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My photographic developments:

The how and the why:

For me photography started with my interest in nature. I started photographing at the age of 12. At this age I bought a smallfilm photocamera with a build in flash from an uncle of mine. It held a type of casette wich produced slidefilm in mini format (11 mm instead of the standard 35 mm slide). The results were nevertheless very good (take a look). Soon afterwards I bought myself a Praktika SLR camera with a 35 - 70 mm and a 80 - 200 mm zoom lens. After that another Praktika SLR with 28 - 210 mm zoom lens. At first I concentrated solely on landscape photography, particularly in the mountains (my second big interest). Lateron photography of plants and animals also caught my attention but it was only with the arrival af digital photography that this realy took shape in a more serious way (this of course due to the tremendous zoom and close-up capabilities).


Due to my interest in computers (my occupation is computer consultant) taking on digital photography at the end of 2001 was a fairly logical step as was setting out to create a website called WiJa Natuurfotografie which I developed and hosted together with my brother. The (many) advantages of digital photography (results are immediately visible, no development costs (as long as you don't want a hard copy), take as much pictures as you want, little storage space, as many copies as you like, your own digital developing environment)), as far as I'm concerned still can't compete with the higher dynamic range and the true colours of analogue photography but did make me decide to ambrace it and say farewell to analogue photography. The biggest disadvantages of digital photography as far as I'm concerned still are the depth of field which is less controllable compared to analogue photography (the depth of field is to large, although this has everything to do with the small ccd of my mulitzoom camera, modern day DSLR's do a far better job at it) and the low dynamic range (4 to 8 (8 being the maximum possible with the jpeg fileformat)) stops as aposed to 10 to 14 stops of slides and foto's). But this issue is being worked on as you can read in my article about HDR photography, nowadays
(2014) there are an increasing number of camera's capable of increasing the dynamic range through their software so you don't have to do this afterwards in the digital darkroom and ofcourse RAW photographs have a broader dynamic range anyhow. Nowadays (at the beginning of 2021) the quality and sharpness are of no concern anymore. In certain photographic conditions however the accuracy of the colours is still something that needs working on, but on the whole the colours are pretty good and can also be changed in camera (white balance) (stating this I only take into account the more professional camera's like DSLR's). Ultrazooms still suffer from noise (and/or noise reduction) levels and purple fringing is still a problem with some camera brands. Conclusion as far as these camera's are concerned is that they have to much pixels on a small sensor and to much zoom than is good for nois-, distorted-, and purple fringing free photographs. This goes even as far as being able to state that new models have higher noise levels and more purple fringing than their predecessors who have less pixels on the same size ccd and have a little less zoom.

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