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Old Feb 6, 2004, 7:58 PM   #11
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Urbanphotos, I've been recording and playing music for many years so I understand and appreciate your analogy. You can't play a high end lick with a broken E string.

On the other hand, and as you point out somewhat, I've heard pure waste come from excellent recording facilities and heavenly music from a 4 track reel-to-reel TEAC.

As you say, the tool in the hands of a master will make the master more masterful, and the same tool in the hands of a dolt will insult the tool.
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Old Feb 6, 2004, 8:10 PM   #12
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There is no question that the quality of the tool is of the utmost importance in the final result but the pianist does not need to know why a grand piano of magnificent upkeep is capable of producing better sound than a dusty old upright.

However if the pianist knows the limitations of each tool then he/she can choose an appropriate piece to play on either and elicit the best out of each.

That is where I thought the original post was going. That a technical appreciation of the equipment has improved his passion and therefore results.
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Old Feb 7, 2004, 2:14 PM   #13
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Photography is a unique art form because it relies on a fair bit of technology (chemistry for the film, advanced mechanical engineering for the camera, plus optical science for the lens) just to get a image in the first place. Violins have been around for 300+ years I'm guessing, the most modern (non-electrical) instrument I can think of is the Saxophone and that's late 1800's I believe.

So unlike an artist using charcoal on paper or the writer with a laptop, the photographer has to understand how the technology works to a greater extent than other artists. The problem is that unlike other art forms where there's an appreciation of a better quality of instrument (grand piano vs. upright) in the hands of a talented player, cameras tend to bring out the techno geek. There are lots of people who want the most megapixels or biggest zoom yet won't take a picture that is anything more than a snapshot.

In some instances a talented photographer will need all the bell's and whistles, for wildlife faster AF and a deeper buffer come to mind. But a good photographer can get wonderful shots from a view camera - and that's essentially 100 year old technology.

The other problem is that we sometimes get caught up in the minutia of tech specs and ignore the usuability/ergonomics of camera. A 1Ds is undoubtably a technically better camera than my G2 - but try carrying it in a suit jacket pocket at a wedding. Right tool for the right job.

My opinion is that for an advanced amateur or pro; at most the technology of a camera limits what a talented photographer can do. In some cases a new technology pushes back these frontiers but that more evolutionary not revolutionary.

For a beginner - it's the opposite. Put the camera in the green box mode, point and shoot. Most of the time you'll get a good picture. In this case the technology is handling the technical stuff and the user is able to compose the shot without having to think about f-stops. The best shot of my son was taken by my wife using my G2 in 'green box' mode. She's the least technical person I know.

The nice thing about today's cameras is that they let you work in either full manual or full automatic mode and everything in between.
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Old Feb 7, 2004, 4:59 PM   #14
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The sky is blue because of the refractive index of the earth's atmosph... ahem, yes - it's pretty isn't it?
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In Colorado the sky is absolutely beautiful. You know we have more sun days than any other state in the union. Now we can have all four seasons in a single day but that is beside the point. :lol:
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