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It is 2009 and we are in a year of amazing resolutions! No, no, not exercise or painting the house…sensor resolution! Phase One has their P65+ 60mp medium format back, Nikon has the D3X @ 24.5mp, Sony A900 @ 25mp, and the Canon 5DmkII and 1DsmkIII @ 21.1mp. Even point and shoot cameras are hitting 15mp!!! Just a year or two ago, getting in the 20+ mp range would involve spending $20,000 – $30,000 US on a digital medium format system and lenses.

So, everyone knows this already. Why post about it? I have finally gotten a chance to experience this first hand. I have been using 5Ds since their release several years ago. I am familiar with what they can produce, how much I can stretch the RAW, and how much I have to work with in terms of printing large. The 5D is a serious workhorse that always impressed me. I’ve got my 5DmkII upon release in December 2008. It really felt like a modern and refined 5D. Fantastic quality in the images, amazing print size for a 35mm, and some great new features. Ok. Great! Until…yesterday.

I have begun shooting a new body of work this past week. When I loaded the work into Bridge, I was stunned. I myself have never seen work from my cameras that contained such detail. 21+ MP can really do some amazing things! I don’t remember shooting with other 35mm cameras that revealed such minute detail. Mosaic tiles, marble, columns, inlays, etc… all reveal themselves with intricate detail on these images! At the distance I am from these features, I am just absolutely amazed at how distinguished details can be resolved with good glass, technique, and these new sensors!

Here is one example, downsized for the web. This is a combination of 3 images left completely default in ACR and combined in Photomatix. This shot is using a 24-105L @ 105mm, f/13, 1.5s, 6s, and 20 second exposures. ISO 200, Highlight tone priority on, and all noise reduction is off, except for long exposure noise which is set to auto. I use a tripod with a spherical panoramic head. I shot with a cable release, 2 second timer, and live view on. (quick and easy mirror lock up!)

© 2009 Ancient City Photography

© 2009 Ancient City Photography

For a sense of scale, the altar with the purple cloth at the center bottom of the image is approximately 4.5 feet high. I was a couple hundred feet back.

Here is a center crop @ 100%.

© 2009 Ancient City Photography

© 2009 Ancient City Photography

Here is a corner crop @ 100%.

© 2009 Ancient City Photography

© 2009 Ancient City Photography

I am sure sharpness would be even better with a fast exposure and an uncombined shot, but I am looking at real world results for the work I need to produce. I think this is simply stunning from a 35mm camera. Adjust contrast, add some sharpening for output, and it’s just awesome. So…I wonder what we will be working with in a few years from now! Some people spend all their time looking at 100% crops for sharpness and splitting hairs…but I am impressed no matter what.

These new cameras are simply awesome.

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Giving

Give love, give time, give silence, give sound, give patience, give understanding, give hope, give passion, give inspiration, give all, and be all.

The thought of “giving” is interesting. In order to give, we must have. So by giving, we are making a statement of having. Which in turn makes a statement that we have received. The inverse can hold here as well. By wanting to receive we make a statement of not having, which makes a statement of not receiving. That seems to place you in an endless cycle of want/not receiving. So why not always give? In order to continue giving, you continually have, so you will continually receive. The ways in this happens may not always be apparent to the naked eye, or to are minds at first. Experience it, be aware, and open yourself to the amazing power that surrounds us. What a mindset. Giving. By giving, you will eternally be supplied, and filled anew. There is no want in giving. Give love, give time, give silence, give sound, give patience, give understanding, give hope, give passion, give inspiration, give all, and be all.

No More Hurt, Please.

“What hurts you so bad that you feel you have to hurt me in order to heal it?”
-Neale Donald Walsch

Wow. Just read that several times and think about it. “What hurts you so bad that you feel you have to hurt me in order to heal it?” Why do we blind ourselves from seeing who we really are in so many moments of rage, anger, and frustration. How do we substitute unconditional love, compassion, and understanding with hate? It is so easy for our actions to reflect the “greater good of me.” Yet the greatest good we can do for ourselves and humanity is to love each other. We only deepen our wounds through the hurt we inflict. We only hurt ourselves more.

Love all. Love Always. Only love heals.

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