Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015 (...With The Sony RX100 II....)

Two Minions & Cinderella - Tehachapi, California
ISO 1600, f4, 1/50, 53mm (equivalent).
Halloween was just a few days ago, and I used the opportunity to use my new Sony RX100 II. I mentioned before that I was unimpressed with the JPEGs that I was getting from the camera, but I've since found the right settings--or at least close to it. These were captured as JPEGs, except for RIP (at the bottom), which was in RAW format.

I captured a few photographs at my house before heading out. I used a shaded area on the front patio to ensure even lighting.

We made our way to the Trunk or Treat event in downtown Tehachapi (we made it into the online edition of the newspaper--picture #24 and #35). If you're not sure what Trunk or Treat is, it's the same is Trick or Treat, except of going door-to-door you go car-to-car. This Trunk or Treat was set up in downtown, and people had their cars decorated in all different spooky ways.
Two Minions - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 250, f5.6, 1/125, 100mm (equivalent).
The sun was going down, but there was still plenty of light for photography. The place was very crowded--a ton of people turned out for this event. The kids had a blast and got tons of candy. We stayed until it was just beginning to get dark.

The next stop was Trick or Treating in a neighborhood near downtown. It's a quiet place with tree-lined streets. Many of the houses were giving out candy and several were festively decorated. My kids enjoyed the experience of going door-to-door, ringing the bell and exclaiming, "Trick or treat!"

By this time it was dark and not ideal for photography. The camera's built-in flash did a surprisingly good job, but seemed to take awhile to charge for the next image.
Cinderella - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 200, f5.6, 1/125, 100mm (equivalent).
The photographs in this post are only about a third of the total number of images from Halloween. I didn't want to bore you with too many family photographs. Normally I don't post a lot of personal images.

I post-processed the JPEGs using Alien Skin Exposure 7. They didn't require much work as the photos looked pretty good out-of-the-camera. The RAW image required some post-processing in Phase One Capture One Express before receiving more edits in Exposure 7. It's not an ideal workflow that I'm not yet sure how to improve (without spending bunches of money).

With the JPEGs looking good, it might be worthwhile to skip RAW altogether. Or, better yet, save RAW+JPEG and only use the RAW files when the JPEGs don't turn out as expected. We will see how this goes in the coming weeks.
Look of Joy - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 160, f5.6, 1/60, 28mm (equivalent).
Joyous Smile - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 160, f5.6, 1/125, 63mm (equivalent).
Eating Denim - Tehachapi, California
ISO 400, f5.6, 1/80, 72mm (equivalent).
Nervous Minion - Tehachapi, California
ISO 640, f5.6, 1/50, 40mm (equivalent).
Joyous Girl - Tehachapi, California
ISO 800, f4.9, 1/125, 100mm (equivalent).
RIP - Tehachapi, California
ISO 1600, f2, 1/20 (handheld), 28mm (equivalent).

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