I slipped into the kayak as I slip into a pair of soft jeans. I was closer to the sea. I paddled out, even closer. It was quiet and peaceful. I was happy. But something was different. It took a while before I realized what it was; the sea didn’t smell like sea. It smelled of flowers. The islands in the Swedish archipelago are blooming with flowers of colours and fragrances. I wish I could show you what it smelled like. I wish recorded the sound of silence and sea. But I know it’s not enough. You have to be there. Experience it by yourself. But at least I can show you what it looks like! Because I have a new camera. And somehow it gets me more motivated to take photos with this new toy.
I must admit I like gear and some new toys every now and then. I don’t think I’m very materialistic at all in the way I’m not impressed by money or fame, and I don’t like getting more stuff. I hate shopping and would always prefer to spend time outdoors before anything else. But I do have weaknesses; Bikinis. And cameras. I have had the same great cameras for over 2 years. They have kept up with me through high altitude and deep dives, but one has gotten a crack in the screen and the other simply got even better. So Olympus asked me if I wanted to try the updates. I could not say no. Especially not since I’d had the honor of talking directly to the Olympus techicians last ”fotomässan” photo fair in Sweden
I opened the package like a child opens gifts on christmas. And then I kept feeling like a child with a new toy. I took it with me everywhere, playing with it several hours a day. The news of the Olympus tough TG-4 is that it can take photos in raw format, which is great for higher quality shots! Here’s a few samples from my weekend: