Harrington Point.

On Sunday I carried an old Nikon One. This is often called a toy camera, but it is well engineered. Moreover, I was using a kit lens.

What I had was good light.

At a crib.

There are two colloquial words that are regional in New Zealand. In the north island, a “bach” is a holiday home, generally simple, small and plain, and somewhat scenic. In the photo shoot I have a ruined bach. In the south island they are called cribs.

And they are dying, beucase the scenic areas now have subdivisions. This one is between two subdivisions, and will soon be no more.

Photos taken with Nikon one and Olympus OM-10 mark II. Processed in Darktable.


I have held off on processing these for a while. The issue I had was sunlight: I was either in full sun or (since the Koalas sensibly sought the shade) in the dark and having to crank the iso up to get a sharpish image. These ones seemed to work.

Nikon v3 with 10 -100 zoom: Processed Darktable

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.

On my birthday.

I turned 56 yesterday, and after church we planned a walk. We did not expect that the temperature would drop from the teens to below freezing if the windhcill was taken into account. I can fit a nikon one under the jacket, and was able to take a few shots, while the pro photographer ran back to the car before she became hypothermic.

Nikon One V3 with 18 mm 1.8 lens, processed darktable.

Water creatures.

I use a different system for birding trying to get reach: a nikon DX 70 — 200mm zoom lens on a Nikon V3. The lesson from this walk was to use a tripod, to get better shots even with moving animals.

Nikon v3, most shots at 200 mm (600 mm effective) processed in Darktable

Birds at Warrington.

I’m using an odd kit when trying to shoot wildlife. Most of my cameras are set up for landscapes or portraits. And yes, I can do those with the V3. But most of the time I have this kit set up: I use old lenses. This gives me 600m useful reach, which is beyond the distance I can hold a lens steady for.


Why the V3. Two words.

Fast Focus.

And even then, I did not get all the shots. Warrington, mudflats, Oystercatchers, gulls, feeding and in flight. And humans. And a scenery shot.

Processed in Shotwell: shotwell handles V3 files better than darktable, but I can do a lot less optimization.

Two panoramas.

These were taken using a Nikon V3, freehand. I had to walk 30m between them. There are 17 shots stitched into a very large TIFF file that I have cut down considerably.

One of the reasons I live in Dunedin.

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And this one has about eight photos in it.

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Photos processed from embedded JPEG using Hugin, and Shotwell.