Train delays and tourists are usually responsible for slowing down a New Yorker's commute — but the Olympus OM-D E-M10 would never do something like that. It's lightweight and compact — and if there's anywhere you can appreciate mobility, it's on the subway. Olympus loaned photographer Victor G. Jeffreys (of Dodge & Burn) their latest camera and set him loose on the MTA with nowhere to eat, sleep, or pee for 24 hours. And beautiful things happened.
When I got this assignment, I packed a bag with three grilled chicken breasts, two protein bars, a bottle of water, my telephone, an Olympus OM-D E-M10, and a charger. And I was off.
I quickly realized the camera's features would let me tell any story I wanted. The Color Creator mode and the ability to modify saturation and contrast in-camera makes it easy to make images pop and feel lush, like the mosaic above (snapped at the 46th Street - Bliss Street stop, 10:15 AM). The following pictures were shot using the Color Creator feature.
Under the sea at 81 Street - Museum of Natural History, 9:31 PM.
Union Square, 12:10 PM.
At the center of the earth at 81 Street - Museum of Natural History, 9:31 PM.
Somewhere in Queens on the 7 train, 6:18 AM.
Fish kiss at Jay Street/MetroTech, 11:17 PM.
All that glitters (this is most definitely not gold). Fulton Street, 10:49 PM.
With a 12 or 17mm M. Zuiko lens and the Dramatic Tone art filter, I could make the subway system seem gritty, rough, and a little scary — and I could do it in-camera. The following pictures were shot using that filter. This one was taken on the 7 train in Queens, 6:33 AM.
5 Pointz in Queens, 6:33 AM.