Olympus Malaysia had a walkabout session at Pudu, Kuala Lumpur this morning, and guess what, I was the one leading the session!
The purpose of this Walkabout was to encourage our Olympus OM-D, PEN and E-System (Four Thirds DSLR) users to go out and shoot more with Olympus gear. After all, the purpose of having a camera is to shoot photographs and we do want our users to use our cameras and lenses more. At the same time, it was a group outing so it was a platform to connect the Olympus users together. I was an Olympus users for many years and believe me it is a lonely camp when you do not know where to go and how to find other similar brand users. The registration to this event was open on last Tuesday and within just one day, the slots were already filled up! I limited the slots to only 15, mainly because it is easier to manage a small group, and in case there were questions or issues I can try to make sure that I am available to tend to as many people as possible. I have joined outings with 30-50 people and while they were fun, it was almost difficult to have any chance to talk to the leader at all.
The turn-up was great and we had 16 people with us this morning, which comprised of many OM-D E-M1 users, E-M5 and also PEN users. Of course managing a lot of people means I have less time shooting (hence less photos here) but it was a joy to be able to bring a group of people to my usual street hunting ground, Pudu and introduce street photography to many people for the first time. People there were friendly and very approachable and there were so many activities and things happening around the place. My only wish was to be able to connect and communicate better but that was difficult to do when the group was difficult to move together once we have hit the wet market (we had to move in smaller groups).
Full Attendance - Olympus OM-D, PEN and E-System users for Pudu Walkabout!
Portrait of a Stranger 1
Portrait of starnger 2
Old and Damaged
Local and Foreign
Portrait of Stranger 3
OM-D E-M1 user, Mohd Hisham in action
Allan and OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Khoo and John, giving their Olympus gear a workout
Single handed shooting by Constance
Tilt-Screen on the E-PL3
Allan and Khoo
Peck Yah with her E-M1 and 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens. Great street combo.
Friendly Olympus people. My colleagues, who both used Olympus OM-D E-M1 for today's shoot. Chun Kett and Desmond
It was a great shooting session and I was so glad to connect to so many Olympus users. Surely I hope everyone had fun and had learned something useful to go home with. Do not worry, we will have more of such similar activities soon, and I am looking forward to seeing more and more Olympus supporters!