Today was my first outing with the Olympus 7â€“14mm f/2.8 Pro lens. The family and I headed up to Georgetownâ€Šâ€”â€Ša kitchy / industrial / older neighborhood in South Seattle. Itâ€™s a great place for spending the day to shop and eat. Also, a fantastic place to get some really neat photos!
Our first stop was the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall. Itâ€™s definitely worth checking out. You just never know what youâ€™re going to find there.
They even had hula hoops! I shot this video of Nadia hula hooping before we left. I was messing with the camera settings, AF mode switch, etc. during the shootingâ€Šâ€”â€Šhence the shaking:
The next stop was a couple of blocks away for lunch. We headed on over to the Hitchcock Deli. Their meat selection is amazing, the restaurant is clean, the staff are friendly, and we ate a vegetarian mealâ€Šâ€”â€Šweâ€™re not vegetarians, it just sounded good. The kids had PB&J, and the wife and I ate an arugula salad with beets and a wonderful curry / tomato soup with black currants, squash, andÂ ??? It was really good!
One of the employees behind the counter was slicing up some meats for a customer and it looked amazing! I asked the customer whose order it was if I could jam my camera in there and take some shots of their order. They gave me permission, and this is what I saw! Such a wonderful presentation!
Right across the street from the Hitchcock Deli is a place called Flip Flip, Ding Ding. Itâ€™s a 21 and over bar and arcade. I asked the bartender if I could walk around the establishment and take some photosâ€Šâ€”â€Šshe was real cool about it and told me to go right ahead.
While I was in the arcade, Vanessa and the girls were just around the corner at a coffee shop (All City Coffee). Parked right in front, was a beautiful Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. I donâ€™t know the first thing about cars, but this thing looked like it could fly! As I was taking pictures, the owner came out and asked if I wanted to photograph the inside! Of course I would!!! He opened the door for me, and then went back into the coffee shop leaving me alone with his car! I so wanted to climb into that thing, take shots from all angles, get behind the wheel while making â€œvroom vroomâ€ noises, and take a selfie with me laying on the hood. Instead, I took a few shots and politely closed the door.
Just around the corner from there is Georgetown Records. I spoke with the man behind the counter, I think he was the owner, and he gave me permission to go around the whole store and shoot some photos. It was everything youâ€™d expect a record store to be! I asked about business, he said itâ€™s better than ever and growing. Also, that theyâ€™ve been in business for 11 years. Just walking around this place makes me want to rush out and buy a record player.
This last shot was a car that we passed by on the way back to ours. All I can tell you about it, is that itâ€™s a Ford, but it had character.
We were only in Georgetown a couple of hours, but I could have easily spent more time there shopping, eating, and taking photos. Itâ€™s really a place for adults, but we had the two girls with us, so we had to get going. Vanessa and I plan on having an afternoon date there one of these days to see more of the place.
Youâ€™re probably wondering how the lens and camera performed together?
- No complaints.
- Most of my shots were at f/2.8â€Šâ€”â€Šf/4.
- Fast and accurate autofocus
- Great feel and function.
- Highly recommended!
Originally published at bershatsky.com on December 27, 2015.