Metlife Blimp Jan 2013

Snoopy came back to Orlando in late January and was still hanging out near the 408 on Friday 1 February when I drove past him on the way home. Snoopy's Metlife blimp is something of a regular visitor to these parts, showing up around January every year. On that way home I pulled off to try my hand at some late evening photography with the E-M5. The sun had already pretty well set. The blimp's internal light was already on (you can begin to see it shining through the lower gasbag skin).

Metlife Blimp Jan 2013

Because the sun was well below the horizon I didn't have a lot of time to take very many photos, but I didn't let that bother me so much because of the fast lenses I was using combined with the E-M5 (and to a lesser extent the other Pens I had with me). The E-M5 and the fast primes have given back to me what I used to take for granted in the ancient days of film; low-light photography with little concern. Perhaps this is what the Canons and Nikons with their expensive full-frame cameras and equally expensive zooms were already giving, but then, they were at a price I couldn't afford at that time. I now find great comfort with the E-M5 and a raft of primes that include the Panasonic 14mm, 20mm, and 25mm and the Olympus 17mm and superb 45mm.

Metlife Blimp Jan 2013
Metlife Blimp Jan 2013

On the way out it had grown very dark and the blimp, lit from within like some giant magic lantern, hung suspended above the field tied to its mooring mask.


All photos taken with the Olympus E-M5 body. Top to photos taken with the Panasonic Leica 25mm 1:1.4 while the lower photos were taken with the M.Zuiko 45mm 1:1.8.


  1. Wonderful photos Bill! Thanks for sharing - even our Zuleikha loved Snoopy & the Peanut gang.

    1. Thank you. I remember when my girls were big Snoopy and Peanuts gang fans as well.


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