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Thursday, November 27, 2008

$40,000 Camera Vs $500 Camera

Photographer Michael Reichmann compared a $40,000 Phase One / Hasselblad 39 megapixel system with a 15 megapixel / $500 Canon G10 pocket camera.

The results of his test are remarkable because most viewers were unable to find much of a distinguishing difference when printed 13X19, or when viewed side by side on his 30 inch monitor.

I am not one to generally compare pixels and equipment, but in this instance we are talking about a $39,500 difference in equipment, and yet both cameras were able to produce superb results at a size that would be suitable for most purposes (yes - even billboards).

Wow. I love it when technology evens the playing field.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ghost Forest of the Oregon Coast

Last year, erosion from several brutal storms uncovered a surprising scene along the beach in Neskowin, Oregon. Tree stumps emerged from the surf where none had been before, and it was quickly realized that these stumps are the preserved remnants of an ancient forest that was at least 2000 years old.


The wood looks as if it might only be a decade or two old, but it is believed an earthquake or tsunami buried the trees in a cataclysmic event that allowed them to be preserved under buried sand.


The trees are called "The Ghost Forest" by local people in Neskowin.


The stumps have been buried again by the natural action of the surf. It will be interesting to see if the weather uncovers the trees again this year.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cycles of Color - Fall Leaves

A recent assignment from a local client required a specific stylistic image of a single green leaf from a native tree, which was actually rather challenging considering the time of year in northern Oregon.

I did manage to find a tree stubbornly clinging to its leaves and refusing to acknowledge Fall. I made some nice images that were exactly as needed; the client was happy and everything was good. Of course, in my work for this production I came across many colorful and spectacular leaves. I am not immune to the colors of Fall, but generally I find myself photographing subjects that are more hidden from view. But the spectacle of Fall seduced me completely and I succumbed to the pattern, texture and color of the season.





Saturday, November 15, 2008

Slideshow: high-speed bugs

Photoshelter, the photo host for my web site, continues to add value to their services. With some new fancy code, it is possible to embed slideshows from my galleries just about anywhere.

Pretty cool.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rainy Days

I'm still here. My schedule has been a little bit insane, and I managed to drop the ball on a few things including posting images here. Not for lack of shooting however.

The weather in Oregon has been blustery and wet, and I have been stuck indoors - but I still managed to have fun with water and the high-speed camera.


Once I get the going it is hard to stop.




I have lots more to share. Stay tuned... If you want to see truly amazing photos with water check out my friend Martin Waugh's work

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Husband, Father, Student Of Natural History, Photographer