Monday, April 16, 2012

Sony A77

After photographing with my Sony A100 for almost 4 years and over 100,000 shutter clicks, it was finally starting to show it age. The day I decided to retire it to a back up camera I was a little dismayed. I know the button locations by memory and can make changes without thinking about. I knew when I needed to add a little exposure compensation or a little white balance adjustment. Though it was only 11 megapixels I frequently printed large prints up to 16x32 that looked amazing. Though I knew this day was coming I hated to retire it to the bottom of the camera bag.

I had been waiting for Sony to release the A77 body for about 2 years. I knew with development taking so long and Sony's reputation I knew it would be an amazing camera. So about 2 weeks ago I finally ordered my A77.

The A77 is not a true DSLR, it is an DSLT. A DSLR has a mirror that is used for the optical view finder that has to flip up and out of the way to take a picture. The A77 has a semi translucent mirror that stays in place. Instead of an optical view finder it has an electronic view finder. I was skeptical of this at first but have come to really love the features of an electronic viewfinder. The A77's SLT technology allows it to take an amazing 12 frames per second and use phase detection autofocus for HD video. I was thoroughly surprised to find that my Sony HVL-F58AM flash would keep up with the 12 frames per second also. In addition to these features the Sony A77 is a 24 megapixel camera compared to my 11 megapixels. Also the low light ability with ISO up to 16,000. I am still testing the ISO range but it seems usable up to ISO 4000.

Trevor doing a flip at 12 frames per second.

Some photographs from doing some HDR testing and macro testing.

Macro Testing

HDR Testing

Look for more testing results soon.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed this.

In His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree: "Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."