Canon SX50 Gallery

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Most of my work is on film (here's why), but lately I've been testing out and reviewing the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.   I like to carry a bridge camera or advanced point & shoot when I'm out doing film photos.  Sometimes I'll use the digital to capture incidental shots.  Sometimes I'll use it as a sketch pad to preserve composition ideas.  A superzoom like the SX50 is also great to have when there's wildlife and you can't get close enough to it with that 50mm f/1.8 on your (D)SLR.  





The Canon SX50, like most compacts, produces photos in a 3:4 aspect ratio.  You can change that setting, but usually I just leave it be.  The closest standard print size would be 8x10 or 11x14 (some of the picture will be cut off even there.)  The correct dimension would be 9x12.

No artist worth his camera kit will display photos "straight from camera" unless it's for some technical purpose, like trying to show a camera's capabilities (which I do sometimes on this website).   There are some exceptions, because if you tweak the settings on a DSLR just right,  you can get some really nice stuff.  But generally, experienced photographers adjust the colors and such after the photo is taken.  That's also one of the reasons why an advanced photographer can use almost any camera (within reason). 

Here's why I say this.  Some people buy digital cameras, take some pictures, and then wonder why their photos do not look like the ones in the camera advertisements.  Part of the reason is the post-processing (or sometimes, the pre-processing.)   The pro photographers who took those pictures in the ads did a bunch of adjustments on them.  The big secret of good post-processing is that every image requires its own approach.  That's why automatic settings can never be as good as a real, live person.  (Here's another secret of the pros... if you want awesome pictures without having to tweak the colors a lot, just get a decent film camera and shoot Fujichrome Velvia 50 or Velvia 100 slide film.)

Anyway, the Canon SX50 has practically a "toy" sensor, only 28 square millimeters in area.   And yet, the SX50 allows for creation of pictures that could easily display in an art gallery.  As long as you do your part.

If you want the best colors (etc) in a picture, you have to do some work on them.  How we get our photos to look exactly the way we want can take years of experience.  Even then, it can be an ongoing process.  



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March 2014
Canon SX50
ISO 640
f/5.0 @ 1/20th second
Zoom 17.5mm  (equiv. 97mm)
Curve & Sat. adjustments (etc.)


A purple-magenta sunset through silhouetted trees with a lot of tangled branches. 

This started life as IMG 0134 from the camera.  The colors were there;  I just brought them up a little.  





Cars With Stripes Go Faster



Cars With Stripes Go Faster

April 2014
Canon SX50
ISO 80
f/5.6 @ 1/500th
Zoom: 50.9mm (equivalent to 284mm)
Curves adjustments (etc.)


I believe this is a 1970 Plymouth Duster.



Fueling Station



Fueling Station

April 2014
Canon SX50
ISO 80
f/5.6 @ 1/400th
Zoom:  48mm (equivalent to 268mm)
Curves adjustments (etc.)


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Sign With Sky 4/14



Sign With Sky 4/14

April 2014
Canon SX50
ISO 80
f/5.0 @ 1/250th
Flash
Zoom:  30.7mm (equivalent to 171 mm)
Curves adjustments (etc.)


A "No U-Turns" sign.  Backdrop is a blue sky with wispy white clouds.



Sunset 25 February 2014



Sunset 25 February 2014

Canon SX50
ISO 125
f/5.6 @ 1/320th
Zoom:  20.8mm (equivalent to 116mm)
Curve adjustments (etc.)



This camera is a lot of fun, and as long as you're not relying on high ISO, it lets you take some pretty nice pictures.

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