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a test drive

February 11, 2010

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a very generous family friend kindly gave me an olympus OM-1 this past fall. it was his mother’s camera, which she used to take beautiful photos throughout her life. when he heard i was into photography, he thought i would use it more often than he did, so i now have the camera and some really amazing lenses. i feel very lucky.

with my move last year, i didn’t have much time to try it out. plus, the lenses he gave me were a little …. daunting (to say the least). but there was a prime lens included, which i am familiar with, so i finally took the camera out for a spin this weekend.

above, i’m sharing some favorites from this roll. i think the camera has good karma, don’t you? i’m going to treasure this piece of equipment, and i will start to use the various lenses over the coming months. it’s going to be quite a learning experience and i can’t wait. thanks, mr. smith (and the rest of the fam!)

more photos from this roll soon. a good day to you!

  1. February 11, 2010 12:07 pm

    Excellent. Looking forward to seeing more.

  2. February 11, 2010 12:30 pm

    i’m also looking forward to seeing more, these are so beautiful. i love your photos brian!

  3. sean permalink
    February 11, 2010 12:48 pm

    i love everyone of these. so glad you’re settling in well,

  4. February 11, 2010 12:54 pm

    very good karma…it’s always cool to be given nice cameras.

  5. February 11, 2010 12:55 pm

    what a beautiful gift..and I love the pictures of this post..I look forward to seeing your pictures…

  6. February 11, 2010 1:32 pm

    lucky you indeed! gorgeous!

  7. February 11, 2010 1:39 pm

    Thought I’d introduce myself, since I’ve been enjoying your beautiful photography so much. I look forward to seeing what you do with this new camera you’ve got.

  8. February 11, 2010 1:47 pm

    Oh how excellent. I learned on a borrowed OM-1 and loved that camera. Have fun! Try out those lenses.

  9. February 11, 2010 2:10 pm

    i was thinking
    the same
    good karma.
    i think
    you 2
    be good

  10. February 11, 2010 2:23 pm

    Looks a very nice walk around, beautiful pictures.

    Best Thursday evening greetings from Finland!

  11. February 11, 2010 2:28 pm

    i’d say that’s a pretty successful test drive. these are great, i love the bike – what tones.

  12. February 11, 2010 3:24 pm

    definitely something to treasure!
    Great pics.

    • February 11, 2010 11:43 pm

      mmm… I’ve been using OM10 for a while, but now shoot only medium format cameras… I still can’t bring myself to sell it! They’re such beautiful cameras! I think I need to take mine out for a date :)

  13. February 11, 2010 4:55 pm

    How do you find this stuff?

  14. February 11, 2010 5:24 pm

    I really like these. The first and third are my favorites. Definitely a successful test drive. I love all the little details you find too. I have an old Yashica Electro I want to try out; it seems much more complicated than my Canon so I’m a bit apprehensive.

  15. February 11, 2010 6:02 pm

    bike photo is great.
    they all are, really

  16. sarah chong permalink
    February 11, 2010 6:57 pm

    love the shots with the new camera! what a generous gift (:
    i wonder, do you edit your photos after developing them?

  17. February 11, 2010 7:02 pm


    my OM-1 has become my favorite camera, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun together :)

  18. February 11, 2010 7:17 pm

    beautiful colors. I agree w/Amy re first and third.

  19. Karin permalink
    February 11, 2010 7:28 pm

    I miss you.

  20. February 11, 2010 7:51 pm

    A very generous friend gave me an OM-1 as well, and I’m falling in love with it as we speak. I can only hope the shots from my first roll an 1/8th as wonderful as these are.

  21. February 11, 2010 8:30 pm

    You have no reason to be intimidated by any camera. You have such a honed eye; such a sound aesthetic. I love the blogs/links you always recommend…. and am enjoying vicarious London living through your photographs of late.. these are gorgeous (as usual.)

  22. February 12, 2010 12:21 am

    Beautiful photos. How lovely of your friend to give you the camera. His mother would be proud that it’s being used so wonderfully. Good luck with your experimenting.

  23. February 12, 2010 1:22 am

    I believe that first picture is of a Pashley? Those bikes always take my breath away. Lovely mood in these photos.

    • February 12, 2010 4:18 am

      dottie I have the pashley princess sovereign and its my favourite thing in the world :) bring on summer and riding through the royal parks!

  24. February 12, 2010 4:08 am

    Heya, I’ve never been here before, so glad I did! (via Mockingbird) I was given an OM-10 years ago which I recently dug out. I love the lens on it. These photos you have shot are wonderful!!

  25. February 12, 2010 4:17 am

    the space invader is part of an ongoing guerilla art project. there are a couple of them in Chiswick where I live which piqued my interest.

    you can read more about it here

  26. thefty permalink
    February 12, 2010 6:50 am


    My beloved camera broke in December, and I’m currently borrowing my friend’s one which she doesn’t use much. Friends are pretty great, no?

  27. February 12, 2010 10:48 am

    How lucky to receive a used camera as a gift! I think you’re working wonders with that camera. Especially love the bicycle in the first pic. That lens has great DOF. Can’t wait to see what else you’ll do with the other lenses.

  28. February 12, 2010 1:43 pm

    We have friends visiting too. So glad it is Friday.

  29. February 12, 2010 2:57 pm

    i love the bike. such a gift is a treasure.

  30. February 12, 2010 5:29 pm

    We’ll hey there. You’re space invader tile graffiti looks so familiar… this one was taken in Paris.

  31. February 15, 2010 3:59 am

    i have two of my grandfather’s OM-1 cameras. so lovely. i really like shooting with the 50mm macro lens. need to use it more. enjoy!

  32. February 18, 2010 4:30 am

    Lovely pics! I’m also a big fan of the OM-1… from the look of things you’re already getting on very well with it ^_^

  33. February 28, 2010 10:44 pm

    Looks like you and this new camera are going to get along smashingly.

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