So I went for a short walk the other day on the streets of Monticello, NY. It was crazy cold outside and I actually can’t walk too good at the moment, but I still managed to get several shots I was happy with. I really think you get a sense of the block I walked around and I wanted to take you along for the stroll.
I left the Dr’s office the other day and decided to take a few photos quick. I really wanted to try to see what I could do in the one square block as a challenge. You know, see what is available and take the shots as I walk. My wife Michele told me the area is pretty shady, so I walked briskly and did not stop for more than a second or two. Again, the area could be totally safe for all I know, I was just told to use caution, so I did.
I parked at a municipal lot next to a Key bank on Broadway and Bank St. From the parking lot I could see almost the entire block I was planning on walking. For this short solo excursion I had only my Sony Nex-6 and the 18-55mm kit lens. I really like the kit lens and for the real world, it’s versatile and a light weight companion for my camera. Let’s see how it performs shall we?
I decided to edit these photos in BW, because it has more of a timeless feel and that was my intention from the start. I shot using Raw quality and used Lightroom 5 plus Silver Efex Pro 2 for the BW conversions.
It all started with a Beamer?
I saw this while climbing out of the car at the Dr’s office. The word Beamer with an arrow caught my eye so I grabbed a quick snap. I ran into this tag again later…
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Looking to the right we had a pretty cool alley and building with classic old school architecture on the top.
After taking that photo I felt pretty good and decided to take a drive down to Broadway and Bank Street.
Turning right onto Broadway I saw a gentleman walk into a store and managed to grab a snap just before he went in. I’m not sure what he is doing, but it appears like he is checking is wallet or something to me.
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Shattered – Failed Security.
I saw a lot in this next image and for some reason it works for my eye.
I then turned right onto Landfield Avenue and saw another Beamer tag.
Just a bit further down the road having a look back towards Broadway this composition becomes visible.
Roark’s Tavern looks like a nice place for a cold beverage!
I then headed up North Street towards where the car was parked and to the right was the back of all the buildings I just walked past on Broadway. From a distance this view was pretty awesome I thought and had to grab a photo. I also saw another Beamer tag and some other writing that captured my eye.
Coming up on the corner I took this next photo while I was walking. It’s a tad soft, but I wanted to include in the series for reference. You can see the sidewalk clearly on the google map which is pretty neat.
Walking back into the parking lot I wanted to grab one last frame of the buildings from an angle. The composition was really interesting I thought.
The Block: I parked at a municipal lot next to a Key Bank on Broadway and Bank St. I then walked clockwise around the block when viewing from this aerial photo below thanks to Google maps.
My Sony Nex-6 is awesome and with the kit lens does a good job all around with included OSS and decent range. A sharper corner to corner result would be nice, but for the size, weight, and money, I’m very happy with these images and the kit lens performance as a whole. What I would really like for a full time walk around lens is the new 16-70mm f/4 OSS Zeiss. That is a E-mount Lens investment worth making if you plan on using a crop factor camera for the extended future.
Rumor has (click here) it the Nex-7 replacement is coming out in February and will be shipping in April. If that is true, the sel1670z will be selling like hotcakes is my prediction. I should be reviewing that lens next month hopefully, so if your interested let me know!
That is it for now, but I have the full frame Sony A7r in hand so stay tuned for some serious testing and photography of all kinds Jay
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