This has been an Olympus only weekend, and it was indeed refreshing to re-acquaint myself with dear old trusty OIympus DSLR E-5. Together with friends Jason, Ronnie and Carol we attacked the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. It has been a while since I last put the amazing Olympus Zuiko Digital 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 lens to good use, and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a thorough workout. The lens never failed to impress me, each and every time I used it.
I also believe one important missing link in the already awesome micro 4/3 lens collection would be a fast/bright long zoom lens. Yes, we have that Panasonic 35-100mm F2.8 lens, but it is short of two important aspects: at 100mm, it was barely long enough for many meaningful telephoto photography, and from the samples and reviews I have seen at various sources online, I have reasons to believe the image quality (sharpness, etc) still cannot match what my old Zuiko Digital 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 lens can offer. I am not entirely sure what is delaying Olympus or Panasonic, surely having such a lens, sharp and bright, would make it the best selling lens of the year. Telephoto zoom lens will always, always be in high demand.
Surely, one of the few reasons I do not upgrade to the OM-D would be the absence of such a lens, which I do need for my shooting needs. I believe the images in this entry would illustrate my point clearly. Nothing beats using a bright aperture long zoom lens to shoot birds !!
Speaking about birds, my name, Robin, is a name of a common bird, which, I am afraid, surprisingly I have not seen, or encountered in real life before. I do not think you can find the bird Robin in Malaysia, or anywhere in South East Asia (I could be wrong). It would be really interesting to find a real one, and capture it with my camera !!
I think I have a very broad acceptance when it comes to shooting just about anything. I may be known to be shooting mostly on the streets on weekends, but truth to be told, street shooting is a lot easier to do in comparison to many other genres of photography. It was perhaps me being lazy to put in more effort or time to try out and explore something else, or me being just comfortable doing what I want to do, and stuck doing all this time. I realized that the world of photography is vast, and there is much that I need to learn, and see. I do not have narrow preference on what I want to get involved in, I usually stay very open and flexible when opportunity presents itself. I generally seldom say no to shooting invitations. Perhaps, I should dare myself to be more adventurous, and try out different things, or shoot more of what I usually do not shoot, rather than just confining myself to the familiar environment.
I also acknowledged that I may not be putting my gear to its fullest potential. I know the Olympus DSLR E-5 is a lot more capable and can produce greater results than what I am currently able to make out of it. I have very decent lenses to go along the E-5: 11-22mm wide angle, 50mm F2 macro and the lens which I used for this blog entry at Bird Park, the 50-200mm F2.8-3.5. Having those three lenses surely covered almost all my needs, from wide angle to tele-photo, and even macro shooting. All the lenses are superbly sharp, even being used wide open, and can deliver amazingly crisp results. Now what have I been using those lenses for? Besides macro and street photography, nothing much really.
I understand that everyone has their own choices of things to do and not to do, when it comes to photography, and there really is no right and wrong. I just cannot help but wonder what if I was getting involved with a photography crowd that is a lot more competitive and having much higher level of drive and motivation to go further, to achieve greater heights. Those who have strong desire to push their boundaries and get better and stronger, and not just stay stagnant and not grow, doing the same thing over and over again. I often ponder and wonder, if that competitive nature in me still exists. Passion in photography, or the things that I do, yes, they are there, no doubt, they kept me going, and they kept me alive. They made my journey in photography worth-while, and extremely enjoyable. I just thought perhaps, if I have someone to "push" me, spur me, and guided me, I might be led into an entirely different path. I am looking at another flock of birds with different feathers. What if I can soar higher with them?
Much of these questions will have to be left unanswered. The answers surely do not come easily. I do not need to force myself to do anything drastic. I act when I have to, and when I see the need to. I often stay true to myself and honest, and I rarely hide my intentions, especially when I show so many of my photographs here, I feel like I am being almost completely naked, with so many people viewing and analyzing them. Nevertheless, discovering where I am going, and what I will become, will be more interesting as I go along the journey called life. Where will photography lead me? I am still very new to photography, should I be looking too far ahead into this road?
I should keep an open mind. I should say yes to trying new things. I should accept bigger challenges, And most importantly, I should remind myself to push the boundaries, and see just how high and how far I can fly.