Thursday, September 12, 2013

Abstracts With The Olympus 40-150R

Tilted Lamp Post

Have you ever seen any of Gavin Hoey's 15 Minute Photo Challenges? Theses videos usually inspire me to just grab a camera with one lens and shoot the heck out of wherever I am at the moment.

Can you describe this place in one word?
This happened to me one month ago. I was stuck at the place you see above for the most of the morning with very little to do (and eat), and instead of going crazy, I took out my OMD with the Olympus 40-150R, which is my least used lens. I got this lens along with my OMD kit for just $100, which is a crazy price for a quite sharp 80-300mm telephoto lens. I have only used it twice before, and I saw it as a chance to get familiar with the lens. I mostly shot the lens at 150mm (300mm equivalent) and at f/5.6 or f/8 for a little more bite. It focuses as quickly as my other lenses, and can focus quite close at the long end. When I returned back to my computer, I was extremely impressed with the sharpness and the colors of the lens.

Now I will leave you with the pictures, they don't follow a certain theme other than being random, and I like all of them. I really enjoy the background compression a telephoto lens creates.

Day Light

To Infinity ... Aand Beyoond

Rusty Coke

Still Chained

Bulb Spiral


Macro Fun At Home


  1. Hello there Mr. Shafik!

    While this may be my first comment here but I've been following your blog for over a month now and I must say, I'm overly impressed. Looking at these abstracts reminds of so many similar shooting locations around me. However, I just can't get the kind of results you've posted here. Frankly speaking, photography has only recently become a hobby of mine and having learned manual camera controls, basic photoshopping techniques and some composition ideas from online resources like your blog, I am however taking much better 'candid pictures'. I'd still want to up my game a notch or two, especially for still and product photography, both indoors and out. I also love the Macro's you've posted here :

    My current entry level camera gear includes a Nikon D5000, a kit lens (18-55mm) and a 50mm 1.8G prime. I've also recently ordered my first off-camera flash YN-560 II (on your recommendation actually) which has no TTL (i couldn't afford a more expensive one anyway).

    I'm sorry if this is not the forum to ask you for advice. I do however hope you can pass on a little something to help me get the kind of results you do :)

    Many thanks in advance!

    Muhammad Usman

    1. Thanks Muhammad, you have some nice equipment already, the 50 1.8G is a great lens. And the YN-560II will give you so much possibilities as well.

      Don't hesitate to ask any questions anytime. For lighting, start with Mic's excellent lighting tutorials, and start from there.

      Ask whatever you want.

  2. Hello again, and thanks for the quick reply. Well I tried to take a similar abstract inspired by your photos above (here it is: I shot the photo in Raw, post processed and applied a dramatic black and white contrast preset. However, I felt the coloured version lacked detail and was not as vibrant as your photos. Any ideas?

    1. I like the B&W version, I don't see anything wrong with it, and I believe it will be better than color, but I might be wrong.

      Send me the RAW file and I will see if I can process it to your liking.


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