#StayHome with your Olympus – Submit your photos

Probably, at this very moment when you read these lines, you are stuck at home during the Coronavirus lockdown, looking out the window and imagining the pictures you could be taking right now.

  • Are you a landscape photographer, have you travelled halfway around the world to capture “that” photograph and, at this moment, the farther you go is from the bedroom to the living room?
  • Are you a street photographer, and find yourself trying to take candid photos of your wife/husband?
  • Are you a wildlife photographer, and last night were you chasing a spider on the kitchen ceiling?
  • Every morning you grab your camera and lenses, you prepare the camera bag, you watch two or three YouTube videos and then put everything back on the shelf?

Well, you’re not alone. We are all in the same situation. We, photographers, always need to have one or two ongoing projects, new images in the catalogue to edit, something that keeps us connected to this passion.

And thinking about it, WE HAVE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU!

How to participate?
The challenge we have for you is to document your life and those around you during the lockdown. Grab your camera and shoot some photos around the house. 

For example, some candid moments of your family, portraits, self-portraits. A landscape? Why not? Maybe you will enjoy the view from your window in a different way. Do you live in the city? Perfect, you can certainly capture some interesting city views, neon lights, people passing by on the street. Including the frame of the window itself as a frame of the image? Yes, of course, it could be an interesting idea. Architectural photography inside your home could work as well.

You will be able to experiment with techniques you have never used before, such as light painting or double exposures, for example.

What we don’t want:

  • That you leave home to photograph. Stay inside. Please. Unless you have a garden, a yard or a terrace, and can come outside without breaking your self-isolation.
  • That you go get old photos from your archive to edit them again. That may be an excellent idea, but not for this challenge. Now we want new photos, taken during the lockdown.
  • Macros. Or abstract photographs taken to an extreme level. They might be interesting, but they are not representative of this period, you know? That kind of photos can be taken at any time and, at this moment, we want your photos to be explicit about this very particular context that we currently experience.

Summing up:

  • In the comments section below, post a photo taken during the lockdown, with a minimum of 1500 pixels on the long side;
  • Include a short introduction about yourself, how your interest in photography started;
  • Describe your favourite photography genre and how it influenced the photo you submitted;
  • A brief description of that photograph;
  • The equipment used, settings, accessories (if applicable);
  • Include your name and the URL of your website or Instagram account.

A selection of those images and texts may be included in an upcoming issue of Olympus Passion magazine.

33 Comments

  1. Okay, I’ll start! I’m Hugo, an amateur photographer, from Portugal.
    For a long time, I have this passion for the Documentary genre, seeing in Photography more than a form of artistic expression. Photography is, for me, an important means of recording meaningful events, for future memory. And I am not just referring to the work of photographers that I admire so much, like Sebastião Salgado, or Don McCullin. It can be something as simple, and as important, as our daily lives.
    How many times, when browsing the family albums, I look at someone and think “This person is already dead, he is no longer with us”. And I think about the good times that we have gone through, and that will no longer be repeated. Or I see pictures of my oldest son when he was a baby, who is now almost my height.
    But family photographs are just one example. I believe it’s also important to record, in the form of photographs, important events in our society, events with some significance. And without a doubt, we are experiencing one of those moments.
    My wife and I have been at home with our 3 children for about 6 weeks now, both doing our best to work under these circumstances. But the real heroes are our sons who, being children, might not understand why we need to stay home. But they understand, and accept, and willingly agree to comply with their school obligations, to take videoconference classes with their teachers and, at the end of it all, to play happily inside the house, without ever having asked to go outside. They have fun with the cartoons, they play over and over with the same toys. In this photo, my youngest son proudly displays the magnets that his older brother lent him for a moment, a grown-up toy!

    – Equipment used: Olympus E-M5 Mark II and the 17mm f/1.8;
    – Exif: Olympus E-M5 Mark II | Olympus 17mm F/1.8 I 1/80″ | f/2.2 | ISO 1000;
    – Post-processing: None, straight out of the camera.

    Usually, I edit my Raw files with Adobe Lightroom, starting with a couple of presets from VSCO, then making some fine adjustments like contrast, vibrance and white-balance. I use VSCO Kodak Tri-X 400 for black and white, and VSCO Kodak Portra 400 for colour. But in this case, being a small project that I am doing just for a while, during the lockdown, I’ll be using the “Grainy Film” Art filter.
    Settings:
    – Filter type II
    – Frame effect ON

    And if one day I change my mind, I will be able to edit these photos differently, because Il always shoot in Raw+Jpeg.

