Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Solution

What should you do if you have a blog and want to post to it, but never do?  Have two blogs!  Today I have made the first post to my new blog, Camera Curiosities (

I will continue to use this blog,, to make random posts about personal things which will be of no interest to anyone, other than family and friends.  Whereas I will use the Camera Curiosities site specifically for posts on the subject of cameras and photography, which will be of no interest to anyone, period.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Next Stop: Fame

Two of my photos are on display at the San Jose Convention Center for the next few days. If you happen to be at the convention center, and you scan the QR code under the pictures with your handy smart phone, you end up here on my blog, which you probably can't read on that tiny little screen. Welcome!

Each of the photos is a panorama composited from 10 separate pictures. The raw files were first adjusted in Lightroom and then stitched together in Photoshop. Content Aware Fill was handy in assembling both of these compositions.

Panorama 1 was taken at the Brooklyn Roundhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Panorama 3 was taken at the Oakland Athletics ballpark in Oakland, California.

What happened to Panorama 2? I submitted three photos to the show, and only the two above were selected. Interestingly, Panorama 2 is my favorite of the three. If I'd been submitting only one, this is the one I would have chosen to submit. I guess there's no accounting for (my) taste. Panorama 2 was taken at the Hoover Dam, from the Arizona side.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Perfect Camera

I've been mulling this post over for a while, but this announcement last week has prompted me to get off my butt and write it. I would like to tell you about my perfect camera. Perhaps I should be more specific. My perfect camera would capture flawless image quality in all lighting situations, shoot 4K video, have a 10,000X zoom range, and be built into my eye. That's not what I'm going to talk about here. What I want to talk about here is a camera that someone could conceivably build, today. I call it the Sigma DP3, and you can see it pictured here, above the Sigma DP1 for comparison.

The Sigma DP3, as compared to the DP1.

The larger size is necessitated by the addition of several features, including a full frame sensor. I don't know if I got the size comparison exactly right, but it wouldn't have to be too big. The Leica M9 has a full frame sensor, and it's only 5.5" x 3.1" x 1.5".

The Sigma DP3 Feature List
  • A full frame, 24 megapixel Foveon X3 sensor producing a final image size of 8 megapixels.
  • Interchangeable lenses.
  • 1080p video. (With an appropriate variety of frame rates, including 24 and 29.97, and autofocus, and manual exposure controls. And a microphone input jack.)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization.
  • Weather sealed body and lenses (for shooting in rain/dust storms).
  • Reasonably fast performance (meaning startup time, focusing time, shutter lag, shot to shot time, etc.).
  • A built in electronic viewfinder with sufficient resolution to allow it to be used for focusing.
  • A flip-out, articulated AMOLED screen.
  • Decent continuous shooting mode with a reasonable buffer size.
  • Raw+JPEG shooting (yes, it's true, the DP1 actually does not have this).
  • An autofocus assist lamp. Seriously, we all need one sometimes.
  • A nice assortment of lenses to go with it, including some fast, sharp primes.
  • And of course all the niceties already included in the DP1 such as great build quality, full manual control, customizable controls, hot shoe, good high ISO performance, stunning image quality etc., etc.
Did I forget anything? Let me know.

P.S. In case it's not abundantly clear, this is not a real camera. It's an example of what a camera that I would get excited about might look like. The image above is a composite of the Sigma DP1 and the Panasonic GF1 made using images stolen from Digital Photography Review.