A day on the beach

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by NightBird, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. NightBird

    NightBird Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    I recently picked up a Nikon AW1 for a South Pacific cruise coming up in a few weeks. It's first outing was to Stockton Beach on Boxing Day. It was overcast on the day, though very warm!

    I didn't get the opportunity to get it wet, though that will surely come during my cruise.

    Camels on Beach
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    Sun Baking on 4WD
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    Tin City
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    Dune Hill Climb
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    Horse Rider on Grassy Knoll
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    Kids at Tin City
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    Beach Shipwreck
    by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr
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  2. EasyEd

    EasyEd Regular

    Dec 22, 2010
    Hey All,

    Cool series!

    The first picture is so wrong! Camels beach???

    The third is wonderful and I love the 5th.

    Great job!

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  3. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Cell phones on camels? .....wrong picture! Or maybe century? :eek:

    Nice, :smile:
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  4. NightBird

    NightBird Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Yeah, the camels on the beach seemed wrong for so many reasons. I think I liked all the strange contrasts. Particularly all the tourists looking at their phones instead of enjoying the scenery and their camel ride.

    Interestingly perhaps, Australia has a huge wild population of them and cull 50,000 or more of these from the outback each year in an attempt to reduce the effect of these now feral animals. After importing them during our colonial past for their resilience in exploration of the country, Australia has started selling thousands back to Saudi Arabia and the middle easy where they are in demand due to their isolated genetic makeup and quality.
  5. Great shots, great mix up.
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  6. MJSfoto1956

    MJSfoto1956 New Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    Boston, Massachusetts
    my daughter had her AW1 for a year without any issues going on the surface of the ocean, waves, wading in streams, etc. The minute she took it below ten feet she got water in the camera, ruining it. She claims she was careful about keeping the seals lubricated and free of dirt, but this is a common occurrence with this camera and my theory is all you need is the tiniest bit of sand or dirt one any one of the seals and when you are underwater, the pressure forces the water into the camera. In short, I would suggest this camera is primarily designed (i.e. it is 100% reliable) for surface water only. Great camera btw.
  7. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013

    No 3 is my favourite
  8. NightBird

    NightBird Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    The AW1 ended up performing admirably on our cruise. It basically lived with me in the water, never more than 2m deep though. I did re-grease the lens O-ring before the first use & checked it after each day in the water. No issues. It did get dropped a few of times. Once on a hard floor. Surprisingly, other than a tiny chip on the glass screen protector I put on the LCD, I ended up with no scratches or marks on it.

    It's definitely convinced me that it makes a great rugged, all round travel camera. Particularly for outdoors. The only thing I had to get used to was clearing the lens of water droplets quite often. I guess there's no overcoming that necessity.

    16496864386_ddb8a2b49e_b.jpg Hideaway Island by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    16336877137_8b2a467b1a_b.jpg Mystery Island Boat by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    16336794089_4dcaa38962_b.jpg Pearl Resort by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    16337116927_5ab32336ff_b.jpg Champagne Bay by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    16335558560_ba444ea3f8_b.jpg Champagne Canoe by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    16336731309_911d58d728_b.jpg Bev Canoe by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    15900310334_07e56667fb_b.jpg Chelsea Waterplay by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr

    16335054188_0ff2a90395_b.jpg Hermit Crab by Darren.Nightingale, on Flickr
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  9. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Nice set, Darren. The colours in #2 and #6 would be hard to believe if you hadn't seen them with your own eyes before. I wonder how my Fujis would render them.
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  10. NightBird

    NightBird Regular

    Apr 23, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks. I thought that also as an afterthought. I have an X-Pro1 and X100s. I actually had the X100s with me, though never used it once. As almost everyone does, I find the Fuji excels at colours, though I find Nikon does very well at replicating natural colours. The water really was like that, and the colour changed continuously depending on the sunlight and degree of cloud cover.
  11. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    These are great, the dynamic range ain't bad, and those kids staring at screens while sitting on camels at the beach depressed me.
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