Olympus E-PM1 – We Went To London

We did a lot when we were in London last week. We went to the Making Colour exhibition at the National Gallery, the Matisse Cutouts exhibiton at the Tate Modern, a performance of Julius Caesar at the Globe Theatre, and an exhibition of Mexican rebozos at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

I wrote in More Flying Twigs about the Matisse exhibition and how it triggered a design idea I have been doing since we got back. You can read about that HERE on More Flying Twigs.

So with all that going on, I wanted to keep the camera I had with me as small and light as possible.

I have been using an Olympus E-PM1 and a 45mm lens. The E-PM1 is a Micro 4/3 camera, so the 45mm lens is equivalent to a 90mm lens on a full-frame camera.

In other words, it is a portrait lens – a longish focal length lens. It is very sharp and I am very happy with it, but I knew I needed something wide for the trip. So I took the kit lens that came with the camera.

The whole package sits easily in the palm of my hand and weighs very little.

I thought a trip to London would be a good chance to try out the kit lens.

I have my eye on a wide angle 17mm prime lens or a wider angle 12mm prime lens.

So my thinking was that if the kit lens (14-42mm) did the job, I wouldn’t need to consider buying another prime lens.

But, sad to say the lens is not up to the standard I want.

All of which is a longish preamble to this gallery of photos.

The photos are:

A view through the trees at the spire of the church of St Martin’s In the Field, which is across the road from the National Gallery.

A shot inside the church looking down the length of it to the quirky glass window at the far end

A bas relief sculpture of a baby that is on a rough-hewn column outside the church. I saw people passing who did not see it, and I would not have but for the fact that I was looking over it at the National Gallery beyond. Strange sculpture, isn’t it?

A view up the long ramp of the Tate Modern, with the light streaming in from the window and illuminating a couple.

The spire of St. Pancras church viewed through the trees. I took a few shots of buildings framed by trees – I like the way the trees ‘explain’ the setting rather than just have the building disappear out of the frame.

An alleyway – Godwins Lane, I think it was – just up from the National Gallery. It seemed to say that London is full of hidden treasures… come look and find them.

A man blowing hot air out of his tuba (is it a tuba? I am suddenly not sure whether that is the correct name for the instrument.) Whatever it is, he made puffs of flame shoot out of it as he played.

The fret-worked dome of the Coliseum Theatre just up from St Martin’s church

A view from the cafe in the Stevenson Wing of the National Gallery looking down onto Trafalgar Square and the now-famous blue cockerel sculpture.

And finally, Nelson surrounded by trees

Two More Shots

And now for just two shots – one of the courtyard of the British Museum.

And a shot inside St. Martin’s church showing the down-and-out homeless people propped up in the pews.

They are not allowed to sleep there. Over time they slump and fall asleep and a man comes around and prods them awake.

They shuffle to a more or less upright position and slowly slide down again.

The church stank. It stank from all these homeless men sheltering and being prodded and staying under a roof as long as they could.


  1. What wonderful pictures! Loved the one from Tate.

    It would be very sad not to have a home.


    1. Thanks for what you said,

      I can’t tell you how depressed it made me feel to see them being shaken awake like that. It was done with tolerance and kindness, but the situation is crazy. There are people outside the door who are going to galleries, eating in restaurants, laughing and taking photographs – and here were these wasted people just trying to get past the moment.


      1. Haha, I sympathise. I’ve noticed that before – I think we both get pulled in to these new apps. There are things that can be done with Ulysses that are beyond me or features that I am not using. Byword is nice, but not essential. I can’t remember why I got it, but I like it.

        Too much choice is definitely more of a time suck. I’ll call this my experimental phase… 😉


      2. Yes, and ‘wasted’ is the key word here. We know nothing about what it was that put them in that situation.

        There are homeless people in Stockholm too, but I wasn’t fully aware of the problem until I got to London in 1983.

        When I think about John Lennon’s song «Imagine», I like to imagine a world without drugs.


  2. lumar1298 says:

    Gorgeous pictures…


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