RX1 test shots

In photography by webmeister Bud

Testing out the Sony DSC-RX1.

20130312 - RX1-0001Sony DSC-RX1 w/ 35mm f/2 lens
35 mm · 1/640 s · f/2.8 · ISO 125
Creative mode: 3-step HDR

This week, four photos from a demo of the new Sony DSC-RX1 compact digital camera, thanks to Sony Canada and Kerrisdale Cameras.

A handful of us were assigned a camera, shown some of its more creative features, and sent on our respective ways.

Chinatown was where we started off from, and I took this shot using the built in 3-step HDR creative mode inside, funny enough, 3 Fan Tan Alley, that little open-air courtyard connected to the alley proper.

20130312 - RX1-0002Sony DSC-RX1 w/ 35mm f/2 lens
35 mm · 1/200 s · f/2.8 · ISO 125

Behold: my first — and thus far, only — street portrait.

Never before have I mustered the guts to ask a complete stranger if I could take their photo. My confidence was likely boosted by the fact that I was flanked by two other people who are not only brilliant photographers, but both stronger than me.

Of course, I needn’t have worried, nor would their protection be required. I simply walked up to this gentlemen, offered him a twonie, and asked if I could take his photo.

And there it is.

Next time I’m downtown, I intend to return with another twonie to ask him his name.

EDIT (September 10, 2013): I should’ve, but I didn’t. I learned too late that his name was Joseph Viateur Jean-Luc Lavoie, tho’ most called him the Pirate of Pandora. He died at the Rock Bay Landing shelter on August 29 at the age of 62. =(

20130312 - RX1-0003Sony DSC-RX1 w/ 35mm f/2 lens
35 mm · 1/125 s · f/2.8 · ISO 125
Creative mode: Watercolour

This is the camera’s watercolour mode and, I’ve gotta say . . . I like it. It makes for a very convincing painted look, as opposed to something which was converted from digital into what should look like a painting.

Creative modes aren’t something I ever use on a day-to-day basis, but this was a one-time demo of a camera filled with features like this, so I had to try, and I’m glad I did.

20130312 - RX1-0004Sony DSC-RX1 w/ 35mm f/2 lens
35 mm · 1/40 s · f/2.8 · ISO 125
Creative mode: High-contrast black & white

Coming out of the washroom in Market Square, I noticed that the appearance of this corridor was that you were locked in.

In actuality, of course, the gate is open on the opposite wall while the washrooms are unlocked for the public, but that didn’t stop me from switching over to the high-contrast black & white mode for a shot.

I absolutely love black & white, but I don’t seem to be able to visualize it anymore like I could in the early ’90s when I was developing b&w film.

So, it was really nice to have it in-camera. I’ve got to see if I can re-train my eyes to see in black & white again, ’cause it’s such a moody, evocative medium.