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If I had anything else to post I wouldn't put this one up, but as I mentioned at some point last week, this is an extremely busy month and my time for taking photographs has decreased to virtually nothing. Next month will be a lot better – and I have a lot of new ideas I want to pursue – but right now I'm barely finding time to do the absolute essentials, let alone find time to take any photographs.

Anyway, despite the fact that I probably wouldn't normally post this one, I thought you might find it interesting for the same reason that I shot it; i.e. it was a test shot I took with my new Canon G9 to test the macro mode: and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, both in terms of the sharpness of the foreground and the smoothness of the out-of-focus background.

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3.28pm on 12/5/08
Canon G9
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3x2 + piers [North pier]
comment by JVL at 09:40 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2008

Ahhh, the G9!! I can't escape it! I know you know the pain (and wonders!) of carrying a 1D body around, but for those times I just can't I've been oh-so tempted to get this, the best of the point and shoots. This image is a great example of what it can do (since I noticed you processed in Lightroom - nothing more than your own creative efforts at work here).

I'm tempted - now if I only had $500 CAD...

comment by Pete Carr at 09:50 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2008

The other day I noticed that the G9 is currently £273 at Amazon. I've been after a compact for the same reasons JVL mentions. Lugging a large body and bag of L glass around all day, every day eventually gets to you. You have to do it because what if something happens and you don't have your camera? I think this shot has sealed the deal on the G9. It looks like it'll produce photos that are good enough to use not only for myself but also commercially. Never know what you find out there and I'd hate to be stuck with a 2mp camera. Comedy timing really, and handy :)

comment by Garry at 10:06 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2008

It's a cracking camera - a mate of mine uses one from time to time, when an slr isn't practical... love the shot too. Great tones

comment by djn1 at 11:08 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2008

jvl: I shot a wedding at the weekend and spent most of the day with my 1Ds Mark II (and 24-70) and 5D (with my 70-200 f/2.8) around my neck. By the end of the day my neck and every finger of both hands were aching. The G9, despite it's metal body, is a joy to carry in comparison.

Pete: I know that David Hobby (strobist.com) has shot professional assignments with the G9, not least because it will synch at 1/2500. I can also vouch for the quality of the images it produces. Sure, you can't push them as hard as you can a RAW file from a DSLR, but they're pretty good nonetheless.

comment by Thomas at 08:12 AM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

How's the noise on the Canon G9 in higher ISOs? I've got a Lumix LX2 myself (which has a RAW option), but anything above ISO 400 is basically unusable.

comment by djn1 at 02:48 PM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

Thomas: I haven't tried shooting at anything higher than ISO 80 but suspect, given the relatively small size of the sensor, that it isn't great at higher ISOs. I'll check it out at some point though and will let you know.

comment by moonhead at 04:01 PM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

Where I live the local papers images are now shot on compact digital. The staff can carry them in their pocket without all the weight and fear of being mugged. Many local rags now prefer these cameras over SLR's . Lets be honest - most images in your local newspaper never appear much bigger that 5x7 so the G9 is perfect.

comment by Bill at 04:07 PM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

Hate the look of the shoe, love the way you shoot and edited the photo. Another one of those it could have been a boring photo, but the photographer turn into something that was good. :)

comment by Mark at 06:28 PM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

Got a G9 myself, for the same reasons stated above. The thing I found most difficult to get used to was using the screen to compose shots, rather than the viewfinder. The G9 has a viewfinder of course but I find it terribly useless.

Presumably, Dave, it's the macro mode that gives the extra background blur as f/5.6 on a compact isn't the same as f/5.6 on an SLR, am I right in thinking that? I shall have to start trying the macro mode a little more to be honest.

Lovely camera though and the perfect tool when you don't want to lug the heavy stuff around.

comment by milou at 08:17 PM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

Very nice image in itself let alone the G9 aspect. The people look like giants in relation to the pier...

I have a Lumix LX1 as a "commuter camera" and whilst the RAW function was the reason it was bought, the noise is noisier than Waterloo Bridge during the alleged "rush hour". To the G9 mobile.

comment by eve at 09:54 PM (GMT) on 18 June, 2008

i like the simplicity of this one. maybe i just miss the beach. it has an odd tonal range. and somewhat tells a story. of course, i am a sucker for selective focus.

comment by Quinn at 02:11 AM (GMT) on 19 June, 2008

I used the G5 back when it was a newer model, and I was impressed with its macros at the time. To be sure, I haven't printed anything larger than an 11x14 out of the 4 megapixel images it created, but I'm completely happy with the quality of the many prints I did make. No such resolution issues with the G9, I expect. I might well buy one, too.

comment by Digi-Alistair at 09:13 AM (GMT) on 19 June, 2008

A good test Dave. I have hardly had the 20D out since I got the hang of the G9.

comment by Tom at 10:00 AM (GMT) on 19 June, 2008

This one remembers me the beachcombing gallery, which was the first time I enter Chromasia about a year ago. I like it. Maybe only the tone isn't my favourite - I'm BW fan;-)

comment by djn1 at 07:18 PM (GMT) on 19 June, 2008

Thanks all.

comment by Erik at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 21 June, 2008

Those Crocs are so NOT stylish! ;)

comment by Christian at 04:09 AM (GMT) on 23 June, 2008

Love the picture, you should take more shoe pictures!! I am eleven and am just getting into photography.

comment by Claus at 08:45 PM (GMT) on 23 June, 2008

Me work shoes :-)

comment by Francesca at 04:20 PM (GMT) on 9 July, 2008

This is beautiful. It tells a story, most definitely. The "technical" side of the shot incredible... But the image as a simple picture, in and of itself is beautiful.