I wanted to give the new effects a try at night and see how they might work. I grabbed the tripod and headed out on my bike to the main street corner and figured I might be able to get some cars lights passing through. On my ride over I remembered the effects put the camera into full auto it seems since you can only control the exposure compensation and have no shutter, aperture, or ISO controls. I worried it might not allow enough light in to make the effects work, but I forget this camera can use a much higher ISO than my old Canon. I had also grabbed my 50mm lens which is an older Minolta MD lens and has the aperture controls on the lens and the camera doesn’t control it anyway. This allowed me to stop the aperture down to get a slower shutter speed to make the car’s lights streak. This was taken with the Pop effect which makes a “more vivid color by emphasizing color tones”. I liked how it made the neon lights pop which I think is perfect for the lights and the style of building.
I had lunch at this great little place on the border of Chandler & Ahwatukee called Sandella’s Flatbread, and decided to go check out South Mountain to see if I wanted to shoot anything. The conditions weren’t the best since it was mid-day, so that meant harsh bright lighting and heat; lots of heat. I didn’t really plan to go there so I didn’t have provisions really and wasn’t about to go too far from the parking lot without water. This was taken on the main trail from the parking lot with the high contrast monochrome effect, which makes a black and white picture with a wide range between the blacks and whites. This can make your black and whites more interesting since the contrast is what makes converting a color picture to black and white worthwhile. I wanted to capture the trail going off in the distance and there’s a bit of mystery there with the bend.
This week I’ve actually got a theme to try and shoot. On Monday, Sony released a firmware update for my camera, it added a cool new way to use manual focus, some more white balance options, and a handful of picture effects. So this week to try it out, I’ve decided to shoot only with the new effects to give them a whirl. I did what I normally do with a new photo toy, I went in the backyard and shot some basic shots of the pool.
This is the posterization effect. It can create some cool looks and can be changed quite dramatically be simply adjusting the exposure composition.
I noticed this ray of light from the fading sun this afternoon in the bathroom. Thought it could look cool and took the photo. The difference in color wasn’t very pronounced in the photo, so I upped the saturation and vibrancy some to make the colors pop more.
I noticed this lone solitary leaf in a neighbor’s yard the other day while walking around and liked how much background separation I could get with it.
This evening I walked around the Downtown Gilbert area with my tripod in hand. It’s a great area at night with some neat neon signs and an old-town city center kind of vibe to it. There’s also this water tower there with some water jets underneath. I figured the blue lights of the water would be good to shoot, but there were some kids playing in the water so I had to wait for them to leave. This gave me time to check out the surroundings and I liked the theater as a background to the water jets. I took quite a few pictures, but I’m happy with how it turned out.
I took this while walking around the neighborhood trying to find something to shoot. I used my 50mm f/1.7 lens at 1.7 and had the camera in anti-motion blur mode to get a clean shot of this flag in the night.