WARNING: Stay away from Olympus!

Back in 2015 I was excited to get my new camera: Olympus OMD Em5II. The decade prior to that I used different Canon cameras and before that again, when I started photographing, I used an old Nikon film camera. If it’s one thing I regret when it comes to photography it’s my decision to change systems from Canon to Olympus.

You should be glad that Olympus has pro service (?), because you’ll definitely be going to need service if you get an Olympus.

You can safely say that my initial enthusiasm for Olympus has died. In the beginning I was happy to make the transition from Canon to Olympus. Well, perhaps died is not the correct word to use: I guess it’s more correct to say that Olympus succesfully killed my enthusiasm.

In these past 4 years since making the change, my Olympus camera has been to service 3 times. Can you guess how many times my Canon cameras needed service during the decade+ I used them? That’s right: not once.

  • The first time my Olympus needed service was in June/July 2017: The on/off button stopped working. The camera didn’t shut off, but kept draining the batteries until they were completely dead.
  • The second time my Olympus needed service was in July 2018: Same shit happened again. The on/off button stopped working. The camera didn’t shut off, but kept draining the batteries until they were completely dead.
  • The third time my Olympus needed service was in May 2019: I opened the screen on the back of the camera and it fell off.

Yesterday when I went and got my camera back from service, the Olympus factory (the shop has to ship the camera from Oslo to an Olympus factory in Germany or something, so the process of getting the camera fixed takes several weeks) also sent me a pamphlet together with the camera. The pamphlet contained information on how to properly use the screen on the back of the camera.
I told the guys at Scandinavian Photo here in Oslo: perhaps someone from Canon or Nikon should send Olympus some information on how to make quality cameras?

Other problems with Olympus:
– Make sure to carry enough batteries, because they don’t last long.
– Save your favorite settings, because they’ll be reset to factory settings every time you have to deliver your camera for repair.

My initial enthusiasm for Olympus:
https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/new-toys/

 

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Group Photo Exhibitions

Jerusalem by night. Shot in February 2019.
(not one of the photos that I’ll exhibit).

Here’s a short news update from my part of the world:

«As a selected photographer you are hereby invited to participate to showcase your portfolio at Henie Onstad Art Center 11-12. May and at the group exhibition at Nordic Light Festival 1-5. May.»

«Som utvalgt fotograf er du herved invitert til å delta ved portfoliovisningen på Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 11-12. mai og på gruppeutstillingen på Nordic Light Festival 1-5. mai.»

I will exhibit a handful of portraits and I’m looking forward to it.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter: http://hok.no/
Nordic Light Festival: https://www.nordiclightfestival.no/
CYAN: http://cyanstudio.no/blog/2019/3/23/juryering-cyan-folio-2019

 

Today I’ve learned: Cyanotype

Today I attended an exhibition where you could learn Cyanotype – a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

The event/exhibition was held by Emma Gunnarsson and Britta K. Bergersen. In the same gallery, there was an exhibition of a few ball-jointed dolls (kuleleddsdukker) made by Therese Olsen and photographed by Britta. I liked the pop-surrealistic style of the puppets and Britta’s photos and presentation of the puppets were smashing: as you can see from the photos, Britta tastefully presented one of them as a Madonna.

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Travel Friendly Tripod

Because I’m going to Italy (my colleague is picking me up in an hour), I decided to buy a new tripod. The one I already have (Induro AKB1 | AT113)  is a very good and stable tripod, but it’s too large for travels and it ends up spending most of its time home alone.

So, this morning I went to the local toy store Scandinavian Photo and bought a Benro IT25. It can fit in a small suitcase, which means that it’s good for travelling. It’s made out of aluminium. They had some lighter carbon tripods there too, but the prices were too high. The aluminum one was something like 400 grams heavier and about 100 Euro cheaper.

In the camera bag I've packed:  
Olympus OMD EM5II
A 45mm, f1.8. Lens 
A 40-150mm, f2.8 lens
One ND8, plus one ND32 filter. 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 with a 12-32mm f3.5

Now I’m looking forward to try out this new tripod.

Specifications for Benro IT25:  
Sections: 5
Maximum height: 1545mm
Folded: 415mm
Weight 1,61kg
Load: 6kg

Enjoy your weekend!

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Female Photographers

Why is it that Nikon & Canon focus (pun intended) mainly on male photographers, even if the ‘female market’ obviously is large and fast growing? A huge chunk of the market, regardless of gender, is of course the typical amateur photographer whose main focus is family and holiday memories, while the professional organisations still have more men represented than women.

Grete Stern

Grete Stern

The sentences above were discussed in Leanne Cole‘s blog a while back. I commented on her post and later decided to write my own post about it.

