Two panoramas.

These were taken using a Nikon V3, freehand. I had to walk 30m between them. There are 17 shots stitched into a very large TIFF file that I have cut down considerably.

One of the reasons I live in Dunedin.

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And this one has about eight photos in it.

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Photos processed from embedded JPEG using Hugin, and Shotwell.

First go, New55 monobath.

I shot two rolls of film: this one, which is on Ultrafine 400 film, and developed them with New55 r3 Monobath. As I was going out (to shoot more stuff) I diluted this 1:10 and then let it sit for 50 minutes. I got a moderate result with this on this film, which looked cloudy… but scanned up fairly well.

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Fujifilm GSW 690 6×9 medium format camera, scanned using Epson V800 scanner, and some processing post scan

On Pukekos.

A pukeko is a flightless bird in NZ. It is one of parts of the local fauna. And it is the name of the server I had. The pro photographer and I found a bunch of pukeko chicks. Stopped the car. Pulled out what was in the car — which was the D800 with a 70 — 200 zoom and then started to try take photos[1]. These are the best files we could get.

Plus a thistle, and a cat.

16 bit PNG files, processed in Darktable.

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1. Given a choice, I would have used a 55 -150 APS zoom onto a Nikon V3. The Nikon has a very fast Frames per second rate and the CX sensor means a mid range zoom gives you 450 mm of reach. But that was at home…

Sensor size , Industrial and X-trans.

I avoided getting or playing with X-trans sensors when they first came out. Decoding them was a pain, and there workflow was not there. This is now solved, and Fuji is releasing a new version of their sensor which is competing with in the 20 MP sweet spot. But these are taken with an older 16 MP sensor.

I have a hate/love relationship with megapixels: I own a D800 so deal with 34 MP files, but most of the time that stays home and I’m using micro 4/3 or APS cameras. Because they are easier to fly with.

But… the current generation of CX (one inch), cellphone (at least my one), micro 4/3 (Panasonic G8) APS (Fuji X-pro 2, Nikon D500, and many others) and pro Full frame (Nikon D5, Canon 1 current model) produge 20 MP files. This has become the sweet spot: there is some improvement over 16 MP but not enough to upgrade just for that…

And the large landscape DSLRs — the D810 replacement, the Canon 5, the Sony… are now in the 40-50 MP range. Where Medium format sensors were a while ago.

But… that is still nowhere near where you get with medium format and a scanner. One of the reasons film is not dead is that for the cost of an X-pro 2 body (about 1600 dollarw) you can get a full Bronica Sq-A kit, and a scanner. If you are chasing megapixels, go analogue.

But better still, take more photos.