Posted on October 20, 2013
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I’ve been extremely happy with my Leica M9-P since I purchased it last year after selling my Canon 5d Mk II and lenses and accessories. The only thing I wish was better was the low-light performance, as noise really starts to be a problem from ISO 800-1600 onwards. I did a bit of research and recently bought a Sony RX1 – the world’s smallest full-frame camera, which comes with a fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens. Here is a pic of the new baby:
I will primarily be using it at night time when I would typically not shoot at all after putting the M9-P away. I’ve only shot with it for two days, but so far let me say a couple of things… First, battery life sucks. I have it set to sleep after 20 seconds of inactivity and I still ran out in less than a day’s shooting (~100 shots). Secondly, I’m finding it odd using the LCD to shoot. “It’s not you RX1, it’s me!” ha I’m just so used to the rangefinder and zone focusing – I actually find that method faster for taking photos than using the LCD and autofocus on the Sony. I wish I could easily zone-focus with the RX1 and hopefully they will allow something like that in a firmware update. I know there is an optional electronic viewfinder (EVF) for the RX1, but due to the fact that it sits in the hotshoe – i.e. right in the centre of the camera – it tends to draw unwanted attention to it which is the opposite of what you want on the street, so I’ll see how I go with the LCD! The 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens is incredibly sharp. Auto white balance seems to be OK. Menu is easy to navigate. The camera itself is very well made and very small in size – impressively so given it is a full-frame sensor. Great dynamic range. Significant flexibility in post-processing to recover shadow detail. Here are a few RX1 pics:
Posted on August 17, 2013
Posted on July 28, 2013
Posted on July 1, 2013
Didn’t take many photos the second half of June – weather has been absolutely abysmal here in Sydney recently!
Posted on June 17, 2013
Air temp was about 11 degrees celsius when these brave peeps plunged into the water just after sunrise at Manly on Sunday. I was happy staying on dry land 🙂
Posted on June 1, 2013
I’ll also start including some of my favourite instagram shots for the month, with the first group below:
Posted on May 26, 2013
I forgot to mention yesterday that I viewed an incredibly inspiring video documenting a young man by the name of Christopher Aiff who, because of numerous tumours throughout his body, has been advised that he has between 6 months and 2 years left to live. He is 21 years old. If you have a spare 10 minutes I would urge you to watch it. This passage from Christopher really resonated with me:
The decision to be positive is not one that disregards or belittles sadness that exists. It is rather a conscious choice to focus on the good and to cultivate happiness – genuine happiness. Happiness is not a limited resource. When we devote our energy and time to trivial matters and choose to stress over things that ultimately are insignificant, from that point we perpetuate our own sadness and lose sight of the things that really make us happy and rationalize our way out of doing amazing things.
Posted on May 25, 2013
Great story with this guy in the ‘onesie’ above ^. Him and a friend are trying to help people get through depression. They’ve set up a not-for-profit called ‘One wave is all it takes’ because literally getting people out there learning to surf and catching even a single wave will get their minds to a happier place. Such a great cause and so selfless. Find them on facebook.
I ran my first half-marathon last Sunday in an OK time of 1hr 35mins! I decided to run at the last minute and really enjoyed it. I might run a full marathon later in the year! Thanks to everyone who supported me – I managed to raise $600 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Posted on May 12, 2013
And to finish off Mother’s Day, a very hard working florist, part of a husband & wife team behind Champagne & Roses in Manly, who were already hard at work when I walked past about 6am! 😮