Shooting the History of the World One Megapixel at a Time

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with Olympus®, all opinions are my own.

I love to travel, and that has been no secret here on the blog. I also love photography, and most of my travel posts shared here are definitely picture heavy. I am a very visual traveler, so capturing those memories and images on camera means the most to me. A few weeks ago, I headed off on a three week tour of London, Paris and Venice to explore the history of these three countries with my boys, and one of my favorite ways to take it all in and memorialize it for myself has been through photos.


When I decided to go on this trip with the boys, I knew my SLR would be coming with me. I also brought a range of lenses, including a nifty 50mm and a super wide angle 12-24mm. Truth be told, the 12-24mm lens has become my standard on most occasions especially for travel landscapes. I can do a portrait with it cropped in a pinch, but opened wide, there is some distortion. Even still, the 12-24mm lens was a main staple on my SLR for the majority of my shooting.


A high ISO with low noise was a must for many of the inside buildings such as the British Museum, Tower of London and even the different cities at night. When I am shooting old cities like this, the history is what interests me most. The small details on almost each and every single building in these locations, the intricacy of the statues, gardens and canals, it all begs to be photographed in early morning, dusk, nighttime and even the often harsh afternoon light. Each variance in lighting gives a distinctly different look to each framing of the photo.


I have been in absolute heaven the last few weeks snapping photos in these gorgeous cities of the many historical treasures that lie within them. As much as I am happy with the photos I have produced, I always strive to get better. I dream of coming back to these cities again one day with a new and improved mirrorless SLR camera like the Olympus® OM-D E-M5 Mark II for low light and nighttime photos!
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a real powerhouse, and with built in wifi, I won’t have to wait until I get back to the hotel at night to share my favorite photos from the day. The silent electronic shutter has speeds capable up to 1/16000 of a second, which is insane. I could see myself doing some truly amazing things with the details in movement such as with traffic or waterfalls. I also love that it is capable of taking 1080p HD videos, allowing me to not carry an additional camera for video purposes!


Right now, Olympus is running a super fun promotion when you purchase the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera that can help you get out and explore a destination you have always dreamed of photographing. For me, that location would definitely be Alaska to shoot the Aurora Borealis. In September 2016, when you purchase the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, you will receive a free domestic U.S. flight!

What do you look for when choosing a location to visit and photograph? Where would you choose to go with your free domestic flight with purchase?

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