on the thumbnail to see the full size images.
mountain peak, Saas Fee, Switzerland. This image was processed in
Photoshop to black and white using the Channels feature, and a soft-focus
effect applied around the edge.
water. Aperture set to smallest amount and the use of an ND filter
gave an exposure time of around 3 seconds, leading to the effect
seen here. Unfortunately the aperture was so small that there are
some diffraction effects around high contrast areas such as the
tree branches in the full size version.
car taken by the standard Sony 18-70mm lens, but with the addition
of a Cokin A103 Close-up filter. This is a cheap way to start playing
around with Macro photography
shot of some flowers in my office.
images of a leaf with some frost on it taken using a Sigma 70-300mm
APO zoom at it's Macro setting. One image converted to BW using
the Channels feature in Photoshop
Meadows after heavy rain caused the River Welland to flood. Colours
processed in Photoshop a little, and an ND Grad filter was used
when the image was taken to reduce the effect of the sun.
stump near Stamford. I'd driven past this on one or two occasions,
and on the day I had my camera with me the sky was looking quite
nice with some clouds being lit by the rising sun. To expose for
the sky, the stump itself was quite dark, but as the image was in
RAW format I managed to drag enough detail out for it to look good.
The image was converted to BW in photoshop to give the sky more
turbines at Glass Moor, near Peterborough. This image was taken
on a misty day at sunset. I used a warmup filter to enhance the
colours a little.
Trees in Sherwood Forest - processed in photoshop.
Sony Alpha DSLR Review
At the time of writing this, I've had the A100
for almost a year. I thought I'd put together a "mini-review"
of sorts, especially as the A100 is now available at a great price
and the A700 has arrived on the scene.
Build quality: Some reviews I've read have said
the A100 feels a bit plasticky. It's made of plastic so this comes
as no great surprise(!) but I can't really say I've found this a
problem. Sure, it lacks the nice metal and rubber construction of
more expensive models, but it has never felt cheap or fragile. It
has stood up to me using it in some relatively harsh conditions
as well, such as on a mountainside with snowspray at -18c or at
the side of a dusty rally track while being peppered with stones.
At all times, the camera's controls have worked faultlessly.
Ease of Use: This is another area where some reviews
have marked down the Sony. I guess coming from a Minolta, the layout
of some of the options was similar so perhaps I was at an advantage,
but I find the camera easy to use. The left hand control wheel allows
easy selection of common functions such as ISO, metering mode and
so on, and is straightforward to use. The shutter button has a good
level of tactile feedback with the steps from focus to shoot easy
to feel. The screen is also readable in most light levels. In low
light I find the viewfinder can sometimes be a little dark, although
I haven't compared this to any of it's rivals so I can't say if
it's better or worse. The only other issue is that the camera sometimes
finds it tricky to focus if there isn't a good level of contrast
between things in the scene. This only really occurs in dark situations
or pointing at a flatly lit object and is easy enough to work around.
Picture quality: Check some of the images to the
I have found on occasion the quality seems quite
soft. Usually this seems to be almost a picture specific issue,
as re-shooting comes out fine. This is nitpicky- usually it's only
spotted when zoomed right in to detailed parts of the image. I think
one cause is the kit 18-70mm lens causes this if stopped right down
- so I tend to stick to f11 or less for most shots unless I need
the depth of field. As I shoot in RAW, the images from the camera
often look a little flat, but this is more due to the RAW workflow
(processing is a must!) rather than a reflection of the camera.
With the A100 set to one of the many JPEG scene modes, the images
are immediately pleasing to the eye.