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  1. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    Started out this year's holiday with a handful of days in Lugano - did the same thing last year, so I spent quite a bit of time trying not to shoot the same things over :p Evening sky over the lakefront Enjoying the warm weather Near Monte Tamaro Top of Monte Tamaro A proud Swiss mountain goat Morcote Sunset over Monte Lema Lake Lugano in the evening Lugano by night(ish)
  2. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    Managed to put in a couple of hikes over the last couple of weeks - including some rather lovely views over the omni-present lakes and mountains here in Switzerland... Hiking in the Canton of Schwyz x2 Hiking in the Canton of Schwyz x2 Hiking in the Canton of Schwyz x2 Hiking in the Canton of Schwyz x2 Hiking in the Canton of Schwyz x2 Hiking in the Canton of Schwyz x2
  3. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    So - I went ahead with an upgrade of my Nikon D7100 to a D750 two weeks ago - and finally got around to giving it a good spin at the Rheinfalls today Apart from the obvious advantages of a full-frame sensor, compared to the D7100 it also seems to be a lot better at nailing the exposure (the D7100 had a tendency the blow the highlights), but the images thus also turn out a bit darker initially. Good thing that there's an insane amount of dynamic range available in the raw files Really looking forward to getting to know it better! The Rheinfalls in Full Frame The Rheinfalls in Full Frame The Rheinfalls in Full Frame The Rheinfalls in Full Frame
  4. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    I'd say that it's a good exercise to go full manual to get a good feel for what the different settings do, but I also wouldn't let it get in the way of making sure that photography is still fun and that you come away with some interesting pictures Focus is probably one of the places where manual doesn't really make sense in most cases (unless you have a mirrorless with the various fancy focus-guide features). The only times when I do manual focus is either if my camera can't focus at all (pictures in very low light for instance) - or if I need to preset a specific focus because of a moving object where I'm not sure that the camera will be able to focus in time... For sunny days, you can use the "sunny f/16" rule - at f/16, your shutterspeed should be 1 divided by the ISO setting. If your shutterspeed is 1/100, then ISO 100 will do. If shutterspeed is 1/400, then ISO 400 and so on - and then you can modify the rest from there. Also, your Nikon should have an exposure guide in the bottom of the viewfinder that tells you whether the shot is going to be under- or overexposed. As a last thing - for reference, I always almost also shot in Aperture priority, using Nikons nice focal-length dependent auto-ISO feature (don't think that made it into the D3100 though), where the shutterspeed gets faster the more you're zooming in (since camera shake has a bigger effect at high zoom levels).
  5. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    Alternatively just try the whitebalance selector in Lightroom to automatically set the whitebalance, then adjust the screen to match? Very quick edit, just selected one of the bright areas of one of the clouds, then made it a bit warmer manually: Quite a few people in here use Flickr at least - you can see by the "<image-name> by <user>, on Flickr" text beneath many of the posted images. I've got my own photoblog, so I just host them there and then link to the images from elsewhere (here, facebook, etc.)...
  6. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    On my main display it looks like it has a bit of a purple tint? But it's the same for both pictures, so probably not down to the camera then? Did you post-process (and in particular, adjust white-balance) on the same display?
  7. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    How did it turn out? With those choices I'd probably have recommended using one of the primes, but mainly because I personally grew a bit annoyed by the optical and build quality of my kit lens once I got my first prime In any case though - summer hit Switzerland last weekend, so exploited that to go hiking and sightseeing in Luzern... Morning light on the harbor at Stansstad Enjoying the lakeside... Hikingtrails like this are pretty amazing About as touristy as it gets in Luzern The area behind the fortifications provided a nice break from the crowded city centre... View over Luzern - with Pilatus in the background
  8. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    Indeed it is! And yes, complete with people sneakily taking your picture and then trying to sell you a keyhanger with it on the way back. They only managed to get one of my friends though, and in a rather goofy looking pose, so not really tempting Weather was really nice, but not really that warm - basically sunny with 15-20 degrees all week, although with a chilly wind, but definitely much better than what we came from
  9. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    Couple of shots from spending last week on holiday in Spain (also includes a few shots with a polarizer to add to the recent discussion from the equipment thread ) Kickstarting the holiday season Kickstarting the holiday season Kickstarting the holiday season Kickstarting the holiday season Kickstarting the holiday season Kickstarting the holiday season Kickstarting the holiday season
  10. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    Thanks! Finally got a bit of real snow in Zürich too. Didn't last for more than 2½ days, but I managed to find a bit of time to get out with the camera... Calendar says March... Calendar says March... Calendar says March... Calendar says March... Calendar says March...
  11. sonicwave

