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Nightlife and bar stories

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/50s • ISO 3200

Just like most photographers, my photography path started with landscape shots, but a set of circumstances caused it to broaden into more paths. I am convinced that a photographer should stick to one theme and develop within it, but with me it wasn't like that. 

Traveling through the universe of photography, I discovered low-light photography. I was already familiar with it through concert photography, and I wasn't fond of working with additional light sources such as a flash. I like to simplify things even in photography. I work with the light that is present there and then, I try to make the most of it. The reason behind this is simple: nothing can replace the ambient light that is present at that moment.

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm • 1:1.8 • 1/100s • ISO 3200

In the end we all look for a story in the photo, so my motto goes: "light +moment = story." When I transferred to Olympus OM-D, everything I talked about became faster, easier, and sharper, plus there was way more quality. 

The photos that are shown were created in a local bar called "Papas Bar." When people around me forget that I am present and everything becomes like a movie that I'm watching but not participating in… that is when timeless photos are created. 

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm • 1:1.8 • 1/25s • ISO 5000

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm • 1:1.8 • 1/60s • ISO 3200

The photos were taken with an OM-D E-M1 and two of my favorite lenses; 25mm 1:1.2 PRO lens: Fast, quiet and precise, this lens is my best friend when the light starts turning bad. 

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 25mm PRO • 1:1.2 • 1/80s • ISO 5000

75mm 1:1.8 Premium lens: My favorite lens—very sharp and for me the best for portrait photography.

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm • 1:1.8 • 1/80s • ISO 5000

The Olympus MFT lenses enabled the OM-D to react quickly and correctly and work just as it should. At times the speed needed to be lowered, just so I could give the light more space and the autofocus worked great in those moments. For this type of photography, where the light is minimal but you need quick reactions, the Olympus OM-D equipment has proven itself to be the best choice for me.

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm • 1:1.8 • 1/80s • ISO 3200

The lenses I use give me the freedom to focus on the events around me. They give me security and I know that the final material will be the best example of my work.

E-M1 • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm • 1:1.8 • 1/80s • ISO 5000

Photographer profile: 

Croatian-born Silvijo Selman is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraits, events, and landscapes. His photographic journey began in 1997, and since then his works have been featured in several photo exhibitions in Croatia and Germany. With a knack for capturing surreal moments, Silvijo takes an impressionist approach to photography, focusing on composition.

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  • Anonymous

    A good use of available light and ISO, an inspiration to a new Olympus E-M1 Mk ii user

    Barny uk.

  • Anonymous

    These images really inspire me to explore those high ISO numbers -- they've allowed you to perfectly capture "moments" and they also look more like film. Thank you.

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