For the past four years, ever since my first step into a brand-new (Micro Four Thirds) world,
I have been enjoying the photo blog
of Robin Wong
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
About three years ago he became an Olympus Malaysia employee.
Since then he has led a number of official Olympus photo walks
in his area. Whenever I read his articles resulting from those outings, it always seemed like fun, and I wished that there were such Olympus outings in Oregon.
When researching the caption for a photo in one of my articles,
I popped over to the Pro Photo Supply Web site,
which I had not visited for quite a long time. I was SO astonished when I saw an ad for an official Olympus outing in Portland
taking place in only two days! What timing!
The two Olympus employees leading the event, Ray Acevedo
and Steve Ball,
both had Olympus camera equipment which they were lending out for the walk. Even though I am very happy with my current camera equipment,
it seemed kind of a pity not to take advantage of this opportunity. So from Steve I borrowed an Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro zoom lens.
All of my pictures on this outing were taken with this lens, except for the pub shots before and after the event, which were taken with my usual Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8.
Over the next two hours, we moseyed four blocks (one-third of a mile) north on Mississippi, taking pictures from the east side of the street, and then headed back south along the same four blocks, but this time on the west side of the street.
At first it was hard to get into the photography mood. I felt kind of pressured by the situation, like “you have to take pictures now,” whether I felt inspired and creative or not. But on the other hand, sometimes that can be a good challenge, to push me beyond my boundaries. As always, I felt uncomfortable around strangers, so that didn’t help the artistic flow.
Still, I did manage to take 63 pictures during the two-hour event, and some of them even turned out pretty good. At the end, the ladies from Pro Photo Supply told us to put our best shot on Instagram.
Within a week they would pick the one they thought was the best and the winner would get a Pro Photo Supply $25 gift card. And guess what? I won the gift card with the above bike photo!
Even though it was a bit forced, I’m glad that I went on this outing. It was a good challenge and it stretched me photographically. Furthermore, I think it is good for me to connect a bit in Portland rather than going solo all the time. I have to expand my horizons and get out of my rut every once in a while!
Out of the total of 70 pictures I took on this outing (including the pubs), I found 32 of them worthy of presentation in this album. For more photos from this popular street, be sure to check out my Portland Vancouver / Mississippi 2016
album as well as the accompanying North Portland’s Vancouver, Albina and Mississippi Avenues