About Michael

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m a long-time Olympus photographer, dating back to ancient times when film ruled the Earth! I switched to digital full-time when the Olympus E-10 came out and never looked back!

I specialize in concert and theater photography. I like this kind of photography because I enjoy the challenge of capturing the moment while dealing with variable lighting conditions and rapid movement.

I shoot part-time for a network of hyper-local news sites operated by South King Media which include the B-Town Blog and Waterland Blog among others.

I am a professional member of the Seattle chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

In my spare time, I teach several photography classes for Burien Parks & Recreation.

About My Gear

In 2013, I began working with a new breed of micro-4/3rd mirrorless cameras and have all but abandoned full size dSLRs at this point.

My primary stills camera is an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with an HDL-7 battery grip. My secondary body is an Olympus OM-D E-M5.

In 2014 I began to experiment with video using a Panasonic DMC-G6 body equipped with either a RØDE VideoMic Pro for documentary work or a RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro for concert footage.

My goto lenses that see frequent use include: the M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO, the M.Zuiko 12mm f2.0, the M.Zuiko 45mm f1.8, the Zuiko ED 35-100mm f2.0, the Zuiko ED 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 SWD and the Leica DG Summilux 25mm f1.4 ASPH.

One of the things I love about the micro-4/3rd standard is that any of these lenses will work on either my Olympus or Panasonic camera bodies!

When I’m shooting on the move I use a BlackRapid Yeti shoulder strap that allows me to carry one or two cameras. I use quick-release Fusion Plates from FPGear to connect my cameras to my shoulder strap or tripod. These plates provide a connector for the strap and work with an Arca-Swiss style tripod head.

When I need to support a camera while shooting stills or video I turn to either a MeFOTO RoadTrip tripod or a VariZoom Chickenfoot carbon-fiber monopod.

When it comes to storing and carrying my camera gear, I have a bit of a camera bag fetish. The two I use the most are a Tamrac Tele-Zoom pack equipped with two M.A.S large lens cases or a Safrotto CF1000 canvas camera bag.

The Tamrac bag allows me to carry two camera bodies, one with a large zoom attached, and an additional lens. I use the Safrotto bag when I want to carry just about everything. I can fit all three camera bodies I regularly use, plus four lenses, both external mics and lots of other odds and ends.

And yes, it’s much easier to write about camera gear than myself!

Photo by Justin Suyama