Full Frame?

People sometimes wonder why I, and others, opt for big and bulky full frame cameras. I was just illustrating this to someone with the following photograph:

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I could have taken this photograph on the Olympus system I also use when size and weight are more of an issue, particularly as it is a panoramic. But with that system I wouldn’t be able to get this kind of detail on a per pixel level:

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So whilst full frame, pro-level cameras aren’t necessarily the be all and end all of quality photography, they do provide an extra level of detail for the final image, which when printed large adds greater interest to the overall image.

But then… sometimes a tiny camera that can be easily carried gives plenty back too!

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I didn’t travel with the Nikon to Utah in the spring. The purpose of the trip was not to be joyful, but I wanted something to record something of the area and to capture and document this sad time.

The Art of the Panoramic (Part 1)

One of my "specialities" in photography is the panoramic - a type of photography where multiple photographs are stitched together to create a single, larger, image.  There are all sorts of reasons to approach a scene in this way... it could be to capture a wider view than your lenses can record in a single exposure, or possibly because you need to create a larger print than your camera can manage using it's native resolution.

Here is an example from today.  A single frame taken using a 24mm lens in the Langdales provided me with this image, which whilst I quite like it, doesn't capture the feel of the area as I wanted.

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So... to enhance this field of view, and to capture more of the scene before me I rotated the camera through 90 degrees and took a series of 10 consecutive images, each overlapping the other by (approximately) 30 percent.  The resultant frames were then "stitched" together in Adobe Lightroom to create a single, extra large, photograph with a much wider field of view.

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Same camera, same lens... (me sitting on the same fence post - that was slightly uncomfortable) but a significantly different result!  It also allows for a significantly larger print, which can be handy.

It is just a shame that the light changed between the pictures, the warmer tones in the first image are more pleasing.

There is more to this technique though... but that is for another time!