Sunday, February 7, 2010

Little bit of a brag!

A tad late because whatever 2010 calendars that remain on the bookshop shelves are only the less than desirable ones and even those at a huge discount! However, in lieu of another blog topic, I would like to report to my discerning audience that I won the cover slot on the 2010 MyFourThirds calendar with my image "Floral Divide"! (affectionately referred to by members as MFT), is a website dedicated to the community of users of Four Thirds photographic equipment; which at this point in time encompasses Olympus and Panasonic cameras. As it's an open standard format, more camera manufacturers may (hopefully) start using the system in the future. A big advantage is that the lenses and cameras are interchangeable across the 4/3rds platform. For example you can use Panasonic lenses on Olympus bodies and vice versa. As both companies make great lenses, Zuiko by Olympus and Leica by Panasonic, the mix and match opportunities are exciting. In case you are wondering what Four Thirds (or 4/3rds) is, well,  it is arguably the most ideal digital SLR system. By pursuing the optimum relationship between image sensor size and lens mount size, the Four Thirds system successfully combines higher image quality along with compactness compared to cameras based on the traditional 35mm film size (e.g. Canon, Nikon etc). When the Four Thirds system was designed, special care was taken to avoid the historic problems of the 35mm film format and achieve the optimum balance between high picture quality and compact size, i.e. design a digital system from scratch rather than making do with what had evolved over time for the traditional film camera. The 4/3-type image sensor that resulted from this quest is where the Four Thirds system gets its name.

For those wanting a bit more detail, the foundation for the high picture quality of the Four Thirds system is the lens mount, which is about twice the diameter of the image circle. This extra 'headroom' allows much more freedom in lens design and ensures sharp, clear imaging performance. Despite the compact size of both camera and lens, light still hits the image sensor directly, even on the periphery of the image. This straight light path has made possible a dramatic improvement in image quality. Well, that was all a bit technical and if you really want to read up on the Four Thirds system, check out this dedicated website by clicking  here.

While on the bragging streak, just to let you know, I also won two other MFT calendar slots in years gone by:
 for the 2009 calendar with my image titled "Dance Symmetry"
and for 2008 with a digital composite image I called "Defoliation"
In case you don't yet have a really nice 2010 calendar, the MyFourThirds one is still available for purchase. Click here for details

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