Snapshots with the Samsung NX30

I was loaned a review unit of Samsung’s NX30 camera for a short while, and it surprised me. I won’t call this a review, since I only have it for a short while, but more of a summary, with some photos from the camera.

The pros:
- Bigger than my usual Micro Four-Thirds system, but really light, and handles well in hand.
- Fully articulating rear LCD makes it easy to get shots from an awkward angle.
- Dials and buttons for commonly-accessed functions, such as metering, Wi-Fi file transfer (all cameras should have this as a default feature by now), drive mode, simple mode dial, so I don’t have to go into the menu all the time.
- Much improved EVF; as a fan of good electronic viewfinders, I cannot stress how important this is!
- The eyepiece/EVF can be extended and tilted upwards, which is a good idea.
- Easy to manipulate RAW files, resulting in good colour or monochrome conversions.

And of course, since there are no perfect cameras, here are the cons:
- The kit lens feels like a kit lens. The results are ok, but I didn’t enjoy using it.*
- The way the extending EVF is made doesn’t feel as strong as it should.
- The AF can be frustrating at times, perhaps because it’s the kit lens, but I’m really not sure.

That said though, it is an enjoyable camera to use. Just to be sure, I handed it off to my wife for a few hours, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a potential hit for Samsung, if they can overcome the ingrained biases of the camera-buying/-toting crowd.

While I’m at it, here are some snapshots of my son taken with the NX30.

At the risk of sounding like Joe McNally, more to come…

* Mainly because I’m a young dinosaur who loves his prime lenses.

[NSFW] It has been a while

Somehow I’ve forgotten about this particular photo of the elegantly beautiful Alix, taken last year. I processed it, but it never made it anywhere online. I figured this would be a good time–a Friday, and a long streak of black and white photographs on the blog–to post a colour art nude.

It’s also probably high time to do some nudes again. The back is healing up nicely, and that’s my cue to get started on work.

PS. Just in case you haven’t noticed, you can see more of my nude work here.

A lofty goal

Restlessness has its benefits. I was flipping through Robert Frank’s The Americans for the umpteenth time when I decided to search for articles about it, and came across this gem. It’s not exactly new–it’s written in 2008, to be exact–but the article, like the book, remain relevant to this day.

I found the following passage particularly encouraging.

“The Americans may have been the result of a man with a Leica and a Guggenheim, or it may have been something larger; a piece of art that asks more questions than it answers, that reveals less than it implies, that suggests more than it establishes, that loves more than it can.”

I’ve always tried to photograph in that manner, and have been accused of various things, from trying to be clever, to boring, to being deliberately obtuse. I do not completely deny the first charge, the second may well stick, but the third, I deny unequivocally.

My photographs may be deliberately vague, but not because I’m trying to be difficult. It’s just that a photograph that tells you less than it shows you have a definite appeal, something that will slowly grow on you rather than the instant fascination that lasts no more than a thumb’s flick away, to be forgotten until the next best thing comes along.

I just happen to believe, and continue to believe, that is the best way to photograph, for myself. That it is a lofty goal. One I will find rather impossible to give up.

Which reminds me, I have been accused of being stubborn too. That one is rather accurate.

I should be working*

I don’t usually get to shoot much when I am teaching a workshop, so when I got a few photos during a recent (short) walk out to Haji Lane with my Photovoice SG group, I was happy to let the photos stew in the heat of my 6-year-old MacBook Pro, and even happier to find that some of them still appealed after the requisite month-long “soak”.

This is just one of them. It’s always great to have material to look through, and especially when one is cooped up at home trying to rest a bad back. I’d love to be out there photographing, but having stuff to edit is better than looking at the ceiling, thinking “I should be working”.*

* I wonder how many people will get this rather obscure movie reference, especially when it was such a terrible movie.

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