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Sony RX100 test shots - Botanical Gardens, UC Berkeley, Aug. 9, 2012

Part of a walk at the Botanical Gardens, which has flowers from all parts of the world and areas for each continent.

To see the larger images during a session, click on 'original' option below any image.

The unusual 'CABIN,' with an electric blue array of glass tubes, is a rather mesmerizing exhibit -- SOL Grotto, 2012 -- (Solyndra) explained in the sign at the end of those images.  This will be up through December.   But would you think I'd taken a photo of the cabin from outside?  That would be too logical.   Here's a photo of the Sol Grotto cabin from the architects, Rael San Fratello.

  *LOW LIGHT* shots: Many of the indoor shots in this set are at iso3200, iso2500 and 2000, produce pictures that are amazingly problem-free.

This is also my first extended outing with the new Sony RX100 pocket camera with a large sensor, and I was able to experiment with its built-in HDR settings that can be used hand-held because Sony micro-aligns 3 to 6 images and then provides you a single image that would have been the norm plus an HDR'd version that combines the best exposed portions of the 3 to 6 shots.

I tested all kinds of features but found out AFTER I did this gallery (the Exif info doesn't show HDR or DRO settings) when I checked the in-camera images to see how they were shot, that the ones I used were often the HDR'd versions rather than the normal-single-exposure also provided by the Sony RX100.

  If there is a breeze, some of the elements in a 3-shot HDR'd final image will have moved a bit (or you may have moved a bit too much) and the single 'normal' image may be better but this can also be layered in Photoshop with the combination image provided.  I didn't try that though and just used one or the other.
  A compromise for the small size with large sensor is a zoom lens that is only 3.6x.

There is also an 'auto DRO' setting which, when the dynamic range is too wide for a camera lens, adjusts the brightness and contrast for use with a single shot.  I used that a couple of times also.

Many of the glass-tube shots were shot at iso3200 and iso2000-2500 because there's very little light on the left side of the 'cabin.'

Click on any photo to get the larger version.  Then click on "Next" or "Previous" to see other ones.




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Tiny waterfall at bottom left. Click on original for larger images.  #00367
Tiny waterfall at bottom left. Click on "original" for larger images. #00367
Commenter explains this is the Japanese Pool & Strawberry Creek in the Asia area.  #00367
Commenter explains this is the Japanese Pool & Strawberry Creek in the "Asia" area. #00367
Non-HDR version -- I didn't get the name of this. #00374
Non-HDR version -- I didn't get the name of this. #00374
Dynamic Range On. Testing the new camera on other photogs. #00376.
Dynamic Range On. Testing the new camera on other photogs. #00376.
Dynamic Range decreased here. Trying a zoom-in on that image #00376.  00376cr
Dynamic Range decreased here. Trying a zoom-in on that image #00376. 00376cr
HDR'd version used. Larger waterfalls. Half-zoomed  #00380
HDR'd version used. Larger waterfalls. Half-zoomed #00380
HDR'd version used. 2/3 zoom  (28mm vs 5mm)  on this one. #00384
HDR'd version used. 2/3 zoom (28mm vs 5mm) on this one. #00384
Full 3.6x  zoom (37mm vs 5mm) & focused on a damselfly on the rock. . #00388
Full 3.6x zoom (37mm vs 5mm) & focused on a damselfly on the rock. . #00388
Zoomed-in Crop at 100% of that same HDR'd photo, from about 9 ft away. #00388cr
Zoomed-in Crop at 100% of that same HDR'd photo, from about 9 ft away. #00388cr
Full zoom - Bee hive behind glass,  #00390
Full zoom - Bee hive behind glass, #00390
Same shot, cropped, as I left when I noticed a bee got outside the glass, #00390cr.
Same shot, cropped, as I left when I noticed a bee got outside the glass, #00390cr.
I didn't get the name of this. #00392
I didn't get the name of this. #00392
Araceae.  #00398
Araceae. #00398
Araceae with sign less visible.  #00400
Araceae with sign less visible. #00400
iso3200. Dark cabin exhibit with electric blue array of 1,368 glass tubes. #00403
iso3200. Dark cabin exhibit with electric blue array of 1,368 glass tubes. #00403
iso2000. Dark cabin exhibit.  Toward the left of the set . #00404.
iso2000. Dark cabin exhibit. Toward the left of the set . #00404.
iso1600.  Cabin exhibit, higher area from below, left. #00406.
iso1600. Cabin exhibit, higher area from below, left. #00406.
iso 3200.  Low light. Examining Cabin exhibit  of an array of glass tubes. #00411
iso 3200. Low light. Examining Cabin exhibit of an array of glass tubes. #00411
Dark cabin exhibit at iso2500 from a bench facing it, w/ wood floor shown. #00412
Dark cabin exhibit at iso2500 from a bench facing it, w/ wood floor shown. #00412
iso200. Cabin exhibit  with another type of illusion. #00415
iso200. Cabin exhibit with another type of illusion. #00415
iso400. Stand back to see this interesting illusion of curves. . #00416
iso400. Stand back to see this interesting illusion of curves. . #00416
Explains the ideas behind the SOL Grotto 2012 exhibit.  #00419
Explains the ideas behind the SOL Grotto 2012 exhibit. #00419
Dynamic Range decreased. Gorgeous day.  Testing in difficult lighting #00422
Dynamic Range decreased. Gorgeous day. Testing in difficult lighting #00422
HDR'd shot.  A path in the Botanical Gardens, #00429
HDR'd shot. A path in the Botanical Gardens, #00429
HDR'd shot. No backpack in this and I like the tree spots, #00427
HDR'd shot. No backpack in this and I like the tree spots, #00427
HDR'd (hand-held set) - Island Manzanita using half-zoom. #00439
HDR'd (hand-held set) - "Island Manzanita" using half-zoom. #00439
Inside one of the Sol Grotto glass-tubes. #00408
Inside one of the Sol Grotto glass-tubes. #00408