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Selecting a new, compact digital camera

It has been several days that I spend time on reading reviews, comparing different camera models and still cannot make a decision which one to buy.

Making a decision has always been difficult for me. This is one area that I want to improve. I often start a project without completing it. And, when it happens many times, I feel down. It’s like sitting, thinking but no action has been taken. I need an action that yield a tangible, useable result.

So this time, I write down criteria to make them visualized from the most to least important. The camera that meets most criteria is the one I’m going to buy.

  • I’m not changing a camera system = I’m not investing in buying an expensive body and objectives
  • Must be compact (don’t feel intrusive when using it), light weight = I can carry it around easily (less than 500g with lens and battery packs)
  • A tilt screen for wefie
  • Effective pixels at least 16 MP
  • High photo quality: autofocus, continuous autofocus (servo)
  • Good photo quality in a low light condition (without flash): high ISO, wide-aperture
  • Support HD video 1080 x 30 fps
  • OK photo quality at night scene (with flash)
  • Good bokeh effect
  • Good macro photos
  • Support Wifi
  • Nice to have: Silent shooting mode

This is a list of the candidates

  • Fujifilm X-A10 (5489 sek) – test this model in the shop
  • Fujifilm X100F (13898 sek) – over budget
  • Fujifilm X100T (10878 sek) – over budget
  • Sony RX100 (3490 sek) – too old model
  • Sony RX100 IV (8141 sek) – too expensive
  • Sony RX100 V (9990 sek) – too expensive 
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-100 (5680 sek): too low resolution
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-15 (6455 sek) – test this model in the shop
  • Panasonic Lumix DC GF9K (not available in Sweden)

A portrayal of the orchidaceae

These photos were taken last week after we got two new pots of orchids, one from AMJ and one from our friends, Mod and Di. Now we don’t have places left for more orchids or any flowers at the windows in the living room (but I still want more).

To me, when I placed them one after one at the windows to take photos, it was as if they were gorgeous models, each of which had its delightful characters and liked to pose in front of my camera.

The settings were simple, I shot with available light from the large windows in the living room which made my subject backlit. Then, I tried with different light metering to get exposures I preferred. After trying different shots, I liked when it’s overexposed on the background and  had a correct exposure on the orchids. With that I didn’t lose a glassy look of the glass pots and blurred the background at the same time. I also edited the photos by adding a vignette effect, so it emphasized the illumination from the backlighting.

Orchids

A diverse orchids at the windows

The Beach

This is part 2 out of 4 from our trip in Krabi, Thailand. Almost all of the photos were taken in the morning between 6-7 A.M. when the tide was low, except the one with a couple walking on the beach, it was in the evening.

I got attracted to the morning moment, after the sun has just risen. It gives a new shade to the sky and soon its heat also removes white clouds from the sky.

Waiting for a new journey

Waiting for a new journey

Tranquility

Tranquility

Good morning, Thailand!

Good morning, Thailand!

Hope

Hope

A beautiful morning at the sea

A beautiful morning at the sea

A promenade on the beach at a sunset

A promenade on the beach at a sunset

Beyond the sea

The post today made me think about this song, Beyond the Sea.

Somewhere beyond the sea
somewhere waiting for me
my lover stands on golden sands
and watches the ships that go sailin’

Somewhere beyond the sea
she’s there watching for me
If I could fly like birds on high
then straight to her arms
I’d go sailin’…

Pictures are from a vacation we had in November, in Krabi, Thailand. The first batch from the trip, Beyond the Sea.

A journey to the sea with a long tailed boat

A journey to the sea with a long tailed boat

Dream to the horizon

Dream to the horizon

It's going to be awesome!

It’s going to be awesome!

A stony beach with a sea view

A stony beach with a sea view

A frame with a view

A frame with a view

An open-viewed sea

An open-viewed sea in the morning

Visiting Tännforsen

We discussed at home that this year we needed to fasten our belts on travelling budget. On the 5th of January, I recognize that I’m searching for info to plan our vacation in Spring. Oops!

