“A photographic essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer.” Wikipedia
This is a purely photographic essay without captions and explanations. I hope these photos don’t need them. You can click on each shot after the break. At the end, you will find my thoughts on equipment used and what I would bring today, after the break
I shot this series last December during my trip to Kenya.
Equipment used: Sony SLT A77 with kit lens (price reduced)
currently there is a great deal on the A77
Tamron 90mm Macro
Sony Nex 5n
wide angle adapter
These shots (all raw captures) were taken over a three day period, amounting to approx 5 hours of total shooting time. The low shutter sound and the articulated LCD were particularly useful on this set.
I am not allergic to noise, or, as I like to call it, analog flavor, in my photographs. It’s like salt in your food, some love it, some hate it. The A77 is no low light champ, however, using a flash gun was out of the question. Many shots were taken at ISO 1600 and 3200 and then pushed in processing two to three or even four stops. Minor noise reduction was applied and I am happy to report that I never ran into banding and streaking which would have ruined the shots. I like the grainy look, however, what’s more important is that I don’t think the grain takes away or adds anything to the content of the images.
Why did I pick the A77 as the main camera for this trip? A) I had quite a few photo/video assignments lined up, mostly in bright daylight. The Sony A77 just fit the bill perfectly.
B) I was advised not to bring ” very professional” looking equipment to avoid problems entering the country, something to consider when traveling to certain places. To avoid looking “too professional” I didn’t want to bring two A77 bodies and chose the Nex 5N as back up.
What would I pack today?
First, let me clarify, I would have no problems shooting with the exact same gear I chose last year, however, if I had the choice and the budget I would take the A99 instead of the A77.
a 24 70mm
a 12 24mm Sigma
the 135mm Zeiss
and the Sony RX1 as the stealth silent pro shooter disguised as a tourist compact camera.
Or as an alternative to the RX1, the RX100.
Sound track, incompetech.com, search for “blue feather”
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