus on photography involving patterns. This last week in February she has asked us to use pattern as background for a more substantial subject. The challenge in composing the shot, of course, is to let the patterned background enhance the photo, rather than compete with it or overshadow it. Below is a photo of a friend knitting. I wanted to focus on her hands, with her shirt as the background pattern.