A Picnic in the Park

by | Mar 5, 2019

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

It’s been a while since I posted a photograph of my favorite gazebo, so after a recent snow, I though it was time…

Well! That sure takes the berry off the bush”—from the 1959 movie The Gazebo


Located on Mainstreet near downtown Parker, Colorado, O’Brien Park includes a softball field, multipurpose field, basketball court, two playgrounds, outdoor pool and a gazebo that serves as the backdrop for lots of different events, including concerts and an annual holiday lighting ceremony.

As mentioned here before, whenever I get a new camera or lens I like to take it to O’Brien Park and make a few shots of the gazebo. The above image was shot with an Olympus EM-10 Mark I that Mary gave me as a Valentine’s Day gift just before the company introduced its replacement, the Mark II. My typical luck when it come to cameras.

Tip: Right now, Olympus offers a Mark III version of the E-M10 although the buzz around the watercolor is that it’s not quite as good as the Mark II. You can click this link to learn what respected YouTuber David Thorpe had to say about the Mark III. The good news is that you can pick up a new Mark II for about $150 less than a Mark III, so you can get a better camera and save a few bucks at the same time. The E-M10 Mark II is a terrific entry-level camera for a new photographer and a wonderful introduction into the Micro Four-thirds system.

How I made this shot: I photographed the gazebo after a snow with my Olympus EM-10 Mark I and Olympus 17mm f/2.8 lens using an exposure of 1/800 sec at f/9 and ISO 200. Because I’ve photographed the gazebo many times, in different months of the year and different times of the day, I’m always looking for new ways of looking at it. Here I used the Gum Bichromate filter that’s part of OnOne Software’s Perfect BW package of plug-ins.

By special request and dedicated to reader Todd Abbotts.

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