    The Rllmuk Photography Thread

    When I have to handhold with low shutter speeds, I often use the Exposure delay mode on my Nikon (other cameras may have something similar, otherwise it's basically just a short self-timer) - means that the camera flips the mirror, then waits a second before it actually takes the picture. Helps make sure that the act of pressing the button doesn't induce too much shake to the camera... I like your photos! Sure, some are better than others, and the amount posted on the last pages was maybe a bit too much for one go, but the style is instantly recognizable, the mood they create from what I presume are more or less every-day scenes is definitely unsettling, and once and again there's a really stand-out shot too. Photography is an art-form, and even though most people in here (including myself) mostly try to show the world more or less than it is, I really appreciate how it can also be used to transform something from one thing into something entirely different. In any case - pictures! Haven't had much time to go out with my camera lately, but had a look through my backlog from last year, and found a few decent ones that I never got around to do anything with before now... 2017 - the lost pictures 2017 - the lost pictures 2017 - the lost pictures 2017 - the lost pictures 2017 - the lost pictures (yes, it's a beach... sorry )
  12. sonicwave

    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    If you're fine with the added bulk, you'll definitely get the most bang-for-the-buck performance-wise with a DSLR. Cameras such as the 100D as Ste_S suggest, or Nikons D3x00 range are quite small (at least for DSLRs) and can be picked up really cheap - and with Canon and Nikon you'll have a huge selection of lenses that you can use (although in the case of Nikon, the cheaper DSLRs come without a built-in focus motor, so autofocus requires this to be built into the lens, which isn't a given for older lenses). Main problem with the smaller ranges as I see it, is that many of the controls will be through menus rather than dedicated buttons/wheels, but sensor- and image-quality-wise they're usually more or less indistinguishable from their contemporary larger siblings.
  13. sonicwave

    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    Again - thanks for the input! I still think that the issue here for them is just as much actually getting around to getting the pictures of the camera and using them - and in this case I think there's a much better chance of that happening with a dedicated camera (and the added possibilities of doing shallow DoF is an added bonus)... @PeteJ If you haven't seen it, DPReview has an article about a guy using a Canon lens on the A7Riii with a Sigma adapter instead of Metabones though. May be interesting even so: https://www.dpreview.com/news/7777572944/video-using-the-5-700-canon-200mm-f2-on-the-new-sony-a7r-iii
  14. sonicwave

    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    @Ste_S Thanks for the input! That thought has definitely crossed my mind also, but the thing is that both my brother and his wife are slightly unconventional in their use of phones - in the sense that neither of them use it much of photos, they aren't really active on social media, and both would probably like to be able to leave the phone at home when possible. We also kind of figured that a dedicated camera could help them actually get the photos used for something else than just showing people them on their phones - prints, calendars and so on - where I'd imagine that something like an RX100m3 would still be noticeably better than a phone? (obviously neither of them have top-of-the-range phones either)
  15. sonicwave

    Photography Equipment & Software Thread

    My brother and his wife recently had a daughter, and I think I've managed to convince them that having a decent camera can help them getting some good pictures of the wee girl, and also to actually get those pictures used for something else than just keeping them on their phones. So - I'm trying to find them something good. They haven't really done too much photography earlier, but at least my sister-in-law sounds as if she could also be interested in playing around a bit with (semi)manual controls - as long as the camera is small and easy to bring along with them. Reading back through this thread, it seems that the Sony RX100 mk3 is well regarded - with the (relatively) large sensor, fast lens, very small body, and reasonable price it seems to fit their uses pretty well. I was just wondering if there's anything else/newer I should have a look at also? - I'm a DSLR guy myself, so don't really have much idea about what's going on in the world of compacts Any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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