Digital images

I can’t resist telling you about a website I visit every day, Digital Photography Review, http://www.dpreview.com. It’s a UK site and very geeky – strictly for camera addicts like me, but when they review a camera or lens, they post sample pictures they’ve shot with it. This, to me, is fantastic, because they make the full sized originals available for download and they look much better on a good LCD monitor than they ever did printed on magazine pages.

What kicked me off on this is the sequence provided for their review of the Canon iXUS 990 IS published a few days ago. This is a small pocket/handbag, point and shoot, happy snapper in pink or champagne colour or whatever, which you can buy here for about $550 just about anywhere, less on the web.

But the pictures it produces! They usually shoot images around London which are great, but this time they took it to Denmark, Copenhagen I assume, and the images just made my jaw drop.

Take a look for yourself if you’re interested. Start here: http://www.dpreview.com/gallery/canonsd970is_samples/

Click the tiny images along the top row to select, and if you have a fast internet feed (I think everyone has a fast internet feed except me!) you can download and see the images full size, straight from the camera by clicking on the file name below the large image. The full sizes are 4 to 5MB.

I enjoyed these images so much that I downloaded nearly all of them, and remember, these are as-shot, not retouched or massaged. I wish I could post one or two here, but they are copyright and I’d need to get permission. I’m sure it would be given, but…

Which leads me to say, please don’t use any of my pictures that I show on this blog for any purpose other than looking and enjoying. Feel free to print them, but if you want a proper print sized file, please ask me. Thanks.

Anyway, I just feel that the images from digital camers are now so pleasing that it’s brought a whole new level of enjoyment to photography. It’s hard to go wrong in the technical side of making photos now, and I’ve heard that Auto-Creative modes are just around the corner 😉 There’ll be a Cartier-Bresson mode that will click the shutter for you at the decisive moment; a Helmut Newton mode that will make gorgeous women take their clothes off and pose as soon as you bring the camera out; a Spielberg mode that will make a two hour wide screen movie with special effects at your next kids’ party; a Lord Litchfield mode for next time you visit Buckingham Palace (or the Swedish Prime Minister), and so on.

The only problem is, I’d be too embarrassed to be seen taking photos with the camera above.

Cheers,
Pete

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