Featured: 'Hells Canyon, Oregon, in June and October' by Tilman Paulin

Oct 26, 2014 - 9:47 PM - by Tilman Paulin

this year we were lucky enough to visit Hells Canyon on two occasions... On June 1st for a day and then a weekend in the middle of October for two days.

Hells Canyon is North Americas deepest river gorge and located between Oregon and Idaho. We stayed in Enterprise on both trips and did day hikes (although it should be a great area for backpacking too - if you're not afraid of rattlesnakes and poison oak... of which we saw neither :) )

On our trip two weeks ago we drove to Buckhorn Lookout on the first day (we had already done this hike in June).
On the second day we drove to Hat Point, which is the high point on the Oregon side.

Gearwise, I used my E-M1 with the Olympus 12-60mm that I'm trying at the moment (after not really "connecting" with the 12-40mm)

The whole set with some more shots on flickr:


Trip to Buckhorn Lookout and hike along Imnaha River Canyon:

Driving across Zumwalt Prairie:

Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Zumwalt Prairie by tilman paulin, on Flickr

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Featured: 'New York City with the G7X' by Ray Sachs

Oct 24, 2014 - 5:10 PM - by Ray Sachs

I'm in the Big Apple and all I brought was the G7X and the RX1. I'm gonna try to stick to just shooting the G7X as much as possible, although I'll probably bring the RX1 out at night... Anyway, I'm sick of talking about this camera, and defending it from the Sony-loving hoards (of which I am one with the RX1, just not the RX100 - so confusing not having any loyalties!). To me, it's a great camera to shoot with and produces files I'd have died for from a compact until very recently. It won't replace my big guns, but I think it may serve as a really nice alternative to them when I want to travel light...

Here are some shots from this morning. More to come tomorrow and Sunday...

NYC - G7X-67-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-91-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-100-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-109-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

NYC - G7X-90-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr

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Featured: 'Some images from the DP3m in Japan' by Boid

Oct 18, 2014 - 3:52 AM - by Boid
For my walk around kit, I usually carry a Ricoh GR and the X100 in a nat geo canvas bag with two pouches.

I hugely enjoyed shooting with the X100 but I needed a wider field of view than 35mm especially for shooting architecture. So I bought a wide conversion lens for the Ricoh GR which takes it's native 28mm fov to 21mm (in 35mm terms).

And I replaced the X100 with the DP3M, because I needed a carry around that could shoot primarily portraits.

As an added bonus the batteries between the two systems are interchangeable, and since one needs a host of batteries to make the Sigma last out a day, this was great.

So far I'm really impressed with the IQ from the DP3m. And I'm finally happy with my setup. For now.

Here are a few images from the DP3m -

Handheld in low light, which the Sigma isn't very good at. ISO200, f2.8, 1/60th

It does pretty good macros as well, which can be improved with a Marumi magnifier

As a portrait camera in good light, I'm really impressed with the colors from the foveon sensor

A 1:1 crop from the same image

A portrait, I think even the blown highlights work for this image

Makes great b&w images as well

Sculpture at the National Museum of Modern Art

If one respects the very narrow parameters that this camera works in, it's possible to make images that surpass one's expectations.

Needless to say, I'm a fan.
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd" ~ Voltaire
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Featured: 'Scotland, England and Wales - Photos and travel diary' by Matt Everglade

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:35 AM - by Matt Everglade

I am back from a trip through the UK and I would like to show you some of my photos and give some hints about good places for photos. Our predefined route was: Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, Lake District, Snowdonia NP, Pembrokeshire Coast NP.

Day 1/2: Edinburgh
I've been in EDI before, so we just walked around for recreation and tried to get some good photos on our way. We tried to explore some more natural spots and found Dean Gardens, which were pretty nice. You can enter them via Mackenzie Pl or Miller Row. Dont try to enter the other side of the creek, it's all private.

Old Edinburgh - Miller Row by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

Squirrel by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

We also walked up Holyrood Park and Calton Hill, the well known spots for tourists.

