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Wednesday, 18 June 2014


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I find the idea that a camera other than a GXR might have been able to capture that scene properly, while the GXR could not, interesting.

Are there predictable characteristics of other sensor/processors which would render this scene more satisfactorily, and what might they be? Because I think there might be.

But I don't think our typical measurements about dynamic range, color rendition, resolution or ISO noise are going to address this.

I think it has more to do with the rendering of luminance differences at different luminance values, but that is a guess.

For example, I have seen comparison shots between two different brands of cameras taken after a rain storm at night of an operating food shack. Both shots were low key and overall exposure values were very similar. But the output of one camera was much more aesthetically pleasing than the other, because the reflections of the shack on the wet pavement had higher luminance values than the other brand. It rendered the light differently.

Not having the wrong camera is worser. I love that word. It's worse than worse. It's worser.

If you don't have a camera you'll probably just grunt and get on with it.

Having the wrong camera will get you very frustrated. Maybe even angry. You might even just toss the damn thing. Bad things happen with the wrong camera.

Mike, just to be safe, shouldn't you paste that "P.S." into every post?

It seems to me that if one of the ways you make most of your photographs is while 'walking around' - be that in a car, on foot, bicycle, or kayak a camera like the Sony DSC-RX100M III can 'always' be with you. Now if you are a studio portrait photographer or a large format landscape devote, than that is a totally different matter. However, I submit that today cameras like the Sony produce technically better photographs than my manual SLR with its 50mm Zeiss lens on it did.

What might your process be to find a winning picture from the rainbow situation Mike? I'd be interested to know how you might explore or progress through the scene.

I suggest Kim reads "Photographs Not Taken" edited by Will Steacy.

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i pretty much always have a camera with me and whatever body/lens combination i'm carrying seems to always allow me to respond to whatever interesting happenstance that i might come upon . .. . but, the day in and day out reason i've got it with me is that it's how i get some "peace of mind" . . . meaning, if i don't have a camera there's that voice in my head that likes to point all these potentially great photos i could be making while if i do have the camera that same voice tends to be far less impressed with the typical landscape . . . you know, it's that same voice that's saying to you right now what voice is he talking about . . . . .

Such as it ever was.

If it's the right camera, it's the wrong lens. Unless you have all your lenses with you, in which case it's all too cumbersome.

It used to be the wrong film, at least that particular problem is absent from digital.

Just have folks take the x-Rite color challenge

I do it every couple of months, probably 20 times total.
I've only gotten it all right once, but I'm usually pretty close, and you can cheat by taking twice or 3 times in a row--it does help you get better and Identify deficiencies .

This is why I try to carry two cameras when I'm on a trip(okay, i bring more, but..) Because while I almost always end up just using one, I never know which one it will be. Have a choice at the start of the day seems to fit my head better than feeling 'trapped' into a scenario.

In 2002 I bought a second-hand and little worn-out "venerable" Nikon D1x. With it, I took VERY beautiful shots - but the camera was so bulky that I brought it with me less and less, until I decided to sell it and lately bought a cheap point-and-shoot. Nowadays, I have a nice high-end mirrorless always with me, in a little shoulder bag. And I've got such amazing shots with it that I would never have taken with my smartphone. So yes, there's something like a "wrong camera" for YOUR type of shots.

If find that having limited tools inspires creativity. But it is true that limitations are limitations.

This is why my Ricoh GR lives in my purse.

I never ever stress about a missed photo. It seems so pointless. I think more about the ones I CAN get, regardless of the limitations of my capture device... And I almost always have my iPhone with me.

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