Monday, February 2, 2009

Scoping the Ruins

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The Fuji FinePix S5600 has a dual zoom function, an optical zoom plus a digital zoom that creates a second range at the penalty of gradually degrading image quality (it pixelises). The zooms are pretty powerful, 12x in each range, so finding a subject far enough away to really do justice to the available power can be a bear. This was a zoom test when the subject matter appeared -- it was late November 2006 and I was standing in the forecourt of Pannet Park Museum, Whitby, North Yorkshire on an overcast, soft evening (my batteries were about to give out in a few more frames, another nuisance!) I scoped in on the ruined Abbey on the East Cliff, right across the harbour and valley of the River Esk, the distance would have to be a straight line of 1000 yards or more. This was maximum optical zoom, retaining full resolution. The image has been cropped to drop out a pesky flagpole and an exra rooftop, and sharpened a little, but otherwise this was very much how it looked through the lens. Exposure was fully automatic. Image by Mike.

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