Belle of the Bay

f/3.2, ISO-100, 1/60 sec.
f/3.2, ISO-100, 1/60 sec.

Berthed at Mission Bay in San Diego, California the Bahia Belle is a turn-of-the-century sternwheeler that cruises locals and tourists across the waters of the world-famous aquatic park.

Her cousin, the William D. Evans, can be reserved for wedding receptions, corporate events and grad parties.

(Image post-processed with an antique, vignetting filter.)

f/4, ISO-100, 1/125 sec.
f/2.8, ISO-100, 1/160 sec.
f/2.8, ISO-250, 1/125 sec.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

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Breaking Surf

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 239, exposure 1/200 sec.

The most significant trade-off between a bridge (superzoom) camera and DSLR is the size of the sensor. A larger sensor can hold more pixels resulting in clearer, more detailed photographs. I noted in my last post that I bought a superzoom to take photos of the moon. You can see in these surf photos that clarity and detail are sacrificed for the benefit of having a long zoom.

Comparing my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 with the FZ1000 we see that the latter camera has upgraded specifications.

Sensor Size:  (FZ200) 1/2.3 inch –(FZ1000) 1 inch

Megapixels: (FZ200) 12.10 mp –(FZ1000) 20.1 mp

Zoom: (FZ200) 24x –(FZ1000) 16x

While the FZ200 has a longer zoom, the FZ1000 will produce more detailed photos. This is most noticeable when you enlarge, or crop a photo. Sensor size is not an issue for prints up to 8×11, but a cropped shot will display significant distortion (noise).

If your goal is to produce quality stills, or you digitally process your photos then you won’t be satisfied with a smaller sensor.

These sample photos have all been cropped. The distortion is clearly evident, but they are perfectly adequate for posting on social media.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-640, 35mm focal length 313, exposure 1/300 sec.

The following shot has been cropped twice. Cropping basically enlarges the photo, and magnifies the imperfections.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-640, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.

This was an incredible shot. The surfer was actually walking on water! That’s his board floating nearby. The wave tossed him 3-feet in the air, and he took a couple of steps before splashing down. How often does a photographer get a chance to capture a shot like this?

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1000, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1000, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/250 sec.
F-stop, f/2,8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/160 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-250, 35mm focal length 28, exposure 1/125 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-400, 35mm focal length 57, exposure 1/250 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/200 sec.

This next guy was surfing backwards. You can see in the second photo the wave is breaking behind him, or towards the beach.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-1600, 35mm focal length 62, exposure 1/100 sec.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Fly Me to the Moon

F-stop, f/4.0, ISO-160, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/125 sec.

This is the reason why I bought a bridge camera. The built-in 2000 mm focal length gets you right inside the craters on the moon. A DSLR can do this, but the weight and cost of an interchangeable lens was prohibitive for me.

Bridge cameras, also known as superzooms, are a bridge between compact pocket cameras and DSLR’s (digital, single-lens reflex cameras). I’m very satisfied with the results.

F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-200, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/125 sec.
F-stop, f/4.0, ISO-160, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/160 sec.
F-stop, f/4.0, ISO-160, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/160 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-200, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/125 sec.
F-stop, f/3.2, ISO-160, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/125 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-125, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/125 sec.
F-stop, f/4.0, ISO-160, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/320 sec.
F-stop, f/4.0, ISO-160, 35mm focal length 1426, exposure 1/320 sec.
F-stop, f/2.8, ISO-100, 35mm focal length 1933, exposure 1/125 sec.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Bird is the Word

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These photos were taken with an old Vivitar SLR. On this day I was experimenting with the sepia filter, and depth of field (bokeh*).

The camera did a good job at blurring the background. I really like this technique because it focuses your eyes, in these examples, on the foreground image. Bokeh removes distractions so that the subject just pops.

  • bo·keh (bōˈkā) … the out-of-focus (blurred) area of a photograph either foreground or background.

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Wipeout!

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Surf was up this day so I decided to try my hand at action photography. The last shot really needs a caption. Please leave your witty remark in the comment board.

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Image 1: f/4.0, ISO-250, focal length 36mm, exposure 1/320 sec.

Image 2: f/2.8, ISO-400, focal length 28mm, exposure 1/320 sec.

Image 3: f/2.8, ISO-800, focal length 67mm, exposure 1/250 sec.

Image 4: f/2.8, ISO-200, focal length 28mm, exposure 1/200 sec.