    With this simple and small setup, almost every day I capture our lives during the Coronavirus lockdown. I admit, these photographs are not something amazing and impactful, like those stunning images that we see every day on Instagram, taken in exotic places all over the world. These photos are just for my personal archive, which I know that I will want to revisit in a few years, when all this is just a past memory.

    Hugo
    https://www.hugopinho.com

  2. Hello
    (notice: the translation is from the google translator) Sorry 😉
    My name is Arturo de las Liras and I live in Spain.
    I have been a professional photographer for a few years, but now I work at a digital printing company.
    I like all kinds of photography, I have no predilection, but the one I do the most is portrait, street, and macro.
    My first serious encounter with photography was due to the fact that I was going to take a trip to Iceland, I had dreamed of this since I was a child, and in 2008 I went there. For that trip I bought my first camera, a 5 mpx olympus c-5060 wz.
    From then on, my technique and my like for photography grew.
    Now, after working as a professional photographer, I am still taking photos … and now from home too: one photo a day related to the lockdown that we are going through and that we have been 39 days of today.
    Now I know that photography is our memories, our experiences, our desires and our mistakes … and one thing is clear to me: you have to print photographs. Nobody is going to see the files that we have saved, the only photographs that we will see and other people will see are the ones that we print.
    I am not a follower of other photographers, I do not have favorite photographers, I get carried away by what I see, by what I feel. As in the development, I have nothing predefined when I start to develop a photo, it depends on the moment, the situation, the light, etc … I choose.
    This photograph is one of those that I take every day in quarantine, and it represents all the people fighting against the virus, anonymous people, of any side, religion, or sex. Together we can overcome it.

    For the photo, I used the Olympus E-M1 Mark II in LiveComp mode with f22 2” iso 200 focal 12mm
    The lens used was the Zuiko 12-60 2.8 with adapter
    I lit with a flashlight with a snoot the virus at ground level.
    Post-process, cleaning the surface of dust spots, and change to black and white except the virus.

    I hope you like it

    Arturo
    https://ardelas.es
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arturo_de_las_liras/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arturo.delasliras

    1. Hi Arturo!
      Thank you for sharing your work and your testimony about this situation we are all facing.
      I agree with you, we should all print our work, to ensure that it survives time and that it passes on to future generations.
      Take care and stay safe!
      Saludos to España and to my dear Spanish neighbours.

  3. Hello. My name is David. I have been taking photos since high school but really started to get back into it once my daughter was born 10 years ago.

    I will shoot almost anything but really enjoy architecture, outdoors, and anything vintage.

    The photo I submitted was taken by my daughter of my wife and me during my most recent haircut. My wife is my new barber and our bathroom is her salon.

    Camera: Olympus E-PL9 with 14-42 mm F3.5-5.6 EZ lens
    Settings: f/3.5, 1/60, 14 mm, ISO 200

    No editing done except black and white profile in Lightroom. Shot square 1:1 because we forgot to change back after we did a photo project in that format.

    Stay well,
    Dave
    https://www.instagram.com/danmuth10/

    1. Hi Dave!
      Over the past few weeks, I think almost all of us have come to the conclusion that we had to get a haircut at home… Actually, with three boys here at home, when the quarantine is over, I think I’ll be able to open my own barber salon! Haha: D
      Thanks for sharing.
      Take care

  4. Hi, I ´ m Javier from Spain, an amateur photograph.
    I started my hobby when I was 10, and I have 40 years!
    My wife and I enjoy about travel photography and specially landscapes and night photography, we have travelled around Europe, we love a lot Iceland, Swiss and the Tuscany.
    You know that the moment in Spain it´ s very harder and that is why the photo that we send you has a special value for us, its a double rainbow after the rain from our terrace, it seems a hope about the situation.
    My gear for that photo…an Oly M1 MkII with an Zuiko 7-14, a present of my wife, and settings Iso 200, f8, 1/80s handheld

    Thanks!!
    Javier

  5. Hi, Marty here. I’m a sports photographer from down under. My journey began in 2012 when I got sick and had to change the way I lived. Photography was a saviour. 18 months ago I made the move to Olympus after some spinal issues made holding big heavy sports cameras and lenses impossible. Olympus saved me from having to give up sports photography with there small and light camera bodies and lenses, with the added bonus of improved image quality and versatility. I started with an Em1, then got a 2nd Em1 body and finally added an Em1 mkii in January. My two favourite lenses are my 12-40 pro and my 40-150 pro which rarely leaves the camera.
    This photo shows the kangaroos in my front yard practising social distancing. Image taken with the Em1 mkii and the 40-150 pro.

  6. Hi, my name is Bev Anne Moynham. I live in Alberta, Canada. I have been taking pictures for almost 70 years. I got my first camera when I was a child — probably around the age of 8.

