Tokyo From Above

Haven't posted much in the past week due to our traveling in Tokyo.  My previous post talked about how I am starting a grand experiment with mirrorless cameras, specifically the Olympus OM-D E-M5 micro 4/3rds camera system.  So far I've been completely blown away.  I have a lot of photos I will be posting in the coming days, but today I want to discuss two that I took from the 27th floor of the Mori Building Roppongi Hills.  

This past Friday, 12 Apr, I attended a special photography event hosted by Google Japan in their corporate offices with the guest speaker Trey Ratcliff.  After the talk, Google opened their windows and we were just in time to catch the sun setting over Tokyo.  Normally in this situation you would want to have a tripod to get a solid footing for longer exposures as the sun gets lower in the sky.  Unfortunately, I didn't have my tripod with me so I had to lean on the built in stabilization system in this new camera. I was not disappointed!  I was also not disappointed with the quality of the photos coming out of this camera.  The first photo below is an example of how sharp and clear these photos are.

TOKYO SUNSET

Handheld with Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 14mm.  4 images blended with Photoshop HDR 32bit and processed with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 4

Handheld with Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 14-150mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 14mm.  4 images blended with Photoshop HDR 32bit and processed with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 4

The 2nd photo below is an example of the outstanding built-in stabilization this camera has.  This photo is a 2 second exposure HANDHELD.  I put the camera lens against the glass and pressed the shutter and held as still as possible.  Even when zoomed in it's hard to see much camera shake.

MOODY CITY, TOKYO

Handheld for 2 seconds with Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 9-18mm 4.0-5.6 lens @ 9mm.  Processed with Lightroom and Perfect Effects 4.