Storm waves hit the coast and explode in an ever changing spectacle of shapes.
Slowmotion: HFR mode with the RX10IV (updated)
Slowing down or speeding up of time has always been something magical and for a long time, it was only available in expensive cameras. Or something tourists like to experiment with their health in Amsterdam, but I’m told that’s more being like totally mellow man like time doesn’t matter and nobody records anything.
Sunset with the RX10IV: AuroraHDR 2018 and Adobe Camera raw.
Adobe has just released an update to camera raw so now it is possible to open the RX10IV raw files. Previously it was only AuroraHDR 2018 that would read them, but this did give me strange lens fault: edges of the sensor and all that unwanted stuff. The first shots in this little gallery are done with Aurora HDR 2018, the second part is done with Adobe camera raw, they are extremely over-processed just to see what happens.
RX10IV: Cinestyle 2: The return of Cinestyle
For video, the RX10Iv has a whole range of picture profiles, from your basic REC709 (TV colourspace) to Cinegamma and one of my favourite: Cine2 or Picture Profile 6 (PP6). It also does the more difficult S-Log 2 and S-log 3, both have a special viewfinder option to show the super flat log image in a way you can see what you are doing. But exposure is more difficult and my first experiment has been a disaster. Because S-log 3 requires a minimum ISO of 800 I needed a vari-ND to shoot in the lovely sun we had today. But by using Vari-ND I was also able to open up the aperture as much as possible which seems to show all the things that are wrong with the lens at 600mm. But this is a subject for another day and needs to be tested!
Better Things: Pamela Adlon rules
There are very few programs on Tv that really are complete originals on every level. Better Things is one of them, the first in many years where, at the end of the show, you are left wondering if you just watched something that really happened or someone actually wrote it. The show is being advertised as a Louis C.K., and if he helped breath life into this small television miracle he deserves credits but it sounds and feels like a Pamela Adlon show.
Kayak surf: How I discovered a life away from the camera.
In 2013 I discovered something that has changed my life: Surf kayaking. It might be the midlife crisis, an excuse to get out of the house or just getting bored with being behind the camera. Whatever it was: After three decades of shooting other people doing cool things, it was time for my own adventures. I had bought an inflatable kayak, hoping it would help rescue my deflated relationship. But paddling canals and little mosquito invested waters just didn’t do the trick. So I tried to find another way to make it a bit more exciting: take the big inflatable to the sea!
RX10IV first photos
Image gallery of the very first shots I took with the RX10IV. No raw conversion so these are mostly straight out of the camera with the occasional crop ad little tweak. Also included are 100% crops to show the noise pattern and bokeh.
RX10 IV: Set phase detection on stun
Years ago I bought the original RX100, replacing the Lumix LX3, a very nice little camera but it had terrible video. Back then the RX100 was still the great undiscovered ‘take anywhere’ camera. Perfect for hiking up a mountain as you can see from this picture on the left. Not the prettiest colors in the world, but excellent dynamic range, which is why it makes for a great BW shot.
RX10 IV: Lord of the Zoom
Shooting a little surf impression with the RX10 IV.
So this is the 4K on factory default, no tweaking and both AF and white balance on full auto. All things considering: this is shot in pretty windy conditions without a tripod and despite some jittering even at 600mm (220mm real lens size) 35mm equivalent the image is usable.
There is something about walking in nature and looking and the wild animals. Taking pictures with the Sony A7RII and the Canon 100-400 with the metabones adapter works well for nature as long as it’s slow moving and I have time to focus manually. It is not too heavy when you use a monopod and it gets you close enough to shoot some nice...
Cinematic Sony FS5: things to like and not to like
When you look at the FS5 it seems like the perfect marriage between size and function, it has the right buttons, the fantastic variable ND. It comes with ‘real’ audio, the Mi hotshoe that can plugin your wireless receiver. It has the right picture profiles, two SD card slots and a nice rotating grip that can be extended. The overall idea behind the camera is excellent, but there are a few things that don’t work as well as I would have liked. I didn’t buy the FS5 because it is cheaper than the FS7, I knew I was going to spend more money on the FS5 with all the extra’s than on an FS7, besides, I already own the PZ 28-135 FS7 kit lens
Learning to surf a kayak
In 2013 I discovered the crazy world of surfing the waves in a kayak and it became an obsession. This is a collection of pictures taking over the years while learning how to surf with a...