    While my children were growing up I documented their lives and vacations that we went on but now I am more into nature photography — landscapes, animals, birds, flowers — whatever catches my eye. I also do abstracts and macro when the mood hits.

    This is the picture of a tree outside our apartment — taken from the balcony. Spring is just starting to arrive so I plan to document this young tree as the new leaves come out.

    This was taken with an Olympus EM1 with a 14-150 zoom lens at maximum zoom. 1/5000 sec, f14, ISO 1000.

    Stay safe,

    Bev Anne

  7. ciao mi chiamo Marco Lazzarelli mi avete gia conosciuto qua su Passion con un servizio sugli uccelli e in particolare modo di avifauna, anche se mi piace fare foto di natura tipo paesaggi montani nelle mie innumerevole escursioni, oggi vi propongo questa immagine scattata dal mio giardino, è un Codibugnolo stravaccato sul ramo che sembra dire e chi mi muove di qua, attrezzatura usata;
    E-M1dm III 300f4 1/1000 f5,6 500 iso

  8. Just days before the lockdown in Pennsylvania went into affect I went to my favorite shelter to do a quick Pawtrait Day. My goal is to highlight all of the adoptable pets but I seem to be a great cat whisperer for the Shy guys. The guys missing an eye, the little buddies with three legs. On that day in particular I really took my time. They have a futon in the visiting area and the cats have free reign. They were all over me. I was loving every minute of it. I did not know then how much I would really miss all of that cuddling and close contact. They have since been limiting visits obviously. The good news is that half a dozen adoptions have occurred in the last couple of weeks so I’m happy that I could give them greater exposure.
    As a traveling food photographer I am really missing those location gigs and all of the terrific food that I’d be sent home with but I know one day we will return to some kind of new normal.
    In the meantime, as I enjoy hunkering down with my family and enjoying the artistic endeavors of my teenagers, I am mapping out a list of shelters that are in great need of dynamic portraits. I LOVE my lil OLY OMD EM5 MarkIII with Pro 12-40mm 2.8
    Also I have been watching a lot of great videos by Olympus Visionary Robin Wong! 💜

    Bentley and six of his pals have been adopted since I shared & boosted their profile pics 💙

  9. Hi,
    I’m Jacques from Cape Town, South Africa.
    My interest in photography started in the early 70’s in the film days, and continued till this day.
    What fascinates me is capturing a moment in time, which is perhaps why video does not interest me at all. I love capturing moments in everyday life.

    My shot that I’m submitting here is one such moment – capturing what life has been for my wife and me the past six weeks – she working at her desk, while I’m busy at my desk behind her. I decided that I will use grainy B&W for this image to emphasise the ominous nature of the situation that we all face these days. Fortunately my little EM10 makes this easy by using one of my favourite Art filters.

    Equipment used: Olympus OMD E-M10 with M.Zuiko 14-42 IIR lens.
    1/40sec, f3.9, ISO 500 – Grainy B&W art filter with border.
    No post-processing applied.

    1. Hi Jacques!
      I love the look of the Grainy B&W Art Filter, producing a wonderful look straight out of the camera. During the Coronavirus lockdown, I have been using this setting as well.
      Nice image, thanks for sharing!

  10. Hello from France where I have the chance to have a garden for lockdown;

    I started photography when I was a young boy (I am now 61 in two days…) whith a manual russian reflex Zenit B my dad brought me when he went to Russia for work…

    My alias is Duke, I use the E-M5 Mark II and for this picture the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 MACRO.

    Post processing whith DXO.

    Bye!

  11. Saludos desde Chile, disculpen mi comentario en español.
    Mi nombre es Camilo Hernández y me dedico a temas medioambientales en mi país. Mi interés en la fotografía es reciente, y se desencadena producto de conocer lugares maravillosos gracias a mi trabajo, sin embargo el nacimiento de mi hija, que hoy ya tiene dos años, frenó un poco los viajes y las fotos de bellos paisajes fueron cambiadas por momentos familiares.
    En la fotografía que les presento está mi pequeña hija a punto de degustar un delicioso platillo preparado por su padre en estos días de cuarentena (la imaginación culinaria a estas alturas ya escasea), y si bien no comenzamos bien esa apetitosa merienda, el final fue mas feliz de lo que se puede suponer.

    El equipo utilizado fue una Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II con el Zuiko 45mm f1.8 – ISO 2.000 – 1/100 seg.

    Saludos!

