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New System Shot at Clevedon Pier

So let me start by explaining this post will be a little bit different.  If you follow my social media accounts you will know that I most of my photographic gear stolen.  I won’t bore you with the details but suffice as to say it wasn’t a great experience.  I had a battle with the insurance company but I was also blown over  by the support and encouragement I received.  Firstly a very kind lady offered to  review my insurance policy and helped me win that battle.  Then those very kind people at Fujifilm lent me a pro system to borrow for two weeks.

The theft took away my hobby and that’s the bit which hurt me.  Stuff and kit can be replaced with a bit of work but the time I enjoy capturing images is precious to me.

Clevedon Pier at Dusk
Clevedon Pier at Dusk – click for high resolution version

This image was the first shoot with my new system.  I have over the years shot with Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax and I’ve even borrowed a Hasselblad.  I previously had a Nikon D810 which is a pretty heavy duty DSLR, it’s big and heavy.  I used to joke it was a fitness opportunity.  I was waiting to see the new Mirrorless cameras which will be launched by Canon and Nikon who plan to launch new systems at the end of this year.  Then I would choose from Sony, Nikon and Canon. The mirrorless systems have recently come of age and offer many advantages over DSLR.

So I decided to jump to the Sony A7riii.  I couldn’t wait until the new year with no system and so the theft forced my decision early to change platform.  The Camera arrived on Tuesday and I had one hell of a learning curve.  I decided to head over the Clevedon as my first shoot.  Clevedon rarely disappoints as it faces West (perfect for sunsets) across the Bristol Channel.  For this shoot the tide was nearly in and was pushing me up the pebble beach. One reason I went for the “R” version is the ability to crop.  I can’t afford Sony’s wonderful but expensive range of lens but I opted for the 24-70mm f2.8 GM which is a great range and both sharp and fast.  I previously used the Sigma 24-105 f4 as my standard lens on my D810 and found it to be my go-to lens.  With the Sony I can switch to Crop mode and get an equivalent of 105mm.

The set up on this system is complex and I’m still not there yet.  I was really pleased with the results of the first shoot.  This image was taken from a single RAW file and just look at that dynamic range.  Incredible to get those highlights and also that shadow detail.  The D810 was good but this is another level.

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