Well, nobody to blame in this case and it’s the trip to Åre that has inspired me to either seeing more in Sweden or within Europe (I have a devilish thought that I’m gonna have both). To be fair to myself or to find a good excuse, it’s not an unwise idea to travel domestically or travel to some countries in Europe because it doesn’t need to be expensive.

The trip to Åre has really brought back my appetite in travelling. Deeply I realize that I expect similar experience as I had from Åre, that there were so many natural wonders, warm moments from Christmas with the family and dramatic experiences from skiing and visiting the nature in Norrland.

I almost fall in my own trap of the good end-results of the trip. In reality, there are many factors that are out of our control when we travel, for example, bad weather resulting in no ideal scenes for photos. Therefore, we should not allow such things to stop our happiness. Instead, we should always enjoy the moment when we are on the trip, to experience, to learn, to appreciate, to thank and to live.

Below is another set of photos, shot at the Tännforsen waterfall, the largest waterfall in Sweden. It’s not enough to describe in words the moment when I was on location, searching for the waterfall. It was like you know you’re about to meet your hero or something similarly. It was because when I was told about the trip, I was also shown a picture of the waterfall in winter, therefore, I was hoping to visualize it with my eyes and at that time we were unsure if it’s possible since it’s early winter.

Once I was there, at that very moment, it was peaceful and calm, it seemed the world stood still but it’s not because it had life. Then, it came the sound of the powerful waterfall.

Peaceful and calm yet powerful

Peaceful and calm yet powerful

Natural wonder in Tännforsen

Natural wonder in Tännforsen when temperature gets lower

A flow of life

A flow of life

When coldness comes

Even in coldness there is a beauty

Winter wonders

Happy New Year 2013!

It feels good when saying it, however, I prefer the version when saying it to a person and not on facebook, twitter, blogs, or other social media.

I mentioned, before I was off for a Christmas vacation, that I was going to Åre which is one of the most popular destination for Swedish skiers.

The ski area in Åre was founded in 1909 and is situated just outside and above the village of Åre. The mountain where people go skiing is Åreskutan, which is 1,420 meter-high.

One thing I like most about Sweden and Åre is you don’t need to have a car to be able to travel and enjoy outdoor activities. In the city, there are buses that run between the city and different slopes. It’s also possible to get to Åre by train, the train station just stop in the city, then it depends on where you stay, which you might require transportation.

Even though, the most common activity of people who visit Åre in winter is for winter sports, I find that it’s worth a visit for people who can’t ski like me, it is still abundant of natural wonders. And, you won’t want to miss it, if you are from a tropical country, have never seen snow in your life, have never experience real cold winter, and has just a few years in Sweden. All are worth the visit. It’s a valuable experience of staying aboard.

Last station

Last station

Two skyscrapers defy the coldness

Defying the coldness

It could have been an untouched place for a hundred years

It could have been an untouched place for a hundred years

A frozen meeting place

Frozen meeting place

Freeze over!

Freeze over!

Struggle in deep snow

Struggle in deep snow

Travelling in the frozen land

Travel in the frozen land

Coldness just disappeared when I saw this view

Coldness just disappeared when I saw this view

After a storm

I have a series of photos that I shot shortly after we were back from Thailand. Next day after we landed, Sweden closed its main international airport due to a snow storm.

My first day to work, the street were full of snow, in fact it snowed all day which caused chaos in the public transportation systems.

As soon as the weekend arrived, I drew myself and JJ up to the top of the roof of the house. Wow, it’s beautiful! The early morning sunlight casted on the white city and I could feel tranquility of the city. Yet, I saw a sign of life when I saw smoke came out from a factory lying at the horizon.

I’d like to forward this series of the photos to my kind and supportive readers, visitors, bloggers, friends, family, you name it. I wish you beautiful days and a glorious year. Please remember, after a storm, it’s always beautiful.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Vasastan in winter

Good morning!

Red brick chimney in sunlight

Red brick chimney in sunlight

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Blurry houses and the city development project, Hagastaden

City in silhouette

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Back of the house at Dalagatan 29

Wish all of you a brand new day!