Italian Riviera with Olympus PEN-F
This year Andrea and I decided to explore more of our beautiful country: Italy. We always look for the most dreamy and fascinating destinations far far away from home without realizing that some of them are just mere hours from where we live. It was really tricky to choose our first destination but since it’d been a while since we were by the sea, we opted for the Italian Riviera, specifically Portofino and Cinque Terre.
I was very excited to partner with Olympus for this trip especially because I got the chance to test out the new Olympus PEN-F. From the minute I held it in my hands, I knew I had an amazing companion for my photographic exploration.
Starting from its design, which comes straight from the 60s but with a modern twist, Olympus was able to craft a product that allures both to the design lovers and the photographers. The new PEN-F could totally pass for a collector’s item and when I walk around with it, it rarely goes unnoticed. People literally stopped me in the street, at the hotel, at the restaurant (ask Andrea about that ha!) complimenting me for the camera.
The locations helped a lot to unleash all the PEN-F’s potential. Portofino is a little town famous for its colorful harbor and historical association with celebrities and artistic visitors. It has these quaint houses that line the shore and create a really picturesque landscape.
Cinque Terre are no less. Five Villages shielded in the Ligurian coast that are now a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site: Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola e Rio Maggiore. Having just one day to visit Cinque Terre we opted for the ones with the most dramatic views: Vernazza, Manarola and Rio Maggiore as you can see from the photos below.
One major sign of approval for me was how lightweight the PEN-F is. It is so easy to carry around that you almost forget you have it with you. Being used to shoot with my phone for so long I always strived to find a camera that could represent an asset rather than a burden. When you travel, you want to be as comfortable as possible either because you are hiking through a steep path like in Cinque Terre or you are enjoying a beautiful sunset overlooking the harbor in Portofino. The PEN F is perfect in every occasion and combined with the M.ZUIKO 17mm 1:1.8 lens (it is the equivalent of a 35mm lens) I was able to shoot everything: from food, to landscapes to little details in the houses and villages, without stressing too much about carrying something heavy with me.
I was left pretty impressed with its battery, because honestly it lasted almost forever. I was used to having to charge our cameras every single day after an intense photo session but when I was about to do it with my Olympus I realized I still had a good chunk of charge left.
Another perk is definitely the built-in WIFI, which allowed me to transfer photos to my phone and post them right away.
Having such a colorful scenario to photograph, Olympus newest feature came in handy: in fact the camera has a Color Profile control that allows you to change the color saturation of 12 different colors.
This way I was able to select the colors I wanted to pop up in the picture without having to do it in post-production. As a matter of fact, the Color Profile control makes post-production almost unnecessary. In the pictures below, for example, I decided to bump up the warm tones thus giving a vintage-dolce-vita vibe and mood. The interface makes adjusting the colors very fast and easy (even when I was taking the picture) cementing the new PEN-F as a “beast” in the camera field.