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Ison, Harmony, Victor

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Earlier this week, after writing this post about being in a rut, I decided to mix things up after work and try a new, challenging route. I think part of my rut is/was because I got in too much of a routine, riding the same training route too often and not doing enough exploration. So, I decided to change that. Here’s the route I rode.

The route took me west and south of town, into some areas I’m only somewhat familiar with. The terrain is very different on this side of town, with nearly-constant rolling hills and a few big ones thrown in for good measure. The resulting ride had exactly the effect I hoped it would have: I felt a sense of adventure and exploration that has been sorely missing from most of my other post-work rides lately.

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So, it was a fantastic ride.

I mentioned previously that I got a new camera. Well, I’m not happy with it; I’m going to send it back. I love the high-contrast black & white mode, and it has some fantastic features, but in the end, the image quality isn’t up to snuff, and that’s the thing I care about most. B&W can be done in plenty of other ways, with any camera, so I’m going to keep looking.

4 Responses to “Ison, Harmony, Victor”

  1. Jon Grinder Says:

    My, my…if those pictures aren’t up to snuff, you have a much more discerning eye than I do. Looks like a beautiful ride, my friend, no matter about the camera!

  2. Apertome Says:

    Haha. I figured someone would say something like that. It’s not an awful camera by any means, and the shots mostly look OK in small blog size, but when viewed large, they are distinctly blocky, and the edges of the frame are very soft. Even in the small versions, fine detail is lacking in some shots.

    For instance, if you look at the large limestone blocks in the quarry, they look too blocky, you can hardly see the texture on most of them. Some have blown highlights, and simply appear white. This could have been avoided by adjusting the exposure. But even the ones that aren’t overly bright still don’t have much detail. This is because of the lens and/or sensor. Probably mostly the sensor, which has weird blocky artifacts from over-the-top noise reduction.

    More importantly, there was an unusually high number of shots that didn’t turn out well at all. There were lots of missed opportunities there. Some were way too bright and washed out, for no apparent reason. Naturally, I didn’t post those.

    I’m happy with a number of these photos, and to a large extent, it’s more about the photographer than the camera. Still, I want to make sure I get the best camera for the money, and for me, I don’t think this is it.

  3. Alice Says:

    Looks like a fantastic ride! I’ve been in a rut also and keep planning to explore some new routes, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hopefully this weekend I’ll have more time.

  4. Myles/ rattrappress Says:

    I’m with Jon, I think the pictures are great, but I can understand your search for something you are happy with. I need to study up on basic photography. I’d like to get a high quality compact camera someday and it would be nice to use it to it’s full potential.

    There’s a nice variety of terrain on your rides. I like the progression from sunny country roads to the dark woods.

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