Friday, August 7, 2015

TGIF: New Tools and Old Flags

This past week has been rather wet,  Seems as if it rains every day.  A fine time to review a few past captures.  

Much has changed in the digital camera / processing world.  So many new cameras, lenses, computers and software. Appears to be Moore's law on steroids as the predicted 18 month digital improvements arrive sooner.

The wet weather provided motivation to check back on some earlier work and to use these newer tools in an attempt to discover how these changes and/or improvements play out.

First off, a Richmond, Indiana scene taken in 2005.

Though the Nikon equipment used was the very latest for it's time, the overall image has a limited color range.  Indeed, today's cameras have the ability to cover more accurately a wider range of color values.  

Consider this 2004 Preble County capture.

Again, using for it's day top Nikon equipment, the limited color values are noticeably reduced when compared to today's available camera choices.

While the camera bodies show their age, the lenses hold up quiet well.  Sharpness and limited distortion are up to today's standards.  

Would suggest that it is best to update camera bodies and continue use the lenses on hand.
In analog photography it was the bodies that stayed and the lenses that came and went.  The camera bodies were well constructed and could be depended on to last decades.  With the growing use of computers in lens design, lenses have become quite good and worth retaining. 

As an aside, newer software isn't that much different from earlier programs.  Evolution rather than revolution.  Computers have become faster, more dependable and able to handle the larger digital files of today's cameras.