Kuala Lumpur, 27th June 2008:
It was a bleak February afternoon. Me and a pair of peacocks huddled together under a tree, seeking shelter from the persistent rain. The birds appeared rather nonchalant of the stranger by their side. The rain eventually stopped and as the colourful couple headed for home, I took one last picture of them. That picture would later end up in a brochure for a new Olympus camera.
A few days before the feathery encounter, I was summoned to the Olympus office.
I was handed a top-secret camera and commissioned to take some pictures that would demonstrate the new camera's attributes. The camera was unbranded and unmarked, though it looked suspiciously like the E-510 (it was to replace). I was given a free hand but with the very tight deadline and bad weather spell, I was able to use the camera for only a few short days. The resulting raw images were copied into DVD-roms and quickly couriered to Japan.
As with most assignments, I rarely get to see the final results --- be it in a magazine or on a billboard --- as it usually appear in some other country, and often months later.
A few days ago, I finally sent my Olympus E-3 dSLR for servicing, after dropping it into a river. I have since used the tank-like (and almost amphibious) Olympus E-3 on the road in Brunei, in the harsh jungles of Borneo and on the sizzling tracks of the Japan GT without any problems. Since I am back in town, I might as well get it inspected and have the firmware updated.
I saw the new E-520 brochure on the showroom shelves at the Olympus service center. The camera was launched in May and became available here this month. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the images printed. The Ferris Wheel picture was photographed at a very slow shutter speed, without a tripod. The very effective built-in image stabilization also allowed me to hand-hold a telephoto lens in low light for the bird portrait. If you are in a camera store, pick up the brochure and see the stunning image quality (of the camera) yourself.
Notes: Taking a picture of my pictures. The stapled pin (to the left of the word "Powerful") on
hint it is a copy of the brochure.
I placed the brochure flat on
of my balcony.
It was photographed
with the E-3 using diffused sunlight, under the shade.
See more pictures with Olympus cameras in My Gallery
Exposure Info: Olympus E-3, ISO 100, f5, 1/160 sec
Photograph, title & caption by & copyright © 2008 TV SMITH
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