Saturday, January 16, 2010

Photo of the day, Jan 17 2010 Nikon D1X

Those D1x's I had were really marvelous. What color right out of the camera. Shot in December of 2005 with the Nikkor 35-135 3.5-4.5.

Prime or zoom, that is the question.

On a current post in DP review, my favorite digital photography web site, someone posed the eternal question of which lens to use for street photography: the Canon 35mmL or the Canon 16-35L. My reply was:
"It's like comparing a car with a truck. No one can really tell you what to do. It all depends on your shooting style and needs. Of course the prime will always be better but if you are interested in taking photos, the zoom is more versatile. A picture taken no matter how optically not perfect is better than a picture missed. I have the 16-35L and it's a good lens. Personally, there are times when a prime is very liberating because, and this may sound odd, it's lack of versatility makes you concentrate more on the subject. I think many of you will understand."
It may be ironic but this is really a case where less is more. Not thinking about the right focal length and keeping on zooming, one uses the prime on a scene as is and does one's best. yes, the prime keeps it simple and that is at times much better. As the great Einstein said about a machine that it should be as simple as possible to do a task but not more so, one can apply this wisdom to photography. Keep the equipment as simple as possible to do it's job but not simpler than needed.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Photo of the day, Jan. 16 2010 Nikon D2H

The D2H was the cameras I used for the longest period of time. Their ergonomics and speed plus the great focusing made them very attractive. The image quality was fine for a mere 4 mega pixel. It needed TLC in post processing but for my needs the cameras were great. this shot of a resident at Trump Pavilion Rehabilitation Center, my client, was shot on July of 2005 with the 24-84 2.6-4 Nikkor.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Photo of the day, Jan 15, 2010 Fuji S2pro

Shot in November 2004 with the S2 and the Nikkor 24-85 2.8-4. A day care Center run bt Catholic Charities, my customer. The out of cameras colors of the Fuji are to die for. Nothing comes close.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Photo of the day, Jan 14, 2010 Canon 5DII

I have had no time to play with the 5DII but so far I'm smitten by this camera. Its compact, quiet and draws little attention to itself especially if used with a small EF prin=me sux=ch sa the 28mm f2.8 used here. Just trying to capture the feeling of a bleak winter day [yesterday] at Juniper Valley Park. I was walking my Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog at the time.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Photo of the day Jan 13, 2010 Canon 1D

Shot with the Canon 1D [just 4 mega pixels] and the 70-200 f4 L in June of 2004. This is a phenomenal lens.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Photo of the day, Jan. 12, 2010 Canon 10D

Yes, only six mega pixels but so what. This portrait of a corporate cline was shot in situ with the Canon 10D and the 35-135 3.5-5.6 IS. Not bad for an held hand grab shot. The colors from the 10D were really nice on skin tones. The year is 2005.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Photo of the day, Jan. 11, 2010 Fuji S2 pro

Shot in May pf 2005 with the great Fuji S2 pro with the Nikkor 35-135 f3.5-4.5. The sensor on the Fuji was probably the greatest ever put on a digital camera as far as color snap is concerned.