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In the garden: Happy bee at the borage

Here's borage, backlit by the setting sun:

Yes, there is a bee!

I'm super-envious of Dromaius's camera. Then again, it's not the tools, but the worker...

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Submitted by Dromaius on

Absolutely true. People like to say that the equipment doesn't matter, it's the photographer. That is utterly ridiculous.

Yes, I've seen plenty of bad shots with good cameras. But good cameras are critical to excellent photos.

Submitted by Dromaius on

Lambert, I didn't see the text you wrote at the bottom of the shot until today.

The tools make a huge difference. One can't saw a tree down very quickly with a pocket knife!

If we were closer, I'd come let you use my equipment. It DOES make a difference. I will hold tho, that if you were to even get a "semi-pro" point and shoot with adjustable settings, you would have much better luck than with a relatively brain-dead tablet.

Submitted by lambert on

... though not professionally at all. I did have a darkroom, back in the days of black and white.

My real difficulty is that I have only one good eye (the other one has macular distortion). And so viewfinders, even digital ones the size of a small camera back, are very hard for me. That's why I like the iPad, I can frame properly in the camera.

In a perfect world, I'd have a digital view camera, to really see all the parts of the living system in a more contemplative way. But them things are pricey. And not for use on the street, either, a second important use case.

Submitted by Dromaius on

I have a camera remote control for Android. It takes the live view from the camera and displays it on the tablet. I don't know of anything like it for Apple, although I suspect that something exists.

Submitted by Dromaius on

I mentioned the DSLR controller because you said you needed the big screen...but I didn't read carefully about the tech specs of the camera you pointed to.

You can get tilt-shift lenses for DSLRs Link. I sometimes rent specialty lenses, far more cost effective than owning them ;-).

Also, depth of focus in digital-land is greatly a function of the size of the sensor...smaller sensor, deeper depth of field. Deep depth of field and good quality can definitely be had with a high quality point and shoot.

Submitted by lambert on

... except for this very exact purpose: To take photographs as illustrations or topics for what I write. So since I care more about systems than "action," or more precisely action within systems -- I would like to get some really good shots of pollinators that also included the plants -- I like a big screen and I like the depth of focus. (I hadn't related that to the size of the sensor; old fashioned.)

But the camera also has to work with my bad eyes. Squinting into a viewfinder is sadly out, and even a whole camera back with a small digital is hard. That's why I really like the size of the iPad screen; see here.

Also, my garden is increasinly organized as vistas; and I tend to return to the same scenes over and over again, even in Bangkok; so I could set up a tripod at the right angle, watch the ground glass, and wait for, er, the decisive systemic change.... Except there isn't ground glass anymore, is there?

So a cheap old view camera -- the lens, the bellow, the rack, the shutter -- with a digital back would be best. Except with digital camera back I won't get the size I want...

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But ZOMG! Look at this! And this! Perhaps I wasn't as nutty as I thought? What do you think? Reading again, I see what I am picturing is for the iPad screen to replace the ground glass, but the iPad has a lens (albeit now HD software). So I am not sure I am thinking entirely coherently.

Submitted by Dromaius on

It would be interesting, but I'm not sure it's really necessary when Photoshop does excellent stitching. Of course, this could be my inexperience talking. I've never worked with 4x5 format.

A Fotodiox 4x5 adapter.

I think the lenses are also so good nowadays that, again, 4x5 may be more of a nostalgia thing? But again, could be my inexperience talking.

Regarding the bellows on that camera, this is the farthest I place my lens from the camera and the working distance is still not great. Of course, I lose infinity when I do this (can't focus on anything more than a few inches away), and maybe 4x5 doesn't lose infinity even when the lens is so far from the camera?

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