Getting Used to the Olympus 75mm F1.8: A few car shows

In my last post I shared some pictures I took during a family wedding, using the 75mm F1.8 Olympus lens.  Since I am not much of a people photographer (I am reluctant to get too close) the effective focal length (150mm) of this lens really helps get images without being noticed.  It also provides a nice shallow depth of field, as the lens is already tack sharp wide open at F1.8.

This past fall, I attended several car shows on the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA.  I usually carried two cameras.  First, attached to a carabiner on my belt I clipped the Sony NEX-6 with the kit 16-50 zoom lens for my wide and normal angle shots.  On my shoulder I carried the Olympus E-M5 with the 75mm lens.

75mm F1.8 shown here with $25 third party lens hood
(as far as I can tell it is identical to the $75 Olympus hood, which
must be purchased separately.)
You'd think for a $1000 lens, Olympus could supply a hood as standard.

The images shared below are with the 75mm lens.  Some are "people" shots which I was able to get from a distance.  Other shots are my attempts at being creative with the cars and the shallow depth of field of the 75mm lens.

Depending on your monitor resolution, larger images are available for viewing here:

Camera Settings for the 75mm lens

Cars Outdoors:

For outdoor pictures often the problem is too much light when shooting at wide aperture (the above were shot at F2).  I believe all of the car photos were done with the E-M5 with its maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec.  In this case, using Aperture Priority and AutoISO you will without-a-doubt get only ISO200 and the camera will speed up the shutter to a level far above my minimum required speed of 1/125sec or 1/160sec for this lens and nearly stationary subjects.  Indeed, there were times when the shutter maxed out at 1/4000th and I wished I'd brought a neutral density (ND) filter or even a polarizer to cut down the light.  (This is one reason I am pleased that the new Olympus E-M1 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec.)