I promised you more flower photos, so here's my next one from what turned out to be a very productive visit to the amazing Keukenhof Garden (just outside Amsterdam and the World's second largest flower garden, behind the Dubai Miracle Garden). I was drawn to this particular tulip as one of the petals had broken, revealing the interior of the flower. As I was lens testing, I saw it as a good opportunity to capture the detail within, but looking at it again, I like the colours and shapes here.
If I told you I was testing a short telephoto lens and a macro lens, you'd probably assume I used the latter to take this photo, but it was in fact the former. I shot this handheld with the new Lumix 42.5mm f1.7 lens, mounted on an Olympus OMD EM1; the lens is equivalent to 85mm in terms of full-frame coverage and can focus surprisingly close, making it great for casual macro work.
I posted it, along with a bunch of other samples, on Cameralabs and flickr, and was both surprised (and delighted!) to discover it had been featured on the Explore stream by Fluidr. Within a few hours it had been viewed over 23,000 times which makes it one of my most successful photos ever in terms of views in a short period. So thanks to everyone who saw and liked it there!
All my samples for this lens so far are at the link below: