with Martina Govindraj

Olympus travel Ambassador and Instagram pro Martina Govindraj loves to travel, shooting unique frames from exciting perspectives wherever she goes, always with Olympus in hand. Read on to discover tips and techniques for capturing some of Martina’s favourite destinations, and the kit to shoot them with…

1. Honeycomb – Oslo


Try to look for different angles and how the light affects your image. Light and shadow can turn a good shot into a great shot. I always try to be creative with my photos and as I shoot on my own a lot I enjoy utilising the OI Share App, using my phone as a remote control to get photos with me in them to achieve this. OI Share is also worth having if you want to share your travel photos on the go. You can transfer images without the need for your computer, or any fuss, straight from your camera to your phone and instantly share them with family, friends and on social media. For this image, I used the M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

Image by Martina Govindraj

2. Beauty in the Mundane – Hamburg


It’s often easy to forget to take time to take in all of your surroundings, even in the most mundane of places. This photo was taken in a car park in Hamburg, not the most glamorous of locations, however one of my favourite shots and I was glad to have had my wide-angle M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens on my camera. On this occasion I was using my OM-D E-M10 Mark III which may be the smallest of the OM-D range but is still reliable, attractive and very capable. The tilt-out screen is a great feature as it allows you to look up without getting neck ache!

Image by Martina Govindraj

3. In the Hive – London


One of my favourite lenses, the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO, spends a lot of time on my camera. It’s well built, weather-sealed, versatile and allows me the flexibility of moving from shooting architecture in urban spaces to street photography just by adjusting the zoom. This lens can give an extra dimension to your photos, creating a sense of scale whilst producing excellent sharpness throughout. The Hive at Kew Gardens in London is a multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the life of bees, and standing at 17 metres tall is a powerful subject for photography, set in a wildflower meadow.

Image by Martina Govindraj

4. Subway – Berlin


If you want to travel light and not draw too much attention to your camera then the M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 is well worth giving a go. This is a superb little lens for on-the-go as it is fixed focus and makes you have to work. It makes you think more about details and angles rather than the entire structure or building. I like having to work at composition and capturing subjects in the background to tell a story and create atmosphere. It allows you to have distance between you and focus, the complete opposite to the 7-14mm which allows you to capture the whole façade of a building. For shots like this, it helps to study the whole scene, and consider what might add to the narrative; in this case waiting for the operative moment to press the shutter when the passer-by was exiting the frame.

Image by Martina Govindraj

5. Umbrella Girl – Singapore


Colour and composition when shooting on your travels should also be considered. Sometimes you just have to be patient for the shot to develop, and then hope that in that split second you can capture your frame. The M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4 PRO is another lens that always makes it into my bag when I’m away. The additional reach and versatility from a wide-angle to telephoto with a constant aperture of F4 throughout means that it’s an easy decision to take this lens on my travels. The five-axis stabilisation when matched with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II makes it possible to leave my tripod at home and have confidence in the quality of my handheld shots.

Image by Martina Govindraj

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