As I mentioned in my last blog post, two weekends ago I took a quick trip up to Vancouver B.C. with Giulia of Palmtrees and Pellegrino for 36 hours of food, friends, and fun. I made the decision to leave my bulky DSLR at home and instead only brought along my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera. I also took my 50mm 1.8 prime lens and 15-55mm f3.5 kit lens. The minute we crossed the border, I started snapping away!
Photo by Giulia Dugo
Being a fashion and portrait photographer, of course I had to use Giulia as my model all weekend. Lucky for me she also needed photos for brand collaborations! For all of the portrait images I took, I used my 50mm 1.8, which translates to 80mm on the crop sensor of the A6000. I absolutely LOVE this lens. I get super crisp focus, fantastic depth of field, and it makes great images in low light situations, which I will touch on more later on in this post. Using the A6000 also felt a lot less imposing when shooting indoors and was easier to grab and go while shooting on the street. However, with an actual 80mm focal length, it was difficult at some of the indoor spots to create flattering framing or capture environment details.
I brought my 15-55mm kit lens with me to capture the gorgeous Vancouver skyline and the breathtaking nature around the city. But shockingly, I found my self reaching for the 50mm more than the 15-55mm for landscape shots! This was perhaps because the quality of the 50mm is generally better and creates less distortion than the 15-55mm. Lenses aside, the dynamic range of the A6000 for landscape shots is also impressive, allowing me to capture both details of the sky and details of the foreground on even the sunniest of days. With some further tweaking in Camera RAW and Photoshop, I achieved these dynamic and details landscapes.
TRAVEL & STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
Cities always provide me with so much inspiration! I enjoy just going out to the street and shooting whatever I see. This camera allows me to be more unobtrusive and spontaneous than my DSLR does. I again found myself using the 50mm, which allowed me to shoot clear images in even the most dimly places, like Ladurée and the Granville Public Market, and take street portraits while on the go. The focal length also made it possible to take tightly framed "portraits" of buildings, one of my favorite features of Vancouver, and get fantastic depth of field not possible with the 15-55mm.
While I was I totally nervous about leaving my DSLR at home, I am beyond satisfied with the images I got. The Sony A6000 is definitely a perfect traveling camera if you have the right lens. The dynamic range, portability, and ease of use makes it great for taking both souvenir shots and photos for my professional work. However I am considering investing in a 35mm (translates to 50mm) so I can capture portraits with a wider angle for my next trip.
What is your go to travel camera? Any other Sony mirrorless users out there? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,
Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.