After working through the weekend on an intensive client project I decided to take a day to relax by touring in the Kitchener Ontario area and creating a few images. My travels took me to the town of Elora where I spent some time exploring a ruin.
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These types of sites always intrigue me as they simply ooze with character.
I usually start my exploration with images of the entire structure then gradually narrow my focus to sections of the building.
I recently purchased a Nikon 1 J5 and was eager to try it out under extremely bright conditions as the camera does not have an EVF.
While I don’t like having to compose images from the rear panel of a camera, I bought the J5 to take advantage of its 20.8MP BSI sensor. It has better dynamic range and colour depth than the Aptina sensors in my trio of Nikon 1 V2’s and this was very apparent to me when I was processing these images in post.
There was simply a lot more details I could lift from the shadows and I didn’t notice any issues with blown out highlights even though I was shooting under extremely bright sunlight.
I was also quite pleased with the colours that the Nikon 1 J5 combined with the 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 produced.
For the most part having to compose from the rear screen wasn’t a problem at all since I could angle the rear screen to help reduce reflections on it.
I did miss catching a few lens flares that I would have noticed with a V2 when using the EVF, but it really wasn’t a big deal. I ended up using the image anyway by cropping it a bit tighter than originally planned.
The added resolution of the J5 compared to the V2 does come in handy as it provides a lot more latitude to crop images. For the most part I was able to frame images exactly as I wanted. There were a few times when I couldn’t see quite as well as I would have liked and it did affect my image framing. Since I knew that in advance I allowed a bit of cropping latitude with my framing at the time of image capture.
The handling of the J5 is significantly better than the J4 as it has a PASM dial and both shutter and aperture can be adjusted with external controls. I have the function button on the front of the J5 programmed for ISO, making that adjustment quick and easy as well.
The 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 is a great choice to match up with the J5 when doing this type of casual photography. With an equivalent field-of-view of 27 mm to 270 mm it is a great all-in-one walk-around lens.
I really like the comparatively short minimum focusing distance of the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens as it allows easy close up captures of details.
I found it interesting that I found a Grinnell logo on one of the fire valves on the building. My first full-time job after leaving high-school was with this company. That was over four decades ago.
The logo-bearing plate was actually installed upside down. Rather than flip the image in around in post I decided to experiment with the Nikon 1 J5 by shooting with it upside down and using the tilt screen at a 90-degree angle. It worked like a charm and I was able to get the framing and image orientation I wanted.
All images were captured hand-held using a Nikon 1 J5 and a 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4.-5.6 zoom lens. All images in this article were processed from RAW files using my standard post process of DxO OpticsPro 10, CS6 and Nik Suite. Some perspective control adjustments were made to some of the images in OpticsPro 10.
Overall I was very pleased with how the Nikon 1 J5 handled and performed during my Elora ruin exploration.
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