Saturday, 30 July 2011

Behind the Scenes

I had the chance to spend part of the day watching a location shoot for a promo and since I had the RD1 with me, I took a few pictures in between.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

More London Street Photography

Another quick street photography series from London since I have been a bit more inspired and have seen the exhibition again today. All pictures are from the GXR with the A12 28mm module and are lightly processed RAW files.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Visit to Scotney Castle

Another day out in Kent, this time with the LC1. It did as usual an excellent job and I really enjoy using it, hopefully Panasonic will release a LC2 at some point with only a newer sensor and some minor tweaks on the camera.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Kiss by the River

GF1, f5.6, 1/640, ISO 100, JPG, 70mm (Voigtländer Nokton f1.4 35mm M)

I saw this while having a pint at the Cutty Sark pub in Greenwich and while the first instinct was to move closer and not show the window frame, I decided to include it instead since it made for a more interesting and somewhat voyeuristic picture.

Monday, 18 July 2011

NEX in Amsterdam

Yesterday, I had the chance to take the Sony NEX-3 for a spin around Amsterdam. It was very interesting and I actually liked the little NEX more than I expected.

It is not a pretty camera and too small for my liking, the 16mm pancake lens feels pretty horrible with the thin metal covering the plastic innards and you always have the feel to hold a flat can in your hand. The focusing won't win any speed records either and is slower than the GXR A12 modules with latest firmware but seems usable even in lower light.

The controls have drawn a lot of complaints when the camera has been released but to everyone's surprise, Sony did listen and has improved them. Sure, it could still do with a few extra buttons or even better an extra wheel in the front but if (like me) you shoot in A-mode 95% of the time and only realy need access to EV compensation and ISO it is pretty good. It works surprisingly well to change the EV compensation and ISO as well as the AF mode.

The best parts about the NEX are undoubtedly the fantastic flip up screen and the great peaking mode, both features that I want to see adapted by Ricoh and Panasonic in the future.
The screen is great for street photography and is so much smaller and thinner than the one on the GH2. I was worried it would feel flimsy once flipped up but it's actually very sturdy and allows for being very discreet when taking pictures.

The peaking mode on the other hand is great and the best way to manually focus and I really want to try this with a legacy lens. I really hope Ricoh takes notice of this and implements it on the upcoming GXR Mount A12 module. During my tests it seemed to work very well but the 16mm pancake is not a great MF lens so the real test will come with a legacy lens.

So overall I did enjoy my time with the NEX-3, would I buy one? No, I like my cameras to feel and handle like cameras and not like toys but there certainly are things about the NEX I like so I will keep my eyes open of what Sony is doing with the NEX-7 and if it will look and handle more like a real camera. Right now the biggets problem with the NEX are the poor native lenses so it's more a legacy lens only camera in my view.

This series is from the NEX-3, all pictures have been developed from RAW with RAW Therapee so without any corrections applied.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Amsterdam Walk

Today, I had the pleasure to met up with friend and fellow blogger Björn Utpott in Amsterdam. Despite the changing weather between rain and sunshine we had a nice walk and a great conversation over a few pints.

It is always great to meet other photographers and not only talk about photography but also go out and practice it. Björn was kind enough to let me use his new Sony NEX camera with the 16mm pancake.

Instead of posting a mix between NEX and RD1 pictures, I decided to post the series today with only RD1 pictures and do a quick post of my experiences and pictures with the NEX tomorrow. Having two series also makes sense in terms of content, it will become more clear once you see the NEXt post.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Pigeon Steps

RD1, 1/158, ISO 200, RAW, 53mm (Voigtländer Nokton f1.4 35mm)

A rainy and not very inspired day while on a short trip to Den Haag. I did get only a few decent pictures and this (although slightly cropped) I like best.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Visit to Sissinghurst Castle and Garden

A small series from Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, the pictures are taken with the Epson RD1 and the 35mm Nokton lens and the iPhone 4 with the Hipstamatic app.
The last picture is a heavy crop but I prefer it to the full picture and I really wanted to include it, although it does not really fit in this series very well.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Wednesday, 6 July 2011