As it’s a typical grey and cloudy late May Bank Holiday, the light was perfect for some photography this morning. (I’ve probably mentioned before how difficult it is to get good photos of the garden when it’s very sunny.) So I took a load of pictures on the Fuji then took more on the Sony, mostly the same or as near the same as possible. Some came out better on one camera than the other, so I thought it would be interesting to show you some of the results. Mostly these used automatic settings – landscape, portrait or macro – and the Sony is set to a higher resolution than the Fuji (mainly because I haven’t yet worked out how to change it on the Fuji).
The one of the side border is interesting because at first I thought that the Sony version was better. On second look, thought, the Fuji is sharper.
On these pictures of the azalea, set to portrait then macro, there’s not a lot to choose between them, though I think the macro on the Sony does a slightly better job of blurring the background and making the subject stand out.
Again, not a lot to choose between here. The interesting thing about this mahonia, though, is that this is its second go at putting on new growth this year. The first shoots got frosted and turned black, and while it was recovering a younger plant has caught up with it. It’s getting going again now, though.
With the marigold the Sony macro definitely did better, and the colour is truer as well.
Whereas for the cistus the opposite is true.
Sony has the edge here again.
But for the rose, the Sony struggled to focus on the flower. I had several attempts with the same result, but then it was quite breezy.
A few others where I haven’t bothered with the comparison shots because they weren’t that interesting:
The biggest and oldest of our hostas is finally putting in an appearance after a bad year last year. The odd thing is that the shoots are all around the edge of the root mass which makes me wonder if the central part has died and only some of the periphery survives. So far the nematodes have done their job so I have some more on order…
A couple more close ups of the pelargoniums under the living room window:
The escallonia in the front garden is flowering well:
And so is the newer salvia, though as it’s meant to be Hot Lips I’m a bit disappointed that the colour seems to have changed:
And much to my surprise the ceanothus at the front is going to be covered in flowers again. I didn’t expect much of it this year as we cut it back hard last autumn, but a few flowers are open and there are many more to come:
Finally, a heroic failure. Heuchera “Alabama Sunrise” is just starting to flower and as it sits next to heuchera “Paris” with its lovely pink flowers I tried to get the two together, but the breeze was not my helper. Never mind.
Enjoy the Bank Holiday, whatever you’re doing!