Monday, 27 October 2014

Toronto Zombie Apocalypse

The 12th annual Toronto Zombie Walk concluded another successful run this year. Similar to prior years – the zombies assembled at Nathan Philips Square in front of Toronto city hall – just like the final battle scene at Raccoon city from the very first Resident Evil movie.

The day started off cloudy with a chance of rain but again similar to last year – the rain held off and the sun even came out.

This is my second year shooting at the Zombie walk – the debate I had was what to bring. I had a lot of fun last time with the Fuji X100 with a bare flash – it was supposed to be a flash with a beauty dish but because I forgot a part – I could not mount the flash to the dish – hence I went with a bare flash. This year, I used the Godox AD360 external flash which gave me more power to work with and also a simpler small Octa box that mounted straight onto the flash head. Again, I went with the X100 for the build-in ND filter and the leaf shutter for a lighter kit and a moodier look to the images.

Below is what I got with this kit.
SVPhotography.ca: Blog &emdash; Toronto Zombie Walk
SVPhotography.ca: Blog &emdash; Toronto Zombie Walk
SVPhotography.ca: Blog &emdash; Toronto Zombie Walk

So this year they got a band and some vehicles so it was more like a parade of zombies.
SVPhotography.ca: Blog &emdash; Toronto Zombie Walk
SVPhotography.ca: Blog &emdash; Toronto Zombie Walk

SVPhotography.ca: Blog &emdash; Toronto Zombie Walk

To see the rest of the images, they can be viewed at my site:


Friday, 24 October 2014

Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union

The Toronto FC which plays in the Major League Soccer (MLS) is in a race for a playoff spot in the 2014 Eastern Conference.
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia

Sony Canada provided me another opportunity to shoot with their SLT-A77 MkII camera targeted at the semi-pro APS-C sensor market. The A77 is a Single Lens Translucent mirror design which trades a flapping mirror for a fixed translucent mirror. In theory this provides light to the AF system 100% of the time and should provide improved AF tracking ability as there is no black out time when the mirror is in the up position. As such, there is an EVF and no OVF available on this camera.
In the past, there has been two main complaints I had with EVFs:

1) Low refresh rates – this resulted in a lag in the EVF – too much delay between what is actually happening compare to what you see in the EVF.
2) Black out times when in burst mode – although there are no mirror black outs due to a moving mirror on an EVIL cameras, there is often black outs due to the sensor requiring a reset of the pixels after each shot. This means that in burst mode, you will see a review of the last shot and not what is actually happening live – even when image reviews have been turned off.

I was surprised to note that the refresh rate on the A77 MkII was very fast and I didn’t see any lag that was noticeable. This was during my experience in day light hours – I have no experience of what it would be like in low light. In the burst mode – I was also surprised to note that the blackout times were comparable to DSLR at least to my eyes – I don’t have the equipment to measure actual blackout times but it didn’t show a review of the last shot image (unlike my experience with the X-T1, which kept showing the last shot image in burst mode - Fujifilm – please implement the Sony way of shooting in burst mode, it makes it much easy to track a moving subject.)

The camera was paired with the 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II. Here are the images from this pair:
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia
SVPhotography.ca: Toronto FC vs Philadelphia Union &emdash; MLS match - Toronto vs Philadelphia