Cherubs
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

Always good to get a picture of cherubs in a shot. Going in on a detail like this is also a great way to give an idea of how impressive a building like the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires is. I took the guided tour, like a good tourist, and snapped away with everyone else. It’s never the best way to work and it’s difficult to get anything that captures the splendour all around you. Then I saw these two cherubs sitting there innocently and found a way to say in a picture what I saw.

Unfortunately, there is nothing on at the Teatro Colón whilst I’m here. It’s supposed to have some of the best acoustics in the world of large, impressive auditoriums and I would have loved the chance to check it out. Maybe it’s all for the best, as I didn’t pack any formal evening wear. You need it in a place like this. Beautiful.

Technically, there’s nothing too special to report. The 35mm f/1.4 lens is incredibly sharp, which we know. It’s handheld, because you’re not getting in there with a tripod without prior arrangement, so the Steadyshot was put to good use, again. What I do like is how close the lens focuses. I had to get in there pretty tight to fill the frame with those little cherubs and the 35mm could handle it. I’ll have to check the focusing distance for the 55mm but I don’t think it’s in the same ballpark.

I made the adjustments, sharpened and added grain, all within Capture One. I’m trying to get in the habit of not using Photoshop if I don’t have to, not for any artistic moral reasons, more just for not wasting unnecessary time when so much of what I need to do can be done in the one software. My usual workflow would definitely involve Photoshop as it’s what I know, but I’m trying out new things over here and seeing how they fit. It’s bit like me taking the AF off the shutter button and adding it to one of the rear buttons. After reading that many people like to work that way, I’m going to try it. It’s the perfect time as I’m in the process of learning a whole new camera system and a few more new things won’t make any difference.

It’s raining cats and dogs outside so I’m going out to see if my wet-weather gear holds up. Off to Recoleta Cemetery. Hopefully, I’ll get to use my tripod as I feel a video moment coming on…

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

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  • Hey Tim, glad to see you’re making headway with your journey. Sounds like you’re having fun with the camera dynamics and all that entails! Very much looking forward to see how the trip expands and what lays ahead.

    • Morning, Clive! Having a great time. My main problem is shooting too much and not leaving enough time for editing and posting. Doesn’t help that wifi is generally sketchy but makes sense when you’re down in Patagonia. You’d love it here. Was at the Perito Moreno glacier yesterday. Wow! Was able to try out working with both cameras slung around me, shooting video and stills. Worked a treat. Hope to post material soon.
      Off for a stroll, with camera, for a few hours. Taking a bus to El Chaltén this evening. Busy, busy!

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