Sunday, August 29, 2010
Horses of course...
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Phase One P30+ and P45+ Medium Format Digital Backs
My first real experience capturing landscape images with digital medium format was with a Phase One P30+ digital back. The Phase One P30+ has a crop factor of 1.3 and a CCD size of 44.2x33.1 (mm) and pixel size of 6.8x6.8 (micron) with a resolution of 31.6 megapixels. I truly loved using this back and feel that I might still have it today if I hadn't changed my camera gear.
Speaking of camera gear; I used the Mamiya 645AFD when I first got the P30+ then later changed to the Phase 745AFDIII after it was first released. I made the change to shooting a technical camera shortly after Phase released their camera body ending up selling all my non-technical camera gear within 6-months.
I said earlier that I'd most likely still be using the P30+ and the sole reason I made the upgrade to the P45+ was the sad fact the P30+ was not capable of be used with a technical camera (where movements are very normal). The Phase One P45+ offers a lens crop of 1.1, a CCD size of 49.1x36.8 (mm) and pixel size of 6.8x6.8 (micron) with a resolution of 39 megapixels.
I've shared many images here taken with both the P30+ and P45+ however never at the same time thus the purpose of this edition.
There's no way that this can or should be considered a test or comparison between these two digital backs however the following images are samples of what you can expect to achieve.
While the P30+ along with either a Mamiya or Phase One camera body is capable of capturing stunning landscape images I nevertheless have no regrets whatsoever with my decision in moving to the Cambo WRS1000 technical camera and the P45+ as I feel I've able to get even better image captures.
Thank-you as always for visiting and once again your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Leica M9 and Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 (the mistake lens)
I'm very pleased with the lens and look forward to using it at Jackson Hole WY in October.
Thanks for letting me share and your comments as always are welcome.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Capturing Landscape with the Leica M9 and Cambo WRS
A couple of events happened to make me want to return to the area; I got a great deal on a Cambo Viewfinder that I want to try out and we purchased and installed a great roof rack and basket on our 2009 Jeep. The rack and basket is from MBRP and during our conversations with them they requested a couple images of the finished install; so a trip was born. The rack was delivered Monday and Sandy & I spent a couple hours Tuesday morning installing it before the basket showed up in the afternoon; I considered the trip being "on" after the complete installation was done so I made a couple phone calls. I called the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge in Alpine and found I could get a room there for 2 nights starting Wednesday so the trip was set. The plan was to leave Wednesday morning driving the 5 hours to Alpine and doing some landscape images along the way then drive into New Mexico taking a large loop before coming back to the lodge. The weather was outstanding, heavy clouds, thunder and rain. I've always said, the worse the weather the better the images.