I traded in and Bought a New Camera

I traded in and bought a new camera

You Did What?

Yesterday, I traded in my Fujifilm X100F APSC sensor, fixed 23mm lens camera and am awaiting arrival of a Sony A7 III Full Frame sensor with Sony FE 24-105 F4 G OSS lens. I got a good deal at Jessops and this helped with the choice of lens.

New Camera - fujifilm X100F sq image
Bye 🙁

My decision was not because I was dissatisfied with the X100F. The Fuji is a great camera, excellent quality in image and build – it took beautiful pictures. It’s small form factor meant it could be taken anywhere and, as everyone acknowledges; it’s a great street camera.

However, mu and I are moving onto a narrowboat and narrowboats use canals; not streets or roads (“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.“).

A New Camera – Video-a-go-go

I want to develop videography alongside my photography. The plan is to provide a documentary of our life on the canals and also capture the uniqueness of this environment; with murpworks Afloat.

Many people are developing excellent YouTube channels of their life and times on the canals, for example; Country House Gent, Robbie Cumming , Boatman Benjamin and Ben & Emelie’s Captains Vloggs but I want to take this in a different direction. One which will hopefully compliment these existing channels. I see the documentary parts being a more POV, rather than self-filming. I also want to incorporate filmic elements in its approach & feel.

To this end, the X100F was not a video camera. It can film in HD and it can use the film simulations that Fuji are rightly acclaimed for but looking to the future, 4K is the future. 4K is the future that is, until 8K trickles down the food chain and…

But You Got Rid of the Fuji!

In an ideal world, I would have kept the Fuji but in the real world; both financially (I don’t have the money) and spacially (I won’t have the space), I couldn’t. The Google Pixel 2 satisfies my Instagram quick upload capability and easily allows me to take a picture a day, manipulate it in phone (via VSCO) and post it.

My Nikon Df is a beauty to behold and I will use this; with the 20mm lens for Lanscapes and the 50mm for everyday.

The Sony will be for video.

Pricepoint

Why the A7 III? For its video capability at the pricepoint. Lots of people helped with the decision; people who I’d never met or seen before, in the form of YouTube.

Of note are

Sony play in the video space with a lot of expertise there and I feel this 3rd generation camera will give me what I want. I was originally seduced by the pull of Cinema cameras like the Canon C100 (I couldn’t even afford to look at the C100 II) but at this level, it’s not just the camera, it’s the ecosystem you have to build for it to work – it ain’t cheap!

Obviously, there are better cameras out there for video/film, it would be ridiculous to think otherwise but as everyone is saying about Sony; “At that pricepoint, man!”.

I have the luxury (OK lack of funds) of not having a heavy investment in glass, so this makes me agile. This agility let me take advantage of Jessops‘ short term greater trade in deal and get in at the beginning of a new camera and a new lens. This hopefully means they each have a lifespan.

Agility is good.

Fanboy

Does this mean I’m now a Sony Fanboy?

To be fair

  • Owned a Sony Trinitron portable TV for over two decades
  • I also had the White Widescreen TV (when we had a bigger house to house it) for well over a decade
  • Own a PS4 which I’ve had from new
  • I’ve got a Sony Bravia HD TV thats well over a decade old and shows no sign of flagging
  • Other…

Never had a problem with any of these Sony products. They were/are reliable, good quality items.

There is always risk jumping in at the very beginning i.e. still waiting for A7 III to be released but I’m confident that this 3rd Generation won’t fail me.

And Finally

Finally, it’s a fast moving future

  • There will be the Sony A7S III out this year. It will have better video specs. The trouble is, I would be able to purchase it but wouldn’t be able to afford any lens to go with it
  • Nikon will release a Mirrorless camera. It will be very good. It will be expensive. I wouldn’t be able to afford a good lens for it
  • Canon will release a Mirrorless camera. It will be very good. It will be expensive.
  • I wouldn’t be able to afford a good lens for it

It’s been said before; “It’s that pricepoint!”

Sony A7 III image c93479dc87941b0d9c410abb25ca3dfa
Image from https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/interchangeable-lens-cameras/ilce-7m3-body-kit

 

Peace and photography (/videography)

rp

mu in the Snow B+W Photo

mu in the Snow

mu in the Snow B+W image

The girl from the South West meets the Beast from the East.

I Love this Photo of mu in the Snow

I love this photo as it captures the fun of the snow. mu is clearly happy after braving the snowfall to place fatballs out for the birds. The ground was covering fast and any food sources would be impossible to find. I think Black and White for this photograph suits the subject, the contrast works.  It doesn’t snow very often in Wiltshire and when it does, it rarely ever settles. This time it did to create a Snow Garden.

This was a last claw of Winter, within 48 hours it had all gone and was just a distant memory and #beastfromtheeast fell from photographs, tweets and posts as quickly as the snow. I still see the occasional pile by the side of a drive or road persists, packed hard by shovelling and impacted by road grit.

