Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sony A6300 LCD Screen Loupe Hack

As I mainly shoot in the outdoors, I was having real problems seeing the LCD screen on my Sony A6300. The daylight renders it pretty much useless, meaning shooting with it or reviewing your photos just doesn't work.

The only other option is to use the viewfinder but for me this means holding the camera right up to my face, giving me less control over the buttons and dials. It's also a smaller screen to be looking at, which over the course of a few hours can give you a headache.

So I got to work trying to resolve this with a cheap viewfinder loupe that I'd bought a few years ago for my Nikon D7000.

By flipping the viewfinder upside down and screwing a hole through the bottom, I was able to attach it to the back end of my Manfrotto BeFree Live tripod mount. 

I could then attach the tripod mount as normal to the bottom of the Sony. And voila! It's not perfect but it's pretty solid and now makes shooting and reviewing both photos and videos outdoors actually possible!

Skitour & Avalanche at Ponten, Tirol

Earlier this week we ski-toured up Ponten in the Austrian Tirol. There'd only been about 10cm of fresh snow overnight but the avvy warning was still a three above the treeline, so we proceeded with caution. 

It was the afternoon, so we were following the skin-track and it took us about 2.5 hours to do the 800m from the car park to the top of the ridge just below the summit. There wasn't much snow around and many rocks and trees were still visible.

As we approached the top, we came across a avalanche that must have happened earlier that day. You can see in the photos that it was triggered by a skier on the far left side. The fracture was pretty big though, going about half way across the bowl to the right.
Although we could see the skier had a clear run out to the left and away from the avalanche, we still got our beacons out and checked for a signal.
After checking our surroundings we continued up to the ridge-line away from the dangerous area of the avalanche.

Our first sighting of the avalanche 

Carsten approaching the debris  

Very long fracture across half of the bowl 

Here you can see the skier's tracks that triggered it with their run out to the left

Some photos below from the top of the ridge-line and skiing down.

HDR shot of Carsten on the ridge
(three photos combined using continuous bracket mode)

 HDR shot of Carsten on the ridge
(three photos combined using continuous bracket mode)

HDR shot of Carsten on the ridge
(three photos combined using continuous bracket mode) 

Carsten heading down
1/1000, f/7.1, ISO 320 (two photo composite)

Skitour & Photoshoot | Ornach, Bavaria

Some shots below from last week's sunrise and sunset ski-tour up to Ornach near Oberjoch in Bavaria. In the morning we were the first heading up, so it was pretty slow going through the fresh snow. It took us just over an hour to do the 400m from the car park to the top. In the afternoon on the skin track it was a bit quicker, getting it done in under an hour.

From the top, around 1550m, there's a wide open meadow which is amazing to ski when there's been a fresh dump, like on this day. 

Pretty happy with the shots. Always impressed with the Sony A6300's continuous autofocus speed.  Not impressed with the LCD screen and battery life though. 

Tip: use handwarmers not only to defrost your hands but also to keep your spare batteries alive!

Carsten, sunrise, Ornach - 1/2500, f/4.5, ISO 2500

Carsten, sunrise, Ornach - 1/2500, f/4.5, ISO 1600
(two photo panorama composite)

Tanja, sunset, Ornach - 1/800, f/7.1, ISO 160 
(three photo panorama composite)

Tanja, sunset, Ornach - 1/1250, f/9.0, ISO 320

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Galerie Ropac Video Shooting

Helped the LOA boys a few months back shooting Arnulf Rainer's exhibition at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg.

We used the Canon 5D Mark III, Sony A7s and DJI Ronin to get the shots.

You can watch the video below:

Photo editing for Hotel Villa Carlton

The photos that I edited for Hotel Villa Carlton are finally up on their website, check them out here.

It was a basic retouching job, so I used Lightroom CC to clean and enhance brightness, contrast and colours.