So, if you had asked me before last week if I would ever go for a helicopter ride on purpose and not because I had broken a femur in a remote location and needed speedy transport to a hospital (while sedated), the answer would have most likely been; “No.” I am not known for my adventurous streak. And it isn’t that I am afraid flying, I just prefer my fun to be not so, um, scary. You know…closer to the ground and with less risk of dying. That was until Alec booked the family a private helicopter tour over Kauai. When he first told me, I surprised myself by feeling something quite removed from dread, excitement!
rainiest spot on earth. A “wall of tears” for sure as the many delicate waterfalls streamed down the lush green cliffs. It went from delight to awe at that point.
A few Olympus OM-D E-M10 features that shined during this particular test.
Size: The compact size and light weight of the camera made it easy to carry and keep at the ready so that I did not miss a single shot. It is sturdy though and has been designed with a thumb balance grip to feel like an extension of your hand.
LCD: The touchscreen LCD tilts out away from the camera as well as up and down which meant I could get my photos in the tiny space. Being able to touch the screen for not only focus but to take the picture too was perfect for capturing the views without having to hide behind the camera looking through the viewfinder! I keep the camera set to focus by touch on the LCD, but turned on the option to also release the shutter at the same time for this occasion.
Scene modes: Unless you are sent up to photograph the landscape for National Geographic, you really don’t want to waste time (and miss one second of the experience) fiddling in manual mode while soaring in a helicopter for the first time! I’m not too proud a professional photographer to not admit that I take the easy way out when I am sure that the quality will be there in the result. Landscape and Landscape Portrait modes made easy work of recording the stunning colours and breathtaking details of the Kauai landscape.
As a Kidspot Voices of 2014 Personal and Parenting Top 30 blogger, I was given the opportunity by Olympus to test their OM-D E-M10 camera with the standard 14-42mm lens for a few months. From the 30th of June (although I started a bit early to not miss Hawaii) through the 30th of August, I will be posting my thoughts on and images taken with this delightful camera. Different aspects of the camera will be featured in different posts, so consider the entire series my complete review. All images in these posts will be from the Olympus OM-D E-M10. For outtakes, special shots and more, follow along with my Olympus adventures through the hashtag #myfamilylens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.