MY BEST SHOT
In the first of a new series we ask some of our ambassadors for their highlights of 2015.
Here Nicholas Goodden, Robert Pugh and Jay McLaughlin show us their favourite shots of 2015.
NICHOLAS “NICO” GOODDEN
I shot this image one morning in March 2015 at the Tate Modern gallery in London using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and a Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8 lens. As it is often with street photography, you can either capture an unexpected moment in a split second, by luck, or you can find the perfect location, frame your shot and wait for something good to happen. That was how this one panned out. I’d decreased my exposure slightly to capture detail in the highlights but create at the same time very dark shadows. People were going in and out of the frame, but nothing really stood out for me. Suddenly a man appeared with his little girl and her scooter. After a few seconds the girl left the frame leaving only this old man wearing his hat and holding the scooter. Looking at him in the frame he appeared to be a bit lost and alone. Without hesitation, I pressed the shutter and got my shot and unknowingly captured my favourite shot from last year.
Nicholas “Nico” Goodden is an Olympus Visionary and founder of the Street Photography London blog. He is an award-winning London-based photographer with a passion for capturing London’s landscape, streets, people and architecture through still photography, cinemagraphs and timelapse photography.
This image from 2015 is an image I keep going back to again and again. There’s just something about the image that I love. He has such engaging eyes and all round facial features.
The camera I used to shoot this image was the Olympus OM-D E-M5 MKII. It’s my personal favourite due to the size and weight, and I especially love the focus peaking function on this camera due to the fact that I use manual lenses for a majority of the time. This shot was one of my FAB shots as there was no editing and the B&W was created in camera using the filters, sharpening, contrast and curve functions. It was shot using a high ISO to give achieve the grainy black & white effect. I also used the surrounding environment and ambient light for affects, with one speed light in the background giving a rim light. Lastly I placed a reflector on the floor to introduce some fill.
Robert is a professional wedding and portraits photographer. In 2012 Robert set up his own limited company RP Photography By Design and has never looked back. Some of Robert’s work was noticed by Olympus UK, this progressed onto him very proudly becoming one of Olympus’ Visionaries. Along with Robert’s main area of photography, he also runs several workshops focusing on Olympus cameras, workshops ranging from urban, boudoir to streetwalks. To see more visit www.rpphotographybydesign.co.uk
My photo is from literally a year ago. In January 2015, I spent three days in Marrakech with the then unreleased Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II to get some sample images. This trip was one of the first of a series of overseas excursions that I’d embark on over the course of 2015, with almost all of them being to places I’d never been to before. I remember sitting on a cafe roof terrace drinking mint tea and eating ice cream as the sun went down over Marrakech, being incredibly thankful for where this photographic life takes me. I hope 2016 will take me to even more amazing places!
Olympus Brand Visionary Jay McLaughlin has always taken a keen interest in photography. Having originally studied graphic design, he was made redundant in 2006 and suddenly found himself in a position where he had an opportunity to consider a change of direction. Within six months of buying a DSLR pursuing his passion for photography outright, Jay secured his first magazine cover. Within a year he was shooting for the nationals. Current work includes fashion and celebrity editorial shoots alongside commercial and advertising projects. Jay admits to flirting with a variety of photographic formats, but says the Olympus OM-D is the first camera with which he has made a deep connection. The love affair has arisen not only due to its stunning image quality, but also its compact size and vintage feel.