On the usefulness of a CX sensor.

Yes, one of htese shots is the same as yesterday, same size… but instead of being taken with a D800 and a 0 mm lons, the other with a 10-100 CX lens that gives the equivalent of 300 mm reach.

A CX camera can shoot raw, you can use the same workflow, and it can, within likits produce good photos. But it is much lighter. The advantage of using the Nikon one series over the alternative (such as the Sony RX 100 camera) is that you can use a prime lens (there are fast ones) and a superzoom: you don’t have as many compromises with glass. And the glass, now that the V series is not being promoted, is becoming cheap. The system is smaller than the similar options for a micro 4/3 and as a little more pixels.

THis is my current travel solution: the previous one was a Ricoh GXR.

Pohutukawa and other flowers (and a cat)

We are in the process of unpacking, including pulling out the cameras. The Pro Photographer is thinking of when to upgrade her cameras. I am not. I’m still using a D800 as the main camera. Today I put on a second hand, ugly zoom (that was bought off a press photographer, with the hood held together by duct tape) and took it out into the rain, and shot all the photos but the one of the cat.

I was trying to get shots of the Pohutukawa flowers. This “The New Zealand Christmas Tree” normally flowers around Christmas. It is flowering a month late, even in the South: we are having a miserable summer, with snow on the hills in what should be the warmest time of the year. But the roses like it.

Slightly different processing: photos were imported using rapid photo downloader, which is lighter and faster, and then processed in Darktable. D800, F2.8 70 – 200 zoom.

Otago Harbour, cellphone.

These were taken using my cellphone tonight: one is a panorama based on multiple photos from the google photo system.

Xperia Z5 cellphone.

(And yes, I have better photos to process later, once the move to casa weka is complete)

Affinity: better than Darktable? Lightroom Killer?

I have bought the Mac home for the Christmas break, as there a couple of work projects that may need doing. This has different photo processing apps on it: one of which is Affinity, which I am experimenting with.

One comment: compared with my HD 1080 screen the Retina on my Mac is far, far better. As my work laptop is pushing three years old, the main issue I will have from here on out is screens and videos to drive it.

I just don’t want to spend Mac or Dell XPS prices to get it.

Some trial shots.

At first sight…. this can import a pile of photos, it makes very good monochrome, the defaults make sense, it has zone systems that work, and you can modify more than I do a file. I was processing d800 raw photos, but they are in my mind of moderate size: my medium format scans routinely are 90 — 120 MB.

It does slow down, at least on the old macbook pro I use. It is better than Lightroom, and as good (in my hands) as Darktable.

Some changes here.

Couple of things that have happened. The first is that Twenty seventeen is the theme here, but not at the main blog. This place is photo centric, and I’ve been going back through the uploaded files finding nice heading shots.

The second is that I’m moving to jpegs when posting here for file size. I will put .png files up at smugmug.

These photos are taken from the backyard. D800, 85 mm lens, f2.8, after the freezing summer rain we get here.

A mamiya 7, Dunedin Harbour.

I’m moving and all the darkoom stuff is in storage. So these are downloaded from the Darkroom site: one roll of 120, shot with a Mamiya 7ii, no processing.

Mick’s place.

In October, Robyn and I visited our friend Mick. He lives in a house above Lake Hawea. It was spectacular.

Nikon D800, Darktable, multiple filters, Voightlander 21 mm f4.0, Nikon f1.4 50 mm