Friday, 25 February 2011

Weekly commented photo #8 - A high resolution view of Collobrieres village in Provence

Collobrieres village in Provence
Collobrieres village in Provence


So, this a view of Collobrières village in Provence. I lived there during 15 years.
The photo was done in march 2004 and is about 7 years old.

In 2004 i was mainly using a Nikon D100 for my landscape work but i've always loved smaller cameras for family images or holidays, etc. During the film era, i was really often using an Olypus XA2 with Velvia or Provia slide film. When time cames to digital i tried many compact cameras but was never really happy with their image quality. My favourites non DSLR cameras were the Dimage 7i and A1 from Minolta.

This view of Collobrières was done with the Dimage A1. It was a 5mpx bridge with a 28-200 f2.8 zoom. The sensor was smaller than the one of my DSLRs but really larger the the ones in compact cameras. The lens was a high quality one done by Minolta and i've to say that in many circumstances this camera gave me some amazing raw files.
Of course it was not the camera for low light images but for most common images it was a very good one. It was also compatible with the very good Minolta flash system and i often used it with a 5600 HSD flash with a real pleasure.

So, let come back to the photo :
I was at home and saw the beautiful light of this end of afternoon. My Nikon gears were at my office about 30km far. I grabed the A1 and a tripod, climbed the hill above the village, made a few single shots and as the light became better and better, i decided to make a stitched high resolution image.
It was something i often did in these old years because DSLRs cameras didn't had all the pixels they now have.

So, i took 11 images with the Dimage A1 and the zoom at its longer focal length.
I gave me 11 raw files that i processed with SilkyPix and stitched with PTGuiPro.
The resulting image weights about 20 mega pixels and when i look at the full resolution file i can't distinguish it from a file done with a HD DSLR.

2 comments :

Glenn said...

Great image, Patrick. Love how you put this together.

I used to have a Canon A95 5mp camera and, like your Minolta, was a great 5mp camera. Funny, in my film days I had Minolta SRT-201's.

Love the work you did with your Minolta. I can just imagine all the fun you had with it... :-)

annejutras said...

Un assemblage fort bien réussi Patrick. J'ai toujours aimé l'aspect rustique de ces petits villages, on ne retrouve pas ce genre d'image par ici.

Moi aussi à l'époque de l'argentique j'ai possédé une Minolta qui, d'ailleurs, m'a procuré de bien beaux souvenirs.

J'ai travaillé également avec un moyen format, une Bronica 6/45. Ouis, c'était le bon vieux temps... ;)

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