19 July 2015, Sunday
This is what happens when businesses make the expensive mistake of using cheap computers. Not only does it scream "inept management" because they cheaped-out with Windows instead of Mac computers, these monitors were turned off 2 days later when no one at the resort could fix the system!
Worse was that they had to close the pool for a few hours when the computers that printed arm bands went south and displayed even more foolish messages instead of working — all while broadcasting this to everyone who tried to get an arm band, like us.
20 July 2015, Monday
Service was superb. We had no shortage of drinks; the service folks just kept bringing them for us. Bravo!
Kids play at breakfast, 11:33 AM. (Sony RX100 Mk IV at 12.2mm, f/2.8 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 250.)
iPhone trick: While this nearly-square shot doesn't scream "panorama!," you'll notice that the verticals are all vertical, and might notice that the vertical angle-of-view is about 50% more than you get with the usual horizontal iPhone orientation.
Many people don't know that you can tilt an iPhone up or down in Panorama mode, and it works great, moving the horizon whenever you need it.
Another beauty is that the iPhone can make panoramas of any angle you like, from narrow angles like this up to 270º!
In this case, I cropped the sides, and this trick still works to grab a wider angle than I could otherwise get, and keeps verticals vertical.
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas. (iPhone 6 Plus, f/2.2 at 1/1,412 at ISO 32.)
21 July 2015, Tuesday
Mom correctly noted that I have no photos of swimming, since I left my RX100 and iPhone in the room when we went swimming. Today, our last day in the water, I brought the RX100.
Actually there are at least 16 pools all over this resort; there is no one "pool."
Note how the tiny flash works great outdoors at reasonable distances because of the super-high 1/800 flash sync.
Katie and Ryan after another very long day at the pools. They would have stayed until midnight if we hadn't pulled them out. (Sony RX 100 IV at 11mm, flash ON, f/2.5 at 1/125 at Auto ISO 125, Perfectly Clear V2.)
Little Katie's eyes are red from all her swimming. She doesn't wear goggles and keeps her little eyes open as she swims so well under water. She swims long ways under water; she seems to prefer swimming under water.
At ISO 8,000 and above the images start looking like paint-by-number paintings. The RX100's noise reduction does this to try to cover-up the noise from its small sensor. This also removes wrinkles from peoples' faces, whether you want it to or not.
Here's how they look on the RX100 IV's LCD, as shot with my iPhone 6 Plus. The fact that this looks so similar to the image above shows us how far LCDs and cameras have come in the past years; LCDs and digital cameras used to be awful and none of this would come close to matching.
NEXT: 22 July 2015.