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Loving My Sony A77 Anyone Else Want To Share Your Pics

Posted by: Ernie Echols on 04/26/2013 - 8:38 AM

I have had it about 2 months now and finally getting the hang of using it correctly. Loving it 100%
Here a some of my latest shots using it with lenses from a 30mm macro up to a 500mm f8 mirror reflex. Got out of my comfort zone and moved from mostly semi auto mode into mostly manual mode and am very happy with the outcome. Still learning and I believe that it is only going to get better.

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Posted by: MM Anderson on 04/26/2013 - 1:38 PM

Nice work! I especially like the tiger.


Posted by: Cathy Lindsey on 04/26/2013 - 1:50 PM

Love the critters! They are all awesome!


Posted by: Mel Steinhauer on 04/26/2013 - 6:18 PM

Looks like you are a fast learner with your new camera, Ernie ! So have fun with it !

Some great exposures and details ! Keep posting your new images and let the sales begin !


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 04/27/2013 - 3:42 AM

Thank you MM Anderson, Cathy Lindsey and Mel Steinhauer :)

I spent a lot of hours playing with manual mode shooting macros of Tulips on the kitchen table using different lenses and found that changing the f stop and exposure time really made a difference in the DOF and image quality. So with that I was able to use that info to increase the quality of pics taken elsewhere. Can't wait to get out and try some more ideas. Taking the tripod next time. :)


Posted by: David Lankton on 04/27/2013 - 6:34 AM

I looked at these cameras I did a lot of research and at the time I thought they might be difficult for me to learn on. Ernie you have taken some beautiful shots.


Posted by: Photographic Arts And Design Studio on 04/27/2013 - 8:53 AM

Wait to go Ernie! So glad you like it! As you know I bought min just a few months earlier than you....and am still,learning too but love how much I can do with it. The shots above are fantastic. Here are a few of my recent favorites taken over the last few months with the Sony a77! -matt

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 04/27/2013 - 9:05 AM

Those are some great shots Matt !!


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 04/27/2013 - 12:26 PM

This is one of the Tulip photos from my playing around with different settings.

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 04/27/2013 - 8:46 PM

By the way the black background was created using black felt hanging behind it.


Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 04/27/2013 - 11:12 PM

Thanks for the background tip Ernie! I have often wondered what people used for that effect. I've mainly just colored mine in which sure is time consuming! Love your work!


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 04/30/2013 - 10:20 AM

You're welcome Michelle, I have other material I am going to try. The use and material is endless.

Here is another Meerkat pic taken the same day as the ones above right out of the camera other than cropping to fit a square frame.

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Posted by: Photographic Arts And Design Studio on 04/30/2013 - 7:17 PM

Thanks Ernie! The tulip is fantastic! I'm excited to really get a chance t use the new camera now that spring is here! I compared a few shot from last spring (old cameras) and the new spring shots and there is no comparison!

He details in the meerkat shot above are awesome.


Posted by: Photographic Arts And Design Studio on 04/30/2013 - 7:19 PM

A crocus from about 2 weeks back!

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Posted by: Wibada Photo on 04/30/2013 - 10:55 PM

I knew you'd love that camera! My perfect camera package would include the a77 and the a99. But, in the mean time, here's one shot with my Sony a65 and a 20+ year old 50mm f/1.7 lens:

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 05/01/2013 - 12:47 AM

That is a fantastic capture Lynda!!!


Posted by: Michelle Frizzell-Thompson on 05/01/2013 - 1:21 AM

Lynda, Excellent lightening capture!


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 05/01/2013 - 8:41 AM

This was taken indoors with my 30mm Macro no flash from about 15feet not the best lighting heavily cropped but came out ok.

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 05/01/2013 - 1:19 PM

Here is one taken this morning using my 500mm f8 mirror reflex lens handheld.

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Have many more to go through from this morning but out of time for now. But for any of you that live in the Colorado springs area they are down at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Don't know how long they will be around but hope for at least a few weeks.


