This isn’t at all what I had planned on posting today. We shot a series of photos back in August/early September that I had planned on releasing today but I am still not done with all the editing. This is a pretty time-intensive project and very little margin for error. Somethings are best not rushed so we’re waiting a week or two. Please accept my apologies for that.
I didn’t want to let another Sunday pass without posting something though, so I went back and picked up some images from the early days of digital photography. This was back in 2003-2005 when it was still a challenge to convince some people that digital photography was viable. A lot of people looked at me like I was crazy back then. Most magazines wouldn’t even look at digital submissions. The cameras produced images that were a whopping three and five megapixels deep and cropping was something one wanted to avoid at all cost.
Most of the pictures we took back then have been lost for various reasons and even among those I still have there are several I wouldn’t share publicly. The noise content was much too high. Low-light sensitivity was practically non-existent. Managing contrast was difficult. We tried a lot of different “tricks” and the majority of them didn’t work well.
Still, there are a few from back then that I don’t mind sharing. I actually have a couple hanging on my living room wall. Learning to shoot digitally wasn’t completely like starting all over but there was a serious learning curve and the quality of the pictures is a testament to that.
The announcement this past week that Sony is releasing its new a7RIII in November has me drooling at the advanced features and very anxious to get my hands one (If anyone at Sony is watching, I’ll happily take a demo). When I do, though, there’s going to be another learning curve. Bruce Dorn was right, video is where the future of photography lies and as much as I’ve balked at it the time has probably come to jump in and start learning. That means there’s going to be another round of images that, ten years from now, make me shudder a bit. Everything is cyclical.
For today, here’s a selection of older images. If you’ve been around a while you might have seen some of them. As always, click on a thumbnail to view the full-size gallery. Enjoy.