Remember that time I went to Japan as a guest of Olympus to not only see the sights, attend CP+, test out their newest camera (OM-D E-M5 Mark2), but also to visit Olympus headquarters, where I could listen to their plans for the future of imaging and go behind closed doors in their Research & Development department?
I can’t even type that without feeling like I am making the whole thing up.
It feels like a dream. And it was a dream that came true. And I do not mean just the trip to Japan, but the fortune of discovering Olympus cameras and then being able to work with the company so closely. And it was a dream that took me months to process. I don’t take these things lightly. I love photography with every fibre of my being. It is part of my soul and as cheesy and cliched as that may sound, it is the truth. Making photographs is a large part of what makes me, well, me. And in saying that, being able to see first hand how Olympus develops tools for photographers to use and take their work even further is priceless insight that deepens my confidence in their brand. I know as a professional photographer that I can count on their system to grow at pace or even ahead of the trends in the industry. And as a photo blogger who needs to take pictures daily, I am sure this is the gear I will have on me all the time. It is a joy to use a camera that produces the image I see in my head effortlessly. The controls all just feel natural in my hands and the rendering of colours and tone is perfect. What a pleasure to collaborate on projects to bring this art form and industry forward with the actual company that makes the tool essential to my work. Second to the stellar equipment, that involvement and ground work with consumers is what sets Olympus apart from every other camera brand for me.
Have a visual stroll back through my winter week in Japan…
Thank you to the team at Olympus from Sydney and Malaysia and of course right on up to the top in Japan. Thank you for not only the adventure, but for the commitment to this beautiful medium of visual storytelling for the last 95 years. I am honoured to be raising the next generation of photographers on your distinguished equipment.
There is no “sponsored by” mention at the top of this post because while the trip was as I said a gift from Olympus, the fact that I fell in love with their cameras and have not picked up any other brand for an entire year now is all me. I have tried many different cameras and I truly feel like these tick all the boxes for me and the work I am doing now. A camera brand could host all the fantastic adventures in the world, but if the gear is not up to the job, then that is not the gear I am going to pick up.