 

Peace and photography

rp

Snow Garden Photography

The building of Snow Garden

The Building of Snow Garden image
Snowfall

The snow came this year. Most years, down here in Wiltshire, we seem to be sheltered from the worst of the weather that affects more exposed areas. It was the combination of the Beast from the East and Hurricane Emma meeting, that dumped a thick white blanket. It caused chaos for 48 hours; blocking roads, closing railways lines and stations and grounding planes at airports across Britain.

Meanwhile, in a small village just off the Western edge of Salisbury Plain, I was given the opportunity to capture one of my favourite photographs to date.

Snow Garden image
Snow Garden

 

Snow Garden

Continuing the theme of Snow Garden, after the snow had fallen and lain in the grip of cold, I captured more shots in the garden.

I used the Creamtone B+W Preset in Lightwave to process these images and it gave them the feel I was looking for.

 

 

Peace and photogrpahy

rp

 

Cold Frost Morning – travelling by train

A Cold Frost Morning, travelling by train, looking out of the window as the day breaks from the iron grip of the cold

Cold Frost Morning II image
Cold Frost Morning

 

Cold Frost Morning

Travelling from Warminster to Bristol Temple Meads. At this time of year, the sun is still rising as I make the journey but all too soon, it will be bright and it will be impossible to grab such muted tones…

 

Contrast

Looking back to last September, the morning journey was bright and the action of the morning seemed emphasized. In February, it struggles to start. The contrast is stark.

Images captured on a Google Pixel 2. I think the slight reflections of the train window add to the mood, rather than detract as imperfect photography.

 

Peace and photography

rp

The Steps Upto a Door

The steps upto a door is a re-visit of a photograph I took last year

Steps Upto a Door image

I always see steps leading upto somewhere rather than down-from.

 

A Little Bit of Le Corbusier

These are in the Three Horseshoes Walk precinct in Warminster, Wiltshire. They are very utilitarian and unadorned, they conjure up thoughts of Le Corbusier, passing through and thinking “That wall’s a bit bare, I could spruce it up a bit. I know, a series of steps…”. He then moved on to some big commission for an important client, in some perfect setting, feeling like he’d put something back into the community.

When seen in context, below it looks as if you could pick them up and move them or even some kind of plain Trompe L’oeil

Steps Upto a Door I image

 

Peace and phoptography

rp

From the Foot of Glastonbury Tor

Photograph from the foot of Glastonbury Tor

Winter Tor IV B+W image

Detail

Taken on 27 January 2018 at 16:38 on Google Pixel 2.

The gritty Winter’s day led me to manipulate this photogrpah from its original colour, into Black + White. Glastonbury Tor is iconic. It stands proud above the Somerset landscape as a beacon to anyone who looks at the world differently. It is a mixture of myth, magnificence, nature and man.

This won’t be the last time I will photograph the Tor.

 

Peace and photogrpahy

rp

 

Reflections – Bristol through puddles

Reflections – seeing Bristol through the puddles that gather in strange places.

Reflections - Reflection image
Yellow Art

 

Reflections - Another Reflection image
Clouds and Pineapple

 

Reflections - Reflection - bicycle image
Bicycle

 

Reflections - Reflection - tower image
Tower

I walk past here each day on the way to work and have to step around this puddle. By stopping and re-evaluating I get to see Bristol through a different lens. As with a lot of in photogrpahy, it comes down to light. The Winter light seems to work really well here.

I’ve taken photos in Bristol before, like these, last year in September. A City provides a wealth of opportunities when you can’t get away, into the countryside.

 

Reflections – detail

Photographs taken in January/February 2018 with Google Pixel 2.

 

Peace and photography

rp

Sometimes You Just Need a Mistake

Sometimes you just need a mistake…

Mistake - Light Writing image

Tithe Barn

I took this photograph in Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn on 16 December 2017 and even though it was during the day, it was dark. Movement, coupled with lack of light produced the above image.

The Tithe barn backs onto the Kennett and Avon Canal and it was against the wall that runs around the barn. It was on the towpath side that the Floating Christmas Market was held (see my Tales from the Bilge blog post).

 

Less of a Mistake

The actual photo I was trying to get looked more like this

Tithe Barn

 

However, I think the following Black & White image captures the feel of the place on the day best. I love the sword-shaped window, hanging Damoclean against the far wall.

Tithe Barn a B+W image

 

Peace and photogrpahy

rp

End of a Year Photograph

End of a Year on the Kennett and Avon

End of a Year (portrait) image

I took this photograph at the side of the Kennet and Avon Canal, outside Bradford-On-Avon, in Wiltshire on 31 December 2017.

End of a Year – blog

This photograph is a Portrait version of a photograph I also took in Landscape format. I used the Landscape version, where I manipulated the colour, for the header to the Tales from the Bilge blog.

The blog is about us buying a narrowboat and moving to liveaboard and all that entails. There’s a serenity on a canal that I’ve yet to find anywhere else. You are spiritually away from the world. While this photograph captures nature, the telephone lines show that you’re never physically far away from ‘civilisation’.

Taken on a Google Pixel 2.

 

Peace and photography

rp