Tourist In Cambridge – A Photowalk With Olympus

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of joining a group of Cambridge bloggers for a photowalk around Cambridge to test out the new Olympus PEN E-PL8 camera. Today I’m sharing my images from the day as part of my Tourist In Cambridge series.

I’ve been thinking about getting a compact system camera for a while now, so I could take a lighter camera out and about to events instead of my DSLR. Having been a Canon fan girl for years, I wasn’t sure how I would like the Olympus PEN range, but we had tech support from David for the whole day to show us the settings.

Cambridge did the best job for us with beautiful sunshine and Spring flowers everywhere.

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The E-PL8 is pretty light in comparison to an SLR and looks fancy too with a nice leatherette finish. It has some cool features and filters built in and syncs with the Olympus app to transfer via a wireless connection to your phone. Great for instant sharing. In my opinon, the app and wireless transfer was quite a bit better than the Canon one.Polka-Dot-Vans-Sneakers Trinity-Lane-Cambridge

We took a stroll through the city with fashion bloggers taking outfit photos and me typically waiting for a quiet spot to capture bikes and flowers. The Backs were looking super pretty with all the Spring blooms.Spring-The-Backs-Cambridge

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We played around with depth of field and I definitely found the camera accessible in terms of point and shoot on Auto or P mode.  The-Backs-Cambridge

The colour select feature was a favourite but a bit tricky to find in all the many menus. It wasn’t that intuitive to use, but with a little help from David we used the smart control panel and selected some of our favourite colours. Danielle is a pro at  posing for fashion shots!Olympus-Pen-EPL8-Colour-Select-Feature Kings-College-Cambridge

I had a play around with the manual settings on the camera too, to try some long exposure shots. I found the menu less intuitive than Canon, but then that’s probably because I’ve been used to that for some time! Mill-Pond-Cambridge

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The camera also has a flip out screen which confused me a little as there was a knack to opening it! Great for flat lays though and I loved the live update feature. Being able to see your exposure changes on the screen before snapping was great. I did miss the view finder, but you can buy one as an add-on.Magnolia-in Cambridge Bike-Spotting-Mint-BicycleBike-Spotting-and-Magnolia

There were definitely pros and cons for me for the Olympus PEN E-PL8. It’s a fun camera to use and is great for instant sharing and minimal editing. The menu for me seemed a little clunky – for example, finding the grid feature was embedded a few levels deep.

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The colour quality of the photos I took was pretty good and the touch focus feature was super easy to use. It’s a good camera if you don’t have a ton of photography skills already.

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I have been considering the Canon M range as I can use my existing DSLR lenses if I grab an adapter (around £90). After using the Olympus PEN range, I definitely want to do some more research about which one would work for me. I’m leaning slightly more toward the Canon range purely because it’s less of an outlay for lens costs.

I hope you enjoyed this little review today and some Spring photos of Cambridge. This photowalk made me really excited for our Cambridge Creatives one on 23 April! There are 60 people currently RSVP’d to come along, so it’s going to be a really fun, colourful day ending in a picnic on Jesus Green. I’m SO excited! More info here.

A big thanks to Olympus UK and Campkins for the day and to Ally for organising. It’s so great to have a group of bloggers in Cambridge to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon with every now and again.

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Tourist In Cambridge #8

Today’s blog post is also known as “Wisteria hysteria and the day of bike spotting”. Spring in Cambridge is the perfect excuse for me to take a cycle around the city with my camera for another post in my Tourist In Cambridge series.

The wisteria around Cambridge is abundant this year – it covers the pretty cottages and terraced houses, and even appears on some student accommodation. This post took quite a while to shoot as there were so many people stopping to take photographs of this mound of wisteria!
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The sunny skies made for a beautiful backdrop and of course there were lots of bikes around as well as Florence who is still modelling her basket tassels.
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Cambridge has so many green spaces and the cows are back on the common! They are so friendly and often create traffic by wandering across the cycle paths. It’s a sign that summer is on the way in the city.Midsummer-Common-Cows

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There’s always a good door or two to enjoy as well.
Cottages-in-Cambridge Cambridge-CottagesMy favourite bikes to spot are Pashley and Bobbin. They have so many beautiful colours and styles. The new range of University of Cambridge Bobbin bikes are so classy, especially the 3 speed chrome paint ladies bike.Pashley-Bicycle-Cambridge Wisteria-Cottages

I’m definitely enjoying looking at the wisteria hysteria hashtag on Instagram lately!Wisteria-Close-UpMy red Cambridge Satchel Company batchel is the perfect bag for cycling as it fits in my basket and can also been worn across the body when I’ve got too many groceries.
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I can’t wait for Spring to turn into summer. We’ll be punting, kayaking, having picnics and taking long bike rides along the river. It’s the perfect place to be.

