Today’s contemporary digital camera systems have reached such a high point of sufficiency and competency across every sensor size that the idea floated by the “fool frame” crowd about full frame (i.e. using digital sensors that are the same size as analog 35mm film frames) being the only true way to photograph digitally is laughable at best. I’m continually surprised and pleased at the technical quality produced by cameras with anything but fool frame. On the web in particular I can’t tell the difference. The only time I know what sensor size was used in the creation of an image is when it’s called it out. The distinguishing factor is the talent of the photographer behind the camera, not the gear they used.
I would be more impressed with Nikon’s and Canon’s latest if I thought they would lead to interesting new areas of creativity, but they won’t. They’ll wind up as points of trivial tribal arguments on various forums and websites (like ThePhoblographer). Nikon and Canon’s latest are a response by the two companies to halt the leakers from leaving their respective brands. But I don’t expect to see anything different visually.
The cost of the latest from Nikon and Canon, along with Sony’s fool frame cameras, are outrageous. They have become what Mike Johnston over at The Online Photographer has labeled as a Veblen good (he did that with Leica, but it applies here equally). A Veblen good is when you telegraph how rich you are that you can participate in conspicuous consumption by purchasing such a good as a status symbol because of its expense. Unfortunately talent and financial ability to afford these cameras don’t go hand in hand (that’s why the phrase “starving artist” exists and has for centuries).
In any event, I won’t purchase anything from these two, any more than I won’t line up to buy from Sony. The price is too great for the functionality and true value provided.
Dreamboat Annie – Because she’s a Labradoodle she’s completely covered in a riot of curls, all in of a mix of many colors and shades. She was mostly black with the heart-shaped mark on her brisket when she was a pup (hence the name, Heart’s Dreamboat Annie), but after three years her coloring has become heavily tinged with white, silver and ginger. To be honest I like this coloration because it gives considerable definition to her overall shape. This is her sphinx position she likes to take while on guard and watching everything and everybody.
White Bougainvillea – One of a number of potted plants inside the screened in area around the pool. This year quite a few of my potted plants have done much better, if not the best, they’ve every done over the last 10 years. I’m charmed by this white bougainvillea because of the off-white color of the petals tinged with an occasional light pink on the tips. I have a solid pink sitting next to it, which is not yet blooming. This is the second time this year the white has bloomed.
Camera Work Flow – These images were taken with the Panasonic GH4 and the Panasonic Lumix 30mm f/2.8 macro with the older MEGA O.I.S. in-lens image stabilization. The GH4 doesn’t have any sensor image stabilization. I’m using my iPhone with Panasonic’s app to transfer images off the GH4 onto the phone. From there I do a little post processing with Snapseed (some cropping, very little exposure tweaking and only if needed). I then push those results to Instagram and to my WordPress media collection via the WordPress app. When I write on WordPress using the media, I still prefer to do it on Chrome using the WP-Admin editor.
This might sound a bit complicated, but trust me, it beats pulling the SDXC card out of the camera body and inserting it into the Macbook Pro’s SDXC adapter, then using Lightroom to pull the files from the card. Then, from there, using Lightroom and my various plugins to work the RAW file. Now, if I want to move files off the camera that way, I only do it to essentially backup my images. I might, on very rare occasions, still use Lightroom, but even that is getting less and less. I’m looking at other possible applications on macOS to do what I’ve done with Lightroom. I just can’t get involved with Adobe any more. I’m working out my own work flows that suite me, and it appears to be centered more and more around my iPhone. It really is a lot easier and a lot faster, and I have enough storage on my iPhone these days to keep quite a bit of still and video work. And if I don’t, where, there’s the growing possibility of paying Apple $9.99/month for 2TB of cloud storage that will then allow me to work with all my stills and videos across all my devices.