Sony HX80 B&W Images Processed in LR … Why?

I’ll start with why I like the Sony HX80 pocket point & shoot long zoom camera with a tiny sensor.  It’s small and easy to carry and I own it.  My problem has been that even though I love the size and utility of the camera, I have stopped using it multiple times due to the image quality.

After hauling my Fuji X-Pro2 with the 55-200mm lens around the other day while out walking, I decided (again) that I really can’t keep doing that just in case I see something to photograph.  Thinking about that, I started looking at one-inch sensor cameras with long zoom lenses.  I found them to be expensive and large and heavy and I wasn’t interested in spending that kind of money for something that large.

The only thing left for me to consider was either backing off from using long focal length lenses (again), or finding a way to integrate my processing with a small sensor (1/2.3”) to a type of image that I’m OK with.  I think I can do it since I have some prints on my wall that I made with older P&S cameras that I used in Tunisia and Egypt that are acceptable.  I would like to be able to make more, if only to prove to myself that I can do it.

The pictures above are my latest processing attempts of a range of images that are close, if not OK, for my continued use of the HX80 camera and long focal lengths.  I took the above pictures and processed them this morning.  They were all made in the lower early morning light.  They are a mixture of images with some made at the extreme end of the zoom range, some through my window, and some taken outside.  They were all taken hand-held.

I next need to take the HX80 for a walk in bright sunlight to see how the processing I did works under those conditions.  I also want to take it on the streets of Hanover and see what I can do with it under those conditions.  I may need to either tweak my settings or develop multiple presets for different lighting and locations.

I imagine that some of you are wondering, what about in color.  I haven’t given up on color and expect color images under good lighting will work, but I’m concerned that they might not work as well.  The biggest problem I have with the small sensor is squirrely images of distant subjects.  By that I mean that when you look closely at the pixels they seem to be painterly with a swirl effect.  I have done a lot of processing on the above images to minimize that effect.  My use of the camera will require that I integrate the processing with the type of compositions and the conditions under which I make the images, as well as how I use them.  I’m thinking print vs. digital web images.

If this works out; i.e. I can use the HX80 to make suitable images for my blog, I will go into the details of how I process them in another post.  I will also think some more about how I can use them.  I would be very happy to use my Fuji X-Pro2 for my Homewood photography and use my Sony HX80 for my personal photography, and blog about it.  My remaining concern, assuming I like the images under enough conditions, is getting out and using the camera for other than testing it and developing processing techniques.

Reaching

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The plants are reaching for warmth so that they can burst forth and blossom and send out their leaves once again.  I chose this view last evening as the sun was setting.

I have also been reaching some conclusions about my future photography.  I am not going to reduce my gear down to one camera and one lens.  I had been considering purchasing the Fujifilm X100F and selling my other cameras and lenses; but I have decided that is too restricting and that I occasionally need longer focal lengths.

Chargers and Cords Jungle

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Why are all the cords so long and why do many use different cords?  Having multiple cameras with different charging cords is a pain.  This is the jungle on top of my camera cabinet. I can and will clean it up, but I need to order a shorter power cord for my Fuji camera battery charger.  At least all my Fuji cameras use the same battery and that means I can use just one charger for all of them unless I need to charge more than one battery at a time.

There isn’t much I can do for the Sony and Olympus pocket cameras except tie the cords up, put them in a drawer, or stop using the cameras.  For the first step, I will put their chargers and cords in a drawer along with the cameras as I move into the mode of not using those cameras.  I hope to get away from long lenses, etc. and not use pocket cameras with lower image quality.  It will depend on finding enough opportunities to photograph with just a better camera if I can, or do, carry and use it.

I can order shorter cords for the Apple devices. Thankfully, they use the same cord.  I need to look for a charging station for Marcia and myself, and then depending on its design and where we put it, I will get shorter Apple cords.  We have been using and charging our Apple devices in many different locations.  I need to rethink that.

How Wide is Wide Enough?

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This is how it looked one day last week.  The picture was made using the 18-55mm zoom lens on the X-Pro2 camera at the 18mm wide end of the lenses range.  I was, still am, in the mode of wondering if a 23mm lens would be wide enough for what I will be photographing.  It is hard to answer that question if what I photograph were to change, but that is unlikely.  There have been times while photographing Homewood activities that I could have used a lens wider than 18mm, but I always managed to make the picture.  I expect that to continue, even if 23mm is the widest lens that I have.

Favorite Control

There is no doubt that my favorite, and most used camera control is the exposure dial.  I love being able to use my thumb to adjust the exposure with my right thumb while I am either looking through the EVF or the LCD while composing the image.

Family came to visit this weekend and Misty got a bath before they arrived.  She was sitting in my rocking chair after being partially blow dried when I took her picture.  She has little patience for the blow dryer so usually escapes before being totally dry.  That is OK in the summer since she goes and lays in the sun, but that doesn’t work in the winter.