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Tourist In Cambridge #7

The change in season always makes me want to share another post for my Tourist In Cambridge series. This weekend, we took a walk along the riverside and captured some beautiful autumn light.

Living near the river is something I value so much. Even though we are in a city, there is a sense of calm near the water or green spaces. If I ever need to switch off and take a break from work, this is where I go.

So when Travelodge asked me to share my favourite place in Cambridge for their #FlauntYaHaunt campaign, I knew this would be a great excuse to take a photo walk. Along the river you always see plenty of rowers, kayakers, cyclists and runners. It’s also the place I’m learning to rollerskate!

I hope you enjoy the results of the photo walk and our impromptu stop off later on!

Riverboats-In-Cambridge Autumn-Leaves-In-Cambridge Classic-Rayleigh-Bicycle The-River-Cam-Cambridge Cambridge-Punt-Co-Bike Autumn-Leaves Bikes-And-Punts Jesus-Green-Trees-Cambridge Punting-Boats-Cambridge Jesus-Green-Cambridge Bikespotting-In-Cambridge Quayside-Punting-In-Cambridge I also made a video of our riverside walk. It has a bit of a different feel to some of my previous videos so I hope you like it!

Whilst we were out, we also took a slight detour to the Varsity Rooftop Terrace Bar to see some views of the city from up high. I think this could become a new favourite place and we hope to catch the fireworks from here on bonfire night.

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Looking down on the city reminded me of when I got G a flying lesson and he flew us over the city in a light aircraft. That’s a story for another day I guess!

I’d love to know your favourite place in your town or city. What makes where you live special?

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Tourist In Cambridge #6

The Tourist In Cambridge posts have naturally become a seasonal series and I like it that way. The change of season is when I begin to notice the best parts of my city and Spring has given me the opportunity to start a new hobby of rollerskating (more on this another time!). I’ve also had the chance to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather with my camera.

So welcome to Spring in my city! We have had some amazing days already so it’s a picture heavy post.

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I get so excited when I see a Watermelon Bobbin Bicycle!

If we ever leave Cambridge, I know I’m going to look back on these posts and it will be bittersweet. This is the only place that has ever truly felt like home for me.

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Tourist In Cambridge #5

Cambridge looks the most pretty in summer, but it is magical in the winter sun too. The ice rink arrives in the city in November and this year we had an outdoor Food Park with independent vendors and festive treats.

I took a photo tour on my bicycle one chilly afternoon to add to the Tourist In Cambridge series with a festive post.

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There were lots of traditional wreaths on the cottage doors.

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We added our new fabric wreath to the door for Christmas.

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Florence has been out and about with me in the cold and her pom poms are holding up well.

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Even in the winter chill, people make the most of the many green spaces around the city.

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I love spotting bicycle decorations and especially love this Pink Pashley with floral bunting on the basket.Pink-Pashley-Bicycle

The Fitzwilliam Museum always manages to look grand whatever the weather, but it is especially majestic in the low winter sunshine.Fitzwilliam-Museum-Cambridge

We don’t buy a real tree because of our cat, but I love the smell!
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This cycle counter is a great addition to the city. The lit up display really wouldn’t photograph well – there had actually been 514 cyclists. Not many, but most of the students had left the city for the holidays at this point in mid December.

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I love the quirky bikes you can spot around the city. I was at the traffic lights on my bike when I quickly snapped this strange mode of transport!

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I hope the winter sun lasts. We had a super sunny Christmas day, it was perfect for a walk along the river and around the city.

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I plan to continue this series into 2015, perhaps with some features on local favourites such as cafes and shops. Do comment if there is something or somewhere in the city you would like to see!

What do you love about where you live?

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