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Generally, as a long time fan of Ansel Adams, I tend to steer clear of landscape photography, as I often find that the detail I would like to maintain in a given shot just isn’t possible with the equipment I own. As compact digital cameras go I do think the Canon G5 is great, but it simply doesn’t have the resolution for the type of landscape work I would like to do.

All that said though, I do think this shot works – it was shot into the sun and the gentle diffusion masks any flaws in the cameras ability to resolve this sort of subject matter. It isn’t as sharp as I would like, but it does capture something of the gentle evening light at this time of year.

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4.32pm on 11/4/04
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comment by Sunny at 05:26 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2004

Great shot! It's amazing what you can do with the G5.

comment by Mark Howells at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2004

I don't want to blow my own trumpet, but take a look at this photograph [link], which I took a little while back with a 3MP digital camera. Several site visitors have compared it to Adams' work (whether that's because of the mountains or not, has yet to be seen).

The trick I use is to find a fairly static subject, when the weather isn't changing from minute to minute. Put the camera on a tripod, set it to manual, then make a number of images and stitch them together post-shooting. If you're quick enough and use a zoom lens - to emulate the end result of a standard lens when the images are stitched together - you should end up with some crunchily sharp shots. The one I've linked to was made up of sixteen three megapixel images and the print version is sharp enough to peel potatoes with.

comment by Mark Howells at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2004

Sorry, forgot a second link which may help: "Breaking the Gigapixel barrier".

comment by Matt at 11:07 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2004

I think this photo is very cool, soft and dreamy. I could easily see this hanging in a gallery or in a book on photography. This is one of my favorites!

comment by E. M. at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 13 April, 2004

Terrific image...I like how those trees in the upper right appear to be floating and not rooted to anything. I also think the sepia enhances the photo beautifully.

comment by myla at 04:28 AM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

Oooh, pretty!

comment by Jinky at 11:13 AM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

Oooo, its dreamy. Love the added effect. I think its great. =) And *nudges you* well done on your photoblog.org crawl toward the top. Ive not been taking much notice, and took a look today and WOWZERS!! =) Well deserved you!

comment by emerald at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

I find this photo almost unreal, it has an almostly ghostly look about it. It looks like it has sprung straight out of a storybook

comment by djn1 at 11:53 AM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

Thanks everyone.

Mark: I hadn't thought of trying that, and your images are certainly very sharp. I'll give it a try when I've got a bit of time.

Jinky: thanks.

comment by andy at 02:28 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

can you please tell me what "optical filter B+W UV 010" means?

Great inspiring photos I wish I could do this too.

comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 08:19 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

I like this one. Nice glow/contrast, and fog. Wow.

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comment by jane at 12:25 AM (GMT) on 15 April, 2004

I'm with Emerald on this one....very magical and fairy tale like. I think you should give landscapes a chance - you certainly made a beautiful go of this one!!! Looks like an ancient mystical land - a departure from your realism shots.More please!!

comment by milo at 12:56 AM (GMT) on 17 April, 2004

fabulous, the sepia tone and diffusion work excellent on this photo to give it the mood it has.

comment by Kim at 06:21 AM (GMT) on 17 April, 2004

really beautiful.. colors are perfect.

comment by Beth at 04:58 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2004

I'm a bit late commenting, but I had to say, this shot is beautiful. I actually gasped when I saw it. I love the softenss of it. Really lovely.