Western Residential Sector

Western Residential Sector - Austin, Texas

Western Residential Sector – Austin, Texas

In today’s post, we have a view over the pedestrian bridge to a high-rise residential sector of downtown Austin. I break no new visual ground here. I’ve shot this angle numerous times. Through looking through my past blog posts, I only found one other post with similar framing. That picture was from 7 years ago, and you’ll notice a few new towers added to the skyline.

The significant point of the post is how I made today’s photograph and the quality that I produced nearly effortlessly. Let’s start with that 2015 blog post. Those photographs were made with one of the smallest mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the Pentax Q7. I used all the proper techniques to create the best possible picture, including a low ISO, HDR blending, and using on a tripod. You can tell that it pales in comparison to today’s image.

It’s truly an unfair comparison from a sensor perspective. The Pentax Q7 uses a 1/1.7″ variety. Today’s was made with a medium format camera with a sensor that is 33.5 times larger. However, it goes to show that sensor size and equipment do matter. Even at these small web sizes, the image quality difference is obvious.

This brings me to my new camera and lens that I hinted at yesterday. I’ve been using a Fujifilm GFX 50R for nearly two years. Last December, I traded that camera and upgraded it to a Fujifilm GFX 50S II and the new Fuji 35-70mm lens. While both cameras use the same sensor, there are significant advantages with the new setup, which I’ll discuss tomorrow.

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