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Experimenting With Austerity

I decided I'd give a real genuine try at making a legitimate landscape tool out of a pocketable super zoom camera. Taking into consideration its size, cost, and so on as well as the various options for processing photos (and keep in mind, my choice of camera does not output RAW) and styles that can be achieved, etc. I think it's doable. I'm targeting 12"x16" maximum sized prints. The camera is the Sony DSC-HX90V with effective focal length of 24-720mm. 

So far, I've been learning some important details about how this camera operates. It likes overexposure and flattens images far too much at default settings. Luckily that's all adjustable. But it's funny. The images look far better when you compensate for that. My laziness was my enemy on this last attempt. No tripod meant lots of image shake at base ISO. Another issue is that it's highly susceptible to atmospheric properties like haze on the longer focal lengths. Any long lens will do this, but, the smaller the output, it seems, the more of a visible impact it has.

Anyway, here's a couple samples from my second session of trying to take a very casual camera very seriously. Keeping in the spirit of the gear, I edited entirely in Apple's Photos app.

Any suggestions you may have on making lower end compacts sing beyond their class would be fun to hear.
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Yeah, Lightroom is fine. Slow, but, fine. I use it most of the time. I just want focus more on the camera itself in this case, with limited editing to go with the limited capabilities and limited expectations. It would also be nice to develop a workflow that can be completed on a phone or tablet as I definitely see this camera as an extension of that space of photography.
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I don't always take photos of my cat...

But, when I do, it involves 3 off camera flashes and a light tent, apparently. And, of course, the subject arrives unannounced and completely uncooperative.

I was taking some product shots for some things headed towards eBay land and the cat got curious.

(For the curious cats out there: Sony RX100 IV, 3 Yongnuo flashes triggered by optical slave mode, left, right (24mm), and above (35mm), all at 1/8th plus the camera pop-up flash on auto but it's not really strong enough to do anything at 125 ISO and f/8.) 
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One Moon, Two Shots

One taken with $3000 worth of gear and the other taken with $430 worth.

Of course, the real differences are apparent when viewed at large magnification and it's no contest. Still, kind of a good demonstration of diminishing returns in photography equipment these days, and never mind the price difference. Consider the massive... mass difference. That $3000 gear set is about 15 times greater volume and significantly heavier.

Hmmm....
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In what I like to shoot - Aviation - weight is always an issue - panning with 400lbs is never fun all day .....

That said - to get different images that not everyone else takes requires some interesting thinking or cool (usually expensive) equipment.
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This hobby is so sticky. ~6 months ago I didn't even have a system camera anymore. I just used an RX100 III and an RX10 in concert; that worked okay. Xmas was coming, though, and I knew I'd want that sweet, sweet bokeh. I thought, "okay fine, I'll get that nice new Sony A7 II and one lens, 55/1.8, great bokeh and general shooter, then maybe 1-2 lenses each year and live with that."

Hah. Right.

Fast forward to about a week from now and my camera gear outlay will be something like

- Sony A7 II
- Sony FE 55mm ƒ/1.8 Zeiss
- Sony FE 16-35 ƒ/4 Zeiss
- Sony FE 70-200mm ƒ/4 G
- Sony FE 28mm ƒ/2
- Canon FD 100mm ƒ/2 (+ Metabones adapter)
- Tamron 150-600mm SP Di etc. whatever + LA-EA4 adapter.

... *sigh*

I'll probably sell that Canon 100mm lens. That should even things out...
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There's no need for a national dog day. Every dog has his day eventually already.
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Feline Interloper

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This little bastard just made himself right at home on my desk.
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I'm Mooning You

Just boredom + super zoom compact + iPhone editing. Also a blue moon, as if that matters. 
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New lens day is a good day.

Sony FE 28mm F2

Here we have one of the all time best lens values in modern photography equipment. Seriously. A lens this cheap and tiny has no business being as good as it is. Does it have serious distortion and zoom-like bokeh? Sure, but, it's razor sharp, and tiny, and cheap. Value. Plus, the bokeh is probably actually better than any zoom I've seen in this range, and all of the other flaws are corrected automatically by software. In fact, the lens is truly 26mm to make up for the field of view loss from correcting the distortion. Plus, the distortion is simple barrel which means contrast is increased in the frame, not decreased due to squishing instead of stretching to fix the flaw.

Anyway, if you're shooting Sony E-mount full frame, this lens should be owned by you.

And yes, I took the photo with the mentioned lens.
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Push Button for Human

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Well that light was just... I dunno. I guess I'm strange for finding it... enchanting? The city reminds me of a forest sometimes in this way.
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My primary interests are on the creative side. I write poetry, create artistic images, and engineer software.

I taught myself to write software and became a Sr. Software Engineer.  Next I'm teaching myself photography and have no idea what will come of that.

I value critical thought over dogma. I hold my strong opinions lightly. 

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