Image taken Saturday, May 17, 2014. Posted Monday, June 2, 2014
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Ipswich Showgrounds, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

Ipswich show, crowds on a Saturday night. One of my first long exposures with this camera, and there's a lot to learn and think about for next time.

There's two ways to get a shake-free long exposure with this camera: self-timer or use the wifi remote control and smartphone app. I've not had much success with the latter, but I suspect my home wifi was crowding it out.

For this shot, I went with the former - the self-timer. The RX100 has a few modes. One I employed this night is the Self-Timer Continuous, which will wait10 seconds, then take 5 photos in a row with no further intervention. I've used this for group portraits as well, but tonight I was using it to stack photos together - or take 5 and pick the best.

Only downside to this is there doesn't seem to be a way to stop it - I managed to lock the camera up and had to take the battery out. That happens.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Sony RX100 II
Lens: Sony RX100M2 fixed lens 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 (28-105mm equivalent) @ 10.4mm
Exposure: 25" @ f/11, ISO 100 (0/10)

Post processing:

Lightroom 5 -

  1. Crop and rotate
  2. Basic: Highlights -100, shadows -60, white clipping +35, black clipping -65, clarity +20 (to try to reduce the effect of blown highlights. Highlights still blown, but effect is much more interesting now)
  3. Colour temperature -270 - for a slightly cooler overall effect.

The wash-up:

Unfortunately most highlights are totally blown. This is absolutely the smallest aperture and lowest ISO the camera can go, and it was all still blown after 10 seconds, so this needs some extra thought (maybe holding a polariser in front of the lens). There are filter adapter kits available for this camera, but they kill the pocketability.

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