I’m not a camera salesman, so for me the market part of photographing isn’t interesting: who’s buying most cameras – women or men? This doesn’t concern me. The only thing that concerns me is what they produce with the cameras. The big majority of people take pictures to produce family memories, boring pictures of their cats, plants and so called ‘Facebook-moments’ (previously known as Kodak Moments). They’re also using their phone cameras to document whatever they’re having for dinner at some restaurant.

Many professional organizations largely consists of press photographers and in this line of work, the photographer is often ‘out in the fields’ in different war zones – a job where you’ll mostly find men, probably because of mental and physical differences between the sexes (men are often more adrenaline seeking, careless and violent than women). A lot of war photography is just about being at the right place at the right time or faking a scene – and it’s more often than not political propaganda. Of course this is just a matter of taste, but in my opinion male photographers such as war photographer Robert Capa and street photographer Henri Cartier Bresson are wildly overrated.

Many (most) of my favourite photographers are women.

  • Daniela Rossell:  I wrote an article on Daniela Rossell’s wonderful series «ricas y famosas». I really love her her ethnographic look at the Mexican upper-class’ tastes and lifestyles: she has a closeness & intimacy with her subjects. https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/daniela-rosell-the-rich-andfamous/
  • Graciela Iturbide: Another great Mexican, female photographer is Graciela Iturbide. Some of my favourite works are Zihuatanejo, Ciudad de México, Desierto de Sonora and Juchitán (from the series named after the photo Juchitán)
  • Grete Stern: a lot of great surrealist works and double exposures. She made 150 photomontages, called Suenos (dreams). Fantastic!
  • Herlinde Koelbl: German photographer Herlinde Koelbl had some interesting photos in her exhibition “mein blick” where she took portraits of people in their apartments: a wonderful glimpse of homo sapiens in their natural habitat.
  • Madame Yevonde: Madame Yevonde’s portrait of Lady Bridgett as Arethusa. A classic!
  • Wanda Wulz: Another of my blog posts was inspired by another female, Wanda Wulz. Her photo «The Cat and I» is double exposure at it’s best! I made some double exposure collages inspired by that photo: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/when-the-kitty-gets-the-cream/
  • Shirim Neshat: Iranian born Shirim Neshat has some interesting photos as well. Rumor has it that her photos are very provocative in Iran.Then again most things seems to be very provocative in Iran. Unfortunately I don’t know her works that well and I’ve never been to her exhibitions, but what I’ve seen so far has been very interesting.

Enjoy this gallery with some selected photos of the mentioned photographers. Disclaimer: I have no rights over these images. I tried to contact the photographers that are still alive to get permission to publish these photos, but some didn’t answer and I was unable to find contact information for the others. I’m assuming that they won’t mind having their photos published in a non-profit, personal blog like this.        

 

My Best Photos 2013?

My blogger friend Paula suggested that I should make a post with my best photos of 2013 – one for each month. I found it difficult to pick out the best photos of the ones I posted in 2013, but I gave it a go. 

Some of the months were easy, because I didn’t have that many photos to choose from, while other were more difficult. For the most difficult ones I chose to add a “runner up photo”. Most of these photos were shot in 2013. Some of them are older, but they were all posted in 2013.

It’s with great joy I present you this gallery:  

I know you probably won’t sift through this endless list of links, but for those few who are specially interested – the photos are from these following posts:

  1. January: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/sorenga-bjorvika-ii/
  2. February: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/gamlebyen-then-now-oslo-hospital/
  3. March: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/we-used-to-visit-grenoble/
  4. April: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/c8h10n4o2/
    – Runner-up: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/enjoy-the-ride/ (Runner-up because of personal reasons, but also because the photo tells a story.)
  5. May: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/taking-it-easy/
  6. June: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/the-barista/
  7. July: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/scale/
    – Runner-up:  https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/sommernatt/ (Runner-up because it won me a prize.)
  8. August: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/focus-sleepy-in-jerusalem/
  9. September: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  10. October: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/natalia-kuternoga/
    – Runner-up: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/photography/ (Runner-up because it was connected to one of the pages – not to a post. Also because it has been previously published in the blog)
  11. November: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/weekly-photo-challenge-eerie/
    – Runner-up: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/updated-flickr-gallery/ (Runner-up because it was a part of a post about my flickr gallery. Originally the photo was published in 2012)
  12. December: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/resting-leaves
    – Runner-up: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/weekly-photo-challenge-grand/

See more photos at WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/weekly-photo-challenge-joy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

With our newborn son safely installed at home I can safely say that it’s busy days lately, so I’m not that active online as I used to be. There’s not enough time to comment, read blogs, write posts and process photos in between the diapers, feeding, house chores and work. I won’t excuse myself and say that I’m sorry, because I’m not. Anyway, Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress again. The theme (apparently for the second time) is: up. This is my interpretation, a photo of some roses we got from a friend when our son was born:

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