An evening in Paris

I had a meeting In Paris and instead of taking the way to early flight I did get to Paris the evening before.

This being a business trip I only did take along my “pocket photograpgy” kit: Sony RX100MII and Oben TT-50 tripod. It literally fits into my pockets. It is not the DSLR but pretty good quality anyway.

 

From my first stop was Monmartre. I got there a little late for for the walk up the Sacrée Coeur our to visit one of the churches (at least the priest did allow me to peak inside). I saw some teenagers recording a rap clip. It was pretty god an I did offer to take some pictures.

 

After that I headed to le Trocadero, stopped for dinner and then took pictures of the Eiffel tower

The Sony RX100MII has an crazy picture quality for such a small camera bellow the picture and the a zoom in from the original file to show the details

and from there to Bir Hakeim to photograph the bridge. Back at the hotle my view of the Gare de l’est was not too bad. and begin high up it was really qu too

Back at the hotel my view of the Gare de l’est was not too bad. and begin high up it was quiet

Did I miss my big camera ? Yes and having my Lee filter would provide more flexibility for stunning images.

However the RX100 is so small that it is easy to carry and takes pretty good pictures.

I would say that for 50% of the pictures it is as good as a DSLR

Ffor 30% of the pictures it does involve varying degree of either hard work and/or frustration to get the pictures I really want

.That leaves about 20% where a DSLR is really required.

Not bad for a package that will fit into my pockets and does not attract attention at all

Tampa Bay Lightnings

I recently had the chance to attend 2 games of the Tampa Bay Lightnings against the Calgary Flames and the Dallas Starts. The Lightnings did lose both games. I had fun anyway. I did not get any special access just 3rd row next to the penalty box. The plan was that I would just watch the game. The photographer in me did however take over.

At the first game I had only the Sony RX-100M2 for the 2nd Game I did take the Sony SLT-A99 without grip and I could not take my 70-200 f2.8 it is longer than what the venue will allow. My 35-200 f4-5.6 from Minolta would have to do. I wanted to do this stealth.

I did get plenty of heads in my pictures, in the end a rather interesting selection for somebody who was just trying to enjoy the game. The venue is absolutely stunning, the Geneva fans are however a lot more vocal and present for the whole game not just for a few moments here and there.

Pictures from Game 2 Lightnings vs Starts shot with the A99 and Minolta 35-200

Pictures from Game 1 Lightnings vs Flames and some from Game 2 shot with the tiny Sony RX100M2