So, 24 hours into using my walk around compact cam the Sony RX 100 II and I’m very happy with it. As I’ve mentioned through my social media channels Facebook & Google+ the camera has taken me back to the roots of photography. This is because there is no viewfinder on the Sony RX 100 II, rather the image is displayed on the beautiful 1229k 3inch rear screen. This means you hold the camera out in front of you to compose images and I’ve really enjoyed making compositions with it. Having the screen able to tilt in both directions is a bonus too.

Thought I would share the HDR’s I created straight after dinner from my first sunset shoot with the Sony RX 100 II here on my website. The sunset wasn’t one I for the history books but there was still some great reflections and dramatic storm clouds here over Sydney Harbour.

Luke Zeme Photography Painted-Bay3 First HDR's with Sony RX 100 II

Luke Zeme Photography Painted-Bay3 First HDR's with Sony RX 100 II  Luke Zeme Photography Spanish-Australia First HDR's with Sony RX 100 II

What do you think ?

They are both 3 shot exposures using AE bracketing on 0.7EV increments. I then manually combined them using Photomatix Pro, which is my favourite software for tonemapping HDR images. The images were then taken into Perfect Effects 4 for stylisation.

I think the Sony RX 100 II holds up very well for HDR next to my D800 which I normally use for my HDR images. The images are 20.2MP on this camera Vs the 36MP on the D800 so they come out a little smaller but I am still able to shoot in RAW on the Sony which gives me a lot of control when editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

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