The Road Home

The promise of finding the place of belonging.
Longing for the place of being.
Being is found in the hearts of others.
Achieved only in full transformation.
The release of self
Will reveal the full potential
Of self.

Ramona, CA

Recent photography in low light has really triggered some questions in my mind concerning old vs. new cameras. With my old Nikon D700, low light was handled very well. If I wanted to make a moody piece 2-3 stops under optimum exposure, there didn’t seem to be any problems. Now, with my mirrorless Sony and even my Z6, underexposed pieces suffer horribly with “noise.” Not regular noise, but huge blotchy non-fixable noise.
It may be time for some experimentation. I assume that the smaller sensor DSLR 700 system was just a better package. Unfortunately, I used the 700 so much that the sensor went south. Not sure if the 750 was better. We’ll see.
It is well known that Sony cameras require full exposure for video to turn out well. In LOG format, 1-2 stops hot is required to avoid the noise issues.
Is it a mirrorless thing?

Cameras Are Dumb

Looking to the sky
And seeing what I see
My heart wells up
The muses to please

I go grab my camera
And frame what I see
Release the shutter
And become so displeased

Finally! I made some time to get some moon frames and stuff.
I met a young fellow who was trying to make an image of the moon, handheld.
He was with his son and he was struggling. Eventually I offered some help, but by that time it was just too dark to make the piece without a tripod.
I did however introduce him to manual mode and graduated filters (for handheld work).
All of this reminds me of what I have believed since day one of “serious” photography making for me. Cameras are dumb, and the effort to make them right seems to be at the bottom of the list. They are nowhere near the amazingness of the human eye and we are strapped with fixing and manipulating the shortcomings of the ineptness of it all.
According to some reporting, the human eye can see some 21 stops of dynamic range. That is one of the reasons why we can look at the brightness value of a cloud, then look into shadow and see details in both. (The eye is also very fast in adjusting)
So in my mind, we can stop considering “more pixels” and start thinking about creating software/sensor systems that can SEE WHAT WE SEE.
Any camera company that could do that, would dominate for a few years…until the others catch up.


Case in point: The cover photo was exposed for the moon. The photo below was exposed for the stars (barley). Why don’t camera companies make the sensor/software systems see what we see? (Please no excuses, I know them already). Excuses do not solve problems.

That’s the moon.

Here is the fellow I met with his son. For handheld work, grad filters are a lot of fun.

Barnett Ranch Preserve, Ramona, CA

Sorry for the rant. I still love photography and all of its challenges.

Starting Line

It is morning
The sun,

There is coffee in my future
Sparks of promise
Run through my veins

There are many things to be sad about.
There are many things to be grateful for.
We live in an amazing age full of promise.
What shall we choose to see and direct our steps?