Canon SX50 Gallery

February - March 2014

Most of my work is on film (here's why), but lately I've been testing out and reviewing the Canon SX50.  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.  

A couple of these are just test shots, but all the scenery prints are available for sale if you see something you like.   Send me an email.  I use high-quality made-in-USA gallery frames with a white mat, giving a nice black-and-white background that doesn't distract from the photos (see above).

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 actually be 8" x 10 2/3", or 11" x 14 2/3".  Either of these sizes could be matted into a standard frame without looking too out of the ordinary. 

(The one you see above has been cropped to the 8x10 aspect ratio).

So anyway, here we go... a gallery of images made with this camera.

Some of these photos are from my never-ending quest to defeat the Blocked Sunset.  

Sunset, February 25 of '14

Canon SX50
Vivid mode, straight from camera
ISO 125
f/5.0 @ 1/320th
Zoom = 13mm

The Canon SX50 is great for wildlife photography, but on some days you don't see a lot of wildlife.  Next best thing?  Chinese food signs that look like two fish stuck together.   Wild enough, I guess.

Chinese Food Sign

Canon SX50
Normal mode, saturation enhanced later
ISO 400
f/6.3 @ 1/100th
Zoom:  87.8 mm

Sometimes you have to outwit the blocked sunset monster.  This day, it rolled in on the western horizon with a really dark, thick wall of clouds.  I knew its plan right away, because it's done the same thing about 200 times in the past year.  But this time, it failed to cover all the rays of light from the descending sun.  Some high clouds managed to catch the red-spectrum light that defines "sunset" colors.   The first shot was kind of dim because I set it at -2/3 of a stop.

Sunset, March 28 of '14

This was a test shot.  Underexposed maybe 2/3 of a stop to keep the cloud highlights from blowing out.
Vivid mode, straight from the camera (no enhancement)
ISO 200
f/5.6 @ 1/40th
Zoom:  4.3 mm (all the way out)

Sunset, March 28 of '14 (Version 2)

Same picture as above, with some tweaking.  It's always debatable as to how much saturation is too much, and I will say that my first edit looked like a bubble gum package. 
But it's all good, because this one looks right to me now.  It's how I remember the sunset, anyway.

Ah, here we go.  Some warm light on the western horizon, even as that low wall of clouds is trying to block out the sun.  (You lose, Blocked Sunset Monster).  This is why a Canon SX50 is so handy.  You can zoom in on portions of a landscape and get something good so you don't have to go home empty-handed.  I mean, empty-memory-carded.  For this camera I just picked up a 16 GB SanDisk card, but I'm using it often enough that it might be better to have a 32 GB.   Getting a "Memory Card Full" message at the wrong moment is kind of frustrating, and it's happened to me a few times because I never feel like throwing away those 4GB cards that are still kickin' around.

#131.  Orange Sky, 28th of March 2014

Canon SX50
Vivid mode, saturation enhanced later
Brightness / contrast increased
ISO 200
f/5.0 @ 1/125th
Zoom:  26.3mm

A windy day in February.   Moon with American Flag... all we need now is Buzz Aldrin.  

Flag With Moon

Canon SX50
Neutral mode, straight from camera
(no enhancement)
ISO 80
f/5 @ 1/250th

This camera is so much fun that I've just been taking tons of photos with it.  I don't care if you're a seasoned pro;  this is still a cool little camera.  Maybe it's not so great for ultra-low-light situations, but in daylight the image quality is surprisingly good.  For now, it seems Canon has squeezed about all the performance that can be had from a 1/2.3" sensor. 


Here's one of my favorites, this one from February.  I love old-style signs.

Arby's Hat-Shaped Sign

Canon SX50
Normal mode.  Saturation / layer effects done later
ISO 160
f/5 @ 1/100th

This one I already cropped to the 8x10 aspect ratio.  I did some post-processing to bring out the contrast a bit.  You can always shoot in RAW and do most of your adjustments in PNG / TIFF format to minimize artifacts.

Half Moon Rising

Canon SX50
ISO 200
f/6.5 @ 1/640th
Zoom:  215mm (fully zoomed)

We're going into spring of 2014 and I'm looking forward to the Canon SX60 to be released, but at this point I don't know how they can really top the SX50.  I guess we'll see, but no matter what happens, the SX50 is a very capable bridge camera, and I won't be in any hurry to trade it in.   Remarkably, this little camera even works for making halfway decent food photos.   Certainly they're a lot better than a smartphone "snap".

Speaking of food, the recipe for this tasty homemade bread is available in my new bread & pizza book for the Kindle Reader.  

Here was a very special day when the Canon SX50 was there...

ISO 400
f/4 @ 1/25th sec.

This guy is the one I'm working for.

Before he was born, his mommy said he really liked my pizza recipe.   That gives me hope, because he's pretty particular about stuff.  I can't wait until he grows a set of chompers so he can sit down and have a pizza with his old man.  That reminds me, when we came out of the delivery room, the OB in training said to me "Congratulations, pops". 

That's right, I'm a "pops" now.

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Thanks again for reading!

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