I am, I confess, not the world’s most patient individual. Walking around my local reserve I have taken a few scenics with the Fuji X-T1 but the birds and animals are always tantalisingly out of reach. It may be four months until we are ready to receive our container and with it my camera gear. I have therefore been researching what small and modestly priced camera might fill the vacuum. A superzoom bridge. Nikon seemed to have a candidate until I discovered it did not take RAW files. Then I saw a used Canon SX60 in my local LCE. Off I went to inspect it. It did not have the original warranty nor could I find out the shutter count. So there it rests awaiting a less picky buyer. Another factor was price. LCE had pitched it at £120 less than a new one. Canon however is offering a £40 cashback so the difference is brought down to £80. With this in mind I decided to buy a new one.
Eager to try it out I have walked the reserve twice. As luck would have it the walks have been weighed down with leaden skies. Precious few birds have posed and said “watch the birdie”. I have taken maybe 30 frames and all look as if they have been shot on large, coarse grain film at low speeds. They are, not to put too fine a point on it, not worth the sensor they were shot on. The first batch at ISO 1600 were especially alarming. The second batch at ISO 400 or 800 were also worthy only of a virtual dustbin. Reducing the ISO also reduced the shutter speeds. This is not a grey-day camera. I am hoping a brighter day will bring a reprieve. The SX50 gave me some acceptable results and I do not believe the SX60 will do worse.
Only 2 images gave me any hope that they might be worth preserving. The idea was to convert them to black and white and use the coarse grain to my advantage. And so Swan’s Way came to pass. Here it is failed photo masquerading as a drawing perhaps. The second image failed the experiment.