Perhaps an odd observation, but in the spirit of reverse engineering and just for fun, I looked at the metadata of the 18 images I finally used in my new Sketches PDF, Fog in the Hills and Aits, to see if there were any important patterns in the equipment that worked. Note that these images were selected for the project "blind," — that is without looking at any of the following EXIF data beforehand. I chose the images because they worked aesthetically and were the best images I had for this project. With offhanded curiosity, I looked at the metadata only after the project was complete.
- 3 were shot with a Fuji S7000
- 7 were shot with a Sony R1
- 6 were shot with a Panasonic G1
- 2 were shot with a Panasonic G2
- The 7 Sony camera and the 3 Fuji camera images were shot using the non-interchangeable stock lens
- On the Panasonic cameras, 1 was shot with the 7-14mm Lumix G Vario
- 1 was shot with the 14-45mm Lumix G Vario
- 6 were shot with the 45-200 Lumix G Vario
- 8 were shot at ISO 100
- 7 were shot at ISO160
- 3 were shot at ISO 200
- 3 were shot at f/3
- 2 were shot at f/4.5
- 1 was shot at f/5.6
- 8 were shot at f/6.3
- 3 were shot at f/7.1
- 1 was shot at f/8
What conclusions did I draw from this EXIF data?
- Image content trumps equipment every time.
- There is no "best" camera, lens, or aperture.
- If the image works, the technology is an unimportant afterthought.
- In the finished project, how you got there is immaterial.
Oh, and one other thing. Without referring to the EXIF date in the digital files, there is no way I could match any of this information with any of the pictures — and I'd bet big money you couldn't either.
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