Posted by: Robert Frederick on 05/01/2013 - 1:33 PM

Great shots Ernie, but I'm even more impressed with the mirror reflex lens to get that much detail. Hadn't ever thought about looking at one, but I'll be taking a closer look at them now.


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 05/02/2013 - 12:39 AM

Thanks Robert :) I have had this 500mm for a few years used to use it on my a350 but am much happier with the results using it on my a77.


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 05/02/2013 - 10:10 AM

Here's a couple more using the a77 with the 500mm handheld.

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 05/04/2013 - 8:53 AM


Posted by: Photographic Arts And Design Studio on 05/04/2013 - 11:23 AM

Lynda...I love that shot! Beautiful!

Ernie I especially like the red winged blackbird shot up above!

And Ernie...i love the idea of fabric behind the flowers for a consistent background! going to have to try that!

I took a few tulip shots as well....I think this is my favorite!


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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/05/2013 - 12:43 PM


Posted by: Peter Piatt on 06/05/2013 - 12:48 PM

Great photos, using quality lenses really do make a difference with sharp crisp images. Glad you are enjoying the new camera and lenses.


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/05/2013 - 12:59 PM

Thanks Peter,

Haven't bought this lens yet but am thinking about getting it. Trying to get some feedback from anyone that has used it. There is a newer version coming out but the price is about double OUCH!!! LOL[name]=Tamron-SP-AF-70-200mm-F%2F2.8-Di-LD-%28IF%29-Macro-for-Sony-Lenses---SLR-%26-Compact-System&catalog[product_guids][0]=410385


Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/07/2013 - 8:02 AM

Here's another of the pelican pics taken with the a77 and 500mm.

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This one with a 30mm macro.

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Posted by: Vivienne Gucwa on 06/07/2013 - 1:52 PM

Yay!!! Sony! All of my photos I have posted here on FAA have been taken with Sonys - A55, A77, and all of my recent uploads are with the A99.

Beautiful work!! Love your critters especially the barn owl shots :).


Posted by: Craig Carter on 06/07/2013 - 2:05 PM

Great photos! I almost bought a sony. But was disappointed with a previous expensive camcorder I had purchased from them. Not sure if manufacture matters more than composition and technique. Most are pretty good these days. My film camera was a Pentax and only reason I didn't buy Pentax digital is because they hadn't been in the digital market that long at that time.


Posted by: Rhonda Barrett on 06/07/2013 - 9:33 PM

Great shots!..My husband is getting me a DSLR for my birthday, but for right now I just use a Canon PowerShot

Here is a couple of my latest shots

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Posted by: Robert Frank Gabriel on 06/07/2013 - 9:38 PM

This image was taken with a Kodak Brownie Junior (six-20) in 1942...some 70 years ago (by my father). I then rephotographed this image with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i.

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Posted by: Kerri Mortenson on 06/08/2013 - 12:54 PM

My husband bought me an A65 and I have now figured out where my buttons are and have been having fun with Manual Mode. I do have some old Minolta lenses that fit this Sony, so saved a bit of money not having to buy more lenses right now. It's been a ton of fun!

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/19/2013 - 12:53 PM

This was taken with my 30mm Macro today.

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/24/2013 - 4:56 PM

Got this one last night,

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/26/2013 - 1:30 PM

Took this one today on a walk with my dog Buddy. Taken hand held using my 500mm f8 on my a77 heavily cropped.

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Posted by: Photographic Arts And Design Studio on 06/26/2013 - 3:25 PM

Great shots Ernie! I especially like fire moon! I recently got to shoot a live concert of a friends band and was really impressed with the camera at high iso! Yes there is noise but I was still impressed! Here is a link to a gallery with photos from the night.

SJK live @ Puck

Here are 2 BW shots from the gig I have on sale here.!

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Posted by: Ernie Echols on 06/26/2013 - 8:52 PM

Thanks Matt!!!

Those are some great shots hopefully someday I'll get to a concert to try my setup.


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