Our digital cameras are awfully good

September 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

For the first time in about a year, I've been able to print one of my images on my Epson P800.

For those interested, the reason for the printing hiatus is that about a year ago, my iMac suddenly refused to allow the Epson drivers to install. (Of course Apple blamed Epson and Epson blamed Apple.) In the end, I took my metaphorical life in my hands, re-formatted my hard drive, re-installed MacOS, recovered my documents from Apple's Time Machine and then downloaded and installed my apps. I could then install the Epson driver and print an image my wife wanted framed.

And no, I have no idea what the problem was.

The image in question was made in our yard and it's of a Brown Honeyeater sitting in a hakea shrub.

Brown Honeyeater in hakea, Perth, Western AustraliaBrown Honeyeater in hakea, Perth, Western Australia

The print is close to A2 size. It was only as I put it in the photo frame that I realised that the bird is larger than life size.

To illustrate, I clipped a leaf from the hakea and lay it on the print. Then I photographed it (very badly) and circled the actual leaf in red:

Closeup of bird photograph showing actual leafCloseup of bird photograph showing actual leaf

 

You can see that the printed leaf is about twice the area of the actual leaf. What you can't see is how good the image is. Were you here, you could get up close and see the detail of the bird's feathers. Yet even that close, you won't see noise!

Hard crop of Honeyeater image

Amazing technology, we have these days.

For those interested, the image was made with a Nikon D850 with the Nikon 200 - 500 at 500mm, f/8 at 1/500 sec and ISO 1100. Processing was done in Capture One Pro.

Good shooting - and stay safe.

Shane Baker

 

 


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