TRACKING THE LIGHT SPECIAL POST—On the way to Spencer—Part 3

Trenton Makes the World Takes—That’s what the sign says!

May 28, 2014. Three passenger railways, lots of trains and not much time.

I’m traveling with Pat Yough. We arrived at Trenton about 20 minutes before the arrival of Amtrak 79 Carolinian. [Posted from the train via Amtrak’s WiFi.]

Trenton Transportation Center, Wednesday May 28, 2014. Exposed with a Lumix LX-7 at ISO 400. Unmodified camera JPG (except for scaling).
Trenton Transportation Center, Wednesday May 28, 2014. Exposed with a Lumix LX-7 at ISO 400. Unmodified camera JPG (except for scaling).
Wednesday May 28, 2014. Exposed with a Lumix LX-7 at ISO 400. Unmodified camera JPG (except for scaling).
Wednesday May 28, 2014. Exposed with a Lumix LX-7 at ISO 400. Unmodified camera JPG (except for scaling).

I put the Panasonic LX-7 through its paces. Changing the ISO proved to be a bit different than I was used to with my old LX-3. One of the great advantages of digital photography is the ability to adjust the ISO (camera sensitivity) and color profile from frame to frame. Back when I was just shooting film, I’d routinely carry several camera bodies loaded with different film types.

It took me a while to figure out how to change the ISO, but it turns out that Panasonic had anticipated my need. Where the LX-3 required multi-tier menu navigation, the LX-7 has a special button labeled ‘ISO.’ This allows an easy change.

While at Trenton, I experimented with 400 and 80 ISO settings. The sensor on the LX-7 is much improved over the LX-3s.

With the LX-7, I found the 400 ISO setting to be very acceptable on the computer screen. While nominally less saturated and with more noise in the shadows than ISO 80, over all the result was really very good. I’d generally avoided using 400 ISO on the LX-3.

Limited Clear (the lower head is flashing). LX-7 at ISO 80.
Limited Clear (the lower head is flashing). LX-7 at ISO 80.
SEPTA at Trenton. Lumix LX-7 set at ISO 80.
SEPTA at Trenton. Lumix LX-7 set at ISO 80.
LX-7 at ISO 80. NJ Transit at Trenton, NJ on May 28, 2014.
LX-7 at ISO 80. NJ Transit at Trenton, NJ on May 28, 2014.

Amtrak 79 arrived with a new Cities Sprinter model ACS-64 electric number 602 in the lead. This is my first spin behind one of the new electrics. See my earlier post: Daily Post—Amtrak ACS-64 Debut, February 7, 2014.

Amtrak's Carolinian. Lumix LX-7 ISO 80.
Amtrak’s Carolinian. Lumix LX-7 ISO 80.
ISO 80.
ISO 80.

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