Cropping

From stitching big to cropping small: Where the images in the panoramas of my previous post featured a multitude of the  MP (Megapixels) found in normal dslr images, today’s image, a female Costa’s Hummingbird, only has a fraction of my D300’s 12.3 MP:

To crop or not to crop
This image is a 22% crop, which means that it’s only 2.7MP. As you can see, even such a significant crop still produces an image that’s usable for web purposes. Some photographers try to convince others that cropping is bad. They think that you should just frame the image right from the start. While I agree that it would be ideal to do so, often it’s not only difficult, but simply impossible. Continue reading

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Nikon D4, specs and thoughts

While recovering from a jet lag (i.e.not sleeping when I should) I’ve been writing a bit more on the Nikon pro body, the D4. The rumours about this camera have quickly been replaced by previews and quick reviews by those lucky enough to hold it at one of Nikon’s press releases and those even luckier by getting some pre-release  hands-on time.

Specifications
Since the D4 won’t be shipped until end of February  and we probably have to wait a bit longer for more thorough in-depth reviews, I’ll move on to what we have, the specs. Just remember: Although specs give a good indication of potential (lack of) quality, in the end it’s only the actual output that matters.
First off, the new Nikon D4 is not a revolutionary new model, nor was it expected to be. So, what are the differences and improvements compared to the venerable D3s? Continue reading

Nikon adds D4 to line-up

I just checked nikon.com and found that the D4 (the long awaited new professional body) has already been added to the line-up.

Nikon pros and enthusiasts have been eager to hear about the successors to the D3s and D700 for a while now, with natural disasters at Nikon plants causing delays. So Nikon is starting the year big. I’m curious to see what else they have in stock for us in 2012.

The official press release is coming soon. I’ll try to add another update before my holiday comes to an end. Once I’m over the jet lag I’ll finish a few posts that I’ve had in the works before our holiday.