When I got in the car it was 20 degrees, not the coldest day lately but cold enough. Because of Tracy’s infinite wisdom I dressed warm enough for minus 20. She even had the Grabber hand warmers for me. I usually go with the, “run to the car” coat and the pain and numbness in my fingers becomes a constant reminder of my bad decisions.
I walked along the bay for about 20 minutes with a flashlight. It was more tranquil than ever before, I just stood there and took it in – completely taken by the moment. That’s Venus in the center of the first pic.
The Sony A7R performed perfectly in the cold. I used the 10-18mm f/4.0 lens, which is an APS-C lens on a full frame camera. As long as it’s zoomed in the middle range the vignetting is minimal and it’s very sharp. I took some HDR image sets: 3 images @ 2EV spacing. In continuous AEB shooting I unfortunately had to hold the shutter button down for the three shots. I had to pause frequently and squeeze the hand warmers to get some life back in my hands. Manual focus is my new best friend with this camera. I love the EVF (electronic view finder) and the ability to magnify the area of focus. It’s possible to nail the focus with amazing accuracy.