• Calm Before A Storm

    Sony Alpha a6100, E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS1/125s f/5.6 ISO 100 We’re expecting snow tomorrow. We still have some from the last storm, as you can see, which has been melting away. More is on the way. People are complaining about “more snow” but how quickly they forget that 11 years ago, most of us in this area couldn’t get out of their parking spaces for a week. And, we used to get multiple big snows every season. When did peoples’ memories grow so short?

  • Missed It By That Much…

    When I bought the little Sony RX100m3, and later the Sony a6100, a part of the reason for selecting them was that they are compact cameras that I could carry with me all the time. Admittedly, the a6100 is a little harder to carry than the RX100, but still, it’ll fit in the compartment in the center console of my car. So, I was wholly annoyed with myself yesterday when, while on my way to visit a client, I came across a scene that was screaming, “take a picture over here!” The light was perfect. The scene

  • Episode 01-01 — The Microphone Episode

    In this episode, I show off the new-but-needs-improvement mounting of the Sony RX100iii main camera, as well as the very flexible mounting for the Logitech C920 web cam. And, I audition four microphones, two of which are still available on the market. The show ended up being a good bit longer than I expected, but it’s chock full of, well, something. There will be continued improvements to the “setup” for the next show, I’ll try to figure out who “we” is, and I’ll talk a little bit about building a new

  • Hear The Light

    I took some old clothes and electronics (some fancy, modern stereo receivers I’ll never use) to the Goodwill drop-off this morning, and while I was there, I wandered into the store. Whenever I’m there, I wander around there to see if there are any good clothing buys, or the odd piece of cool retro artwork … or a good deal on some old camera or electronic gizmo. Today’s score was the Sony CDP-291 CD Player from back in 1991, for which I paid a sum total of $10.60 (including tax). While not as old/funky/cool

  • The End Of November…

    A few shots from today’s visit to Chincoteague National Seashore and Chincoteague, VA. Images shot with a Fujifilm X10 or Sony Alpha SLT-A35. All processing in Photoshop Lightroom 5.2. I went back-and-forth between the Sony and Fuji cameras today. I kept finding the Sony to be frustrating — almost to the point of distraction. In the end, I used a couple more pictures from the Sony, more because of compositions than anything else.

  • A35 First Shots

    I’m finally able to share some first shots with the new Sony SLT-A35 — and my first impressions as well! SLT-A35 and 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6 SAM lens: I mentioned in my post, Quickie with the A35, that the camera and kit lens just plain feel good. With my own, I spent some time customizing the operation. A few things I did right off the bat: Enable the automatic LCD/Viewfinder switchingEnable the “Eye-start Autofocus”Enable the focus assist magnifierEnable the “rule of thirds” finder gridDisable auto image reviewSet the LCD to an info display by defaultEnable info displays in the electronic viewfinder

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