FocusOz

Photography with a Focus on Australian Images

The photographic work of James Palmer

 

About James

Why the domain name?

Focus, while a photographic term, as a noun suggests "the centre of interest or activity." Australia when referred to informally with its first three letters is Aus, which when pronounced sounds like Oz, resulting in Australia's informal nickname. So, photography with a focus on Australian images is my interest.

James Palmer: Focus Oz

Having grown up in country Queensland surrounded by the spectacular outback James quickly grew to love the great outdoors and even now while living in Perth regularly goes bush to find new and exciting objects for his photography.

The Photography

The evolution of the smartphone sees these devices now producing some excellant quality images.

The argument about which is the better device, those produced by Apple or those designed to run Android matter little, as each year sees the release of technologies that significantly improve the results and quality of the output of either, e.g. dual-lens cameras.

Coupled with this, software now available for free on either device allows for significant enhancement of the generated digital image.

Above all, as technology has increased, almost any branded device now produces an image of far greater size than the screen has pixels to display, e.g. 24 megapixels images are not uncommon. When an image of such resolution is displayed on a very small screen of say 1920x1080 pixels, the detail is amazing. Therein ends the argument - most take photos on a smartphone and display them on a smartphone. So pleasing is the the quality that many see the smartphone as the camera of choice, even for overseas travel.

Having outlined the foregoing, I have seen few if any Africa game park shots taken on smartphone you would get excited about! When the photographer starts to explain what the photo subject was, the viewer can lose interest. Why?

Two reasons come to mind:-

(a) From experience I know that a 24 megapixel image from a smartphone displayed side by side with a 24 megapixel image from a full frame DSLR camera on a large computer monitor, simply does not measure up in quality. Why? I don't profess to be an expert in these matters. . . but I can read the same internet articles as anyone else. Pixel size matters. The sensor size in a smartphone is so small compared to a full frame DSLR. For the present, the quality dropoff is noticable, although it obviously records the same number of pixels.

(b) A DSLR style camera has interchangable lenses that provide the photographer with additional choices in terms of the type of photograph comtemplated, e.g. wide angle for landscape, telephoto for wildlife shots.

Time will bring changes, both with smartphones and with DSLR cameras. Quality will improve for both.

The point of the above, how you plan to use your images and the style of photography you persue (if lens choice assists in that goal) will direct equipment choices.

My Cameras

For me, my current choice is a Nikon DSLR system. The camera body is a D610. Price was a driver originally, but also what I was doing with the images. For me, displaying them on a large monitor or with a projector was it. Opting to sell images may alter my choice as sensor resolution increases. Up until the D810 and the D850, the DXO site suggested the D610 had not lost much ground other than to the Pro level D4 and D5. To my eye, the image quality is very satisfactory.

Lenses to compliment the camera are as follows:

•  14mm, f2.8 Samyang lens

•  16mm Nikon Fisheye

•  24mm Nikon lens

•  50mm Nikon lens

•  85mm f1.8 Nikon lens

•  100mm Nikon Micro lens

•  70-300mm Nikon zoom lens

•  200-500mm Nikon zoom lens

With Nikon, the lens will fit a newer camera should I wish to upgrade later.

My previous camera, which I still use regularly is the original Olympus E-PL1 micro four-thirds body with Olympus 14-42mm lens and Lumix 20mm lens.