How I almost killed Sony NEX-6

How I almost killed Sony NEX-6

As you might know when I was in Mexico I had only one camera with me – Sony NEX-6. There were many reasons for it, one of them being that I wanted to travel light that time. It worked very well… for the first two days out of fourteen I spent there.
Then at the end of sunset on the second day (you can see photo from this sunset below by the way) electronic viewfinder got really hot – I could barely touch framing around it – and a few minutes later both LCD and electronic viewfinder died and stopped to show anything. As you might imagine I was shocked, frustrated and sad because I hoped to capture a lot of great photos while in Mexico. But by that time I took only around 200 or 300 many of which were bracketed exposures. And that was first time in a few years that I didn’t have backup camera with me… bad luck.
The most interesting thing was that everything else seemed to work fine. I could turn on flash, I heard sound of shutter after pressing shutter release button, I could navigate through the menu (I heard that specific “click” sound). The “only” thing that didn’t work were LCD screens. Too bad they are quite important, especially when there is no optical viewfinder… after the camera rested and cooled down a little bit, main LCD screen started to work again. Unfortunately viewfinder doesn’t work correctly until now (it sometimes turns completely black again).
I’m yet to find out what’s wrong. I’m not sure whether camera got overheated (due to long-exposures perhaps?) or whether there is some factory defect in it. I hope Sony service will help to find this out (and more importantly get it fixed) within next few days. After that I hope to release my final version of NEX-6 review.

Daily photo – Blue vs Orange

Just a few days ago I uploaded a HDR photo of a very colourful sunset in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Today I would like to share another photo of a sunset. Orange clouds were really gorgeous and the fact that at the same time sea was blue created some nice colour contrast in the image.

If you want to learn how to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial. If you prefer to download it or print, I suggest you take a look at the PDF version.

Sunset in Puerto Aventuras in Mexico

Finally some EXIF information:

Technical details:
Camera: Sony NEX-6
Lens: Sony 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Exposure time: 10 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: Cokin ND X variable density neutral gray
Technique: long-exposure, HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Adjust

2017-01-17T19:42:44+00:00 February 21st, 2014|Posted in: hdr, landscape, long-exposure, mexico|
  • Rob

    Hello Wojciech, first of all, very impressive the Pictures You make and the very nice website! Thanks for Sharing this! Ik found your website because In was looking for info about HDR photography with my newly bought (2nd hand) Sony NEX 6 which You know as well. If I’m correct You don’t use the HDR function of the Nex itself?
    If so what settings do You use to make correct HDR pictures under minimum light conditions, like city Pictures at nicht, or for instance Landscape pics when the sun has already set (under the horizon)?
    In your experience for what purposes one can use the build-in HDR function of the Nex 6?
    Hope to hear from You.
    Keep up the very Nice work and thx again,


  • Wojciech Toman

    Hello Rob, thanks for nice comments about my photos and website. You’re correct that I don’t use the HDR function of the NEX as I generally find it too limiting (I prefer to have full control over taking the photo and editing it later on) so I can’t think of any scenario where it would be useful.

    It’s difficult to give precise answer in a short comment so for long answer you can checkout my HDR tutorial where I detail my approach and settings used: . Most of the time with NEX I simply use auto-bracketing with 3 photos at 2 EV spacing. It’s sufficient for most cases

  • Rob

    Hello again, wow, that’s a quick reply 😊
    I understand your point, think the limited in-camera HDR lies mainly in the the fact that You are not able to use low ISO (all the time). I’ve already downloaded your tutorial. I will try to find my way with it with the Nex 6, I’ve to play a bit more to find out.
    Your tutorial Will surely be helpful!



  • Wojciech Toman

    Well ISO is one thing, but another is very limited control over the final look of the photo. And when making photos more control is almost always better 🙂 anyway, if you have any questions regarding HDR feel free to ask them and I will try to answer them the best I can 🙂