I thought I’d share a few images from a quick photoshoot from the other day. The subject is a seed cone of a still young (about 4 years old) bald cypress tree that I grew from seed in a pot that’s presently sitting in my front yard.
See if you can guess which of these three cameras took which picture. All three were digital cameras – Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Only very minor post-production was used (no Photoshop or anything like that). The available daylight changed as the afternoon wore on so they’ll be slight differences in the quality of the lighting. There’s a wide range, and I mean a wide range in the number of megapixels of the camera’s sensors from 7.2MP to 30.3MP. Give it a go.
Did you guess?
OK, image number 1 was taken using a Nikon Coolpix P90 12.1MP bridge camera with a CCD sensor (1/2.33″) and a 24x optical Nikkor zoom lens. ISO 64, f3.2 at a full wide angle (4.6mm) using the macro mode. I think the capture is colorful and sharp and it holds up well zoomed in on a crop. Released in 2009.
Number 2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 7.2MP digicam with a Super HAD CCD sensor (1/1.8″) and a 3x optical Carl Zeiss zoom lens. ISO 100, f2.8 at 7.9mm in macro mode. The level of detail is amazing and the edition of the colors is very pleasing. It holds up very well zoomed in on a crop. Released in 2005.
Number 3. Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera with a CMOS sensor at 30.3MP. The lens was a Canon RF 70-200mm f4L IS USM zoom lens. ISO 250, f4.5 at 200mm. I think I may have missed the best focus by shooting at f4.5 handheld at 200mm since when zoomed in on a crop the cone loses some of its sharpness especially compared to the other images. Released in late 2018.
My pick for the best shot is image number 2. It’s the most pleasing composition in my opinion. Overall the Sony handled the subject the best and was actually the easiest to shoot with.
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