Posts filed under "Photography"

December 25, 2012

Comparing Canon’s 1Dc 4K Pixel Resolution

It looks like the camera pixel wars are evolving into the video front. Canon’s new 1Dc is aimed at pro photographers who want the best of both worlds; the ability to shoot video large enough to pull still frames from.

This promotional video is pretty impressive in showing off the capabilities of the new Canon 1Dc, and I like how honest they are about the tradeoffs of pulling stills from compressed video, VS shooting raw:

We know we’re not shooting RAW. We may see RAW in the next generation of DSLRs, so it does mean you do need to have things pretty spot on like exposure, white balance in-camera.

As far as promotional videos go, it’s extremely well done. But I thought I’d do a simple visual comparison of how the resolution stacks up, compared with a selection of common devices that are known for their impressive resolution.

The takeaway is that 4K does seem like an alternative to shooting stills when you want to be sure you’re capturing everything. Sacrificing about half the pixel count of a 5D Mark II is a small price to pay for making sure you get the shot. Available for a paltry $11,999 at B&H.

Tip of the hat to Canon Rumors.

October 15, 2011

iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS Camera Comparison

As someone who’s stuck it out with an iPhone 3GS for the past two years, my upgrade to the iPhone 4S has me most excited about its improved camera.

Today I went around Long Island City and took some side-by-side shots with both the 4S and the 3GS, then shrunk both sets of images down to the same size. You can click each image to see the 3GS version because I am amazing at Javascript.

Overall the 4S photos are sharper, a little brighter, and seem to display more dynamic range across the board. There’s also better flare control, as you can see in the last photo. This is by no means a scientific or accurate comparison – just a little real-world example of what types of improvements we can expect with the 4S.

Click the photos to see the 3GS version. Seriously, why aren’t you clicking already?

September 8, 2009

Long Island City Fire

Long Island City is so hot right now.

August 23, 2009

City Slicker

Photos from a weekend in the Catskills, with a jaunt to the 123rd Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY.

June 13, 2009

All I wanna do is zooma zoom zoom zoom.

Let’s take a tour of what it might look like to peer through some of the world’s most powerful and expensive camera lenses, shall we?

To set a baseline, here’s a photo of Long Island City’s Citibank building taken with a regular ‘ol Canon 17-40mm zoom lens at 22mm. You can see the full photo on the top left, and a 100%, 1:1 zoom in the center of the screen. Click it to view it at actual size. Go on, click it.

22mm lens:

And here’s a shot with my most powerful zoom lens – a Canon 70-200mm 2.8L.

200mm lens:

Now the fun begins. Let’s see how much closer we can get by shooting through a 20-60x Nikon spotting scope.

40mm lens + spotting scope @ 20x (~800mm lens):

The photo above is pretty much as close as you’d get with an 800mm lens (although, obviously, the 800mm lens would have better image quality and the edges wouldn’t be completely darkened). Canon makes an 800mm lens and you can pick one up for a cool $11,000 at Adorama.

So let’s move on to 1200mm territory.

40mm lens + spotting scope @ 30x (~1200mm lens):

If you wanted to take the above photo without the black edges and degraded image quality, you could pick up Canon’s 1200mm, $120,000 lens from B&H. It’s the largest lens Canon makes and you can read more about it here.

Let’s get closer…

40mm lens + spotting scope @ 42.5x (~1700mm lens):

The photo above approximates the focal length of the world’s largest telephoto lens, made by Carl Zeiss. Badass.

100mm lens + spotting scope @ 20x (~2000mm lens):

Now we’re at 2000mm. Nikon made a 2000mm lens using mirrors a while back.

200mm lens + spotting scope @ 20x (~4000mm lens):

Somewhere between these two focal lengths is Canon’s insane 5200mm lens. You can read more about it here, here, and here.

100mm lens + spotting scope @ 60x (~6000mm lens):

To get any closer, someone once took Canon’s 1200mm lens and paired it with a 7.2x crop factor video camera to create a 8640mm focal length.

200mm lens + spotting scope @ 60x (~12000mm lens):

And there you have it – an example of how close you’d get with a 12000mm lens. Judging from the focal-length-to-price ratio of Canon’s 1200mm lens, getting a crystal clear full-frame shot of the Citibank building this close would run you $1,200,000. And that’s all I have to say about that.

June 5, 2009

Empire State Building Photo

I snapped this out of the back window of Snooth’s new offices in midtown. I highly recommend checking out the full resolution version.

In related news, our proximity to the Empire State Building is what made our (former) insurance company refuse to insure us. If you ask me, it sounds like the terrorists won.

March 21, 2009

Sanzone-Holloway Photos from M55 Art

For your viewing pleasure, here are some photos I took of artist Michael Sanzone‘s current exhibition at M55 Art in Long Island City. The exhibition features his wood sculptures, many of which were made during his two month artist’s residency at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland from whiskey barrels.

The highlight of the show is an installation called Boys and Girls – a collaboration with artist Earl Holloway consisting of 105 wood panels, each with a depiction of childhood.

If you’re in the New York City area you should check it out. It’ll knock you on your ass.

View more of this here.

March 6, 2009

Soho Photo

As seen in SoHo on my way to work two days ago.

As a bizarre complement to this photograph, the orange sticker in the window of the SUV was a remnant from a funeral procession, as you can see from this crop of another (ie, suckier) photo I took.

March 3, 2009

High Society, High ISO

I had a great time on Saturday night at Snooth’s Open That Bottle Night. I got to schmooze with some interesting people, drink some fancy-ass wine, and bust out the prime lenses. I had to underexpose and push the photos in Lightroom to get workable results, but I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. You can download some of my Lightroom presets below, then check out the rest of the gallery at Flickr. (Fellow photo geeks may want to cringe/marvel at some of the exposure values in the EXIF data…)

February 20, 2009

Shooting Wine

One of the benefits of using a tripod and a manual camera setting for photographing wine bottles (which I often do before one of Greg‘s blind tastings at Snooth) is that it makes processing all the photos a breeze. But I’ve also found an added benefit – it lets me make some pretty kick-ass (albeit useless) animated gifs.