Trying Adobe’s Portfolio


Please check out my new portfolio.

With the scaling-back of¬†Cycle Torque, I’m looking for additional work – and I’m trying out Adobe’s Portfolio online service to display some of my work.

It started out as a simpler way to produce a good-looking portfolio than learning how to do it here (wordpress.com) or with a self-hosted WordPress site (such as cycletorque.com.au, which I built).

It’s still very much a work in progress, and I’m not convinced it’s for me (I’m thinking of dumping the Adobe Creative Suite, which it’s a part of, because the monthly fees don’t fit into what I’m doing so much these days and really, I don’t like Adobe Lightroom much anyway).

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Pelicans


Had the opportunity to shoot a flock or two of pelicans as the local fisherman threw them the heads of the fish they’d caught.

Most of the images were shot at 1/1000th of a second, shutter priority, 200ISO. For most I had a polarising filter attached. If you like more details, leave a comment/question.

All were shot with the Leica D-LUX (Type 109) (aka Panasonic LX100).

A walk along the shore


Yamba, on the far Northern NSW coast, is a very pretty place. I took an hour or so and came back with a few nice images.

Macro isn't a really strong point of the D-Lux, but it's not bad, either. The control over the Aperture and the fast lens makes for nice bokeh and shallow depth of field.

Macro isn’t a really strong point of the D-Lux, but it’s not bad, either. The control over the Aperture and the fast lens makes for nice bokeh and shallow depth of field.

The pelicans around Yamba  aren't worried by people wielding cameras - at least not too much, otherwise I would never have made this image, which was shot from just a few metres away. This image is a tweaked JPEG - if Aperture supported the RAW files, I would have used that, but this looks OK.

The pelicans around Yamba aren’t worried by people wielding cameras – at least not too much, otherwise I would never have made this image, which was shot from just a few metres away.
This image is a tweaked JPEG – if Aperture supported the RAW files, I would have used that, but this looks OK.

The D-Lux does nice black & white in camera. In this image I've used the red filter option, which has darkened the sky very effectively.

The D-Lux does nice black & white in camera. In this image I’ve used the red filter option, which has darkened the sky very effectively.

Leica D-Lux (Type 109) and Panasonic LX100 misinformation


I bought the first one of these cameras I actually saw in the metal, and in the 24 hours since I’ve been trying to get my head around what I’m sure is a technological marvel. But I’m shocked at the reviews, opinion and comments which are quite wrong.
So here are the things I’m finding, good and bad.
Here will be notes about why I chose the D-Lux and samples, but more than anything I’m wanting to refute some of the mistakes out there, and put an alternate position as to why some things were done.

Most of all, I’m doing this to learn about the camera and if you get something from all that, great!

Note: I’ve been playing with this thing for a day, and it’s my first Panasonic/Leica digital camera. If I get it wrong I’m happy to post corrections.

Myth 1: It’s too easy to bump the auto button and switch to idiot mode.
There’s an iAuto button quite close to the lever which switches the camera on, but there’s a selection in the custom menu which lets you set it to press-and-hold to activate.

Myth 2: it should have a Mic input.
Seriously? Have you really listened to the pre-amps on a Canon 5D MKIII? No small camera has a decent audio system built in, so the best you’re going to do is record some background audio – if you’re even a tiny bit serious about audio (and you should be), record separately. A Zoom H1 is about $100US, or add a Rode Smart Lav to your iPhone. Sync in Final Cut, it’s easy.

Myth 3: No tilt screen.
I love the tilt screen on my Olympus EM-1, Canon XA20 and yes, life would be more convenient if the Leica had one too. but it would also be bulkier, heavier and more fragile.

Myth 4: No weather sealing
See my answer to Myth 3.

Myth 5: you can’t set shutter speeds between stops
You can, actually. If you spin the dial on the back it changes the shutter speed to the standard 1/3-stop increments. so 1/50th is available to Pal video shooters like me.

Myth 5: The resolution’s not high enough.
For what? One of my favorite cameras of all time is the Canon 1D MkII, and that was 8MP. Yes, there will be times when 13MP won’t be enough, I accept that, but the times will be few and far between.

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