Olympus EP1

Design Friday. Photography by Irene Suchocki

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Last week I found the photography of Irene Suchocki by chance while looking up some information on Lens Baby systems for my EP1. After seeing a couple of her photos I jumped over to her Flickr stream and was absolutely blown away by her work. One of the things that I love about her stuff is the atmospheric qualities she manages to capture, and the faded dream like qualities that are represented in her work.

Canadian Irene Suchocki is a self-taught freelance photographer that uses a variety of styles and techniques, both in-camera and in her digital darkroom o achieve her signature look.

All of the shots are masterfully composed, and when I started looking into the additional information about her shots I noticed that a large portion of them are being shot on her Canon EOS 5D with a EF24-70mm f/2.8L or 200mm lens. She is managing to achieve the shallow depth of field and concentrated focus by carefully manipulating her aperture, and exposure settings.

According to her web site, “Faithfully capturing a scene is less important than finding that little bit of mystery, evoking a certain mood, or telling a story.”

Her work has appeared on numerous book covers, on television, and has been exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival.

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

The Christmas Snowstorm of 2009

Late Christmas Eve the rain flipped over to snow and gave us the gift of 10 inches of White Christmas in the morning. Over the last 2 days it has pretty much snowed non-stop, and I have been doing a lot of shoveling. My driveway, my neighbors, mine again, sidewalks, digging out the neighbors car last night. So today, I decided to snap a few pics with the EP1 and the Lens Baby attachment.

Olympus EP1 PEN, Low Light Shooting Test

Over the weekend I did a little experimenting with the EP1 with a low light shooting test. All the shots were set at ISO 300, and shot using natural light coming from just the blue LED’s on the Christmas tree. The camera was set at 1/80th of a second with an aperture of f4.5 for the light and ornament shots, and 1/8th of a second at f4.5 for the overhead shots of the ceiling. The results are a bit on the noisy side, but over all I’m impressed that the sluggish auto focus could actually grab anything in these conditions. I’m also rather impressed with the amount of detail in some of the areas highlighted by the LED’s. I cropped these to 1024 by 768 from the original 4032 by 2272 pixel size to manage the upload to the blog. I’ll try to get the full-sized images out on my Flickr photostream later today.

About the trip to South Africa

Since I posted the first set of photos from South Africa earlier this week I have received a ton of emails saying  “great vacation pics. Please upload some more.” I want to point out that we wweren’t there on vacation. While not all of the photos are from Motherwell and the school where we built the playground,  the trip had a real purpose. We were there to film a documentary and build a playground at the school.

The purpose of the trip was to call attention to what Mama Nozake is doing with the soup clubs, and how she is helping those that are HIV positive. The purpose of the trip was to show what kind of impact she is having in her community, and how she is fighting against great hardships in an attempt to improve the lives of so many with so very little. I am attaching a number of photos to this post. The reason we went is shown on the faces of the children in many of these photos. If you want more information about Nozake and the film, please go to the official film blog here.