a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300

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DaPonti
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a58 in Taiwan: first trip with the 55-300
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This was my first experience with the 55-300 (except one evening of F1 shots) and I enjoy it a lot. I'm essentially a snapshooter, taking records of places I visit, and for this the a58 + kit doesn't do much more than a point of shoot, just better.

The telephoto however opens up new possibilities and I found myself using it more than I expected (lots of family portraits of course). I'm not sure whether it's just the novelty effect or whether the longer focal length forces me to think more about the picture, but for the moment I'm quite happy with it.

I shot in RAW + JPEG but ended up using only the JPEGs which are "good enough" for me. There are just a few pictures where I feel like carefully processed RAWs would really help, either at high ISO or for blown highlights.

Now my big problem is consistency. For the moment it's "good focus, steady hands, good composition... pick 2 :-D". Comments welcome.

Longshan Temple

Ciyou Temple

Ciyou Temple. 3200 ISO - either too much noise reduction or bad focus

Ciyou Temple. 1/20 sec at 270mm equivalent, proof that IBIS works.

Changing of guards at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial hall. I underexposed the whole series by mistake

Miaokou night market, one of the most famous in Taiwan

Mandatory neon signs snapshot

Xiahai Chenghuang Temple, Jiufen

Jiufen old street

Queen's head rock in Yehliu. Great focus on the pathway in front...

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Very nice series.

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In reply to DaPonti, 4 months ago

I think you did a fine job, it felt like I was touring right along side of you!

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Wonderful images! Gotta love the Sony coloursĀ 

Thanks for sharing!

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In reply to DaPonti, 4 months ago

Nice shooting, Great pics!

thanks

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In reply to DaPonti, 4 months ago

Thank you all for your nice words.

PORTRAIT wrote:

Wonderful images! Gotta love the Sony colours

I'm not sure what the "Sony colors" are as I don't have anything to compare to. My only comment is that I think the reds saturate a bit more than the other colors (quite obvious on those temples with red paint).

Now this is strange, 5 pictures disappeared from my original post (the five below). Do you see them above?

Spider in which I almost bumped

Moiré test

Wenwu temple - ceiling detail

Wenwu temple

Wenwu temple

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