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Sony A6000 and Cashews

I noticed my wife uploading a lot of photos to Instagram and Facebook from her phone. I thought she could benefit from something more capable and versatile.  After looking at top 5 and top 10 lists of mirrorless cameras, the Sony A6000 kept showing up.  So I read more about it and was impressed.  I found a great deal on a 2-lens kit and got it for my wife’s birthday present.  It’s capable of transferring photos wirelessly to a mobile device, so perfect for my wife to get high quality images, then edit and post online, no matter where she is. I’m amazed how fast if focuses and the image quality is fantastic for such a small camera.

So on a rainy day, I decided to see what kind of creative indoor closeups I could get with a cashew nut.  Why a cashew?  It was the first thing I saw when the idea came to mind.

Cashew Closeup - 55mm, 1.3 sec @ f/5.6

Cashew Closeup – 55mm, 1.3 sec @ f/5.6

Silly subject matter aside, this does illustrate the incredible level of detail (salt crystals) and the silky bokeh the A6000 and 18-55mm lens is capable of.  This is on the dining room floor with the nut sitting on an iPad mini screen.  A kid’s riding toy in the background throws the swath of red into the reflections.

Nut on a Piano - 55mm, 0.5 sec @ f/5.6

Nut on a Piano – 55mm, 0.5 sec @ f/5.6

Here I’ve placed the cashew on the keyboard cover of an upright piano. Still a very reflective surface.  Lack of color in the surroundings makes the drab cashew’s color stand out.  I switched the A6000 to RAW image mode, edited the images in Lightroom, then exported them as JPEGs.

March of the Cashews - 55mm, 1/10 sec @ f/5.6

March of the Cashews – 55mm, 1/10 sec @ f/5.6

Cashews on the iPad screen on the floor again.  I had to back the camera off a bit to get all three nuts in the shot. Using the 55mm end of the lens helped compress the background and adds to the soft background but sharp subject. I kept the camera steady by placing it a flat surface the applying a little downward pressure to keep it from moving while I pressed the shutter.

Overall, the Sony A6000 is loaded with special features I haven’t even gotten into yet. If you’re shooting JPEG, there all kinds of in-camera effects which can be applied.  The best things operation wise are the focusing speed and instant shutter button response, which are comparable to entry-level digital SLRs. My wife loves it, so that’s the most important thing.