Recently, God blessed me with a new camera, a Canon G7X Mark II, so I took it out to High Cliff State Park for a few test shots.
In the above shot, most of the trees are bare, but it still has nice color because of the leaves on the ground and the golden light of the sun setting over Lake Winnebago. I appreciate the detail and sharpness of the bare trees.
Here, I like the subtlety of color on the horizon and the wide dynamic range on the trees and leaves.
This picture seems like it could have been better. Maybe I got there too late to see the leaves lit up by sun rays. At full size, it doesn’t look too bad though.
The G7X has a relatively large sensor and a lens with a relatively wide aperture, so it captures low light scenes fairly well for a small compact camera. All the pictures in this post were taken with the camera hand held (no tripod) and the jpeg files are straight out of the camera (no post processing).
It is rare for any of my pictures to see Photoshop or any editing program. Although, maybe I should do more cropping and leveling of my horizons.
I took a hand-held sample video down by the lake shore, and uploaded it to YouTube. Unfortunately, every video I upload looks crummy: the images are not sharp and the colors are washed out. (I assume it has something to do with YouTube’s compression algorithms). Even though the colors are washed out, the static noise in the video sounds accurate.
I thought it would be nice to record the gently lapping water and the occasional distant call of a bird of prey. But in the video one has to strain to hear anything over the static.
Audible static noise in every video is an unfortunate and disappointing problem with the G7X Mark II. The audio quality in its videos is poor. My old G12 which cost less than the G7X Mark II had much better audio and much cleaner audio.
The sun sets over Lake Winnebago. I try hard to keep my camera level when taking pictures of flat horizons. It’s not easy when standing on wet rocks.
The G7X Mark II has a view screen that can flip back 180° so you can take a picture of yourself, if you wish. So I did. The sun was right below the horizon, and its light was rosy.
The flip screen also helps to take pictures from lower angles. Without the tilt screen, I would have had to lay in the water to get this photograph.
After that shot, I hiked up to the top of the first cliff.
This last picture is of the half moon rising over the sunset. The moon (in the upper left corner) is very far away, and therefore a little out of focus.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures.