It’s been a while since I’ve gone gallivanting. Doing it alone never seem to be meaningful to myself. Thankfully Ashton was in town over the long weekend, but only today I got to meet up with him. Me with my V1 and 18.5, him and his D90 and 35/1.8G.
Some of the picks:
Ashton will be my subject for much of the afternoon.. gallivanting is but an excuse to spend time with a friend, chatting, taking photos and relax the mind.
Somehow we were both fascinated by the fun house effect of this chromed pillar.
Taking a short break on this installation of old planks, situated under a nice gigantic solar powered fan.
Then some tourists happen to come by, seem like a nice juxtapose of people doing various things at the same place.
This could be mistaken as an art installation, but it isn’t, it’s just a window display for some branded merchandise shop within the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall - interesting.
From yet another one of them branded goods store is this interesting chain mail pattern used for their store wall.
Taking a break from all the walking at Au Chocolate with sodas and more catching up.
I’d be interested to see what comes out of his water lily shots outside the ArtScience Museum.
Sometimes you just have to crouch near to the gutter to get the shot :)
Sometimes I feel that the country is too money centric, commercialised and without soul.
Catching the swirl as it comes along, a moment later, the pattern of the swirl is no longer a swirl. I’m sure it’s a feng shui thing for the adjacent casino. Superstitions is everywhere.
Shooting with the V1 on the streets feels just the same as shooting with a DSLR. The V1 is quick and unobtrusive, which is good. I’m never waiting for the camera to finish doing something when I need to grab another shot. No, wait, there is something about it. The captured playback. It can be irritating.
The 18.5/1.8 focuses fast and without hesitation but comes with some barell distortion and the 10MP sensor gives a lot of details. Nothing terrible that cannot be fixed in Photoshop with the correct lens profile and then degraded to taste. I shot RAW the whole time, therefore fixing every shot is just part of the workflow from converting NEF to JPG in Camera RAW, before cropping and applying Vignetting and whatever else to degrade the image to taste.
I notice that images from the V1 generally come with less contrast, which at times is ok and at times need a boost to get some oomph into the picture. Sharpness is not an issue for the 10MP sensor nor the Nikkor 18.5/1.8, all the images were sharp out of camera with no additional sharpness added. Perhaps reducing the size for web already adds some sharpness to the images.
All in all, it was a nice exercise. The only thing I wished the Nikon did with the sensor for the system was use a square one instead of a rectangle one.