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Bubbles – Sunday Stills – A #Fresh Look

Teri has challenged us with:

For this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, show us a fresh perspective on something, some fresh food or flowers, even fresh snow! In the middle of February, show us the promise of spring.

So here are a few photos from the archives that I thought I would take a fresh look at editing, all from the old Fuji HS20exr.

The first is Lemonade not quite fresh as it is out of a bottle – but still refreshing!

‘Fresh Lemonade”, 2014.Freshlemonade

The second a close up of those refreshing bubbles, in a different glass.

‘Bubbles’, 2013.Freshlemonade2

And the third, a fresh build up Cuckoo spit,  the blobs of white frothy liquid caused by froghopper nymphs.

‘Fresh spit!’, 2013.Freshspit

And finally a freshly grown Strawberry.

‘Berry there’, 2013.Freshberry

Ken

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Motion Slow – Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion

This week Jenn at ‘Traveling at Wits End’ challenges us to:

Photograph Motion . . .  Photography can uniquely stop time, freezing a fleeting moment that would otherwise pass us by. Photography can also show the passage of time through techniques like long exposure.

Well I was all set to find a picture of a car passing by with motion trails, or maybe one of the cats jumping, however I saw this when looking for another photo, it was unedited and a name for it jumped out.  So I had to use it!

‘Motion Slow’, Bangor, 2014.MotionSlow

Ken

Power Up – Weekly Prompts – Photo Challenge Up

This weekend GC and SueW have chosen ‘Up’ as the theme for their challenge.

I don’t play as many computer games as I once did, however given the topic for this weeks challenge I wanted to find a photo to fit my chosen title.  A delve into the archives turned this ‘up’.

‘Power Up’, Brynna, 2013.UpPower

Ken

Moo you looking at – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Horns

This week Cee challenges us with:

This week the topic is Horns. Your horn can be any of the following:

brass instrument
car horns
animal horns (antler)
Other

As soon as I saw the post I knew which photo I wanted to rework for this, it is from way back in the archives when I was using the Fuji HS20.  Not sure why this has stuck in my memory for so long, but it did.

‘Moo you looking at’, Merthyr Mawr, 2012.BWHorns

Ken

 

Channeled light – Sunday stills – Window

This week Hugh is hosting the Sunday stills challenge while Terri Webster Schrandt is on a blogging break.  And he asks:

Share with us your photos, stories, poetry, or thoughts, about a window. What do you see when looking in or out of it? Is it only you that can see it? Describe what’s there.

So here is a photo from the archives, taken on our 2012 trip to France, on our way home after playing at a festival out there.  The way light enters religious buildings has always inspired me, and you cannot help but feel a sense of awe when standing in a cathedral or large church watching how sunlight is channeled through windows to illuminate the architecture.

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Finishing

Well I have nearly finished editing the last of the photos I took with the HS20exr, before I moved on to the a6000.  I had a great time with the Fuji, and it taught me a lot. Sometimes I got some exceptional images with this small sensor camera.  Gone but not forgotten the camera has passed into the hands of Karen who I am sure will put it to the test.  So I thought I would share another photo from that trusty old friend before I move on to sifting through the photos I have begun to take with the Sony.  So here is a view from Beaumaris pier:

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Sensor size

One of the main reasons I bought a new camera was to move to a larger sensor size.  The ability to gain better depth of field, less noise at higher ISOs and sharper less noisy prints at larger sizes were all contributing factors.

So how does a larger intermediate DSLR sensor compare to a sensor found in  a point and shoot, or bridge camera.  I will take my new a6000 and compare it with my old HS20exr.

The Sony Alpha 6000 has a 24 megapixel, 23.5×15.6mm Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.  A diagonal of 28.21mm, a surface area of 366.60mm², and a pixel density of 6.65MP/cm².

The Fuji HS20exr has a 16 megapixel 6.4×4.8mm EXR CMOS sensor.  A diagonal of 8mm, a surface area of 30.7mm², and a pixel density of 51.93MP/cm².

So what do the actual sizes look like?

Print

Looking at the specifications its easy to see that the a6000 is going to be getting a whole lot more light per pixel, the pixel size is greater and they are less densely packed.  That is going to mean a better image with less noise, and the ability to crop down much more without loosing definition, so I should not miss the ‘superzoom’ that much.

Lets have some crop comparisons at different ISOs.  In all cases the shot was at roughly 50mm full frame equivalent, and at f5.6.  The a6000 shots are on the left and the HS20 on the right, jpegs straight from the cameras.

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ISO400400

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It is easy to see just how much better the a6000 is as you loose light, the HS20 gets very grainy.  So am I pleased – oh yes.

Rose pink

Well it is time for pic of the week again and since I am still no nearer
editing the new photos from the a6000DSC00143-Edit, I had a quick hunt around for one I had taken in the first week that I liked the look of.  The result is “A touch”. Taken in Bakewell Bath Gardens, while I was there for the “Bakewell DSCF4669-Editeditday of dance”.  Also as an added bonus one of my favorite photos from the backlog of HS20 photos I have been working on.  A picture of Little Meg in the Lake district, while up there on holiday.

New Kit

So what else have I bought since getting the camera?

DSC00349Well I had a couple of old M42 lenses knocking about so an M42 to nex body adapter was a must.  Of course I might end up buying a few more M42 lenses as well as they tend to be dirt cheap on ebay.  And I am not afraid of manual focusing.

DSC00347I have a few filters with 58mm threads that I used on the HS20 so I got a couple of step up rings so I could use them on the A6000 lenses.

DSC00351I realised that I would probably lose the lens caps from the SELP1650 and the  SEL55210, I actually had dropped one one the floor and had to go back and look for it within the first few days.  So I purchased this nifty device.  You attach it to your camera strap and the Caps just clip in like they would on the front of the lens.

DSC00345The SELP1650 does not come with a lens hood so I got a 40.5mm threaded hood.  There is a bit of Vignetting between 16mm – 18mm but that may be due to the added depth of the UV filters I also purchased for the lenses.

DSC00346Finally an e mount end cap and body cap, as the a6000 and SELP1650  package deal do not include them,  the SEL55210 did as it was not part of the package.  Also a couple of end caps and lens caps for the M42 lenses I own.

So I better quit writing and go and take some photos.