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Rio De Janeiro

As a photographer, I'm extremely lucky to travel. I've got to go to some amazing places and for that I am really thankful. My latest jaunt was last week to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Now before I left, I obviously did a bit of research into the trip and things to look out for. One of the things that I was made aware of is that shiny expensive cameras are highly sought after by thieves and undesirables. Obviously the last thing I'd want is to be parted from my Olympus OM-D, so I set about making it appear rather more undesirable.

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Olympus trip to Berlin

So on thursday I got whisked away by Olympus to Berlin for the launch of their new 'Photographer's Playground'. Situated in Opernwerkstaetten, a workshop building in the old East Berlin where backdrops were created for the Berlin opera, the playground features a vast array of art installations all begging to be both appreciated and photographed. From a corridor filled with cardboard boxes, each one with it's own spinning wooden ball bouncing to create a truly unique cacophony, to the sealed ecosystem filled with mould, there was easily enough to keep peoples attention. Of course there were drinks and nibbles, as well as plenty of cameras to play with if you didn't have your own, making it easy for everyone to have a play!

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Hand crafted

Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old, but lately I've been trying to work out ways of using technology less. I know that probably sounds odd, especially as you're reading this on the internet, using some sort of computer, smart phone or tablet, but it's true. When I was growing up in the 80's, everything was about the future. We had the Space Shuttle, Star Wars, Back to the Future, and the dawn of the computer game era. Back then, and indeed much into my teens and twenties, I've always been into the new thing. I've got no end of Apple products, I have a smart tv, and blu-ray. Everything you'd expect to find in a 'man pad'. But as much as I love some of the things we have available to us today, I do feel that things are getting a bit too much, to the detriment of our nature as human brings and individuals.

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Olympus PEN Video Tutorials

So back in the summer, I get a text message off Mark at Olympus UK saying "how would you like to be a movie star?" Well it caught my attention, so I said sure, why not! Turns out he was putting me forward to Olympus Europe for a series of three web tutorial videos for their new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 camera.

After several emails, phone conversations with Olympus in Germany and Skype conversations with the production company, we were go! About a month before the shoot, I was able to meet up with Olympus Europe whilst at Photokina for Hasselblad. This was handy because it meant that we could have a proper face to face chat so they could get to know me, and they could also give me the new camera to play with ahead of the video shoot. I also got a sneaky invite to their party!

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In and out of San Francisco

Just before Christmas I picked up a new client for a very nice job in San Francisco. It was a very short trip though! I left London on December 21st, shot at lunchtime on the 22nd, edited in the afternoon, then flew back the following day. 21 hours flying in a couple of days! Good job I love to travel! Hehe

Firstly, I'm really loving this whole electronic check-in via my iPhone malarky. It's the future, I tell thee! So after arriving in the US, and having a conversation with immigration about the pros and cons of digital vs film, I jumped in a cab and headed off to the hotel. After checking in and dropping my bag off in the hotel room, I went out for some much needed sustenance. On a recommendation from the awesome beatnik concierge, I ate at Tommy's Joynt. I'm still not entirely sure what I ate exactly. The people in the queue before me ordered something that looked amazing, so I had what they had! It was basically a roasted ham of some sort with mashed potato. It was epic though! After food, I went for a quick wander before heading back to the hotel to make sure I was fresh for my photoshoot in the morning.

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