Landscape Photography – G10 Summer Morning

G10I was playing around with the Canon Powershot G10 last weekend and wanted to see what this camera was really capable of. I’d been reading all the online reviews of this little gems for the past several weeks and these three posts by photographer Bill Lockhart really hit home for me.

The G10 is an amazing little camera for almost anyone from amateur to professional. The shot below was taken last weekend from atop the bluff at the Monument Hill State Historic Site in La Grange, Texas. As you can see from the larger version, the detail capable of being recorded by this little camera is incredible and the noise levels at ISO 80 are virtually nonexistent.

I’d recommend this point & shoot for anyone that needs a great little take everywhere camera!

Summer Morning (G10)

G10 Summer Morning
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon G10 set on aperture priority (Av). The exposure was taken at 28mm (eq), f/6.3 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 80 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

22 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – G10 Summer Morning

  1. I love my Canon G10. It is my ultimate camera.

    However, I would like to learn more about its use and I am looking for a good book on the use of G10. Can anyone recommend me such a useful book where I can learn the ins and outs of the camera.

    Thanks a lot,

    Judith Natt

    • Judith,

      Thanks for reading. Jeff Carlson wrote a wonderful book about the Canon G10 / G11 which features several of my landscape images. It’s called Canon PowerShot G10 / G11: From Snapshots to Great Shots and you can get it on Amazon.

      http://bit.ly/dD67ga

      Jeff

      • Thank you for your advice. I already bought it and it is indeed a very good book. I have learnt from it everything I have to know about my G10.

        I have read somewhere that the G9 and G10 are better than the G11. This is why they stay expensive.

  2. Here are a couple images from last month, Both taken without major composition or filtering, just the jpegs, not the big files. I think the Snowbird, Utah shot had the neutral density filter engaged, while the Susquehanna shot did not.

    In both cases I didn’t stand up or anything, just pulled out the camera where I sat and shot what I saw.

    http://www.cig.usa.canon.com/a?i=LgcZSnrwns

  3. Here are a couple images from last month, Both taken without major composition or filtering, just the jpegs, not the big files. I think the Snowbird, Utah shot had the neutral density filter engaged, while the Susquehanna shot did not.

    In both cases I didn’t stand up or anything, just pulled out the camera where I sat and shot what I saw.

  4. I shoot the g10 now almost exclusively when I travel–haven’t even taken the slr on the last few trips. Too much of a hassle! The shot’s gone by the time you get the big boy out and ready anyway.

    I love morning and evening light with this camera, but when the light fades away the noise does become unbearable.

    It’s caused me to pack a bag for this cam when I know I’ll be using it at night and indoors, so I can attach my handy speedlight with its diffuser. You need to take a couple baseline shots to get the flash setting right, then you’re good.

    But day tripping you can just put the G10 in a jacket pocket and go.

    I’ve made magazine-cover quality photos with this thing. Its built-in neutral density filter makes shooting in bright sunlight a quick and painless thing.

    But I’d still recommend Lensmate’s 72mm filter trumpet and a high quality Hoya polarizer for daylight landscapes. Between that Hoya, the built-in NDF and image stabilization, you can take by-gosh beautiful landscape shots on the fly. I was struck by the wonderful color I was getting in my RAW files.

    When your RAW images need so little processing I think it means your tool is good.

      • Jeff–

        Sorry about the duplicate post. Forgot to put the link in.

        The 72mm trumpet adapter is fabulous. Without it you get vignetting at all focal lengths except full tele. The Canon-issue piece is also plastic, which is just wrong for this camera. It will work well enough if you’re attaching the macro lens, but if you want to use a polarizer you need the trumpet.

        There are famous issues with polarizers on wide angle lenses. If you shoot a water shot with a polarizer on this thing, you’ll notice that out toward the edges the polarization doesn’t work, since the angle is so different. There’s no way to polarize the entire shot. However, that Hoya 72 is still an invaluable tool for getting the best color out of your landscapes, because it takes so much hazy reflection out of the image.

        If you don’t want a half-polarized water shot, you’ll have to make do with reflections. You can fool with the glare at home on the computer. The greens look so fantastic with the polarizer because of the blue emphasis it gives to the shot. To get it right I’d have to go in and correct for the polarizer’s color imbalance. But most of my polarized landscape shots look great without much color correction.

        Do you use the ND filter built into the camera?

        When I bought this thing last March, I didn’t even know that little piece of glass was in there. It REALLY expands your bright-light capabilities.

        If I could have waited six months I would have gone for the G11. The sensor will make a huge difference in image quality and low light performance. If you’re looking for an all-around camera, the G11 will work better than the G10. Faster bootup, quicker saves, better in low light. Same wonderful wide angle lens and that great left-thumb exposure compensation dial.

        Canon’s improving on the G10. Unfortunately, Circuit City didn’t have any G11s in their liquidation sale.

      • Jeff

        Thanks for the recommendation to consider
        Canon factory refurbished units from Adorama – which all now come with a 12-month return-to-Adorama warranty.

        Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

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        Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

        helen.oster@adoramacamera

  5. Beautiful shot. Yet another tool I lust after. I’ll be posting something over at JerseyStyle, hopefully next week sometime, that also points to the beauty of the G10 (or G9, which was sweet too.)

    Let’s not forget, though, the G10 runs around $500. Not chump change, especially in this economy.

    • Hey Mark,

      Don’t I know it. All I had to do was sell every piece of gear I owned to get the 5DII. But I couldn’t really carry it around everywhere I went so that’s where the G10 comes in. It lives with me!

      Jeff

  6. I love my G9 and I am another Nikon guy. I have used it for everything from portrait to landscapes and it really is a take everywhere camera.

  7. I shoot a Nikon D200, but for our trip to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, I bought my wife a Canon G10. She asked why, and I told her because she will end up get different shots from different perspectives as she moseys about as I setup the tripod for a half hour of shooting. And with a better camera, she will get better shots. I showed her how to read the histogram and change the +/- exposure to adjust and not blow out the highlights. Nightly when I would load the memory card into Lightroom, I would see shots that would go from blown out to perfect exposure as she kept an eye on the histogram and re-shot it. A woman after my heart I’ll tell you. 🙂

    Yet sure enough, when we got home, many the really good shots are from the G10 and not my D200. The best part is, because of its really good sensor (for a small camera) I am able to get large prints from it without trouble. For that alone, it was worth the purchase to me.

  8. As much of a Nikon guy as I am, I agree with you about Canon’s point and shoots. I have secretly lusted (in my heart) for that G10 and its earlier incarnations.

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