Holyrood Park by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

Sunset over the castle by Matt Everglade, on Flickr

Day 3: Edinburg -> Isle of Skye
We drove from Edinburgh to the Isly of Skye. Nothing really spectacular on our way, just had a short break here...
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Featured: 'Mingalaba!, Burma (Image heavy)' by Chrisnmn

Aug 30, 2014 - 12:54 AM - by Chrisnmn
Hey guys, earlier this year I did a trip to Burma (Myanmar), and I wanted to share my experience with you,

Iíve been asked a lot: Why Burma? My response is, I donít know.
My decision on what places to visit, or why, are based on the simple interest of exploring the unknown, the uncanny, personal desires, and basically just having the chance of going to places that I know very little about them.
Visiting the golden land and get lost, with no plans other than simply let encounters and experiences guide me through this country, is my plan.

After 24 hours, I arrive in Yangon. The smells, the dust, and the extreme hot and humid conditions are some of the things that I wont forget very easily. The only way I communicate with people is sign language and when Iím lucky in a very broken english.
Suddenly I realize that people is more interested in me than I am of them. They take my photos as I take theirs. Curiosity is mutual. Not many westerners come here and much less interact with the people, or so Iím told by a local.
Burmese people are some of the friendliest people Iíve met in my life. Curious, always with a smile wanting to share their food or tea or inviting me into their houses.

Everywhere I go, the light is special, and something I have not seen before, long shadows that I follow in the narrow streets, surrounded by old buildings from the English and Portuguese days, I can still see the inscriptions on the walls. Crowded and chaotic streets with food smells, vast landscapes and one way rural roads, makes me think of Burma as a place stucked in time.

I walk more than 13 hours a day, relentlessly, meeting people on every corner, I move by bus, train, boat, cow or anything that takes me across the country. No connection with the world at all, Burma is a place that takes me out of my comfort zone. In every sense. And I love that, just me, my cameras, my notebook and a bag.
Every person that I meet, shares their life story with me, and how to face life from a different point of view. One that I now treasure and feel honored to have experienced.



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SeriousCompacts.com is now PhotographersLounge.org

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:47 AM - by Amin Sabet
When I started SeriousCompacts in early 2007, smaller digital compacts weren't being taken seriously. To the industry and in the public eye, pro and enthusiast photography meant big DSLRs. A group of us understood that smaller cameras could produce seriously good images, and the site was born.

Now in 2014, the rest of the world has caught up. For 4-5 years now, it seems hardly a month has gone by where some prominent magazine or blogger wasn't proclaiming that it might be time to drop the DSLR and go mirrorless. These days, those posts read a lot like "Time to Get a Smartphone?" — late to the game.

As a group, our DNA is still very much that of small camera afficionados; however, many of us enjoy larger cameras as well. To some of us, the site name "Serious Compacts" has become an unnecessary limitation. A barrier to sharing with the community what we shoot with larger cameras. And let's face it, we're not a very serious group at all. On the contrary, the relaxed atmosphere is something we all cherish.

So with that, I'm happy to announce that Serious Compacts is now Photographers' Lounge. Nothing much has changed except that it is now explicit that we welcome discussion about and photos from all sorts of gear from phone cameras to medium format film and everything in between.

Please note the new address: www.photographerslounge.org
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Featured: 'North Cascades and Olympic National Parks' by Tilman Paulin

Aug 14, 2014 - 3:01 PM - by Tilman Paulin
We did a 10 day trip in northern Washington in July. Day hikes in North Cascades National Park and a few days in Olympic National Park on our way back home to Oregon.

Wonderful places... took way too many photos :) Gear-wise I kept it "fairly minimal": Olympus EM-1 with the 14-54mm and the 75-300mm. And a hiking pole with small ballhead as monopod.

Sauk Mountain: after some miles on a steep gravel road and a fairly short (but steep) hike you get rewarded with views like these:

Sauk Mountain by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Mt Baker Wilderness (Artist Point): at first we were disappointed when we heard that there was still way too much snow to hike, but we still had a fun day up there.

