Shoot a duck in 4k with the Sony A6500 – Focus tracking test

I was at Genesse Park by Lake Washington and what better way to spend the day than shooting a duck with the Sony A6500?

I’m still playing around with the Sony A6500 and learning what works best for my way of using this awesome camera.
The quality of the 4k video is outstanding from this compact body of this Sony A6500. In this video, I’m testing the Sony A6500 video focus capability and focus tracking.

The quality is outrageous. I’m loving the Sony A6500 for it. I need more time to play around with the camera but the few times that I’ve played with the video recording has proven to me that this is a camera hard to beat! The focusing on the camera is fast! It is probably one of the fastest focusing cameras I’ve seen.

The camera tracks movement like a pro. The few times I tried focusing the camera on seeing how well it would capture movement is when you see the blur occur for a second in the video. I really didn’t need to press the back focus button (custom setup) to refocus the image.

The sound capture is wonderful on this camera as well. It is at default settings and you can hear the sound capture done supremely.

One thing about capturing video in 4k on the Sony A6500 that bothers me is the fact that the screen goes dim to conserve battery life. As you know, the Sony Alpha cameras suck when it comes to battery life. Hopefully, it’ll all change with future versions as the Sony A9 has proven that they can have longer battery life and a bigger battery for their cameras!

In the next post, I’ll show you that how the Sony 5-axis stabilization system works. Don’t think it’ll be your glidecam or steadytracker but it’ll do a wonderful job with slight movements.
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Got to fly the DJI Phantom 3 Pro over BPA Trail

Last year, I took a quick flight over KCAC and BPA trail with my DJI Phantom Pro 3. I haven’t really taken the Phantom up too high or far as I’m still apprehensive about losing the drone to evil trees and power lines. 😛

I love coming down to this area to exercise on the BPA trail. It’s one of the better-maintained trail ways for people to do some light exercise. I’m more of a jogger than a runner so it’s a great conditional for people getting in shape. Lately, I’m eyeing the trail ways around Columbia district of Seattle.

It’s starting to get sunnier around Washington and I’m hoping to start recording some more flights and practice drone flying again.

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Taste test a gourmet root beer

Its time for trying out another Bundaberg branded soda and this is one of the gourmet root beer brand. There are so many different brands of root beer and its not for me to say who makes the best root beer, I’ll just try them as I find them.
The root beer maker Bundaberg is based out of Australia and the cost for purchasing one of these bottles of root beer is not cheap, this is a good root beer but I’m more partial to more familiar taste of something like A&W or Dads root beer. It has an interesting flavor which makes it a taste that I believe you would come to appreciate over time.
The Bundaberg root beer gets its unique taste from ginger and has a citrusy taste. I will say that Bundaberg does come up with some interesting flavors for your taste buds that you should at least try once. I will say that this doesn’t taste straight out like a hard root beer due to the citreous flavor but this is definitely not your father’s root beer, that is, if you’re not from Australia.
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Suck it up, Seattle!

Ever seen vacuum cleaner art? This was a wonderful find for me to see a creative shop owner turn non-functional vacuum cleaners into pieces of art.
Shot with the Letv X500 using the Osmo Mobile. The Letv X500 did not connect to the Osmo Mobile but you can still use the stabilizer and it’s joystick control to move the camera around.
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Drive by shooting in Columbia with the Osmo Mobile

Its been a while since I’ve used the Osmo Mobile and my excuse was that I was trying to get the Bluetooth connection working between the Letv X500 and the Osmo Mobile…
This is a quick drive through Rainier Ave in the Columbia area of Seattle.
I’m using my Letv X500 on an Osmo Mobile Stabilizer. The Letv X500 is having issues connecting to the Osmo Mobile and I know it’s not the Osmo Mobile as it’s connecting fine to other phones tested. You can still use this for stabilization without the additional options available when using the DJI app.
I used the Filmic Plus app for this recording. Using the Osmo Mobile stabilizer and the Filmic app is a great way to capture. I love the app but wish I could have the Pro version.

Pictures from my new Sony A6500!

I’m loving the pictures from my new Sony A6500! I’ve just brought it and it’s truly a wonderful camera. I’m surprised at how well this aps-c camera handles.

This picture of an airplane was just taken today. I edited the picture in Snapshot after transferring the file from the camera to my smartphone via Wi-Fi. Sony’s app sucks but it does the job.

Trans-Canada Air

This shot is a tunnel located at the BPA trail in Federal Way, I’ve used a bit of hdr processing in Snapshot. The shot was handheld.

The Tunnel

This was in the same area on the BPA trail. Handheld on top of rock.

Life giving water

A classic fire engine truck was at Celebration Park on Easter Sunday. A lady photographer was taking picture of the beautiful red fire engine at it’s owner. I took some quick shots of it. The ARW file hard to convert as my old version of Lightroom 4.0 doesn’t support Sony’s ARW raw format. I’ve found a workaround to working with ARW files. I’ll post the YouTube video after this picture.

Sony A6500 Test Shots

Here’s the video on converting the ARW files to work in older versions of Lightroom or Photoshop or any files that might not support ARW format.

 

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How I found a workaround to edit Sony’s ARW Raw format!

 

How to open and convert Sony ARW raw files for editing.
So you need to edit Sony ARW files, this is what I find works for me after researching Sony ARW format conversion.
I had researched Sony cameras for a bit and I broke down and purchased the Sony A6500! This is a great camera but what I didn’t think about was the raw format that Sony utilizes. I work with an older version of Lightroom and Adobe CS6, their last version before CC subscription based format, so it’s no surprise that I wouldn’t be able to work with any newer formats that might come after CS6.
After much research, I found that Adobe does offer a workaround. Adobe offers a converter to convert any raw files into DNG format. Once converted, you’ll be able to work in Lightroom, Photoshop in the DNG format.
You can download the Adobe DNG Converter from Adobe’s website.
Hope this helps those that were/are in the same situation as I was.
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