During the past year, I spent 3.5 months living and working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, and then traveled solo through Southeast Asia. At my side consistently through my year of extreme adventure was the best pocket camera I’ve ever used, the Sony RX-100. Now that I’ve returned, here’s a quick portfolio of photos I’ve taken in the last year with the camera.
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- Photography Portfolio
- Living and Working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, Summer 2012-2013
- Traveling Through Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and Japan, Summer 2013
- My Flickr Stream
My thoughts on shooting with the RX-100, taken from my SE Asia Trip Report:
Traveling with the Sony RX100 turned out to be great. I had loved shooting with that camera at the south pole, and shooting with it while traveling was just as good. It’s very small – I can fit it in the pockets of my jeans. Yet, it still has full manual control of all camera functions, and just barely enough hand controls on the body to make it relatively easy to handle while shooting. Additionally, the other extremely important factor for me while shooting was the responsiveness – and the RX100 is great with that – controls feel snappy and responsive, and the feel of pushing the shutter button is tight. Not quite as instant and seamless as the controls on my SLR, but pretty darn close. When I’m shooting with my SLR, I know it well enough and it’s responsive enough that I can easily stop paying attention to using the camera, and devote full attention to shooting photos. With the Sony RX100, I’d say I can get about 75% of the way to fully forgetting about the camera. Not perfect, but pretty darn good for a compact.
The RX100 takes great quality pictures, and I loved shooting on it. I shot mostly with it on Manual mode, taking RAW files. Occasionally i would have moments of laziness and shoot in Aperture priority or Program mode, but for the most part it was manual. Also, I assigned one of the settings memories to a low quality reference image mode – shooting JPG at a small picture size, full automatic, with a locked in high ISO of 3200. I used this mode for quickly shooting reference images, only for my use – pictures of descriptive signs, menus, receipts, business cards, maps, and other things I wanted to be able to refer back to while editing, but didn’t want to burn too much memory card space on. I didn’t delete any photos.
C-17 Globemaster III from New Zealand to Antarctica
Flying over the Transantarctic Mountains
Taking in the view in an LC-130 Hercules over the South Pole, Antarctica
Deploying Neutrino Sensors for the Askaryan Radio Array, South Pole
Fuel Tanker docked at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Angkor Wat, Indonesia
Shan State, Myanmar
Mt. Cook, New Zealand
Arthurs Pass, New Zealand