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Introduction

This post constitutes part of my “Shot Wide Open” series, and is the first post of this series to be published in 2015. For an overview of the project, and a list of its installments, click here. In this installment, photos were taken over the course of four days, working with both an Olympus M. Zuiko Premium 60 mm f/2.8 Macro and an Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8, adapted to an Olympus OM-D E-M5.

The Narrative

It began with a pleasant walk in the park on a mild autumn day. However, it was sad seeing the bright tones of summer recede in the shadow of browns and faded yellows.

The forest floor, Jubilee Park, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/250 s, f/2.8, ISO 1600.
The forest floor, Jubilee Park, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/250 s, f/2.8, ISO 1600.
Autumn peering its way through the summer growth at Jubilee Park, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/40 s, f/2.8, ISO 400.
Autumn peering its way through the summer growth at Jubilee Park, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/40 s, f/2.8, ISO 400.
Clavaria albo-globospora growing among leaf mulch on the forest floor, Jubilee Park, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/15 s, f/2.8, ISO 640, camera stabilised on the ground.
Clavaria albo-globospora growing amongst leaf mulch on the forest floor, Jubilee Park, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/15 s, f/2.8, ISO 640, camera stabilised on the ground.

Fortunately, the next day, the weather forgot which season it was meant to be. It was exciting to bask in the sunshine and soak in a landscape awash with vibrant blues and greens.  The brighter colours had returned – but for how long?

Shags assembled on the jetty behind a boat shed at Macandrew Bay, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/1000 s, f/2.8, ISO 100, cropped to a square.
Shags assembled on the jetty behind a boat shed at Macandrew Bay, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/1000 s, f/2.8, ISO 100, cropped to a square.
A northern royal albatross gliding out to sea at Taiaroa Head, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/1250 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
A northern royal albatross gliding out to sea at Taiaroa Head, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/1250 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.

Realising its mistake, the weather turned the next afternoon, bringing with it the dour greys of rain, the foreboding flight of screaming gulls, and the brutal pounding of waves laden with twigs and sand. It was a little cold, quite wet, yet at the same time, strangely captivating.

A swell breaking on the shore in the rain at Taieri Mouth. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/60 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
A swell breaking on the shore in the rain at Taieri Mouth. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/60 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Seagulls flying out to sea during rain and a strong swell at Taieri Mouth. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/800 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Seagulls flying out to sea during rain and a strong swell at Taieri Mouth. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/800 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.

Twenty four hours later, the weather got itself together, and delivered a cold, overcast autumn day. Taking in the varying landscape from the cost to the hills revealed the same as I’d seen earlier in the week: vestiges of summer, tinged with a hint of autumn. In short: typical Dunedin weather has spread further afield.

Looking across Karitane from  Puketeraki Lookout, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/1600 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Looking across Karitane from Puketeraki Lookout, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/1600 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Lambs at Dead Horse Pinch, between Dunback and Ranfurly. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/400 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Lambs at Dead Horse Pinch, between Dunback and Ranfurly. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-T 180 mm f/2.8. 1/400 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Hawthorne berries on the roadside east of Dunback. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/80 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.
Hawthorn berries on the roadside, east of Dunback. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/80 s, f/2.8, ISO 100.

The End

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