I had a chance to play with my friend David’s Canon 5D Mark II for an hour at his house. It has been a few years old, but still works like new. It has the 24-105mm f/4 L macro lens mounted at front. Image quality is fantastic. At ISO 800, I can’t find any noise at all, even viewing the images at 100% crop. Since I was just taking a few test shots, I didn’t shoot in raw and process them later, but straightly in jpeg with monochrome mode and upload with no processing. The images are quite clean.
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Before the year ended, I took a walk on this short trail behind a friend’s house. I like the monochrome side of the nature. Color, sometimes, is just too distractive, like the world we’re living in. Simplicity is better than complexity. One wonders why Chanel has been so successful for almost a century.
It’s true that black & white images don’t always work in every situation, for example, pictures of beautiful fall colors. But for many others, human portraits, nature landscapes, it’s golden. Ever since I looked at my friend Jacque Oule’s works – his Facebook page may not show much but he’s a true artist, I fell in love with the way B&W presents the world, the life. I can’t tell exactly why or what makes me feel that way. Maybe because I’m just an amateur and haven’t fully grasped the concept.
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(… Continues from previous post.) At first, as I tended to try out all its features and use it to its full capability, I had to search on Internet and download the manual – yes, it’s still available after twenty-some years thanks to the enthusiasts. After figured out what each button does, I took it out for shooting and the fun began.
As there is no instant feedback – LCD screen – on film cameras, and I didn’t want to waste films either even thought they are now inexpensive to purchase and develop, I tried to make the best of each shot, imagining what the image should look like, framed carefully, adjusted exposure to my best guess and focused precisely. But it’s extremely difficult to do all that outdoor on a day at -5°C. It’s even worse when there were wind gusts.
Now that I’ve finished one exam, I can take a small break to get back into my hobby – photography.
A few months ago still in the winter, by chance, my cousin mentioned and showed me he still owned, although had not much used any more, an old film camera. It happens to be a Nikon as well – the N2000. I couldn’t refuse the temptation and played with it for a couple of weeks.
I used to have a compact Olympus μ[mju:] (http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Olympus_µ), a gift from my father that I used till 2003. It’s a palm-sized point-and-shoot camera with only few features. When I hold this 35mm full frame Nikon N2000 in my hands, knowing and appreciating it’s capabilities, there are so much joy and excitement. (My D5000 DSLR is not a full frame model. Simply put, full frame means better sensors in the camera body which in turn yield much better performance. Comparatively, the sensor in D5000 is 1.5 times smaller; the Canon Rebel series are 1.6 times smaller. Today, digital full frame SLRs cost at least $2,400 USD before putting on a lens.)
If you notice I haven’t posted much lately, that’s because I have to study for some certification exams, and the first one is coming up in April. Work in the day and study in the evening. Whoever has done this before knows how hard it is. Since photography and blogs are just my hobbies and I don’t make any money off them, they will have to go down to a lower priority.
Austria only has a few direct international flights for us to fly home – we don’t like connection flights. (We almost missed the regional flight from Munich to Vienna at the beginning of this trip.) However, it’s more flexible at Munich. Plus, it gave us a chance to re-visit and took a better look of the city, and, at the previous time I didn’t have a good camera ;-).
Our Austria tour didn’t end in Austria. Crossed the north border, we wanted to see more of Alps in Bavaria, southern part of Germany. The Zugspitze, at 2,960m (9.709 ft) above sea level, is the tallest mountain peak in Germany. At the summit, one can have a panoramic view of both Bavarian (Germany) and Tyrolean (Austrian) Alps. At the back of Partenkirchen railway station, we took the cog railway train, travelled to a higher altitude plateau, Zugspitzplatt, then connected to a cable car which took us to the top of Zugspitze.