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The Power of an XZ-2

Eureka Tower, Southbank, Melbourne


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The first few shots with my new XZ-2


Teachin' 'em young - but with the wrong camera!

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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

It looks like your X-Z2 is working OK then. (That means I like your photo shots)

They must have been to the shop that only sells the two common brands, unlike the refined ones we use.

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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

That 1st shot's stands out, superb.
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

New toy, Mark? Very impressive!
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

Great shots of the tower, Mark. Been up it, as you know, but didn't manage a decent "looking up" shot.
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

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It looks like your XZ-2 is working OK then. (That means I like your photo shots)
They must have been to the shop that only sells the two common brands, unlike the refined ones we use.
Exactly, Ross!
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That 1st shot's stands out, superb.
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New toy, Mark? Very impressive!
Yes John, and to hell with dslr's and their encumbering kit ... who needs it!
I had just bought the XZ-2 about two hours earlier and left it with the dealer to charge up its battery before co;llecting it later.
Having upgraded from the XZ-1 I was able to adapt right away.
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Great shots of the tower, Mark. Been up it, as you know, but didn't manage a decent "looking up" shot.
Actually Stephen, I met up with a Singaporean guy who Sandra and I met at Portsea NP last month and due to his interest in photography we have been emailing since. So on Monday we agreed to meet up and do a shoot together. We had a great day and looking forward to doing it again sometime.
He told me that he's been up in the Tower and was able to shoot through the mesh as his P&S lens was small enough to fit through the holes. I have yet to take the tour to the top.
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

How are you finding the XZ-2
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

So far so good, Alf although I really haven't had time to get intio its boiler room yet.

It is heavier than XZ1 but has beautiful balance and grip.

Picture Mode 1 (Vivid), pretty much my default setting on XZ1 seems a lot mor saturated so I may need to tone it down a bit.
In bright sunny weather I think it does suit the architecture above though.
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

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Picture Mode 1 (Vivid), pretty much my default setting on XZ1 seems a lot mor saturated so I may need to tone it down a bit.
In bright sunny weather I think it does suit the architecture above though.
I agree about the saturation on these shots.

Have fun learning what it can do mate.
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

I'm not sure about that first one Mark, I am good with heights, but there is something a bit off-putting about it.
No doubting the clarity of the new camera though, you should be very pleased with it.
I have never seen those bees - I must be more observant on our next trip.
Nice photoshopped sky - you and I know that Melbourne skies are never that blue.
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I agree about the saturation on these shots.
Have fun learning what it can do mate.
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I'm not sure about that first one Mark, I am good with heights, but there is something a bit off-putting about it.
No doubting the clarity of the new camera though, you should be very pleased with it.
I have never seen those bees - I must be more observant on our next trip.
Nice photoshopped sky - you and I know that Melbourne skies are never that blue.
Aside from normal sharpening in RAW, and sizing for web, all are pretty much OOC. The opening shot is full frame uncropped. None have been photoshopped Lyn.

The colour is how XZ-2's Picture Mode 1 (vivid) rendered it - personally I love it as that is pretty much how my natural vision sees colour.

There's a wide variance between individuals as to how colour is perceived. Take the colour blindness test.
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Thanks John.

Aside from normal sharpening in RAW, and sizing for web, all are pretty much OOC. The opening shot is full frame uncropped. None have been photoshopped Lyn.

The colour is how XZ-2's Picture Mode 1 (vivid) rendered it - personally I love it as that is pretty much how my natural vision sees colour.

There's a wide variance between individuals as to how colour is perceived. Take the colour blindness test.
I'm not colour blind but recently I noticed the left eye sees slightly cooler than the right. I am actually due for another check up so hope it isn't anything to be concerned about.
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Re: The Power of an XZ-2

Great colours from Olympus again.
#1 is good and proves there are occassions when tilting the camera works.
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I'm not colour blind but recently I noticed the left eye sees slightly cooler than the right. I am actually due for another check up so hope it isn't anything to be concerned about.
With photographers I'm wondering whether there's a correlation between colour blindness and a strong tendency towards B&W images?
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Great colours from Olympus again.
#1 is good and proves there are occassions when tilting the camera works.
Thanks OM. In this instance it works for me but not for everybody.
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