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I was recently going through my files from 2006 and reworking some of the better photographs. Doing so brought to mind a statement that Jim Borden made in a recent post about the quality of a photograph not being all about megapixels. He was talking about noise in that particular instance, but it still made me think about just how good images from the old Canon 10-D could be when the light was right and everything else came together. It was only 6.3 megapixels and had severe noise problems in low light, but I held on to it for more years than I should have because of the expense of buying video equipment. Both the 20-D and 30-D were much better at handling nose, but I passed them by and didn't upgrade until the 40-D came out in the fall of 2007. The following summer the 40-D malfunctioned at the peak of the fawn photography season, and I bought a refurbished 30-D to fill the gap and I used it and the 40-D about equally until the 7-D came out. The bottom line: however, was that I forgot just how good the 10-D actually was until I started through the 2006 photographs and redone some of them in CS5. I am not quite sure whether it is because earlier versions of Photoshop did not produce as good results as CS5 does or if the main difference is that I understand Photoshop better--it likely is a combination of the two. One cannot crop the images as severely as the higher megapixel cameras without the image falling apart, and perhaps printing large enlargements would show a significant difference, but it was a good camera for it's day and it did not have the focusing issues that the 7-D can have under certain situations.
Here is another Shenandoah buck from the same day. This is not the largest buck I have seen in the park, but he was very impressive. I don't think the photograph is as good as the first one, because of the right side of the face being shadowed.
|An Outstanding Shenandoah Buck|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.