Yesterday I mentioned several interests that I want to further explore and develop. One of them is to utilize features of an older Sony camera I have not exploited. Today, I share three examples of the beginning of that investigation.
The camera in question is a Sony Cybershot DSC-H300. It features a few program modes and is automation-dominant. There is a manual mode that allows the user to vary aperture and ISO (sensitivity of the camera’s sensor). The zoom lens is not removable and does not have a focus ring. All focusing relies upon the camera’s automation. So, this means that I can only play around with aperture and the lens’ focal length, to some degree. Exposure is automated. The camera is not a professional grade tool, but it is fun to use. The major downside is that it is powered by AA batteries. The company recommends using rechargeable batteries and keeping an extra set as spares. Oh well, that’s the trade-off for getting it from a pawn shop.
Yesterday, I dusted off the camera and inserted a fresh set of rechargeable AA batteries. I tested the manual mode with some shots of the sky. Those turned out poorly. Then it seemed like a good idea to take some “product shots” of things around the house. I narrowed down the subjects to three radios. These are the results of the first serious project that utilizes the camera in manual mode.
The weather radio is usually kept near the bed so it can be used whenever I’m awakened by the sounds of severe storms. I can hear weather service watches and warnings at the touch of a button. It’s an essential radio that has been utilized often during the past few years. For the photo, I stood the pocket-size radio on a large cushion and paired it with a small flashlight. I do not have studio lighting, so the exposure was made with natural light from a window and reflected light from an automotive task lamp.
The JVC ghetto blaster is hands-down my favorite. It is used nearly every day to troll the shortwave frequencies. The standard AM and FM bands are also robust. The speakers punch above their appearance. The 1980s vintage radio will probably outlive me. The unit is also photogenic, it was difficult to choose which view of it to share today. The shot was lit by daylight from a window plus the overhead ceiling light fixture in the den/music room.
Another relic of the early 1980s is a promotional item sold by the Radio Advertising Bureau. I bought this and gave it to dad as a Fathers’ Day gift. The radio’s circuits have not aged well but it can still receive a couple of local stations. It is on display because of the novelty factor. I set up this shot in a tricky location. I wanted to see if the camera could faithfully reproduce the radio’s off-white color while the subject was situated among bold, stark colors. The camera performed less than satisfactorily in this regard. Adding a fake yellow Gerbera daisy memo holder fooled the camera’s processing features enough that it could reasonably reproduce the radio’s color.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Turkish novelist and playwright, Mehmet Murat ildan. “Who is the creator of a beautiful photo? Is it just a photographer? No! If the thing photographed is not there, that photograph would not exist! The creator of a beautiful photo is both the photographer and the thing being photographed!”