I brought my camera with me when I went out this afternoon to do a couple of errands. I wasn’t planning to do anything big with it but take a couple of test shots inside the mall where low-light areas are plenty while having my snack. Heck, I didn’t have any intentions of staying longer than 30 minutes. Wait for it..
Lo and behold, when I was near the mall entrance, someone called my name.
Three of my friends from high school were hanging out just outside the mall entrance. Haha. I thought to myself, oh perfect timing! I’m glad I brought my camera with me.. I finally have subjects to take photos of!
We stayed at the mall’s food court from late afternoon to 7pm. We talked about all sorts of things from that time when someone threw a mayo container at Carlo cuz he kept annoying our classmate by singing Manson’s “Sweet Dreams” to her (always makes me laugh everytime this is brought up, this goes way back in freshman year!), up to weekend plans, and the most random topic was probably about sharing their love woes and problems. I won’t tell who shared their story here, of course. All I’m saying is I was the one who asked/started the topic. What? I was curious. In a nutshell, the four of us were CATCHING UP. 😉
So here are a couple of photos from tonight w/ my friends. More photos under the cut.
Oh! Wait, I added something new to this.. since I was testing out the camera, I added before and after photos. Just hover over the image to view the original. Just so you know what the quality is like of the Nikon P300. 🙂 I only have it enabled on some of the images though. A few didn’t need to be post processed so I leave it as is.
I was torn between posting the post-processed photos or just upload them straight from camera (after resizing and adding watermarks to them)… but I decided to just do both. At the end of this post, there’s a short conclusion about it. I think it’s enough to cover what I wanted to achieve in this test. Haha. Thanks for taking the time to read this, if ever. 😀
Photos from the food court. Can you guess where and what mall were we in? 😛
Yes, I believe that shop says “ODD BALLS”. Hahaha.
We felt that we’ve stayed in the food court too long so we left. We roamed around until they saw this Scramble stall at the ground floor not too far from the arcade.
Look at them.. they’re so.. mature looking while I am still so very young looking. I like Elaine’s outfit the most. It’s very corporate. She looks like a woman now. *__* Had I known that we were going to see each other I would’ve dressed up. I wore shorts, slippers and a crappy shirt and carried around a backpack w/ some kiddie pattern printed all over it.
Mhm.. we went outside after this cuz the guys needed to take a smoke break. Plus it was getting really cold inside the mall, my jacket wasn’t keeping me warm enough. We saw a dog outside the pet clinic, too, and it pained me seeing it being treated in the wrong way by this woman. She kept hitting him and in return he kept barking at her. Of course the dog will try to fight back, you abusive SOaB. The passerbys were getting scared, my friends were getting scared too cuz the dog might get loose from its leash and bite someone. I was calm and just looked at how the poor dog is being treated. Is it weird that I wasn’t scared? It’s probably because I’m exposed to many dogs already. 😐
While we were outside, the dog and a man (the real owner, probably, cuz the dog was cool and wasn’t acting aggressive like previously) hung out outside too.. haha twas a cute sight.
The only reason why we were still there is because Elaine was waiting for her lil sister to get there so she has a companion while going home. They finally met eventually and we separated ways.
Here’s the last batch of photos, low-light setting. Yay! Hahaha. It looked nice on camera but when I viewed the photos in the computer, they seemed dark. Hm, okay. At least they’re not blurry like what normal digicams would produce in low-light settings like this. It is a small problem that can be easily fixed with Photoshop. These photos were from the tricycle terminal, and those two guys are Mike and JC! 😀
Here’s a short opinion after testing the camera today:
The camera focuses rather slowly and most of the time I got blurry/semi-bokeh shots. It had a hard time focusing in the last pic I posted above. Around 5 seconds and two shots before I got this decent, sharp shot. In brightly-lit places and areas with sufficient or decent lighting, the camera can focus fast and you definitely won’t have any problems. You can shoot anything you want in brightly-lit situations. If you’re past f/3.5, the lens becomes slow to focus so expect a little lag. I don’t know if it’s my memory card but I had difficulty reviewing my photos cuz it loaded slow. There were times that the camera froze, a first that I have experienced in a digicam.
I’m particularly pleased with the photos I have shot around the house, but that’s because they were static subjects. I wasn’t in a hurry to shoot. Tho I wasn’t able to get wow-factor photos of my dogs (which I can easily achieve w/ my DSLR and the 50mm mounted).
Right now I’m kinda regretting my purchase, lol. But I wouldn’t trade the f/1.8 for any other camera right now. Maybe I haven’t explored this enough. Maybe the sensor size is to blame. It’s different from the usual sensor size most ‘better’ digicams have nowadays. Patience, Anna, patience!
One thing’s for sure, this camera is not suggestible to bring to gigs unless the one I go to has a location where I can closely take a photo of the band and the members while they are playing. In that way I can take advantage of the big aperture.. But before deciding on getting a camera w/ a shorter zoom capacity than the usual, I have already figured that out and thought the best solution is to use my dad’s Leica for concerts and gigs because of the longer zoom instead.