Category Archives: Photography

Camera lenses are like wine

“Camera lenses are like wine: when you get to the good stuff, a subtle improvement costs you a lot more, and some people can taste the difference. Others are happy with a cheaper bottle that tastes just fine”

I quite like this quote I came across on http://www.wired.com/2014/06/hi-lo-dslr-lenses/?mbid=social_fb as to whether you should buy the expensive lenses.

My lenses so far include the nifty fifty which is a great little cheap lens. Another rather cheap zoom 18-200mm from Tamron … the base 18 – 55mm lens that came with the camera and a 70-300mm sigma.

I initially wasn’t too happy with the Tamron lens but once I’ve given it a bit of time it’s a great little lens on a budget.

The Oxford Year of the Selfie!

Did you know that the Oxford Dictionaries have named “selfie” the word of the year? I couldn’t believe it last week when Phil told me. So I was out this weekend taking some photos of autumn and this happened. Actually the first one I took was completely by accident I was trying to get as far away from the trees as possible. Then I took this one.

Selfie

Hashtag: #Selfie #NeedMoreSleep #NeedAHairCut #NeedAShave

Why on earth was selfie named word of the year? because of a 17,000% increase in use in the last year. That’s mind boggling stuff. You can read the BBC article over here.

Autumn is here…

I managed to get out at the weekend to take a few shots around the place. Apart from taking one selfie which I actually quite like I ended up taking this shot which I really love. While not shot in RAW I ended up using the photoshop raw filter in post processing and I really do love it.

Autumn Is Here

Sure you get some weird looks as you set your camera up on the ground but I do love the look. I’m guessing there’s about 1 to two weeks of the autumn leaves on the trees left.

I love the cold!

The setting sun in Nantes

Here’s a shot I took last week of the sun setting over Nantes that has proven to be rather popular at least in terms of Likes on FB :) You can make out the Tour de Bretagne in the distance just to the right of the tall pylon.

The Setting Sun on Nantes

Played with the settings a small bit and dropped the ISO to get this shot and I’m rather happy with it. Some day I’ll know exactly what all the manual settings do for now though lots of experimentation.

 

What camera should I buy? (I got the FZ28)

Photography Don't you just love it?

Like a lot of people these days photography, is a hobby of mine. The age of the digital camera lets us snap away to our hearts content. A year and a half ago though I made a jump from a simple point and shoot camera up to a Bridge Camera. It was a slightly late birthday present for myself. I went and picked up the FZ28 … I did the usual research online hummed and hawed over this camera and that camera … over a proper DSLR or just another point and click type camera. I hadn’t actually tried out the Panasonic DMCFZ28 Digital Camera beforehand so when it did arrive it was a bit of a shock at how small it was. I had assumed it’d be of a similar size to normal DSLR’s I quickly got over that as I started to get snap happy with it.

The following was one of the first shots I took with it and it really blew me away

Squishy in front of the mirror
Squishy in front of the mirror

So for me what makes it so special?

FZ28 from Panasonic

  1. The size. It’s small. (Its somewhere between a point and shoot and a proper DSLR)
  2. The lack of all these extras (huge camera bag with 3 extra lenses a tripod and god knows what else). This is really great for travelling. Most people I know with DSLR’s end up bringing another 2 lenses / backpack and so on with them. Thats just not for me.
  3. The battery life on it is amazing I can get 350 – 500 shots on the one battery charge
  4. The Zoom … its got 18X optical zoom which is pure madness. Now when I handle a normal camera its like … oh .. thats nice but I want to be able to zoom on things :D
  5. The inbuilt flash is quite good
  6. 2.7inch Viewscreen
  7. Video Quality is excellent
  8. Image Quality is excellent at 10 MegaPixel camera
  9. The controls are very nice once you get the hang of them

Priced at around the €340 mark if I had to buy one again I probably would. Though I’d more than likely look at the updated model the Irish / UK ModelPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. US ModelPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35. 12 MegaPixel and various other updated features as well as being at a lower price range the €300 / $300 mark.

Below you can see a small selection of shots I took with it. Obviously I’m rather biased in thinking they are nice :) but the main thing is that I like them. It is my hobby after all :)

A Leaf in Autumn
A Leaf in Autumn
Piano Cat
Piano Cat
Blackhorse Avenue
Blackhorse Avenue taken from across the road
Damien Mulley
Damien Mulley giving a talk at Dublin City Hall on Social Media
Close up shot of sheepy
Close up shot of sheepy
Shot of a friend in Paris
Shot of a friend in Paris
Ted my nephews trusty steed
Ted my nephews trusty steed

And there I’ll leave you … my experiences with my little bridge camera have been amazing. Its a great little bit of equipment. I picked up a spare battery and I can basically leave the charger at home when I’m on holidays. All in All 10/10 for this camera.

Of course if you’re after a DSLR you probably know a hell of a lot more about photography than I do :D but for me this camera is perfect for now. (I do have camera envy though when I play with friends DSLRs at times)

Irish / UK Model – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. US Model – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.