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Date: 06/05/2013 | By: Heather

‘Mirrorless Monday’ with John McKay and the Olympus EPL-2

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‘Mirrorless Monday’ with John McKay and the Olympus EPL-2

Mirrorless Monday is a chance for us, and for you, to travel the world through the amazing photos taken by our readers with their mirrorless cameras! This week, we jump from Northern Italy to the far west of Canada, where John McKay took this beautiful shot at the Italian Gardens at Hatley Castle in Colwood, British Columbia.

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Taken with the Olympus EPL-2 using 40-150mm zoom

About his equipment and the location, John states:

I’m sending you a photo I took with my Olympus EPL-2 using the 40-150 mm zoom. I took this photo in the Italian Gardens on the grounds of Hatley Castle in Colwood B.C. Canada. Hatley Castle, also called Hatley Park, is a Canadian National Historic Site and also the location of Royal Roads University.

He goes on to explain just how the shot came about.

“I was wandering around the grounds and spotted a young girl in a beautiful blue dress and she appeared to be having photos taken for her upcoming graduation. I also spotted a male peacock showing off it’s finery, a spectacular spray of colourful feathers, he seemed to be trying to impress the young girl. Being a retired newspaper photographer and seeing the girl and the peacock but not together I anticipated a “what if”, what if the girl approached the peacock, what would happen. Well, she did approach the peacock slowly and the peacock gave no indication of backing off or putting his feathers to rest, so the girl got closer and closer and finally I had my shot. I was zoomed out close to 150mm (300 in a 35 mm camera). The light was great, a bright overcast day with no harsh shadows”

Being lucky is a case of anticipation and being prepared for a situation that unfolds before your camera and of course being in the right place at the right time.

Well said, John, and thank you for sharing!

To see more of John’s work, you can visit his Flickr page. His album from France is definitely worth checking out!

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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

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