- Posted August 11, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Paris - A Little Night Music - Micro Four Thirds
The landscape of photography is changing. I recently spent three weeks in Paris - one of the best photo studios in the world. I wanted to come home with something other than the ordinary photographs that have been taken over and over again.
I decided to put together a group of images taken only in low or night light without the use of a flash.
I needed my gear to be small and easy to carry on long days and took two Panasonic G5's with me. They were equipped with a 14-45 lens and a 14 - 150. In the world of four thirds camera, you multiply by a factor of two in order to get the standard equivelant.
I had a Kodak wide angle adaptor that screwed on the front of the smaller lens which got me down to about 22mm in wide angle.
I carried a Velbon Ultrek 43DL tripod which I consider the coolest tripod ever. For the places that wouldn't allow a tripod or where I didn't have time or space to set up, I carried an ergonomic bean bag sold by computer stores for wrist support. It's small, soft and can cram in between the camera and any hard surface for support.
I've shot with the big name equipment and carried around a wide variety of prime lenses. If you plan to enlarge photographs really large, then possibly that type of camera is necessary. But if you are like me, rarely printing over 20" on my longest side, then all of those extra pixels aren't really doing anything important for you.
More and more today I am seeing world class photographers shooting with non DSLRs. Trey Ratcliff wrote a wonderful article a year ago that addressed DSLRs as a dying breed. He touts the new 3rd generation cameras. He has a great comparison between a Nikon D800 and a Sony NEX7. He used the Sony on a three week trip to China and carried the Nikon as his back up. Yep, the Nikon was his backup.
Michael Reichmann of Luminious Landscape has been shooting exclusivey with a Fuji X-Pro1, after shooting exclusively for awhile with the NEX7. You have to go back awhile in his history to find him shooting with one of the really big guys. Unless he's doing one of his PODAS workshops.
I am presenting a slide show of some of my results. Many of these shots would not have been taken if I had been lugging around big equipment. The seredipity of the moment and ease of use of my equipment allowed be to be free flowing and adaptive in ways I have never experienced before
The attached video - still shots placed in a slide show using ProShow Gold - shows you my results. Judge for yourself.