ETA: I know that at NEARLY six, the twins were a bit old for floaties, but despite many lessons (and even an intensive before the trip) they were never strong swimmers like their big sister. I guess the case was that it was not yet their time. They know best for themselves. As their parents, Alec and I just try to provide them as much opportunity in life as we can.
When my children were babies, the milestones marking growth were spotted everywhere. They learned new things every day we celebrated them all. Now that they are all big school kids, it seems like the stretches between the road markers of life are further apart. We still celebrate them, but no one makes a scrapbook page for “First Homework Assignment” or “First Time Late To School”.
I can understand why in those cases, but while in Hawaii the twins spontaneously did something that made us proud enough to share as a proper #Milestone and I was lucky enough to be right there with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 to catch it! After a few days of splashing and “swimming” with arm floaties, the twins made up their collective mind to ditch the plastic bands and try their skills with no assistance. It all happened so quickly, I did not even have time to get in the water before they swam away.
Let me repeat myself. They swam away. Just like that. Bolstered simply by self confidence, the twins began to swim.
I remembered why I loved all the milestones we marked when they were babies. Each marked our own heart growing even bigger with pride in our children.
A few Olympus OM-D E-M10 features that shined during this particular test.
Auto WB: There are two versions of the Auto White Balance on this camera and after I turned the “Keep Warm” option off, I found that the images were nearly perfect SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera) so I could keep capturing and not have to worry about the colour rendition. I like my images to be as true to life as I can make them. I also like images in a series to match. This feature (which can be altered by shooting in RAW and processing those images in post) made it that much easier to keep so much COLOUR consistent.
WiFi and Smart Phone App: This camera is equipped with its own WiFi hotspot that allows it to be wirelessly connected to your Android of iOS device like magic! OK, it isn’t magic, it is technology and and a coordinating app, but it sure feels magical to take and image with great optics and be able to turn around and nearly immediately post it on your favourite social media venues. Awesome occasions and special milestones can be captured well and then shared right away. It is as simple as downloading and installing the Olympus Share app to your tablet or phone, turning the WiFi on the OM-D E-M10 and then connecting your device to that new hot spot. Through the app you can actually control your Olympus camera via remote live view or selectively download images already taken. While you can edit with the app as well, once the images are on your mobile camera roll you can use any of your favourite photo apps. Upload to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! I can even blog from my iPad! This is a photoblogger’s lifesaving feature.
Electronic Zoom: I had the kit 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ MSC power zoom attached and that meant that I could stay as close as possible* and still get all the shots with the range of wide to telephoto focal lengths. The camera focuses well both near and with the touch to focus LCD feature, I was able to ensure the part of the image I wanted to focus on was the part that was in focus!
*Don’t worry, Alec was in the water so the twins were not swimming on their own without an adult within reach. I promise that as much as I love to take photos of my kids, I value my kids’ lives more and would never leave them unattended in danger just to get a shot. I will however, frame the images so that it appears they are in the water alone…just a more powerful story that way. Please always take care around water.
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 my borrowed milestone marker. 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.