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For ages now Libby has been telling me that I should post more shots of the kids, but when we all go out together (me, Libby, and all six kids) the last thing I want to drag along with me is one of my DSLRs – not least because I spend half my time chasing after Finley. He does know the meaning of "come here", but it often has very little effect on his behaviour :-)

Anyway, while I was in Dubai I had a chance to play around with a Canon G9 and was very impressed. As those of you who have been around since I launched chromasia back in 2003 will know, a lot of the early shots I posted were taken with a G5. The G9 has more than doubled the pixel count since then, is a lot more robust (it has a metal body), and is quite a bit smaller. All in all it seems like a pretty good camera.

I haven't had too much time to really put it to the test, but I did take it down to the beach the other day and got a couple of shots I was happy with. This one, of Harmony, and one of Libby that I'll put up tomorrow. When I've had a chance to use it a bit more I'll let you know what I think of it in a bit more detail.

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comment by oli at 09:12 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Wow, very impressive. i´m also looking for a new small point & shoot camera. it seems that the G9 could be it. so i´m looking forward to see a few more pics made with it. this one is great as always. i love your children shots

comment by DaveB at 10:15 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

This is a cracking B&W shot, Harmonys pose is great, and her placement off-centre works really well!

comment by Thomas René Sidor at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Didn't you break a basic compositional rule about people photography? Never to let horizons intersect at joints. It looks a little like Harmony is being decapitated.

Other than that I like the post processing and the general off-center placement, but no surprise there - the majority of your work is excellent!

comment by Digi - Alistair at 10:38 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Hi Dave, I have been battling with a G9 since Christmas, great camera in many ways but not without its foibles! It may have a metal body but it has a very flakey lens mechanism. I dropped mine 12 inches onto my foot, not exactly a hard surface (switched off and lens retracted) and the repair to the jammed lens cost me £250. So the metal body is a bit of an illusion. The autofocus is not very positive and the write speed even with Extreme III cards is irritatingly slow. But it is lighter than and less obtrusive than a DSLR. And the images, when you get them are great.

comment by Leicca at 10:55 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

(I´m agree with Libby...)

comment by DedicatedRR at 10:57 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

I know the focuse is supposed to be on Harmony, but the water! Perfect sparkle, beautiful. I like Harmony's dress also. :)

comment by kate at 05:00 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

Oh! :)

btw- sorry, disagree w rulemeister TJS. decapitation?

one look at this photo and i celebrate magic outside conformity!

maybe old rules might not apply to G9. :)

comment by Jasper at 07:58 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

Good work on the composition! You managed to capture her pose just at the right moment too.

comment by Claus at 09:52 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

The feeling of solitude captured in a image!

comment by michele at 10:03 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

always great shots David ;)

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comment by silfver at 05:00 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

It's nice to see shots from a more consumer friendly set-up. :) And this shot is really good!

comment by Reklamefotograf at 06:30 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

This shot is really good, like my westcoast

comment by dillonpic at 06:46 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

beautifull composition. i love the subtle tones you used here.

comment by djn1 at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

Thanks all.

Thomas: I can see your point, but I'm not too troubled by the composition with this one.

Alistair: ok, I'll take it easy on the lens mechanism.