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I took the train into NYC yesterday to meet up with some friends for dinner but went in a few hours early to put the new Olympus E-PM2 through the paces while wandering around and listening to new music. (Side Note: If you’ve never wandered around Manhattan people watching with your headphones cranked up, you are missing out.) I wound up walking way further than anticipated—Penn Station down to the West Village, back up to Bryant Park, over to Union Square, back to Time’s Square and finally back to Penn Station—but it was worth it.

Overall I am pretty happy with the E-PM2 and the kit lenses it came with—I used both in the shots above—but I do think I’m going to eventually make a switch to either the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II prime lens or the new Olympus Zuiko 20mm f/1.8 lens for everyday use as most of the photos I take are walking around/travel/low light.

Sunday’s trip to the B&H Photo Video Superstore in NYC in search of a new camera was a big success. After a lot of research, I decided I wanted to go the Mirrorless Four Thirds route over a more traditional DSLR due to the much smaller body size and ease of portability— which means I’ll still be able to take into most concert venues. Plus, these days most mirrorless cameras are completely on par with DSLR image quality in similar price brackets. And with interchangeable lenses it’s really anybody’s game.

I wound up going with the Olympus EPM-2 due to the picture quality, portability, ratings, and the fact that it came with a 14-22mm f3.5-5.6 II R lens and a free ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R lens included. I’ll probably upgrade to a 25mm f/1.8 prime lens eventually but for now those two are solid.

I’ve been working nights since Sunday and haven’t really gotten a chance to play around with it yet, but I did take it down to the beach for 10-15 min on Monday morning when I got back from the hospital to see what it could do. These were the results following some quick edits in Lightroom.

Mordor? Mars? Nevada Desert? I shot this with my iPhone from the plane on the way home from Las Vegas this past weekend. Much like Mordor, one does not simply walk into Vegas… 

Mordor? Mars? Nevada Desert? 

I shot this with my iPhone from the plane on the way home from Las Vegas this past weekend. Much like Mordor, one does not simply walk into Vegas… 

So this past weekend they celebrated Carnivale in Roseau, the capital of Dominica. Having just finished up our neuro/endocrine/psych block and taken the block exam the previous Monday, we decided to head on out and experience Carnivale in the Caribbean first hand.

What ensued was basically a seventeen hour bender of no sleep, drinking, eating, marching in the streets, blowing whistles, jumping on and off trucks, wearing crazy hats and more drinking. It was fantastic. Especially since most of us pulled seventeen hour no-sleep benders the weekend before to study for our exam.

Of the twenty or so that went and started our Carnivale experience around 5pm, only Sayegh and I were left standing in the streets at 10am with our breakfast Vodka-Monsters in hand (they were out of Redbull.)

Highlights of the night included:
-Jumping on a moving flat bad and crowning it our chariot float.
-Marching in the parade with locals for 4 hours.
-Getting invited to karaoke with an Asian family at their Chinese New Years dinner.
-James’ incredible mullet wig.

Finally got around to editing some more pics from the 9 days in Europe. I got through about 70 pics from the 3.5 days in Prague and edited the 50 or so keepers. Hopefully I’ll get to the photos from Vienna and Budapest soon. In the meantime, here’s a pic dump.

All pics taken with a Canon S95 and edited in Lightroom 3

34th & Now is gonna pick up again now that finals are over, break is done, and I’m back at on the 2nd year medical school grind in search of new music to help drown out the monotony of studying the basic sciences. In there meantime, here’s some pics I took over break when we went on a 9 day Prague-Vienna-Budapest trip. These are from the Vienna Zoo, which is apparently the oldest zoo in the world.

I’ve always been a fan of the relic look on electric guitars, especially Telecasters, but the Fender Custom Shop relics always seemed too…unauthentic to me. Well, at least until I saw this. This Fender Custom Shop Jazzmaster might be one of the sexiest looking guitars I’ve ever seen.

That awkward moment when you use your Radiology lecture slides to double check that the 3rd world Dominican radiologist didn’t misread your x-rays from when you slipped in muddy shoes after intramural kickball…

Lee Jeffries is an accountant from Manchester by profession but for the past few years he’s traveled around the world photographing people he encounters on the streets, particularly the homeless.

He spends time getting to know each of his subjects before shooting them, which is evident in his work. The breath taking portraits seem to suggest details of each individuals life, taking a hard unflinching look at their personal condition.

Jeffries was just announced as the 2011 Digital Camera Photographer of the Year and you can read more about him at the Independent.

(Via powerofthebeard)

These are, simply put, fantastic.

Yesterday I was in the library from 9am until 1:00pm, the anatomy lab from 1:30pm - 5:15pm going through my cadaver’s skull and subocciptal region, grabbed some food, went back to the library form 5:40pm until midnight and then hit the gym from midnight ‘til 1a.m. It was a pretty long day even by med school standards…but today made up for it with our White Coat Ceremony.

Today we went on an island tour and stopped at Trafalgar Falls, the sulfur springs, an overlook of the capital city, Roseau, and the town of Scotshead where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are separated by no more than 150ft. It was 8 hours on a bus/hiking but totally worth it. For all of the pics visit my photo journal at www.lifeatross.tumblr.com

Life in Portsmouth, Dominica attending Ross University School of Medicine.

Did you think to kill me? There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There is only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.Remember Remember the Fifth of NovemberThe Gunpowder Treason and Plot I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot.

Did you think to kill me? There’s no flesh or blood within this cloak to kill. There is only an idea. Ideas are bulletproof.

Remember Remember the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.