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January Photo Journal with Olympus

Envy is not always a bad thing. Most of the time, it is a strong source of motivation, if you let it be. After seeing photo after photo on Instagram of these stunning underwater shots, I wanted to give it a go too. Underwater photography is one of those things where you think you’ll figure out how to do it soon enough, but when you actually try it, you realise it is a skill that needs to be earned. Nevertheless, I gave it a go so that I could try to be David Attenborough. I worked with Olympus, who supplied me with their OM-D E-M5 MKII camera and its corresponding underwater housing. This post is a photo journal, documenting my own personal experience in using these products for the first time.

 

Visibility is Key

 

Before I went on my trip to Boracay (the place where I thought I could get the most use out of the underwater housing during the time I had the products), I went to the Figure 8 Pool down at the Royal National Park. The 8 Pool itself was completely packed so we found a rock pool just off to the side to bathe in. I loaded the camera into the housing, which takes no time at all, and into the water I went. The sun was shining and the water was really clear which meant that the visibility was really good. As you can see in the photos, the detailing is just as crisp as it would be in above water shots.

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/1000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/2000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/1000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/2.0, Exposure time: 1/2000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/8000sec, ISO speed: ISO-160

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/4000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/250sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

I took the housing and camera to Boracay, Philippines, which is known for its crystal clear waters. Unfortunately, during my stay there, it was overcast the whole time. I took the Olympus into the water while we went snorkelling and although you can make out some fish and coral, the photos weren’t clear at all. I’m sure, given the right gear, you could make it work, but if you just want to point and shoot which additional lighting attachments, etc. then, to my knowledge, you’re out of luck (let me know if I’m wrong!).

F-stop: f/2.8, Exposure time: 1/250sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/2.8, Exposure time: 1/250sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/8000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/4.0, Exposure time: 1/500sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/5.6, Exposure time: 1/500sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/250sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/1000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/2000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/2000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/8000sec, ISO speed: ISO-160

Loading the camera

 

I was initially really worried I might load the camera into the housing all wrong and destroy the OM-D. But, to my delight, it was extremely easy. All you have to do is pull the lock lever (to unlock) on the side and turn the dial to open the case. Ensure the on/off button is pulled up and in the off position. Then, all you have to do it place the camera inside, lens first. Close the case and turn the dial back the other way and lock. You’re good to go!

 

Shooting with the OM-D

 

Shooting with the Olympus OM-D on its own was a treat too. Due it is compact size and ability to change between lenses, it was able to replace my full-size DSLR with ease whilst fitting into my bag. The level of detail this camera catches is fantastic (just look at that cat!) and the colour output is on point too. I would definitely recommend taking this guy on your travels as you still get great DSLR quality without having to carry the DSLR weight. The only thing that, as a fashion blogger, I find is missing is the lack of bokeh on subjects that are further away. But that is probably the only issue I had which may have been due to the lens I selected to take with me (25mm f1.8).

F-stop: f/1.8, Exposure time: 1/8000sec, ISO speed: ISO-200

25 comments

  1. I know nothing about photography, but this camera seems like it’s somewhat easy to use! Such amazing images and loving the tips babe, thanks for sharing x

    Millie x
    http://queenmillie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/cream-jumper-grey-scarf-shein.html

  2. Very very high quality photos.

    Liz
    http://www.liznroad.com

  3. wow your photos are great!!

    xx Nicole – nicolemai.com

  4. Awesome photo journal! Everything is so beautiful.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    1. Thanks so much Amy!

  5. Beautiful photos! 🙂

    http://www.gloryofthesnow.com

    1. Thank you!

  6. Gorgeous photos. I’m sure you had a great time in Bora!

    http://www.jeannieinabottleblog.com

    1. Thank you Jeanne! I sure did!

  7. We have one of these cameras, but not the underwater housing. Your photos turned out great though, thank you for adding the shot details as well. I’ll have to show my partner how you went with it. We would love to get another lens or two, the OMD is so good to use. Particularly for video.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

    1. Thanks Jenelle! I totally forgot to do videos while I was in Boracay! I also didn’t want to bring the camera everywhere since we weren’t always going to be with our bags.
      I think that’s one of my favourite things about the OM-D is that it’s so compact but you can change the lenses

  8. Wow your photos are amazing, the place looks so dreamy! Hope you have fun!

    xx
    Xin

    http://xincerely.blogspot.com

  9. The quality of your photos is amazing as per usual. It seems like such a fun paradise destination!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

  10. These photos are so good!!! really high quality!
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

  11. I love this post and how detailed you info is about exposure, ISO speed etc. This is making me want an Olympus camera stat! xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

  12. I actually have always wanted to do an underwater shoot for fun! I’ve completely forgot about this idea but thank you for reminding me! It’s definitely something I need to try during the summer time for a blog post.

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  13. What gorgeous shots, I feel like I went there too! Underwater shots are super fun!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

  14. I just have one word . . . . WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

    Life is just Rosie
    Instagram

  15. What an amazing post – every single photo is to die for! I think I need to visit Boracay asap. Also love your photography – that is one area I’d love to improve in!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

  16. wow! these photos are really stunning! especially the underwater ones!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  17. Beautiful pictures!

    XO

    Daria

    http://www.dbkstylez.com

  18. We can see the clarity of water.. By the way nice picture and amazing trip. It motivates me to go there..
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  19. Absolutely AMAZING shots, lady- this camera is such a gem!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  20. wow stunning images, so in love!

    xx Melis
    http://fashionmews.com

  21. Absolutely beautiful photos, love it. 🙂

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