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Burmese Light: Impressions of the Golden Land (Burma - Myanmar)
Burmese Light: Impressions of the Golden Land (Burma - Myanmar)
by Hans Kemp
Edition: Flexibound
Price: $25.70
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed!, September 28, 2013
Burmese Light, with photographs by Hans Kemp and text by Tom Vater offers viewers and readers a tantalizingly beautiful glimpse into contemporary Myanmar at a transitional point in its history. In an age where it seems that everyone with some type of image making device, be it a camera-phone or expensive DSLR or anything in between considers himself/herself a photographer, Burmese Light shows us why this is anything but the case. In this brilliant book, we see what happens when an experienced photographer with a thorough understanding of his medium, encounters a land and a people for which he obviously has deep feeling. Photography is a medium which depends on light to carve its images and Mr. Kemp reveals himself to be a genuine light-master. Virtually every image glows with an ethereal presence which transforms everyday events into transcendental moments; fixed in time but somehow continuing on in the viewer's mind.

One extraordinary aspect of this book is how the viewer/reader becomes a participant in the authors' journey, rather than merely a passive observer. The intricate play between photographer and that which is front of his lens clicks magically to invite the viewer into the scene. We are not watching life go by, but we are going along for the ride. Our feet are walking that street, hearing the sounds we cannot hear but know are there, smelling the fish and the smoke, while everything is bathed in a gorgeously glowing radiance. This is a book which brings smiles with every turn of the page.

In addition, the book is logically laid out, broken down by place but within each place we have a multitude of details to explore along with the authors.

Finally, Mr. Vater's text beautifully and unpretentiously compliments the photographs, providing a footing from which to further appreciate where we are and what is going on around us.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who appreciates real photography and/or has an interest in Burma or Asia in general. You will find yourself returning to it often, each time discovering new delights.


Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Olympus OM Zuiko Lens to Micro 4/3 Olympus PEN and Panasonic Lumix Cameras
Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Olympus OM Zuiko Lens to Micro 4/3 Olympus PEN and Panasonic Lumix Cameras
Price: $21.25
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OM to M 4/3 Fotodiox adapter, December 8, 2010
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Works perfectly, high, all metal, build quality and excellent finish. No reason to go for the expensive Olympus branded adapter.


Olympus PEN E-P2 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens and Electronic View Finder
Olympus PEN E-P2 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Zoom Lens and Electronic View Finder
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Price: $1,099.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Olympus PEN E-P2 w/ 14-42/EVF2, December 8, 2010
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Excellent build quality. Feels like a "real" camera. Electronic viewfinder better than expected, very bright although somewhat grainy in low light. 14-42 kit zoom good if not superb.
With electronic viewfinder fitted, camera is not really "pocketable" however it is much more "discreet" than even a small SLR, closer to shooting with a Leica M series.
Have tried a late model OM 50mm 1.8 (look for "Japan and MC on the front)which produces surprisingly good results even wide open (1.8). On M 4/3, this lens gives an image size similar to 100mm on 35mm so it becomes a fast portrait or medium f.l. street lens. Very sharp at f/8-11. Nice smooth rendering. It is also very easy to focus with the electronic viewfinder. I am using this lens exclusively now. About US$ 40.00 for a good example.
Olympus menu somewhat confusing and illogical at first but allows camera to be customized to the user's needs/preferences after which access to often used features becomes relatively simple/fast.
Overall, it is a very high quality photographic instrument with an "old school" feel with manual focus legacy lenses. However, this camera will fit in only the largest of jacket/cargo pockets so users wanting an ultra-portable machine should look elsewhere. In addition, although the image quality is high, (especially good highlight holding as compared to smaller sensors) those wanting full frame SLR quality may want to go that route. So who is this camera for? Perhaps people like me who prefer the feel of a fast discreet all metal camera, who prefer to make pictures with this camera to our eye rather than with outstretched arms and do not mind focusing manually when the lens is fast and sharp. And, of course, users who demand high quality output.
T.Hricko - Saigon VN


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