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Zion National Park, 2014

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Newsletter, Fall 2016, Page 1

October 24, 2016 Newsletter 60

 

In this newsletter you will find:

 

Determining Peak Fall Color

The New Sony RX-10 Mark III

Tamron’s New 150-600mm Lens

Programs for Camera Clubs

Newly-Added Local Workshops for 2017

 

Hello!

 

We were in the process of updating our website to better reflect what we are up to at the moment so this newsletter was sent in the old format of an email rather than a link to our website. We have now completed the changes so are making a few modifications to the newsletter that is here on the website.

 

Why the revision? We are currently concentrating on local workshops, presentations for camera clubs and other organizations, editing and marketing our photos, and working through our extensive and over optimistic travel bucket list.

 

The new website includes descriptions of two local workshops for early next year, a close-up/macro workshop on January 14 and a wildlife workshop on February 11. Both workshops will be a half-day in length and consist of a combination of instruction followed by photographing the subjects. We also will be listing our most popular programs along with descriptions and a few photos from them. In the meantime we are including some of the info below.

 

We are excited that several of our images have been selected for prints for a photo exhibitsat Erlanger Hospital and the Jewish Cultural Center.

 

It has been a busy travel year. We just returned from West Virginia, photographing with friends in a new location for us. The color was a bit late but as is usually the case, once we got out of the car and started to look around we still found plenty to photograph and had a great time.

 

Enjoy your fall photography and have a wonderful holiday season!

 

Tom and Pat

 

 Determining Peak Fall Color

 

This has been a strange year with feast or famine in terms of rain and August temperatures into October in many locations. The result has been a lot of stress on trees and ground cover with the color changing at some rather strange times. We are also seeing that when the color does change it is doing so very rapidly, going from green to colorful to being past peak in just a few days time. The Internet can be a great resource for helping you know how the colors are progressing. The trick is to use the sites that are reporting what actually is happening rather than just using historical data. For the Eastern US, The Foliage Network is a great resource. According to their website ‘During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from our foliage spotters twice a week. This data is collected, plotted, and analyzed by The Foliage Network. The end result is The Foliage Network Report, which is used by travelers to find the best foliage conditions.’ If you want to see what has happened in past years, that information is there too.

 

 The New Sony RX-10 Mark III

 

 Years ago when I was getting my initial training in photography I attended a John Shaw workshop in which he wistfully described his perfect dream camera, an SLR with a 24-600mm f2.8 lens, which was also light weight with fast autofocus and an accurate built in metering system. Well wish no more, because the Sony RX10-Mark III comes pretty close with its built into Zeiss Vario Sonnar 24-600mm lens--although the largest aperture at 600mm is f4--a reasonably rugged body, and a pretty effective built in stabilization system. While smaller than my Canon DSLRs, it’s not tiny and light. But if you consider you’re carrying a DSLR-like camera with a 24-600mm lens, it’s pretty amazing that Sony could make it as small as it is.  And it will readily accept 72mm filters--a definite plus.

 

 Image Quality: With a 20 megapixel oversize sensor--oversize for a compact camera--and a Zeiss lens, the images I’ve obtained are quite good indeed. Even fully extended to its full telephoto length of 600mm the lens produces surprisingly good images--ditto at its widest setting of 24mm, although there is a bit of distortion at this end of the zoom range. If you back off from the extremes of 24 and 600mm, the quality of the images is, in my judgment, excellent. Sony’s backlit sensor technology undoubtedly helps. Colors are true and clear, and digital noise is very low.

 

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