John & Anne Wiley

2012/06/05

Evening Walk

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 08:16

We took a short walk up a nearby hill this evening just at sunset, and it was a split decision. We enjoyed the walk and conversation, the air, the views, and being together. On the other hand, I’m checking out a new camera and Anne’s checking out my old one. So the other major aspect of the time was stopping to futz with cameras trying to capture images like this.

0014 Sunset Stroll

0014 Sunset Stroll

The new camera is much quicker (even ISO 6400 shots like this are passable), so after sunset I was able to catch these crows that would’ve been long gone by the time the old camera managed a dark, blurry and emminently deletable attempt.

0017 Magic Moment

0017 Magic Moment

Trying to snap long zoom shots with one hand while flying is much easier when you can use a high ISO setting, so I’m quite keen to take this camera for a ride. This camera also gives truer color in dim light. So even without direct sun on them, the hills in this next one still show up as more like what we saw, rather than gray silhouettes.

0040 Dusk Colors

0040 Dusk Colors

Even after our eyes weren’t seeing much color, it was possible to ramp up the camera speed and get this shot reminiscent of ancient ruins in a jungle.

0049 Dusk Surprise

0049 Dusk Surprise

In case anyone’s wondering, the camera is a Nikon D5100. I’d been looking at the newer and more popular D3200, but just couldn’t come to terms with the relatively poor low light performance. This 5100 is about the same price, lower resolution, and a bit gnarly to use for advanced shots (auto settings are easy) due to annoying buttons, menus and controls. But as you can see, it’s starting to win me over. 🙂

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