Photoessay: Papan, part two

The conclusion of this two-part photoessay. Part one can be found here.

This series shot with a Sony RX100. Thank you to one of my Email School of Photography students, John Chang, for taking me here. EXIF data is intact, click through the images to view larger versions and EXIF data on Flickr.

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  1. Wonderful colors, textures, and detail. I really like the images in this set. It looks as if this camera can truly perform well when it is in good hands.
    I want to own one but when I look at 100% crops from the RX100 I’m not too impressed with the fine detail. Then again, maybe if afterwards I reduced the files in resolution to say 15mp they would appear more to my liking.

  2. great set of images!
    just an advice: the link at the beginning for the part one seems to be wrong?

  3. Hard to believe there is such a “ghost town” still in this part of Malaysia.
    Do you have pics of what the “town” is like in a wider view?

  4. Very inspiring! I originally came to your blog via a search for reviews of the Sony RX100. And I sort of got stuck, keeping returning, and enjoying both the essays and the photos. Your review kind of confimed I should own this camera which I do now. I really love the full (and kind of old school) accessibility of the main parameters when photographing in manual mode – which I do a lot. I have no complaints about sharpness yet, but then again, I am used to film which seems to be sharp enough but never as sharp, I hear.

  5. Both parts have been very enjoyable, the camera seems to be working for you. Even though there is no doubt about the sensor I am not totally convinced by the lens, but I think your pushing it to its limits! How has the RAW files been working for you?

    • Thanks – yes, it is working out very well for me indeed. The lens is not bad, but not what you’d expect for having a Carl Zeiss tag – the corners don’t quite reach the resolution and microcontrast levels of the center, and the center at close range isn’t fantastic, either. Not seeing as much of a difference between RAW and JPEG as I would have expected – slightly better resolution and color, but a lot more shadow noise and not much DR gain.

      • That is a bit weird with respects to the RAW vs JPEG – all cameras I’ve used you see a distinct advantage to the RAW files. If the JPEGs are that good then who can complain…..

        • I think there’s some special, sensor-optimized NR going on – it wouldn’t be the first time Sony has done that – I do remember several cameras in the past where their JPEGs were not far off their RAWs; in fact, I’ve been disappointed by just how bad some of their RAW files were from the earlier DSLRs. Come to think of it, it could also be a complete lack of any image processing before saving in RAW.

  6. Fantastic pictures

    I just got back from a trip that I bought a RX100 specifically for because my old point and shoot (Olypus Tough) was showing it’s age and well didn’t take very good pictures in the end of the day and I wanted something that fit in my pocket.

    It’s a fantastic little point and shoot, literally point and shoot it’s that quick even from power off if you want to get something in a hurry. For someone that’s still learning about cameras it’s fantastic.

    I was a little worried about the lack of horseshoe but really it’s such a small camera that it would be a waste and the screen is really good and really how many people use a view finder instead of the screen on a camera this size.

    Travelling through museums and churches where flash is forbiden (which doesn’t stop people) highlighted the low light ability of this camera. My partner had her older Canon 400D/Rebel xti(?) that’s about 4-5 years old now and it couldn’t hold a candle to the little sony.

    • Thanks Chris. A hotshoe would have been nice to take as 28mm finder for street use, as at least you can get another stop or so of stability by bracing the camera against your face; it’s one of the things I dons’t like about compacts. What I do find impressive is the quality of the jpeg output – you don’t get a lot more with RAW, and you’ve got to do a lot of work to balance the tradeoff between a tiny bit more resolution, slightly better DR and color, against a lot more shadow noise. Makes me wonder if there’s something going on to the raw files in-camera before saving, too.

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