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Jonathan Rockway
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Available light photography.  Tripod not required.
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It's hard to block the bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge all by yourself, but if you bring a tripod (no doubt for your large-format box camera for maximum hipster cred), then it's easy!

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I bought some sensor cleaning equipment.

First I tried the SensorKlear from LensPen because the LensPens magically clean my glasses (I don't get my lenses dirty, but they probably work on camera lenses too).  Not a good buy.  The loupe doesn't focus close enough to my A7's sensor so you kind of have to hold it up in the air.  But it does let you see the dust and smudges from prior cleaning attempts.

The included pen thing doesn't do anything, as far as I can tell.

I also got Sensor Swabs and Eclipse cleaning solution.  That made short work of everything, or so I thought.  I took some test shots, that's the "Before" shot below.  Some dust on there.  I blew the dust out with a blower and took the "After" picture.  I thought there was some dust but my monitor was just dirty, my sensor now looks 100% clean.

The only disadvantage with the Sensor Swabs is that they're expensive and the cleaning solution is highly flammable (so nobody will ship it to you, but I live in New York and can just pick it up at B&H).  I'm pleased.  I kind of want to take the lens off and observe my handiwork some more but I will try and resist the urge.

I see the appeal of film.  You get 36 sensors for $3.  With digital cameras, you get one sensor for $2000.  Not the best deal!
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Also all these essential accessories are really cutting into my lens budget!  By time time you get a good strap, cleaning supplies, cases for extra lenses, you've really spent a lot of money on stuff that's totally non-exciting.  (And don't get me started on the flash situation for Sony's "multi interface shoe".  Not good.)

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Joralemon Street.

The starburst is not an effect, the lens actually does that at f/22.
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Sensor dust? Nothing that can't be fixed in post.
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One "problem" I've found with the a7ii is that it has too much dynamic range. Here are 5 bracketed pictures at 0 EV, -1 EV, +1 EV, -2 EV, +2 EV. I compensated for the exposure in Lightroom and then had Google combine them into a gif. As you can see there is basically 100% of the information in all 5 photos, so it was quite pointless to bracket because you could add whatever effect you wanted from the "HDR" in postprocessing. (The reviews claim about 14 EVs of dynamic range!) But there was a bird flying by at the time, so it makes for an interesting movie.

With that in mind I guess I'll try 0, -3, +3 next time, but even that might not be enough to add new information!
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The sky tends to be pretty bright and the backlit buildings tend to be pretty dim.  You can see that the -1 and -2 shots (frames 2 and 4) have more detail in the clouds.  The buildings are murky in all the pictures.

For this picture I really needed to get a more-underexposed shot of the sky and water, and a more-overexposed shot of the buildings.

Also makes them easier to stitch together if the sea creatures are not in the shot, but you can fix that in Photoshop by manually blending the layers.  (Same for waves.)  I don't know how to do that though, Photoshop baffles me.

Finally, yeah, a picture of backlit buildings against a boring overcast sky doesn't really inspire "art".

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I set my camera to take 3 shots (0, +2, -2) and Google's auto-HDR is working quite well. This is directly out of the camera and auto-uploaded to Google Photos, no editing.

It is still weird to involve both Google Photos and Lightroom, because I end up editing in Lightroom and also uploading the edited files. I also end up deleting a lot of photos, but those stay around in Google Photos... not sure if I should delete them, or just embrace a full backup of everything as-shot...
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Bokehlicious.

(But their lens is missing an aspheric element to smooth out the bokeh; note the harsh ring around the edge.)
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they like their (virtual) antique lenses

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Lost my KOM to someone's broken-ass GPS.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
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This is a rough draft, but I played with different bracketing settings this morning, and was able to get more dynamic range.  This was a set of 3 pictures, exposed at -2, -5, and 1 EVs.  The dark part of that cloud looks great, and check out the exceptional sunstars on the green building.

The problem is that it chose the -6 exposure for the reflection of the building, and pushing an exposure from -6 to 0 brings out a ton of noise, which is noticeable even at G+ preview resolution.  I think I can fix it though.
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There is a 100 foot drop to the bikes, after all.
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Riding maple leaves is a okay. 

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Bikes and people riding them.
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    Computer Engineering
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    Software Engineer in Test, 2012 - present
  • Bank of America
    2010 - 2012
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