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Skidooing with the Canon G-12…


The DSLR and lenses get heavy and cumbersome to use at times, prompting me to resurrect the Canon G-12 “compact” camera and my resolve to get more practiced with it.  With an unusually high temperature of 0-degrees, today was the perfect day to begin.  It’s been 20+ years since we’ve ventured out on a skidoo,  there was more to get re-acquainted with than just a camera.  We stayed pretty close to home for that reason, but travelled in every direction just on the large lakes and well-groomed trails that surround our community .  I managed to get a decent sampling of images just for myself, I couldn’t keep stopping the driver after-all… fun afternoon!  Next time we’ll venture farther…

This ended up as my favourite  because I got the effect I wanted, namely the distant feel and the shoreline being the obvious focus of the image.

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The G-12 performed pretty well given the varying sky and light that accompanied constantly changing directions.  As the afternoon wore on the light got softer and the exposures naturally improved.  I didn’t always give it a fighting chance either, like shooting directly into the sun with the back-lit fish houses.  I set the camera on AV priority, 100 ISO, f.8,  +1 EV and pretty much left it there for this first day.  I shot in RAW but I still found the processing a little tougher, again mainly from my inexperience with this camera; there was a heavier blue cast in the snow than I get with my DSLR so it’s not neutralizing with AWB as well perhaps?

Best of all, was that feeling of freedom when I simply slipped the camera and a spare battery into the inside pocket of my jacket and away I went!    It’s all learning…


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  • March 4, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    mike - Would love to try my hand @ skidooing. I think it might be much like jet skiing? Glad you got out with your G12, I have one and love it for adventures just like this. It’s portable and does quite well in conditions like the one you encountered. So what was tricky about shooting in Raw? Usually leaves more latitude when processing. If I can help let me know!ReplyCancel

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