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Andrys Basten | profile | all galleries >> Sony RX100 - My casual, superficial tests >> Sony RX100 - UC Botanical Gardens, 45 min., early evening. Aug. 22, 2012 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Sony RX 100 test shots: BEFORE & AFTER HDR settings, 1st Day | Sony RX100 test shots - Botanical Gardens, UC Berkeley, Aug. 9, 2012 | Sony RX100 pictures in low light, indoors, long-distance (balcony) | Treasure Island's San Francisco and Bay views at night | Sony RX100 - UC Botanical Gardens, 45 min., early evening. Aug. 22, 2012 | Sony RX100 photos from Amazon Event Sept 6 2012 (press conference) | Sony RX100 miscellaneous and random

Sony RX100 - UC Botanical Gardens, 45 min., early evening. Aug. 22, 2012

Went back to the Botanical Gardens for an after-hours night, most from ~6:30pm to 7:10 pm, ending just before sunset.  The fog was coming in by the end of the hour.

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

This is my second more or less 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 again.  These can be used hand-held because Sony micro-aligns 3 to 6 quickly shot 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 three to six photos.

  AFTER I did the first Botanical Gardens gallery for the Aug 9 walk, I checked the in-camera images to see how they were shot and saw that the ones I used on PBase were often the HDR'd versions rather than the normal-single-exposure ones also provided by the Sony RX100.

  If there is a breeze, some of the elements in a 3 to 6 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 haven't tried 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's 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 didn't use that yesterday, as it's not as effective but it does cut down on lost detail.

  The fog was blowing in from San Francisco, and in that low light last night and with the flowers affected by the light wind, I needed to shoot at widest opening to get a decent shutter speed and then there was little depth of field, sometimes preferred, sometimes not.  Even then the Sony did a good job.   There are almost too many options with the Sony, and I tried a few more of them but didn't take notes. Will check the recorded settings later (some key features don't show up on Exif viewers yet). Click on any photo to get the larger version.  Then click on "Next" or "Previous" to see other ones.




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Used camera's HDR here.  Only silhouettes otherwise. #00509
Used camera's HDR here. Only silhouettes otherwise. #00509
A rose area often used for weddings, with a view across the bay. #00518.
A rose area often used for weddings, with a view across the bay. #00518.
A few feet away.  HDR feature used here.  #00519
A few feet away. HDR feature used here. #00519
Aren't these gorgeous?  Hollyhocks. #00527
Aren't these gorgeous? Hollyhocks. #00527
A crop of the same photo. #00527cr
A crop of the same photo. #00527cr
I had a walking stick -- so, often shot with one hand + continuous focus #00535cr
I had a walking stick -- so, often shot with one hand + continuous focus #00535cr
These are gorgeous, and some sunlight got thru'. #00536
These are gorgeous, and some sunlight got thru'. #00536
Daisies, I guess  :-)  #00537cr
Daisies, I guess :-) #00537cr
Really liked this one too.  Macro focusing is automatic. .#00538
Really liked this one too. Macro focusing is automatic. .#00538
An arbor. #00540r
An arbor. #00540r
Monkey trees.  What is that on the ground? #00542
Monkey trees. What is that on the ground? #00542
To stop taking photos, I had to stop looking.  Beautiful flowers everywhere.  ##00543
To stop taking photos, I had to stop looking. Beautiful flowers everywhere. ##00543
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#00546r
I'm not even a flower person but they had some summer beauts. #00547
I'm not even a flower person but they had some summer beauts. #00547
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#00550
An assortment. #00552
An assortment. #00552
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#00555cr
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Going back to the city. Not very flowery.  #00557
Going back to the city. Not very flowery. #00557
The garden photos were taken that close to sunset, #00560
The garden photos were taken that close to sunset, #00560
Huge power things. #00563
Huge power things. #00563
We do get dramatic skies.  And power lines. Taken thru' windshield. #00564
We do get dramatic skies. And power lines. Taken thru' windshield. #00564