Events like this is where I need a real camera, and compounding fact of tough lighting and not the right location is the fact, that we usually don’t go early enough to sit in ideal location (Not the front row, but 4-5 rows from the front). As usual we ended up seated further back. This is when I felt most of my other cameras fell short, and iPhone camera’s are unusable. But I am very impressed with the results I got from E-m5 ii camera-lens combo.
I have used quite a lot of camera’s in the digital era. I checked my library and this is the list I came up with. Most of them are consumers cameras.
I used to pay so much attention to ISO noise, if I go to any review site I view the image only at 100% like to see every little details. I started viewing images in sites like 500px and Instagram initially little bogged down by the fact that they don’t show full detail. But later started appreciating the art form rather then the technical detail of the sensor. I know lot of us buy sensor based just on ISO capability, which is considered the weakest link in m4/3 format, and is considered at it worst in night time. To my surprise E-M1 ii produced excellent results. I took series of photographs of Chicago skyline at night time and checked at various ISO on different screens.
I was paying so much attention to technical side, forgot all about why I liked photography. It’s about Composition. I liked a lot of photographs, never really paid attention on why some photographs are more interesting. Having few courses let me understand few things about photography and what makes an interesting image. Though I can find much better images in the web to show these concepts, I don’t want to user others pictures, so here are few samples on what I took and what I learned from them. (Need to find out if it is copyright violation if I use others picture as example and credit them for their work).
One thing I noticed after shooting different ISO in various camera, the number doesn’t tell the full story. Even in full frame D810 some images with ISO 12,800 looks great where as ISO 3,200 in the same camera, makes me wonder is it really FF.With E-M1 ii same story, some times ISO 6400 looks great where as some other time even 1600 is so harsh.
The Light : Place and Time
Last week I was in Chicago downtown, in front the iconic landmark , “Cloud Gate”. Clear day the Sun just went under the horizon, the western sky is pale blue, the eastern sky is dark. The reflection on “The Bean” is even darker blue. The lights are “on” on many of building. Perfect Blue Hour, the light looked magical.
Almost everything is available freely in the internet, there are so many photography blogs, web sites, videos, podcasts etc…, still I think there are sites worth paying for.