Mount Baker by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Untitled by tilman paulin, on Flickr

driving through the snow... by tilman paulin, on Flickr

Hiking up to Cascade Pass:

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Featured: 'Herons (some BIF) with Nikon V3 and 70-300CX' by The Smoking Camera

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:46 AM - by The Smoking Camera
A few images of black crowned night herons on the edge of a marsh here in Hawaii. Used the Nikon V3 and recently released 70-300CX lens (189-810mm equivalent). The setup weighs less than two pounds so I was able to handhold for a couple of hours. Burst rate is 20fps with continuous focusing and the camera does a reasonable job of tracking. Hope you enjoy these.

Joe, The Smoking Camera
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Featured: 'Sigma DP2 Quattro Test Shoot Pics and First Impressions' by ggibson

Jul 11, 2014 - 2:51 PM - by ggibson
My test shoot DP2 Quattro arrived the other day and I've played around with it and grabbed some shots--enough to give a first-look impression of the camera and the images it can produce.

The camera itself is a strange, modern design, that much is plainly obvious from just looking at it. I think Sigma wanted this camera to look as different on the outside as they feel it is on the inside! Ergonomically, the design is pretty poor, in my opinion. The "grip" does not really fit the hand well, and is shorter than I would really like it to be to get a firm hold on it. It's usable enough, but don't imagine that it conforms to your hand in some unforseen way. On the plus side, the dials are relatively accessible with one hand (more the front dial than the rear) and operate with nice clicks. In fact, despite the awkward shape, the camera feels extremely well-made. The material has a coarse, but high-quality feel to it, and the camera has a nice heft to it. Unfortunately, the weight of the Quattro combined with the unstable grip means it's pretty difficult to operate one-handed. That's fine though, since this is not a run & gun camera...

So what's it like in use? Pretty much like all Sigma cameras have been, in my experience (I had a DP1X at one time). Slow to focus and slow to take the shot, and slow to take the next one. In practice just for walking around, the shot-to-shot is fine, but compared to anything else on the market this camera doesn't know what "burst rate" is. Make no mistake, this camera will dissappoint you many times if your subject is moving around at all. Like all Sigma cameras, this camera asks if you would please slow down and just take your time?

If you do move at Sigma's pace however, the camera will reward you with what can only be described as stunning image quality. Rich colors, amazing details, and creamy "bokeh"! The 30mm f2.8 lens on this camera is incredibly sharp and provides nice opportunities for close-focus. The foveon sensor is where the real magic happens, however, and I do believe that the Quattro is Sigma's best yet. The color tones are accurate and capture the feeling of the scene well. Some have complained that the Quattro sensor can't match the Merrill in micro-contrast, but I find no shortage of details in the images that I'm reviewing. All-in-all, if there's a... [Read More]
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Tutorial: Add the SC Mobile Version Shortcut to Your Phone / iPod Homescreen

Jun 22, 2014 - 8:17 PM - by Amin Sabet
We are phasing out the site app in favor of a mobile site version, which is the default site version when visiting from a phone or iPod.

To add a link to your phone or iPod homescreen so that the mobile site can be launched like an app, follow the directions below.

For Android phones:

1) Visit SeriousCompacts.com in your browser (I am using Chrome here) and tap on the menu button. Mine is circled in red; yours may look slightly different in a different browser / phone.

2. Tap on "Add to homescreen"

3.1. Change title to something short like "SC"

3.2. Tap on "Add"

4. All done. Your shortcut appears on the homescreen, where you can move it or add to a folder.

For iPhone / iPod:

1. Visit SeriousCompacts.com in your browser (Safari) and then tap the icon shown below:

2. Tap on "Add to Home Screen"

3.1. Change the name to something short like "SC"

3.2. Tap on "Add"

4. All done. Your shortcut appears on the homescreen, where you can move it or add to a folder.

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