National Museum of the US Air Force

I finally got to do some serious low-light picture taking with the little Sony RX100 mk III at the National Museum of the US Air Force. I’m pretty tickled with the results, and I also look forward to getting back out and strolling around this amazing museum some more.

We only had a short time to spend, so we wanted to see some particular things. Even so, we didn’t get anywhere near seeing everything. The place is enormous! If your interest in US (and some other) military aircraft is casual, plan on at least a couple of days. If you’re like us, plan on at least four!

PhotoPlus Expo 2018

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I spent a fun day in NYC yesterday at PhotoPlus Expo. As usual the crowds were heavy, and there were interesting things to see and play with. Included here is the requisite bad selfie, just to prove I was there. The difference was that I took this selfie with my new Sony RX100 Mk III. So, it’s still a bad selfie, but the image quality is much better. All of the photos in this post, except for the obvious one below, were taken with the Sony, with minor post processing on either my Pixel 2 phone, or my iPad Air 2. There will be more on the RX100 Mk III later.

Sony RX100 Mk III

Sony RX100 Mk III

Probably the two most interesting items at the show were the new Canon and Nikon entries into the full-frame mirrorless photography fray. I’ve commented elsewhere that I believe that both companies failed to deliver on what the market wanted, and I still believe that to be the case. With that said, at least one of them is a brilliant camera, and does do a good job of capitalizing on the advantages of abandoning the legacy mount in favor of something new. 

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Panasonic showed a non-functional example of their new full-frame camera, too. While I was disappointed that they did not have working examples of the camera on display, I do realize that they’re very early in the development process. The intriguing aspect of the Panasonic is their choice to use the existing Leica R-mount, as opposed to inventing a new series of lenses. This allows them to hit the ground running with a large catalog of extremely high-quality native lenses, unlike Canon and Nikon, who are relying on adapters to round out their lens catalog while developing new glass.

Several Species at Baltimore's MECU Pavilion (Formerly Pier Six)

As much as I’ve been writing about music stuff, I haven’t been doing much, if any, photography aside from cell phone snaps at work. Last night, I went to see Several Species, a Pink Floyd tribute band based here in the Baltimore area. As always, the put on a great show — better, in many ways, than an actual Pink Floyd concert. Like many venues, MECU usually has restrictions on what kind of cameras that the general public can bring in. The general rule of thumb is that the lens can’t extend more than 3 inches. So, I took along my Fujifilm X10 to use from my 12th row center seat.

The X10 is quite a few years old now, and it’s 12MP, 2/3 inch sensor, while excellent, is challenged in certain situations, like concerts. Still, I’m pretty happy with the images, despite the fact that some are pretty noisy, and that I missed/lost a few shots due to the slow auto focus.

What I’d really like is for Fujifilm to “grow up” the X10/X20/X30 series into a camera with a larger sensor — either 1” or APS-C — with an equivalent lens, for instance, an 18.5-75mm f/2.8-4.8 zoom for an APS-C sensor. Of course, that may make for a lens that extends greater than 3 inches…

Brit Floyd

I've always liked Pink Floyd, and even went to see them live back when most of the band was together. It was a good time. But, now Pink Floyd is gone as a band, and while Gilmour and Waters tour (separately), their shows aren't exactly the same. So, I'm left to enjoy the shows from the tribute bands, Several Species and Brit Floyd

Last night, I went to see Brit Floyd at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. The Lyric is a wonderful old venue that's been tastefully modernized, and so it retains its historic charm inside, while being a thoroughly modern facility.

The show was simply amazing. I got great seats about 15 rows back from the stage, and very near the center, for my friend Erik and I. And, I was able to get a few really nice photos and videos with my Pixel 2. 

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Erik and I are hard-pressed to tell which of the tribute bands we prefer. To be honest, we may be a little biased, as a mutual friend plays with Several Species. But one thing I can say with certainty: I enjoy both of the tribute bands' shows more than I did actual Pink Floyd shows. Part of that may have had to do with the venues. Pink Floyd was play coliseum by the time I saw them, where Several Species and Brit Floyd play more intimate venues. And, they both have better sound systems than Pink Floyd did.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures. I may add some video later on as well.