Lime Grill for supper. My wife told the cashier and the manager on duty about my day. When we were just about finished with our meal the manager came by with complementary sopapillas, a random act of kindness meant to offset some of the long day's events. And come to think of it, it did. I took the E-PL2 with the Leica 25mm with me to capture, well, whatever. Lime Grill is surrounded on three sides with plantings of roses. I saw this particular bush, and in the early evening light I grabbed a few photographs, letting my mood influence my photography.
Top photo taken with the Olympus E-PL2 and Leica 25mm. EV adjusted -1 to keep with the darkening light; the camera wanted to compensate by making the scene brighter than it really was. The Leica was opened up to f/1.4 and I adjusted the focus point towards to the top of the sensor to make sure the front wilted flower was in focus. Then I cropped 16:9 in Lightroom, tweaked the contrast and blacks a bit, and voila! I had a JPEG for the web.
The rest were taken with the E-PL1 and the Panasonic 20mm. While the 20mm is nice, it's not Leica nice. I did use the autofocus adjust on the E-PL1 to put the focus square right on the solar panel. If you pixel peep the photo you'll see the panel and wood post are nice and crisply sharp, but the rest of the photo gets progressively softer as you move from right to left. I would have liked a strong falloff, but it was broad daylight and I had to stop the lens down to avoid over exposure. That's the problem with the E-PL1, it's maximum shutter speed is only 1/2000 sec instead of the 1/4000 sec of the E-P2 and E-PL2. And extra stop of shutter speed would have given me an extra stop to widen the aperture, and a more pronounced falloff from the plane of focus. But, hey, it was a $150 camera. I got essentially what I wanted, which is all that matters.
What I needed my cameras for today was a way to help expunge the emotions that came from the violation of the robbery. I can't suppress emotions, so I might as well channel them and harness them into something creative, like my photography. For that need the cameras were flawless performers.