In this post we will be discussing a simple project using the Olympus OM-D E-M10, Olympus 14-42ez kit lens and a scale model of an SUV turning a lazy afternoon into a fun filled one thus giving a boost to your creativity.
A little background
I am a photography and a auto mobile enthusiast. I love cars and specially SUV’s. I also happen to collect some scale models of cars and SUV’s I like the most. Since the legendary off-roading beast Toyota FJ Cruiser is one of my favourite SUV, I got a scale model of the SUV as part of my collection some days back .
How did the idea strike ?
We have a open ground behind my apartment where I park my car, and some construction work was happening there to fix a new water tank.The ground was drilled by plumbers to install pipes for the water tank and the entire ground was looking like small off roading track. Bells started ringing and ideas started flowing in my head, thinking how I can use the drilled ground and my scale model of the Toyota F J cruiser and make the lazy afternoon a interesting one with a small fun project.
Gear and equipment used
I was not having my Olympus 25mm f1.8 (my user based review of the lens can be found here) or the Sigma 60mm f2.8 prime lenses with me, so I decided that I will use the Olympus 14-14ez f3.5-5.6 pancake kit lens (my opinion about the kit lens can be found here) with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and somehow manage and implement the idea. Since the idea required no additional equipments I went ahead and executed the idea making the otherwise lazy and boring afternoon a fun filled one.
The Olympus 14-42ez f3.5-5.6 pancake kit lens isn’t designed specifically for macro work, but it’s not that bad: a minimum focusing distance of just under 10 inches (25cm) also helped me to get close to the scale model so i could blur the background nicely.
I took some low angle shots by keeping the camera on ground. The tilt screen and touch to focus on screen feature of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 was like god send because if you have a fixed screen camera it becomes a bit difficult to focus and compose a low angle shot. I tried shooting most of the pics at the telephoto end of the Olympus 14-42ez f3.5-5.6 pancake kit lens to get a nice compressed view of the scale model so it could create a nice visual effect.
I used the rusted main gate of the open ground to create a illusion as if the car is parked and overlooked through a rusted window of some imaginary old and grunge castle.
I then placed the scale model on the top flat part of the compound wall surrounding my apartment to create a effect as if the Toyota FJ Cruiser was on its way for some extreme off-roading.
Then I placed the Toyota FJ Cruiser scale model in middle of the drilled ground to create a illusion of extreme off-roading being performed in a valley with huge rocks all around.
As you see there was no special lens (although a macro lens would be better for such projects) flash or any other lighting equipment used for this lazy afternoon fun project. Only the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Olympus 14-42ez f3.5-5.6 pancake kit lens was used with a bit of imagination.
Have you ever tried such small fun projects with your camera? Please feel free to comment in the comments section below about your project or ideas which you have implemented to make photography a fun hobby and also share this article with friends who may find this idea interesting.
Thanks and enjoy the pictures.
1) I used the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Olympus 14-42ez f3.5-5.6 pancake kit lens for this fun project, but you can use any camera from many of the available brands for such simple and easy to implement project to boost your creativity .
2) All images seen in the post were shot as JPEGS and then transferred via WIFI to my phone and minimally edited in Snapseed for Android.