G9 Diffraction Limit

Diffraction is an optical effect which limits the total resolution of a camera — no matter how many megapixels the camera sensor has.  It happens because light begins to disperse or “diffract” when passing through the small opening that is the lens aperture.  The smaller the aperture the greater the diffraction.

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Exposure Lift Colour Cast

There have been a couple of reports online of a magenta colour cast appearing when G9 raw files are exposure lifted in Adobe Lightroom.  I have to date not noticed this myself although I have to say I am not wholly convinced by Lightroom’s raw conversion of the G9 files.  It may well be that I have not noticed this reported issue since I tend to ensure that I do not significantly under-expose images and therefore tend not to have lift exposure significantly in post processing.

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Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried up stream which flowed up until the 16th century.  The village is named after Jean de Béthencourt, who founded the town in 1404 with Gadifer de La Salle. It was the original capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands, and later capital of Fuerteventura.

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Lumix G9 SH1/2 Pre-burst

So a little while ago I wrote a blog post here about the G9s 6K Pre-burst function.  My conclusion on this function was that whilst it had its uses its usability, for me, was very much degraded by what I considered to be very poor auto-focus speed.  Further investigation of this issue has not, unfortunately, found a solution – the simple fact is that the 6K photo functions are essentially using video technology including the cameras video auto-focus which is hugely inferior to the lightning fast stills auto-focus system.  Overall therefore I am afraid that 6K photo is for me a disappointment.

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The funny thing about the Hoopoe is that it is one of those birds that if you go looking for them you will never find them.  They are common here on Fuerteventura, although less so at this time of year when I think they must be sitting, and yet I have really struggled to find one to photograph.

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Spanish Chat & Song

More bird photography today, no particular targets just a question of what was about. Unfortunately as with most recent days here in the Canary Islands it has been exceptionally windy and hence most things were hunkered down resulting in few decent targets.  However I did manage to capture some nice shots of Fuerteventura’s only endemic bird the Fuerterventura Chat (a 1st winter male) and also an extremely handsome Spanish Sparrow that was having a good old sing song.

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On a ridge above the village of La Oliva about 100m or so apart sit two dissused but intact Canarian Windmills – they should make good photographic subjects – but here’s the thing, they are tricky subjects – finding a good place to stand is just alot harder than it looks particularly if you want to capture both in the same image, so much so that I have yet to master that image.  In the meantime here is the best I have managed of just one of the mills.  This is a contra-jour image captured as five bracketed images and processed as an HDR image with the sacred Tindaya Mountain as a backdrop.

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High ISO

Today was the start of  a week of Fiesta activities in our nearby village and tonight they were kicking things off with a local band (Grupo de Música popular Tababairet) – now this kind of thing is not really my bag as you may have noticed that I rarely if ever photograph people – however I was keen to give the G9s high iso performance a try so off I headed to get a few “snaps”.

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Sacred Tindaya

The little village of Tindaya sits at the foot of the Montaña de Tindaya in north-west Fuerteventura.  It was considered a sacred place by the pre-Spanish local population, and is also known as the Sacred Mountain today.  At the heart of the village lies the immaculately maintained church of Ermita Nuestra Senora de la Caridad.  It makes a nice photographic subject with the sacred mountain as a backdrop.

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Question: What does the perfect Volcano look like ?

Answer: Like this.

Every time I see this volcano near La Oliva it makes me smile – just like a volcano I would have drawn as a kid.



It is a feat of some endurance to get to Cofete – 20km of rough track including a substantial climb over the ridge that runs along the Jandia peninsular – but it is worth it as the view from Punta de Vista Sober Puerto de Montana as you cross the ridge is certainly the finest in Fuerteventura with the Playa Cofete (Barlavento) and a substantial part of the west coast of the island stretched out before you.  This really is a Good Place to Stand.

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Landscape Update

My first attempt at a landscape with the G9 and PL 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 here yielded mixed results, all be it in rather tricky lighting.  My major concern was the amount of noise apparent in the shadows even at base iso of 200, my conclusion was that in such circumstances it is critical with the G9s relatively small sensor not to underexpose.

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