The BirthdayÂ Party:
Yesterday was our 4 year oldâ€™s birthday partyâ€Šâ€”â€Ša dance party no less. Ever try to take photos of a little kids dancing and running around? Itâ€™s quite a frustrating endeavor! However, the Panasonic GX8 with the Leica 15mm is the tool for the job! I set it to shutter priority and shot at 1/200 of a second, auto ISO, face detect, vivid mode, and tap to shoot. These are the photos straight out of the camera! Iâ€™m quite pleased with this comboâ€Šâ€”â€Šit was the right tool for the job, and the photos are great! My only two complaints with this camera are:
- I prefer a tilting LCD as opposed to one that flips out off to the side.
- The autofocus in video mode is too slow for action. I had to use a camcorder for video.
Our little girl had a great birthday party. Coincidentally, that very night there was a local fireworks display nearby. We met up with our friend and her kids down at a nearby park. It was dusk, the sun had almost set, and I was armed with the GX8 and the Leica 42.5mm f/1.7 lens. Considering the ISO was pushing 6400 for a micro 4/3 sensor, the images are quite nice! Again, these are the out of camera JPEGs. The last photo was pretty darn near pitch black outside.
Then the fireworks began! Iâ€™ve taken my share of terrible fireworks, and really expected to take some pretty lousy shots. I put the camera in aperture priority, f/1.2, auto ISO, vivid, and set the focus manually to infinity. These are the photos straight out of the camera! Honestly, without a doubt, these are THE best fireworks photos that I have ever shot! The brightest parts of the fireworks tended to ghost, reflect on the inner lens elements, flare, or whatever you want to call it, but I like the effect.