  12. Buongiorno a tutti,
    mi chiamo Roberto sono appassionato di fotografia sportiva, motori e
    Surf, in questo periodo però visto che dobbiamo necessariamente restare a casa, mi dedico un pò alla fotografia macro e sinceramente mi piace tantissimo.
    Questa foto è stata fatta a mano libera con la nuova Olympus EM1mkIII e il 60 mm macro 2.8 nelle ore più calde della giornata .
    Saluti a tutti e mi raccomando #stayhome

  13. Hi everyone, I’m John, I’m originally from Toronto, Canada but I’ve lived in China for about two and a half years now.

    Since I arrived, I have so far visited 14 cities in Mainland China, along with Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. I also found time to visit Vietnam and Thailand. It has been such an amazing time!

    My job in Beijing recently finished, so I decided to move to a small city in southern China called Yangshuo, in Guangxi Province, which is known as one of the most beautiful areas of China.

    I’m excited to be here, I’m looking forward to improving my Mandarin and of course taking lots of photos with my Olympus gear!

    But first I need to complete a 7-day quarantine. Today is my last day, so my journey here will really start tomorrow.

    I took this photo earlier this week looking out my hotel window. If I have to be stuck inside for a week, it’s not a bad view to see everyday 🙂

    Every other day has been cloudy, so it was nice to see a bit of blue skies.

    I took it with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lens. Settings were 1/1000sec, f8.0, ISO400.

    Hope everyone is staying safe!

    My personal website is at [www.johnsalvino.com](https://www.johnsalvino.com) and you can find me on [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/jsalvino) as well.

  14. Here is a shot from our patio door of a female raccoon on her daily foraging run.
    I have been interested in photography since a fall 1973 10 day trip to England from my school in Ontario, Canada. I discovered Olympus gear in spring 1975 selling my Nikon stuff to order the soon to be released OM-2.
    I have been working part time as a photographer since 1978 and still use Olympus gear today.
    Tech Info:
    Olympus E-M1MarkII, 40-150Pro at 150mm, f/5.6, 1/640th, ISO-200

  15. Hello all, I’m ingmar from Texel ( small island above The Netherlands)

    I love shooting weddings and familyshoots as a hobby next to my work in the financial world.

    My passion is Lightpainting, where I can be creative and explore the unknown.

    In this strange times indoor is the place to go. And after buying the Olympus E-M5 mark ii I can really see what happens during the Lightpainting in composite mode. I’m still experimenting to learn the possibilities of the camera but already big fan.

    Here’s a photo taken last night (29-4-2020)
    And a behind the scenes where you can see the setup.

    Gear:
    0lympus Digitale ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
    0lympus E-M5 Mark II Body Digital Camera
    Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Tripod 3 Sections
    Nitecore mt22c
    Nitecore mh27
    Diamond plexiglas homemade
    Lightpaintingbrushes black fiber

    ISO Low
    F4.5
    Live Composite mode

  16. Hi, I’m Vanessa, from Porto – Portugal. My interest in photography started with my need to keep memories of my trips (my greatest passion) and grew after the acquisition of my Olympus Pen E-PL7. As you can see, the kind of photography I prefer is Travel Photography.
    For the self-portrait I posted here, it was taken with my camera mounted on a tripod, coupled with the M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 lens controlled through the Olympus app on my phone, and I lit up with what was available in the living room. As a prop, I used an Olympus OM1. I opened the curtain slightly, to make visible the lights outside, and posed.
    The photo was taken on April 12th. On my E-PL7 I used ISO 200, aperture 1.8 and exposure time 1/3″.
    I edited the photo in Adobe Lightroom, where I made adjustments to the exposure and white balance, and highlighted some areas to give more depth to the photo.

    https://www.instagram.com/vanessa.d.barbosa/

    Olá, eu sou a Vanessa. Sou do Porto, Portugal. O meu interesse pela fotografia começou pela minha necessidade de guardar memórias das minhas viagens (a minha grande paixão) e cresceu após a aquisição da minha Olympus Pen E-PL7. Como podem perceber o género de fotografia que prefiro é fotografia de viagens.
    Para o autorretrato que aqui coloco foi tirado com a minha câmara montada num tripé com a lente m.zuiko 25mm f/1.8 controlada através da app da Olympus no meu telemóvel e iluminei com o que tinha disponível na sala. Como prop usei uma Olympus OM1. Abri a cortina da sala ligeiramente para se ver as luzes da noite e posei.
    A foto foi tirada a 12 de Abril, usei ISO 200, abertura 1.8, tempo de exposiçãp 1/3s
    Editei a minha foto no adobe lightroom, onde fiz ajustes na exposição e coloração e realcei alguns pontos para dar mais profundidade à foto.

