Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gear Doesn't (Always) Matter



As I pore through my old photos and upload them to my portfolio, there are always a few that stand out.  These are the photos that I took before I ever bought my first DSLR, that still to this day remain some of my favorites.  All the photos in this post were taken with either a point and shoot (small sensor, fixed lens) camera or an automatic film camera with cheap film.  I will note that almost all of them have been reprocessed recently to bring out the best of them, and many of them were shot using HDR to compensate for the poor dynamic range of consumer cameras.  For the night shots, a small tripod was used (handheld nigh shots with a point and shoot?  Not a pretty picture).  None of these cameras were capable of shooting RAW natively.  That being said, I think this post serves as a testament to the fact that good photos can be taken with minimal gear.

A Storm Brews at the State Park

Storm brewing over the Hall of Springs, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS

London Street at Dusk

London Street at Dusk, 1 jpeg with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS

Sacré-Cœur Sits Atop Paris

Sacré-Cœur seen from the Eiffel Tower, 1 jpeg with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS

Looking Up at the Louvre - Pavillon Richelieu

Pavillon Richelieu at the Louvre, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS



Picturesque seaside neighborhood in St-Malo, France, cheap film in a compact automatic film camera.  Professionally scanned by ScanCafe.



Eiffel Tower at dusk, cheap film in a compact automatic film camera. Professionally scanned by ScanCafe.



Château de Chambord, France, cheap film in a compact automatic film camera. Professionally scanned by ScanCafe.



Washington Monument, 1 jpeg with a Kodak EasyShare.



Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA, 1 jpeg with a Kodak EasyShare.



Times Square, 1 jpeg with a Kodak EasyShare.



Oswego Lighthouse, Oswego, NY, 1 jpeg with a Canon PowerShot A590IS.



SUNY Oswego Campus, Oswego NY, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot 590IS.



Tower of London, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.



London Policeman Outside Buckingham Palace, 1 jpeg with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.



Under the Eiffel Tower, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.



Eiffel Tower surrounded by foliage, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.



Notre Dame Cathedral, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.



Hameau de la Reine, Versailles, France, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.




Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe, Canon PowerShot SX10IS.



Arc de Triomphe at Night, 3 jpeg HDR with a Canon PowerShot SX10IS.

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