a21 February 2014

How I almost killed Sony NEX-6

How I almost killed Sony NEX-6

As you might know when I was in Mexico I had only one camera with me - Sony NEX-6. There were many reasons for it, one of them being that I wanted to travel light that time. It worked very well... for the first two days out of fourteen I spent there.

Then at the end of sunset on the second day (you can see photo from this sunset below by the way) electronic viewfinder got really hot - I could barely touch framing around it - and a few minutes later both LCD and electronic viewfinder died and stopped to show anything. As you might imagine I was shocked, frustrated and sad because I hoped to capture a lot of great photos while in Mexico. But by that time I took only around 200 or 300 many of which were bracketed exposures. And that was first time in a few years that I didn't have backup camera with me... bad luck.

The most interesting thing was that everything else seemed to work fine. I could turn on flash, I heard sound of shutter after pressing shutter release button, I could navigate through the menu (I heard that specific "click" sound). The "only" thing that didn't work were LCD screens. Too bad they are quite important, especially when there is no optical viewfinder... after the camera rested and cooled down a little bit, main LCD screen started to work again. Unfortunately viewfinder doesn't work correctly until now (it sometimes turns completely black again).

I'm yet to find out what's wrong. I'm not sure whether camera got overheated (due to long-exposures perhaps?) or whether there is some factory defect in it. I hope Sony service will help to find this out (and more importantly get it fixed) within next few days. After that I hope to release my final version of NEX-6 review.

Daily photo - Blue vs Orange

Just a few days ago I uploaded a HDR photo of a very colourful sunset in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Today I would like to share another photo of a sunset. Orange clouds were really gorgeous and the fact that at the same time sea was blue created some nice colour contrast in the image.

If you want to learn how to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial. If you prefer to download it or print, I suggest you take a look at the PDF version.
Sunset in Puerto Aventuras in Mexico

Finally some EXIF information:
Technical details:
Camera: Sony NEX-6
Lens: Sony 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Exposure time: 10 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: Cokin ND X variable density neutral gray
Technique: long-exposure, HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Adjust

Where was this photo taken:

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