Photographing the New York Dance Parade

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There are times I love, absolutely LOVE New York City. Saturday May 16th was such a day. The 9th Annual Dance Parade held that day combined some of the best things the City has to offer: spectacle, exuberance and international and cultural diversity. Add some colors and you’ve got a great photographic opportunity.

Consider this an evergreen article. It’s written after the parade, but hopefully helpful for photographers wondering what to keep in mind when shooting this parade and similar ones in the coming years. Next year, I’ll give a heads up before the parade actually happens.

The Route

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Answering the Question – Canon 5D Mark III versus Olympus OM-D E-M1

A little while back I asked myself on this blog if I should keep my Canon 5D Mark III after I got my Olympus OM-D E-M1. In short, I was wondering if it was worthwhile keeping the Canon if the Olympus is easier to carry and can deliver the kind of experience and results the Canon could.

Olympus tells me I was one of a lucky handful that got their E-M1 early and so I have had little more than a week to seek the answer to my question.

A week isn’t very long, but in the that week I have tested the areas that matter most to me, which are resolution, performance in the studio, low light and autofocus. Like in my other posts, I have tested in situations that are similar to the ones I normally shoot in. These tests are thus not exhaustive. Also. I haven’t shot any video.

I won’t discuss some glaring differences between the two cameras, such as price, weight, bulk , stabilization and availability of lenses and accessories. I assume my readers are well aware of those considerations.

Neither am I sharing my pure test shots with you. They’re boring. Plus, I think any blog can only host a limited number of pictures of puppies or passing cars.

Let’s go.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

Earlier than expected, I received my new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Friday afternoon. Since then, I’ve shot hundreds of frames with it. On Friday night, I attended a group shoot with three models. On Sunday, I strolled through Chinatown in New York City with camera in hand. In between, I bugged my family and chased our new puppy. A thousand shots later, I can share my first impressions.

Since this is my first review, I should point out where I’m coming from. I’m not a pixel peeper and I have no desire to shoot brick walls or some setup with colorful dolls on a table. Ain’t gonna happen. I shoot with a new camera like I shoot with an old one: in real life, with real people and real obstacles encountered in the real world. Afterward, on my computer or after I make prints I judge if the images satisfy my standards. If I have fun using the camera, encounter no frustrations using it and love the end result, the camera passes go.

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