San Francisco_ Powell Street


Powell St. Union Square Cable carAs I said before, I first used my brand new Panasonic LUMIX GX1when I was traveling the United States.

End of Powell Street is the starting point of the world famous Cable cars.

There is a turn table which is manually operated to turn the direction.

Under the strong sun and shadow, it is creating quite strong contrast.
To me, this image looks a little bit like film with classic Contax or something.

Leica Digilux 3 was film like camera….but still this is a bit different type of film like image.

Panasonic LUMIX GX1 PZ14-42mm

Vancouver….End of Summer at Spanish Bank beach


Spanish Bank beach_Vancouver BC Canada

It is beginning of autumn in Vancouver, Canada.

The land scape of Downtown Vancouver from across the bay “Spanish Bank Beach” is clearer than during the summer time.

Clouds are creating dynamic lighting before the sunset.

Leica Digilux3 Olympus 40-150mm

Panorama by Adobe Photoshop….View of San Francisco


Panorama San Francisco from Pier 39
This is Panorama of San Francisco from Pier 39.

During film era, shooting panorama was not easy job. To get proper image, they needed special camera which had swayable lens to capture wide-angle.

In 90s, lots of point& shoot camera had panorama…..but it was just cropping top and bottom of 35mm shot. It was not panorama at all.

But with digital cameras, we can create panorama with Adobe Photoshop very easy.

To do this, it is very important to shoot the images to marge.

First of all, it is better to use tripod to keep the horizon line even.
Then, it is also important to keep “overlap” between next images.

Image 1Image2

Image3Image4

As you see, I got plenty of overlap between images.

Also you should not zoom while shooting all the images.

Then, go to Adobe Bridge.

Choose Images you’d like to merge, then go to Tools – Photoshop – Photomerge.

That will automatically create panorama and then, you will need final adjustment.

When the merger ends, all the layer is selected. So, what you should do is…….

Press “Shift + ALT + CTRL + E”…….that will keep the original layers and create layer which is merged all the layers together……This layer is easier to do retouch.

This panorama is really depending on the quality of original images. So, if you have a nice landscape in front of you, please remember what I told here.

Panasonic Lumix GX1 14-42mm

Panasonic LUMIX GX1


Panasonic Lumix Gx1

I bought a Panasonic GX1 as I mentioned before.

Although I received it a little while ago, I could not use because they could not ship the battery from Japan. So, I purchased battery locally and finally started using it.

First of all….it is amazingly compact. With the set with 14-42mm Lens, still I could carry in my pocket of my jacket.

I had a trip to the United States last week and was the first test shot for me. Within the 5 days, I shoot about 2000.

So now, it is time to report.

Sample by Panasonic Lumix Gx1

Positive.

  1. Compact….but it does not feel cheap. There is moderate feel of a material.
  2. Fast & accurate Auto Focus. It is enough for moving objects too.
  3. Power zoom is quick and easy to use.
  4. Image Stabilizer works way better than my previous Leica Digilux 3.
  5. Quality of images reminds me Leica images….well….they learned a lot from Leica when they started still cameras.
  6. Integrated Flash can handle bounce lighting.
  7. has better user interface compare to other competitor like SONY or OLYMPUS.
  8. It is handy to be able to move focus frame on touch screen.
  9. Touch AF/ Release is new style and will be a standard soon.

Negative:

  1. Program AE is not my cap of tea. The aperture goes too small. Due to the small sensor of micro 4/3, I don’t want to use more than F8….so, I have to shift to aperture priority very often.
  2. Quality of High ISO range is not as good as what I was expecting. It looks like oil painting or something even at ISO400 due to the noise reduction. Now, I set up the noise reduction to the weakest.
  3. Buffer capacity is quite poor. When I shoot with Ray & JPEG, Sometimes it freeze up after a few shots.
  4. When I try to review the image, It takes 3 sec. or so to display the captured image although I am using 32G, class10 card.
  5. Zoom switch & Focus switch are looking similar and easy to mix up. They should make both different shape.
  6. Stroke of Zoom switch is too little. Although it has variable speed control which is depending on the position of switch knob, it is hard to use.
  7. Minimum ISO160 is a bit too high. I want ISO50 or it is also good idea to have something like “Electronic ND filter” or something.
  8. Since I bought it from Japan, I can’t change the language……
  9. 37mm filter for this lens is abnormal size. So, I used step-up ring 37-52mm to use 52mm filter which is common to share with other lens.
  10. Battery can handle about 250 shots. If you are heavy user, you will definitely need spare battery.

Although there are quite a few negatives, I am still amazed with the technology advancement during the past 5 years.

It can take photos a bit like LEICA Digilux 3 with better quality and much easier operation with smaller body…..that is how this camera is…..

Jericho Beach, Vancouver BC


Jericho beach Vancouver BC

Jericho beach Vancouver BC 2

Jericho beach Vancouver BC 3

Jericho Beach is facing to Burrard inlet which is an extremely quiet sea.

During the summer, people are enjoying all kind of water sports here.

View of Sky scrapers in Downtown Vancouver, Mountains on North Vancouver and quiet sea…..

The sky in summer is just cloudless……maybe it is fun to add some clouds on it…….

Jericho beach Vancouver BC by Photoshop

This is the one with Adobe PHotoshop……well….it is totally different image….

LEICA Digilux 3  Olympus 40-150mm

Broadway _ Downtown Los Angeles


Broadway _ Los Angeles Downtown

Broadway4 _ Los Angeles Downtown

Broadway2 _ Los Angeles Downtown

Broadway3 _ Los Angeles Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles is interesting.

This former theater district is no longer and now it is working class shopping district.

Fancy old neon signs and Gothic style buildings are a kind of Legacy of 20th century’s Good old America…..and now completely different people are having different lifestyle here.

It is the modern ruin of 20th century.

Leica Digilux 3 & CONTAX Tvs Digital