Streets of Philadelphia … A Visual Diary … Page 53 … On the Street …OMG … I’m SeEiNg cOloRs … Olympus Pen F


I arrived in town and was on Market Street when, well…I had a moment. I fell to my knees and thanked Momma Nature for making it 70F. Of course I couldn’t get up to easy but it was worth it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to kneel on the hard concrete sidewalk? I had to pay homage to Mother Nature for making it warm so me poor bones could defrost.

It’s starting to come around for me and Serendipity the Oly Pen F. I think she has me slowing down and finding photos I don’t normally seek. I mean, I am enjoying just the moments without any restrictions or guidelines. Of course, this won’t last but I let her have her way.

There’s a sense of freedom that I am really excited about. I mean, sure, other cameras may have that also but the Pen F kinda reinforces the joy of working. Imagine that. I have some amazing cameras and for sure very desirable. The thing is, I do believe the Pen F will be an amazing camera. How can it not be with a name like Serendipity.


I been using it with the mode dial in the center. I call this Flat. Meaning I want a color image I can mess with in LR. The jpegs out of the camera are excellent but I still need to see my presets and thoughts take shape. So far so good. I haven’t had the need to crop anything and that’s a testament to the finder. It’s of course accurate but it has a nice brightness and contrast to it. I programmed the red record button to SOVF. It’s kinda like an OVF but different. If you let yourself immerse in the camera, then it and other things are magic.


My kit at the moment is the 17mm 1.8, 25mm 1.8 and the 45mm 1.8.  This gives me the Leica Trinity… 35, 50 & 90. I gotta tell ya, it’s nice weather and I’m gonna be working my tail  till it’s tired and then again. Polly and Suzanne got the Pen F and I will go out with them on Friday. That’s always a fun time. They both have become very acclimated to the streets. It makes me happy that they have found their way.







The color from the Pen F is thebest I have seen. The Leica M has wonderful color but for some reason, I prefer this. Maybe it’s not so clinical. I mean, the color seems natural and vibrant before you work on the files. Reminds me of Alex Webb. His color knocks me out. So then maybe, the Pen F is as good as the Leica. Shhhh, did I say that?

………………………… blessed my friends, seeya tomorrow……………………….

12 thoughts on “Streets of Philadelphia … A Visual Diary … Page 53 … On the Street …OMG … I’m SeEiNg cOloRs … Olympus Pen F”

  1. I’d love to hear more thought on the Pen F. It sure is a beauty. If only there was a podcast where you could talk cameras…

    1. Doug, Olivier and I posted a fast review about the Pen F on the Inspired Eye Blog.
      If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll answer best I can….don

      1. Great review and shots Don. Thanks for the pointer. Less thanks for stoking my gear lust. I already wanted this camera enough.

        But my comment was mainly just a lame ass way of sayin’ that I miss the podcast.

        Keep up the good work. I always enjoy this site and the I.E..

        1. Sorry Doug, I am very excited with the Pen F. Olivier and I are doing the podcast again soon. Seeya out there…. well, maybe…

  2. I was looking for a film Pen F. Pricy little suckers. Ended with two vintage cams instead: Yashica Lynx 14 and a Leica CL + 40mm Heaven.

    1. Yup. I sold 2 EP-5’s and some lenses and stuff. I’ve bought many cameras but the Pen F is worth the money, no doubt.

  3. Love looking at your work. And listening to you words. Been following your running in time with the new camera. So far removed from your ease at working, I have just been trying to figure out how my new Fuji X100T works. I have never had a camera. Thanks for the blog. SfromAUSTRALIA.

    1. Thanks Sally. For a first or anytime camera, the Fuji X100T is a winner. If you need any help setting the camera up, I’ll try to help out. Probably first off is to name it…, I’m not crazy. I’ll have a blog post about naming tomorrow.
      be blessed and thnaks again….don

  4. I am starting from nowhere. Great place to start. Huge need to know. Will keep looking and reading you. Walk around your streets. If only…………s

    1. Sally, I spent years with te X100s and now that I don’t have it, I have an empty feeling. If you need anything, let me know… that’s about the best camera around.Stay focused with your insides cause the camera will focus your outside.

  5. You said “if you need anything”……..What?…….Need everything!……….Best thing……. suddenly so conscious of light…….Thanks. Will ask if i can’t muddle it out…….s

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