Once Upon A Time

There were two little pumpkins called Max and Ty,

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and their little sister, Kira, who was of course, a right little Witch,

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and their scary Daddy, who was rather scary.

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They all lived very happily in a town called Deadville, where they would scavenge the neighbourhood for food (er…sweeties) every Halloween.

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 The rest of the year begging being a criminal offence.  HeHe.

The End 😀



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Trawling through camera specs is a bit like trawling through quicksand, just when you think you’re getting somewhere something announces itself and puts the mockers on it. In the case of the Olymous OMD, which I thought fantastic, and still do, all the filters were great, the sharpness unsurpassed etc.

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But I hadn’t actually tried a STANDARD portrait, without in camera gimmickry or post processing wackiness. It was a bit of a bummer. The skin tones didn’t render the way I would like at all, in fact it kinda made the subject unattractive, it was so harsh and contrasty, not a smooth transition in sight.

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Of course, if I decided to go this route it could all be taken care of in PP meaning extra work, extra time and the disappointment of not seeing an image pop up in playback that gives immediate gratification. But, potentially this is still an option, as the system size, is very compelling.

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A friend mentioned recently in her blog post( http://itsnotthecamera.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/the-curse-of-perceived-camera-status/) about the quest for the photographic holy grail, and suggested sticking to the camera that ticked MOST of the boxes, the more important boxes and not worrying about the ‘better’ camera. Which is absolutely stellar advice.

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For me the top qualities would be good AF, sharpness, IQ and affordable lens selection. There are many others, ISO performance, metering and dynamic range, colour depth and rendering, but, you simply cannot have it all. Not on a budget. (Kira wearing most of a chocolate mini roll)

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What I realized in the last week or so was that actually the thing that is top of my list is an SOOC image that I actually like and that this is actually a hugely subjective area.

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What made me realize this? …………..The Canon 6D.  I realized that I wasn’t actually after camera perfection, I had probably found it many times over, but, that I didn’t actually trust my own judgement. On a forum someone would imply that camera A wasn’t as good as camera B, a friend would state a preference for images from camera D over camera C and I bow to those more experienced, knowledgable and talented.

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Until now. Until The Canon vs Nikon dilemma came to the fore.  They are the camera giants, we all know that. And when comparing cameras such as the Canon 6D to the Nikon D600 you will hear or read time and again ‘You can’t go wrong with either of them, they are both equally good’. And you would be right. But i’m equally sure that apples are as tasty as oranges, but let’s face it, they are completely different fruits.

The 6D is superb in many ways, in every way actually, except for one. Of the good number of images I have taken with it I actually like only one of them, literally just one. This one:

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Enter the D800 (or D7100 or D600) and the images thrill me more often than not. I love the colours, the contrast, the rendering as a whole, even without adjustments.     The metering is a bit wonky, the menus are mind boggling and the bloody thing is gi-massive, as my 4 year old says (the 6D toy like in comparison). Also, with any DSLR and a fast lens, keepers are much thinner on the ground. The number of OOF shots will increase with sensor size, which is why point and shoot or m43 format cameras tend to yield the higest number of in focus/sharp shots. A PITA, but a fact nonetheless.

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But, what can I say?

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I hear the fat lady singing softly somewhere in the background.


St Peter Says……


You’re not allowed in yet, this is Deadville, don’t you know?


Walking the dogs this morning around our blessed village. The sun is shining and everything looks colourful.


I thought I would take a few snaps.


I had a lovely time.


Not sure Duds and Sookie were as enthralled, with me stopping every ten foot to take a picture.


And not a single one of them, oops!


P.S The Church is actually called St Peter of Deadville.



You Make Your Own Bed


The list is thoroughly exhausted. Not cameras per se, there are hundreds to choose from. But formats: Full frame, APSC, small sensors (point and shoots) and now micro four thirds. There are a couple more, medium format and true film, but im not going there.


The most important thing I have learnt in my camera odyssey is that ALL are truly capable and even brilliant in reality. There may seem to be huge technical differences between sensors, and even brands and models within the same format.


But in the real world, unless youre a pixel peeper or a pro, the differences amount to very little. You can stalk the forums and peruse the studio scene comparisons or test data to your hearts content, but almost any of the cameras out there will get the job done, and admirably so (don’t quote me on that).


You may find that one thing means more to you than it does to someone else, depending on your style of shooting or just personal preference.


I for one loved the Nikon D7100, but initially not the D600. Technical results would suggest that as ludicrous.


On paper the Canon 6D should be outperformed by the Nikon D600. In the real world? I’ve heard the opposite as truth.


Today, my post consists of pictures solely from the Olympus OMD EM5 – a micro four thirds camera (m43). Purportedly the best this format had to offer until the last couple of weeks,  since when new bodies have been introduced by Panasonic and Olympus alike.


The ups:  the sharpness is unsurpassed by any other camera I have tested. AF accuracy seems higher than most others too (the G6 was similar in both these terms). White balance and metering very accurate and…………it is tiny.


The menu has been slagged off and slagged off again, but I found that once I had located the SCP in the menu the whole thing could be navigated easily by anyone, learning or artistically challenged alike.


The down – if it can be called such given its virtues – there is a coarsenss to the images. A lack of smooth transitions between light and shadow and also a lack of subtlety in the colours. I am sure a lot of this can be ironed out with in camera tweaking and post processing in Lightroom or somesuch,  I’ve had fun editing the pix from this series and indeed, I am certainly not displeased with the results. But, with APSC and FF the output seems more natural to my eye, less clinical. The G6 seemed less coarse, though others suggest that its jPEG engine is shite in comparison to the Oly I personally did not see that.


My advice? Research your camera, choose the one that you like best, that ticks the most boxes for your needs and stick with it.


Choice and indecision make happy bedfellows, not.



Hit Me Baby…..

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…yup, upside the head preferably. I will make up my mind at SOME point!

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Maybe after trying another Nikon, or another Pentax, and oh, lets not forget a sprinkling of m43 and Sony NEX, just to aggravate the situation (and aforementioned snobbery) a little more.

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So whilst the kids and dogs seem pretty relaxed you’ll find me running round in circles like a headless chicken ………clutching one of the aforementioned cameras of course.

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