Self Portrait Cartoons -New Medication And Motivation – Getting The Most From The Olympus OMD EM 1 MK ii

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Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

As many of you are aware, I struggle with self-image. However, I wanted to produce some self portraits get used to me being in front of the lens. So I have been making some self portraits over the past week, which I have overpainted using the edit and graffiti tools built into the Huawei P 10. Here are some of the photos that I’ve recently made. Some of these I have posted before and others are new photos, I’m enjoying this so much that I’m going to continue making self portraits in this style.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

On Monday I started some new medication to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The side effects are making me quite sleepy, and this is impacting upon my motivation and ability to complete the tasks that I wish to. I am aware that these side effects will pass within a week or two, so I’m just doing little bits and pieces as and when I can for now.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait charicature, using the built in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

My two recent trips to the Farnborough airshow and RSPB Bempton Cliffs have been a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know my new Olympus OMD EM1 MKii. One of my favourite features is the built-in image stabilisation. Although the EM1 has five axis stabilisation you can alter the settings for this.

Self Portrait Caricature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

Photographing aeroplanes means that I needed to plan along the horizontal plane. The EM1 has the ability to alter the image stabilisation from five axis to either vertical stabilisation or horizontal stabilisation. Because I was panning along the horizontal plane I altered the image stabilisation to vertical. Why is this necessary? If you have the settings for five axis the cameras inbuilt artificial intelligence will try to stabilise the image which interferes with auto focus when planning. Setting the image stabilisation on the vertical plane stops the AI from trying to correct stabilisation when on the horizontal.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

The continuous autofocus was wonderful for shooting both fast-moving aeroplanes and slower moving propeller driven aircraft.  I was photographing using burst mode and it took time to get used to releasing the shutter and then pressing half down again to refocus.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

The continuous autofocus is very quick to respond and this is incredibly useful when photographing moving subjects. Combining this with burst mode and far shutter speed made it possible to make some wonderful photos. When photographing small and fast-moving subjects, such as the birds at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, using the burst rate of 15 frames per second is ideal although, it was too fast for me to control the shutter and take a single photo. Photographing larger subjects which are also fast-moving, such as the aircraft at Farnborough airshow, 10 frames per second is more than adequate, and even whilst in burst mode I had enough control to take a single photo.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

The OMD EM1 MKii has some wonderful features such as being able to set up all of the cameras buttons for different purposes, which makes the process of changing settings very quick and very easy.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

When I attended Armed Forces Day in Scarborough, I shot the flying displays in shutter priority and trusted the cameras AI to make the rest of the judgements to set the exposure. I didn’t check the exposure as I was shooting, and underexposed many photos, so much so that when trying to develop them in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, increasing the exposure created an image which had so much noise that it was unusable. So whilst photographing the aircraft at Farnborough airshow I shot in manual mode and exposed for the underside of the aircraft where the shadow is more intense. This has meant that the sky is overexposed, which is very easy to correct in Lightroom, and the aircraft correctly exposed.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

Photographing a RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Farnborough airshow has been a lot of fun for me, and I have really enjoyed myself. I am in the process of evaluating the photos from Farnborough airshow. I took way too many photos over the three days of the air displasy but I have got many great photos. I have no idea how long it will take me to evaluate and develop these, I will post some as soon as I can.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

My knowledge of the OMD EM1 MK ii will develop over time, there are so many more features that I look forward to getting to learn. So far I am very impressed with the camera’s capabilities and very happy that I converted all of my cameras over to the Olympus micro 4/3 set up.

Self Portrait Charicature
A self-portrait caricature, using the built-in graffiti edit on the Huawei P10

My plan was to attend Sunderland airshow this weekend, but adjusting to this new medication means that the kindest thing that I can do for myself is to stay at home and relax.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you enjoy my self portraits.

11 Replies to “Self Portrait Cartoons -New Medication And Motivation – Getting The Most From The Olympus OMD EM 1 MK ii”

  1. Good to see you “in the pink” Richard! It was interesting to read about your experiences with the EM 1 Mk II. As you know I use a Fuji and absolutely love it, but still hang on to my Canon 5D MkIII although I can’t remember the last time I used it, I think the time is coming soon when I will trade it in and I will complete the switch.

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  2. The self-portraits are brilliant Richard. I hope the side effects of your medication wear off quickly too. Interesting to read about the OMD as well, like Jonathan I haven’t used my 5D much until recently, it sounds a fantastic camera.

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      1. Hi Richard I mostly use my iPhone in addition to the 5D, which I do love but it is so heavy to carry around. I had a Canon G15 but gave it to my daughter earlier this year. I’ve also Instax & Lomography Instant cameras but don’t use these much either! In the depths of a cupboard I’ve got an Olympus film camera my son in law gave me, I really need to try it out sometime! I keep thinking about getting something like the one you are using as I’m really impressed by your reviews & the images you’ve taken.

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      2. I spoke with Marcus from streetsofnuremburg before Christmas and took his advice because he uses the OMD range, as does Sarah Andrews. I presented Marcus with four cameras I was interested in and he talked me through the pros and cons of each.

        I’m glad that I spoke with him because I was concerned about going for the micro four thirds sensor when all at my local photography group were telling me I must get a full frame.

        Weight was also important to me, as was the image stabilization. My neuro muscular condition means I struggle to take camera, lenses and tripod all out together.

        I have everything I need with the em 10 and em 1. If you get the chance to loan one and try it out it’s worth it. Wexphotovideo do loans, although I’ve only bought off them and not loaned.

        We are so fortunate that camera phone lens and quality have become what they are, especially the iPhone.

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  3. Good idea to pace yourself whilst your body accustoms to the medication and gets the benefit from it and a fun way of keeping your motivation going.
    I’ve been enjoying seeing these quirky images and the slideshow speed is just right for adding animation.

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    1. Catherine it’s been very hard to let myself slow down. I’m doing it, but I’m really scared that I’ll lose my motivation.

      The self portraits have been so much fun to do.

      How are you?

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