Sony A7RII Camera Makes Me Smile

A highly detailed and vividly colored graffiti monster in Hosier Lane, Melbourne.

It's been great to be out and about a bit over recent days. My commitment to The Arcanum has kept me desk bound for over a year now, though I've now developed a good strategy to balance it with other aspects of my work and am excited by new opportunities both there and elsewhere. The idea was always to mix my teaching, both formal and online, with travel photography projects and, I'm glad to say, it's getting there.

Anyway, up till a week ago, I'd only made photos on a few occasions over the last 12 months. With an upcoming trip to New Zealand in November and an extensive trip to Europe mid 2016 I had to find a way to get back into it.

Enter the Sony a7R Mark II

Along came the Sony a7RII camera. It's been a godsend. I've had to spend a lot of time understanding the variety of options for still photography within the camera's various menus, not to mention it's ability for customization. The good news is there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I like the camera and I’m getting used to it.

Graffiti in Hosier Lane

The above photo was made in Hosier Lane in the city of Melbourne, Australia. Hosier Lane is a hub of activity for graffiti artists. It’s organized and now a very popular tourist attraction in its own right.

Reality or a Good Photo

The photo was made, hand-held, at 1/50 second at f8. Due to the relatively low light level I set my camera to ISO 800. The resulting file was quite flat, so I employed Photoshop to considerably enhance texture, contrast and color saturation. 

In fact I’ve rarely pushed color saturation so far, but I think it’s appropriate to the nature of this form of steet art and the fact that the work is relatively old and, as a consequence, has faded quite a bit over time.

The process of photography has allowed me to bring it back to life. After all, why limit yourself to the notion of accurately recording reality when what you want most is a good photo.

My First Mirrorless Camera

I've had well over twenty cameras over the years. But being my first mirrorless camera, I've had to work hard to understand the Sony a7R II. The good news is I'm getting there and every time I use the camera new understandings and realizations come my way. It's really quite a lovely camera.

Not Yet Living Up to the Hype

I do have a few concerns with the camera and the quality of the files that are (currently) being generated. But I'II discuss these concerns in posts over the next few days.

Here Comes the Sun

In the meantime I'm really looking forward to getting out and about this coming Thursday and Saturday. Both days are forecast to reach 18 degrees celsius. It will feel good to be out and about on a lovely day, particularly after such a grey and cold winter in Melbourne this year.

Here’s to travel, here’s to adventure and here’s to many thousands of photos with the new Sony a7R II camera.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru