Tumbo and Torshälla

It’s taken a long time, but they are up now! Two new albums of images taken with my new (sort of) Dynax 7D camera. And they’re fabulous! Well, some of them are not bad, if I do say so myself. What impresses me most isn’t necessarily what I did, but what the camera and lens did. There’s just a quality there that I never had from my previous digital cameras, making it worth the extra trouble - and it is a lot of trouble after all, hauling heavy equipment around.

I talked at length about the camera in a previous blog, mentioning what a difference the larger image sensor makes compared to my other cameras. Everyone talks about those megapixels; well, folks, remember when you look at these pictures that they were all taken with a 6 MP camera. Not 12, not 16, not 20, not - oh my gosh - 42 MP. Six.

And how big is a High Definition TV screen? 2 MP, actually. No, quality is obviously about a lot more than pixel size. And I have no doubt that cameras made ten years later than mine are terrific in all sorts of ways, I just get a kick out of those numbers, is all. Also, processing and storing those large RAW files is a pain by comparison. I am a Minolta fan for many reasons, and extremely pleased with what I can do with the 7D. Would I like to have a top-of-the-line full-frame sensor camera? You bet. But do I need one? I doubt it. (And seeing the prices on them, it’s obvious they aren’t intended for amateurs.)

The two new photo albums I put up today are of Tumbo Church, and of Torshälla Old Town, which also has a church. Perhaps I am fond of these pictures because so much work went into them, but I like to think some have artistic merit too. And the old Swedish churches are so beautiful anyway.

The town of Torshälla is about to begin celebrating its 700th year, making it especially fitting to show off these pictures. It’s a lovely town with a pleasant air. Two weeks after that visit I took a trip to Strängnäs (which has a cathedral!), although I wasn’t able to bring my professional photo equipment with me there. But that’s a story for another blog!