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Little over a month ago, I was invited by DeviantArt, in a partnership with SONY, to be part of a collaborative project. It involved four Deviants and was centered on the theme "Capturing Change". That would mean taking a SONY Alpha mirrorless camera out on assignment to document how a city has changed and how its inhabitants have changed with it.

I loved being part of this and still can't quite believe it is real :la:

See the full project here:
Capturing ChangeFour Deviants get game changing cameras from Sony for a collaborative assignment: Show us how your cities have changed from the past, for the present and into the future!
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Miguel Santos
:iconmiguel-santos: Miguel-Santos
São Joaquim, Brazil
The most experience photographer of the group, Miguel has been a photographer for over 15 years, starting with a film camera and then moving to digital five years later. With the goal of featuring the past, present, and future of Brazil in this project, he traveled to smaller and lesser-known cities to capture the beauty and the chaos withi

One of the sub-themes I explored was Nature vs. City. This was the first shot I chose to represent that theme.

The ocean city lies beyond the waves. For a moment I thought, who's in command here? Nature or the City?

Balneário Camboriú.
Santa Catarina, Brazil


I knew Balneário Camboriú would be a great subjet to photograph. The city grew rapidly and defies all of Nature's logic. Dozens upon dozens of skyscrapers overshadow this beautiful paradise. I wanted to capture an angle which shows how awkward -- and yet still beautiful -- an urban landscape such as this can be.
I went into the water, shot handheld and as close to the ground as possible. The a7RII camera and the 28mm lens both have great stabilization features which allowed me to quickly shoot at a smaller aperture, using the tilted screen with the level indicator to move around while keeping the right horizontal balance.
In post-processing, I was happy to find everything in the background had a sharp focus and I could get this deep contrast in black and white, while preserving a huge amount of details.

SONY a7RII | 28mm | f/8.0 | 1/100 | ISO 100

Enjoy and share a thought in the comments!

Any questions about the camera, don't hesitate to ask.

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1/100 second
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28 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 15, 2015, 6:11:09 PM
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danUK86's avatar
great contrast and reflection :nod:
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Thanks Dan. The place was begging for a shot like this ;)
BrightStar2's avatar
how wonderful to be chosen to do this, your image is just perfect
looks like a good camera.....what are he best features?
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Thank you so much, Donna :thanks:
Well, so far I'm pretty impressed with the quality of the sensor, at 42+ megapixels, with images looking great, perfect details and light, even in lowlight it creates little noise. Then, I have to say they really did something superior with the in-body stabilization. I've shot a lot handheld where I knew I'd get camera shake and was surprised by the amount of optical correction. That's worth a lot! Other than these, right now, I'm happy with its grip, weight and the 28mm lens are great too. Software and menus are a mess though. And it should offer more premium stuff in the box, like a mem card and a higher quality strap. Oh, battery runs out quickly -- but i can charge it in the car thru USB. :)

Another great i almost forgot: nearly 400 auto focus points. It has a FAST auto focus!
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Sounds impressive I take it its a non DLSR?
I have been searching for a camera in the last week,.....if this camera was a DLSR 
I would of considered it.........
but I ended up getting a canon EOS 100D 18-55 zoom lens with an additional 
telephoto zoom len with macro....just hope its got just as good spec as that camera
and -body stabilization cause with my shaky hands I am gonna need it :D 
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So beautiful! The city reflected in the water is so beautiful! Lovely shot! :hug:
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Thank you. I thought it would be a great place to start this journey. I'm so glad you like it too :aww:
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Thank you Camilla :thanks:
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Youre very welcome :)
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Thanks very much my friend :thanks:
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Beautiful! I love the reflection.
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Thank you Isabella, so glad you liked it :aww:
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Very nice, as always, Miguel. Thank you for sharing with us! :ahoy:
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It's my pleasure. I'm glad you enjoyed and thanks for the support!! :ahoy:
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Thanks so much!! :thanks:
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Incredible position and very nice work! One very dull world No, I disagree! 
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Thanks!! Of course, me being me, I was caught by the wave and had a nice pair of wet Chucks for the rest of the shoot :lol:
You're right... it is a dull city, if you look at it like this...
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