After Month 2, I took the chance to explore parts of the Bay that are not on social media. Although San Francisco is often associated with Victorian houses, steep hills, and large buildings, I wanted to showcase some of the natural landscapes outside the city!

Woman with Trees
OM-D E-M1 Mark III | M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO
28mm | 1/30s | F4 | ISO 200
OM-D E-M1 Mark III | M.Zuiko 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO
28mm | ,4s | F4 | ISO 200

I work in the tech industry so I unfortunately don't get a lot of off time since I'm often in front of a spreadsheet and working around tight deadlines. Because of the break free program, I was able to push myself to work on my craft, think about how I can improve my photography, and look at the Bay Area through a new lens.

I’ve learned that you don’t always get the best conditions but preparing and being flexible sets you up for success. The landscape might not always have the sunset you envisioned, but that opens up opportunities to be creative to tell a unique story.

San Francisco Night Scene
OM-D E-M1 Mark III | M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
115mm | .8s | F2.8 | ISO 200

Overall the project has helped me improve how I compose my subject and think about how I can present something new. Like everyone else, I get consumed by taking as many photos as I can once I arrive at a location. I’ve made small but impactful changes to my creative process and am immensely grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained and the support my Olympus family has shown.