Wednesday, September 02, 2015

More shots form Portugal

As promised, here are some more examples of images I took in Portugal over the summer:






I'm back!

It's been a year or so since I last posted. A lot has happened in that time (too much to detail here). A lot of it is tinged with sadness, such as the loss of my dad and my father-in-law. I have also left my job of 8 years and am currently taking a sabbatical - originally for 3 months but looking more like 6 months. On the bright side of life though we managed a family holiday to Portugal, where I took plenty of photos on my new Sony a6000. I have included a couple of photos from that holiday below.

 

One of the many picturesque squares in Lisbon, Portugal














Harley Davidson motorcycle in street, Cascais, near Lisbon, Portugal.

If you would like to view more of my Portugal images be sure to check back here or visit my Redbubble and Photo4me galleries:

In the near future I will be posting images from various vintage lenses that I have recently bought. I will be using them on my Sony a6000 (using various adapters that can be bought cheaply on the web). I will be reviewing the lenses and adapters as well as posting test images so if you are interested in using vintage glass on your modern DSLR or mirrorless CSC then be sure to visit soon!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pseudo-macro shot on Nikon 18-70mm lens, D3100.


Here is a recent picture taken on my Nikon D3100 (18-70mm lens). Not a true macro shot so i had to crop quite significantly but nevertheless not bad.

Hoping to one day add a proper macro lens to my collection like the Tamron 90mm SP. The location was in Colchester area, near our home in Prettygate, whilst out for a walk.


Friday, August 29, 2014

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Monday, May 05, 2014

Sony announces SLT-A77 II


Sony has announced the Mark II version of its SLT-A77 DSLR with APS-C sensor. Incorporating some updated features the camera will retail around £999 for body only, placing it squarely in the semi-pro category. Here are some details on its features:

Dedicated AF sensor with 79 phase-detection AF points:

Sony’s newly developed AF system comes with the world’s highest number of phase-detection AF points (79 including 15 cross points). Spreading the points over an area approximately twice as wide as in the α77, Sony has optimised subject tracking to stay locked on your subject even in difficult conditions with great performance extremely well in low-light conditions — as low as EV -2 (ISO 100) according to Sony.

12fps for up to 60 frames, with AF tracking:

Incorporating 12fps continuous shooting, the A77 MkII allows you to capture the decisive moment at the full 24.3-megapixel resolution of the sensor, even during the tracking of fast-moving subjects. Up to 60 frames can be recorded per burst.

Sophisticated AF algorithm:

Sony has developed an AF algorithm that it claims strikes the perfect balance of speed and stability. Apparently, it does this by accurately analysing detailed AF metering data from the 79 AF points, as well as subject position data that takes subject movement continuity into account. Tracking performance is further improved when using the Lock-on AF function, which analyses information on subject colour as well as subject position.

Other features include:

1. Expanded Flexible Spot - using one of 8 surrounding AF points to make sure highly accurate tracking of your moving subject continues without interruption.

2. Enhanced Focus Area modes - Lock-on AF, which optimises target frame size and ensures use of the optimal AF point, is now available as a focus area mode. You can choose the initial AF point for tracking from the Wide, Zone, Center, Flexible Spot or Expanded Flexible Spot area mode.

3. 5-step tracking adjustment - AF tracking duration is adjustable in 5 steps, with low settings prioritising stability and high settings prioritising speed. Three settings are also available when shooting movies.

4. Eye AF - The face is sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate Eye AF. A green frame appears over the prioritised eye when focus has been achieved.

5. AF Range Control - You can limit autofocusing to a specified range of distance from the camera so the α77 II stays focused on your subject even if objects enter the AF frame in front of or behind your subject.

For more detailed specification, check out the A77 II micro-site at A77 II.