One Scene, Four Cameras

The following photographs were all taken at roughly the same location in the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Four different cameras ranging from what was once the flagship camera of the Nikon line, the D3s to the high resolution Nikon D800 and two mirrorless cameras: the Fuji X-Pro 1 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

You can click on an image for a larger photo. I can tell the differences between the cameras when pixel peeping but in terms of travel shots, well, there isn’t a real discernible difference in image quality. There are obvious differences in dynamic range as well as the variances in lighting and composition.

I’ll post the camera types for each image tomorrow.

Animal Kingdom 2010

Animal Kingdom 2012

Animal Kingdom 2013

Animal Kingdom 2014

Size Matters Not

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Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship. — Yoda

I’ve posted a lot of shots without referencing what camera they came from. People weren’t saying “oh, that must have been from one of those small cameras you’ve been using” or “that must be from your high-end DSLR.” In the end, cameras are just tools. You learn how to optimize your use of the tool and you go out and create. — Thom Hogan

I have shot Walt Disney World with a number of cameras including: a Nikon D3s, a Nikon D800, a Fuji X-Pro 1 and, most recently, an Olympus OM-D E-M1.

Last night, I started a collection in Lightroom with a set of similar shots taken with these different cameras. And candidly, outside of the expected variations in lighting and composition, there was nothing obvious in any of the images that would suggest the high-end Nikons significantly outperformed the mirrorless cameras.

I will post a few of the images tomorrow. There are certainly situations where I would prefer one camera over another — high-speed sports photography for example — but for most applications, there is very little noticeable compromise in image quality.

I thoroughly enjoyed using the Olympus camera in my travel photography. A lightweight and robust little camera. I think it captured some great images.

Substance Over Status

0 and 1 sign

I am attending a conference and Peter Thiel was one of the featured speakers. Peter is one of the top global 100 investors. He co-founded PayPal and he was one of the early investors of Facebook.

He offered a few zingers. When asked about technology trends like cloud and big data, he responded this way:

My bet is always on things that are fact specific, not on buzzwords… as an investor, I am always skeptical of anything that can be described as a trend… I am super skeptical of cloud and Big Data.

He dismissed companies like IBM saying that IBM is a bet that we will keep buying the same kludgy technology from the 70s.

Thiel looks for companies and technologies that deliver an order of magnitude improvement in their market. And he is drawn to companies that hold the promise of establishing a new monopoly.

We live in a financial and capitalist age. We do not live in a science and technology age. We live in an age when people generally dislike science and technology.

He urged people to choose substance over status. And to live today as if you were going to live forever.

I received a copy of his book Zero to One. It is a fairly quick read and definitely thought provoking.

Most people believe competition is a healthy spur to productivity, but I think it’s mostly dangerous and distracting. In college I spent about half my time reading books; the other half I spent training to make Stanford’s varsity basketball team. Ultimately, I didn’t make it. I think I was probably good enough—but that’s precisely the point: I was unthinkingly competing with better players just so I could get better and compete with them at a higher level. I was never going to be as good as the top guys, and my time would have been better invested elsewhere, but the competitive dynamics acted as blinders.

Something like this is true in business today: on the margin, people pay too much attention to what direct competitors are doing instead of focusing on unique and ambitious plans.

The End Is Near

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I am at the Gartner Symposium this week. Sold out. Somewhere north of 8,000 attendees. It is a big event.

Lots of predictions about technology. They even quoted Jack Welch this morning:

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.

The end is near.

I worry when I hear technologists talk about the world ending.

I Get Mail

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New World On Its Way

The mastering work for the New World project finished on Monday. And the packages for CD duplication and Mastered For iTunes have also been delivered. Ball Media is doing the duplication of the physical media.

And so, after almost two years elapsed, we can finally close the project.

George Seara, one of the top audio engineers we have in Canada, mastered the project and he was kind enough to send me his feedback:

Wonderful work. Thoroughly enjoyed working on this one with you again!! Mixes were all well balanced and dynamic – a pleasure to work with!

When you live with a project for so long, it is hard at a certain point to create enough distance from the overall sound. That is one reason why I prefer to work with a top flight engineer to master a project. They can give the final product that extra lift to make it sound its best on a wide array of playback devices.

Final product comes out in a few weeks.

Genesis

I have migrated the blog over to Genesis. Genesis is a WordPress framework. Quite powerful. You can learn more about it here.

I have a basic child theme up right now until I have some time to work on a new design. What you are looking at from a design perspective is not so bad and at least I know that it supports the latest version of WordPress.