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Great batalay 2010-05-08 17:27

Hi Dan,

It's a gorgeous shot from Samarkand. Although I've seen a number of detail shots before, the panoramic shot is much more impressive. But I think a camera and the human eye don't function exactly the same way. Certainly, charge-coupled-devices (ccds) are far more sensitive than the eye could ever be, they cannot replicate the eye for the latitude of light perception in given scene. I'm going to offer a ws. I hope you don't mind, but I would like to think that you saw it slightly differently.

Warm regards,


Old 05-09-2010, 01:38 AM
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Hi, Bulent -

There is no question that the eye sees things differently, and in many ways more efficiently. As I recall, film has a range of about 4 orders of magnitude (in terms of light capture), and digital has about 5, whereas the eye can see 15 orders of magnitude.

As for your WS, thanks for the effort; the photo really should have been cleaned up more and I was a bit careless there; I'd prepared it a long time ago and didn't inspect it closely before posting it. However, my recollection (from almost 2 years ago) is that the scene was closer to the dark and dramatic lighting that I posted; it was very late in the day and the sun was low and strong. I could be mixing it up with the next morning, when I went there again just at sunrise (7 AM).

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