Menorca with the MX-1


bwlchmawr

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 17:33
We recently spent a couple of weeks on the beautiful island of Menorca. A recent trend of mine is to travel as light as possible, in this case, taking only my NEW MX-1, which really does everything I need a camera to do.
All pictures shot in RAW and converted using Elements 11.
Thank you for taking the time to look.
























Best wishes,

Andrew

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QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 17:42
nice set - number three is tops
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McGregNi

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 18:43
We seem to have a 'Battle of The MX-1's in the Med' going on here!!

I bet you're glad you picked up that replacement one Andrew .... obviously its come in handy again. I like the character of the burnished, sunbaked tones you've captured, giving a real visual flavour of the place. I like the close focus with OOF background ones, which must be quite hard on the small sensor, and my favourites overall are Nos 3 and 8.
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MrB

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 18:54
A most interesting and varied collection there, Andrew. I like them all but especially 2, 10 and 12 ..... I think. (Too much scrolling about for my little brain; I would be grateful if you would number them in future! )

Cheers.
Philip

Nigelk

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 21:15
A nice set.
I love fresh little sardines, that picture makes me want to light the BBQ.

cardiffgareth

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 21:33
1 and 3 for me

Lovely set and I'm betting you enjoyed the R&R! I have many years left until the kids are suitability aged for my wife and I to enjoy holidays alone (not that I'm counting down the years....honest!!)

I'd like to see a square crop version of no.3 with the bottom cropped so no wheels to see how that would look also.
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swarf

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 23:15
Great set - a really interesting collection.

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thingsthatihaveseen

Link Posted 19/09/2016 - 23:24
Super set... 3 really is vg... All sorts of complimentary/contrasting shapes and lines... 10 too... Looks like a top trip...

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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 07:07
Thanks folks. Interesting that people are drawn to the 2CV shot. I've found that on the internet at least, it's simple graphic shots which catch the eye rather than complex, detailed ones with lots going on.

I am glad I replaced the MX-1, Nigel. The insurance pay-out just covered the cost and as it was silver and had a lower (much lower) shutter count , than my original one, I came out ahead, for once. I could have got a Sony RX100 but I just like what the little Pentax does to scenes.

I still don't get it. I used my Lumix GX7 over the weekend (1000 of camera and lens upon release and one which received rave reviews and is undoubtedly a thing of beauty) but I just prefer the RAW files from the MX-1, they look less digital, brittle and GDR-ish and have more scope for highlight recovery than you'd think possible. Such a shame they didn't produce a Mk2.

Here's the crop suggested by Gareth. One advantage is the annoying shadow on the bottom right is almost eliminated but I think it looks odd without the wheel showing.


Best wishes,

Andrew

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Robert Adams
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 09:45
(Hope you don't mind, JR can remove if you prefer)
I was thinking a bit more like this:




When I saw your image I was thinking wow! I like the composition. You have a frame within a frame top left, there is contrast between the materials of man made and natural. There is dynamic balance with the image, the car is the dynamic equilibrium to the unequal window and with the gestalt perception of perceived shapes closing an image is there with the car and the window shutters.

Really is a top image in my eyes
Gareth
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davidstorm

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 09:59
These really are great Andrew, you have mastered the art of the Mx-1. Thanks so much for suggesting I contact Barrie Forbes, from whom I bought my Mx-1, I love it too.

All of the images are great, but there are some that stand out for me. The first one is sublime, the third one as others have mentioned, the church interior really shows off the quality of the lens, the sardine is great also, but my favourite is the one of the leaf on the sand.

Thanks for posting these, following your lead I will definitely be going out with just the Mx-1 more often.

Regards
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JAK

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 11:19
Yes, the MX-1 isn't so 'in your face' as a huge (by comparison) DSLR so folk don't get so intimidated.
What a great set of photos to bring home.
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carmagw

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 13:38
Good to see you have another MX-1 Andrew.

A fine set, Menorca is a lovely place.

Regards

George

philstaff

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 16:07
Lovely set of images the camera and your skills did you proud.

Regards Ian

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 20/09/2016 - 18:03
Thanks again folks, for your kind remarks.

I wasn't going to take many photos, having visited the island twice before, but you know how it is...

I don't often do street shots but somehow folks abroad don't really bother about having their picture taken and the MX-1, with its tilting screen, is nicely unobtrusive. And silent.

Gareth's tighter crop is much better than mine... obviously.
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05
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