Photography with a Focus on Australian Images

The photographic work of James Palmer


About FocusOz

James Palmer

I grew up in country Queensland, surrounded by the spectacular outback scenery of the central highlands. I grew to love the great outdoors and even now while living in Perth regularly go bush to find new scenery to feature in my photography.

The Photography

The evolution of the smartphone sees these devices now producing some excellant quality images.

The argument about which is the better device, those produced by Apple or those designed to run Android matter little, as each year sees the release of new and better technologies that significantly improve the results and quality of the output of either, e.g. dual-lens and triple-lens cameras.

Coupled with this, software apps now available on either device allow for significant enhancement of the generated digital images.

Above all, as technology increases, almost any branded device now produces an image of far greater size than the device screen has pixels to display. When an image of such resolution is displayed on the small screen of a mobile device, the detail is amazing. Therein ends the argument - most take photos on a smartphone and display them on a smartphone. So pleasing is the the quality that many see the smartphone as the camera of choice, even for overseas travel.

Having outlined the foregoing, I have seen few if any African game park shots taken on smartphone you would get excited about! When the photographer needs to explain what the photo subject was, the viewer can lose interest. Why?

Two reasons come to mind:-

(a) I don't profess to be an expert in these matters. . . but pixel size matters. The sensor size in a smartphone is small when compared to a full frame DSLR. For the present, the quality dropoff is noticable on a large screen.

(b) A DSLR camera has interchangable lenses that provide the photographer with additional choices in terms of the type of photograph comtemplated, e.g. wide angle for landscape, telephoto for wildlife shots.

Time will bring inevitably bring change, both with smartphones and with DSLR cameras. Quality will improve for both.

The point of the above: how you plan to use your images and the style of photography you persue (i.e. if lens choice assists in that goal) will direct equipment choices.

My Cameras

My primary camera choice is the Nikon DSLR system. The camera body is a D610. Price was a driver originally, but also what I was doing with the images. For me, displaying them on a large monitor or with a projector was it. Opting to sell images may alter my choice as sensor resolution increases. To my eye, the image quality is satisfactory for the present.

Lenses to compliment the camera are as follows:

•  14mm, f2.8 Samyang lens

•  16mm Nikon Fisheye

•  24mm Nikon lens

•  50mm Nikon lens

•  85mm f1.8 Nikon lens

•  100mm Nikon Micro lens

•  70-300mm Nikon zoom lens

•  200-500mm Nikon zoom lens

With Nikon, the lens will fit a newer camera should I wish to upgrade later.

My previous camera, which I still use regularly is the original Olympus E-PL1 micro four-thirds body.

I also have the newer Pen-F camera body.

Lenses to compliment these cameras are:

•  SLR Magic 8mm lens

•  Olympus 14-42mm zoom lens

•  Lumix 20mm f1.7 lens

•  Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens

•  Nikon 50mm micro lens with adapter

•  Lumix 45-150mm zoom lens

•  Olympus 75-300mm zoom lens.

My smartphone camera is the Huawei P20 with a Leica f1.8 triple lens system.