As I said yesterday, I went into the city yesterday morning to take some photos of the Yarra River and some of the bridges that go over it. I was using my tripod, so I could keep changing cameras, between my Nikon D300s and the Canon EOS600D. I wanted to see how each camera would perform.
I have been planning on going into the city to do some photos like this, well this scene, but not these conditions for some time. I was hoping to get a lovely morning, you know, lovely sunrise, lots of colour and maybe a few clouds. This is what I got, clouds, no sunrise and rain. Yes, it rained. Not heavily, but there was a gentle mist. Not the whole time, but intermittently.
The above image was taken with the Nikon. I have not done a lot of processing. It isn’t a HDR image, and beside a little work in Camera Raw, I haven’t done anything else to it.
They were taken some minutes apart, which accounts for some differences. The sun is trying to shine through this one. It has created some lovely colour on the water. This one is zoomed in more as well. I didn’t think enough about this comparison. I was feeling very rushed with the weather and since the Canon is not mine, I really didn’t want it to spend to much time out of the bag.
I don’t know that I think one image is a lot better than another, though I feel more drawn to the image taken with the Canon, but that could have a lot more to do with the composition and how the water looks.
I did go further down the river to the Punt Road Bridge and the Nylex Silos. I have been wanting to take some photos of those for some time. Again, the image from the Nikon first.
The compositions are fairly similar in both of these and it is easier to compare them. As I did with the previous images, they were processed in Camera Raw and nothing else. Except for the photo filters, which, as I already stated were done exactly the same for both images.
I prefer the Nikon image with these two. The only thing that is disappointing with the Nikon image is the water. A rowing boat went through as I was taking the images with the Nikon, and by the time I had the Canon on the tripod the water had become still again, well as still as it could.
The Canons are to go back this week. I find I am quite sad about it. I have enjoyed using them. Out the two, the 1100D and the 600D, I do prefer the 600D. I like how it feels when you hold it to take a photo, and, which has surprised me, I have found it really easy to use. I think the problems I have had in the past were more due to my feelings towards Canon, and perhaps I never really gave them a fair chance. I know now that if someone came to me with me, I would be able to help them.
I think one of the most outstanding changes is my attitude. I think if I were buying a new DSLR now, I know I would look at Canons range as well as Nikon’s. I think I will always favour Nikon, I do like their lenses, but I like Canon as well now. It is too late now to change, if I was inclined to. I have far too much Nikon stuff, and it would cost me too much money to replace it all. I will have to continue with Nikon for now, but I would like to keep an eye on Canon and what they have coming out.
This for me, if you are taking photos in the rain, remember to check the end of the lens for wet spots. If you don’t you come home and find horrible spots all over your image.
Another one for me, when you go out, check all the settings on your camera at the start.