To "test" the idea in the previous post, as well as the idea that pictures in my newfound home are "farther away," as I talked about previously here—I improvised the closest I could come to a "big" camera and a long lens: my Sony A900 and its 85mm ƒ/2.8 lens, which is what most of the recent pictures you've seen here were shot with (the church steeple, for example). I'm just experimenting...trying to see if a bigger sensor actually means anything to me, and if I really am seeing the landscape around here at a narrower angle. Here's a sample:
Keuka Lake and the Bluff, from the hills
I dunno, but to me this looks like the work of a guy who hasn't quite got the hang of using a short tele for landscapes yet. :-) Give me time.
The Bluff, by the way, is the steep ridge that forms the infill of Keuka's famous "Y" shape. Here's a topographical map of Keuka from 1903, on which you can see Bluff Point marked:
The land around here is quite dramatically corrugated, and although nothing's terribly high—there are no real mountains—the hills and ridges can be steep.
Like a lot of my "color" pictures, it's possible that this one is really a black-and-white picture at heart. I still see B&W.
I don't know if this happens to you, but I shoot a lot of "almost but not quite" shots. They're 90% of the way to being pictures but they don't quite make it. This one's probably a good example. I often find that I still kind of like them at first, even to the point that I'll spend time futzing with them in Photoshop for a while. (The chief pleasure I get is in converting things to B&W.)
Usually, what shows them up as also-rans is the passage of a few weeks' time. By that time I wonder what I saw in it. Or, if a few months passes, I'll simply forget about it. With me, it's "staying power" that ultimately makes it clear which pictures are hits and which are ABNQs. Somehow it always becomes painfully obvious in time.
I'll probably have to shoot with the FF and 85mm a few more times before I start seeing with it. It always takes a while to start "seeing" with a new camera or lens. You have to be patient with yourself, and keep using it.
I've been at it a few weeks now, and it's been an interesting experiment. I suppose a 24-MP FF sensor with 2008 limitations is not really a fair substitute for one of today's big cameras, and certainly not for one of today's big medium-format cameras. But it's the nearest I can come using what's in the camera closet.
Here's one I shot just this very night. I might like this one better, but as I say, only time will tell. (This works well in color too.)
(I guess you can tell I didn't work on my book today.)
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