  17. Hello,
    My name is João, a mechanical engineer by trade but photographer from heart and soul. Born in Terceira Island in the Azores now based in Porto, Portugal. This is where I leave in response to my primordial instincts. With my camera I try to transmit what I see and feel.
    Traveling, getting to know new places and cultures is my main objective, through the lens, capturing what I feel and the experiences that make me grow and open new horizons.

    The main type of photography I do is travel and landscape. I have varied influences and I learn from all types of photography, lately I have been inspired by Alex Strohl and Finn Beales, they are a little different from what I usually photograph but leave the comfort zone that I learn and improve.

    Now at home I feel caged and in dire need of setting out in search of the unknown and adventure.
    For now I stay at home on my off days but I still have the privilege of being able to go out often to work, my job requires it to guarantee the minimum functioning of the country.

    About two weeks ago I took this photo for the Olympus Portugal challenge “Night” #OlympusemCasa.
    Equipment used was:
    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
    Olympus 7-14mm f2.8
    a Tripod and Photoshop.

    A series of self portraits. I start to take multiple photos of me doing a number of normal things from my evenings. Reading, working on the PC, exercise, dinner, mobile phone and television. Then I blend all toguether in one photo to expose the routine and repetition of a living being confined within four walls.

    Thank you for your attencion.
    Keep Safe!

    João TF Santos
    https://joaotfs.myportfolio.com/
    http://www.instagram.com/joaotfs

    ps: Obrigado Hugo pelo desafio e por partilhares a tua foto!

  18. Hi Guys!

    I’m Laith Stevens, an amateur photographer, from Australia. I was previously published in Olympus Passion Magazine with my article on my photographic journey and travel to New Zealand.

    For a few years now, I have had a passion for Photography. Photography is, for me, an important means of therapy, having time out from the stresses of everyday life and my work as a bomb disposal technician.

    As with everyone else around the globe, we are in isolation and thought that we would take some artistic shots, trying to bend lines and patterns with water and glass, an activity my 11 year old daughter, Alissa and I could do together. This image is a selection of the images we created. and we hope that you enjoy looking at them as we did making them!

    – Equipment used: Olympus E-M1 Mark II and the 12-40mm f/2.8;
    – Godox TT685O and Xpro O trigger and 24″ Octa Box.
    – Exif: Olympus E-M1 Mark II | Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 I 1/200″ | f/11 | ISO 200;
    – Post-processing: Slight colour adjustments in lightroom.

    With this simple and small setup, we were able to make some great fun images and hopefully some positive memories of our time during the Coronavirus lockdown. Again we hope you like them!

    Laith
    https://www.instagram.com/laithstevensphotography/

  19. I’m Matt, a professional designer, photographer, outdoors leader and journalist from the UK.
    Photography and the outdoors have always played a key part in my life since a young age, with my dad teaching me how to use film first, with the Olympus OM-1, OM-2 and OM-4 and introducing me to the Scout Organisation. Some twenty years on the addiction with photography and outdoors hasn’t stop and the two are now intertwined with one another as I document the outdoors through our mountaineering trips and expeditions up and down the country.

    Nature, the landscape, light and just the outdoors is my biggest influence in my photography and as someone who longs for the hills, sleeping on mountains under starry lit skies.
Having this taken away and left in the confines of my four walls at home is a mental drain and a struggle. Peering out the windows and restricted too short walks helps curve the drain but when the opportunity arises I will be on that mountain once again.

    Having just received my new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III I wanted to test out the new Starry Sky Auto Focus feature and enjoy the hot weather and clear skies and help curve my outdoor drive some what by using my back garden as my new mountain play ground.
    Tent pinched, BBQ cooking away and waiting for darkness to descend.

    The composite was simple. The glowing tent wrapped in fairy lights with the phone creating the soft glow inside. Leaving the camera to run using Live Composite mode and creating star trails over my house, my new ‘mountain’ play ground and tent.

    Equipment used: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III with M.Zuiko 12-100mm f/4 Pro
    Exif: f/4, ISO 800, 15 second exposures, 1 second apart running for 3 hours in Live Composite mode
    Post Processing: Adding clarity, blacks and shadows to the sky to create contrast in the trails.
    Cloning out trees and mess alone the top of the fence line.

    Matthew Holland
    https://mihollandphoto.com
    https://www.instagram.com/mihollandphoto

  20. Thanks to everyone who accepted this challenge! You have totally exceeded our expectations.
    Your entries will be part of a special edition, so stay tuned to your inbox for the next few days.

    Anyone who has not yet published here will still be able to do so, but submissions for this special edition are closed as of today.

    Thank you,
    Maurício & Hugo

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