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24 Hours and the ‘M43’

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It’s funny how only 24 hours can make a huge difference.

My last post, although posted a week ago, was shot only 24 hours before these images. In fact only 24 hours before the next few blogs as I went out and had a mega shooting day so I have split it into several blog posts.

The weather was better, much better and so I went out camera in hand to shoot some more small churches. Prophetic perhaps as it was Good Friday.

I drove down the A6 from Carlisle to High Hesket. Looking at the road it is clear to see where, many years ago, a by-pass was made around the village as the road appears straight from a distance but all of a sudden veers to the right on its detour.

Remember the little, narrow road through the village was, at one time, the main west coast route from London to Scotland. There were many little villages along the road (and many major cities too) and as traffic flow increased many of them were by-passed. During the 1960s all of them were eventually by-passed by the mighty M6 motorway.

St Mary’s Church – Hesket-in-the-Forest

The little church is somewhat characterless from an architectural point of view and rather unkempt, but not lacking in charm in any way.

But why a huge difference?  Well, I defy you to find a plastic water container or a traffic cone. Not one visible. A big difference compared to my previous days shoot which was dominated by the blighters.

I bumped into the church warden and mentioned this. She was all too happy to tell me that she dislikes them too and all of theirs are kept inside until needed.

I couldn’t help but comment to her that she had perhaps the finest view I have ever seen from a church yard. It was magnificent. She was very proud of the church yard and we discussed the fascinating history which could be found from reading the grave stones.

So, enough of discussing the M6 motorway. I want to talk about the M43, no, not the motorway but the camera format. I have never tries using my tiny Micro Four Thirds (or M43 format) Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera for this sort of shoot before, mainly as I only have one 14-42mm lens. A bit limiting.

This time I decided to try it and see just how good or bad it would be, especially compared to my full frame 5D Mkii.

It certainly was easier on the arm and back muscles. It is tiny and super light, even with its extra battery and 2 part battery grip. In fact, the camera is so small that the battery grip is almost a necessity as the camera in its basic form has almost nothing big enough to grab hold of.

Many pro photographers are moving over to smaller cameras and with its tiny bodies and lenses the Olympus is becoming the item of choice.

A conversion factor of 2-1 means that my 14-42 works the same way as a 28-84mm lens on a full frame however, you do pay somewhat in the depth of field and dynamic range….but not by much.

The EVF (Electronic View Finder) though is a revelation for someone used to pentaprism viewfinders. You get what you see. Under exposed, it looks dark, over exposed, its too light, simples. And when you get back to the car you just drop it on the seat beside you. Its jus all too easy.

The next few blogs were all taken on this camera and single lens. I think it got better as the day went on. What do you think? leave me a comment and let me know.



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