Vietnam with the Olympus OM-D by Anthony Pearson
Thanks for hosting such a great site. I’ve picked up photography again after many years off and I’m rediscovering how I see the world. I recently listened to a documentary on BBC Radio 4 (over here in the UK) where someone was suggesting that by looking through a lens and searching for photographs you fail to experience fully the world around you. I would counter that in taking photographs I have walked down streets I never would have seen and I’ve talked to strangers I never would have talked to. I’ve got up at dawn to capture the light on remote coastlines and experienced the true solitude that only that time of the day can bring. Looking through a lens does make me see the world differently but as someone who tends to live in their head it puts me well and truly in it.
I’d like to share some photographs of a recent visit to Vietnam with what is now becoming my “trusty” Olympus OMD. I bought a new lens especially for the trip – the Olympus 12mm but hardly used it (weirdly) – the panasonic 25mm seemed to be attached to the camera permanently with the occasional switch to the pana 20mm for less bulk and occasionally the Olympus 45mm for portraits.
This is the first time I have really pushed the camera. In the space of 2 weeks I shot under lots of different conditions and for the first time ventured from the comfort of Aperture and Shutter Priority modes to fully manual for many shots. Sometimes the light wasn’t the greatest but the Olympus took it all in it’s stride and I’m continually impressed by the huge Dynamic Range the camera is capable of capturing.
Before I went to Vietnam I had notions that I would convert a lot of the photos I took there to black and white. The colour just blew me away though and I didn’t want to lose any of it in the final shots. What surprised me was the rendition of colour closer to the Chinese border. In January the cold winds from China cause fine mist that hangs over the landscape. As a result my photos taken there look like they have been cross processed/bleached. Colours are muted but still pleasing and I love the eery quality that the mist gave to the landscape.
I don’t have huge experience of taking photographs of people but the more I do it the more I enjoy it. I met some amazing characters. The man I shot in the doorway of a charcoal merchants was one such character. He had the charisma of De Niro. He stared at me for some time before a barely noticeable nod acknowledged that I could take his photo.
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