When I was on the top of Mount Bonnell, I came upon this scene, which reminded me of photographer Lauren Greenfield. She is famous for photographing the affluent and their lifestyles. What we have here appears to be a privileged life with six guys drinking beer overlooking some of the finest houses in Austin.
I had my Fujifilm GFX 50R ready to go and made two pictures. My first photo, better framed than this one, focused on the water. My single autofocus point, which I use on every camera, must have focused in between the people. My second try focused better, but my shutter speed had fallen unknowingly to 1/45 of a second, which is a bit slow to handhold for this camera setup.
I could say the camera failed me. But, in reality, I failed the camera. More precisely picking the focus point, which I generally do, could’ve been even more deliberate. Years of using in-body image-stabilized Olympus cameras have made me sloppier, at times, when it comes to shutter speed.
The Fuji GFX 50R, with its 51MP sensor, is capable of creating incredible images with unparalleled details. But, use it with imperfection, and the image degrades. Ironically, the higher resolution highlights more of the image’s weaknesses. This picture is acceptable at this small web size. But, click on it on a computer to see the larger version, and you’ll notice the diminished quality.
Mistakes can be good. And, using the GFX 50R is training for me to remain vigilant about proper photographic techniques.
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