Saturday, January 8, 2011
Wreath Removal Houston National Cemetery
I wanted to be there for two reasons. First I had spent two days photographing the laying of the wreaths by Wreaths Across American and I wanted these photographs to complete the story. Secondly, I have been invited to photograph a clay pigeon shoot at the end of the month where the proceeds go to Homes for Veterans. I’m not much of an “events” photographer and I didn’t improve much today but I had an idea that I wanted to try out.
I concluded that if any of the photographs are used they are going to be below 8”x10” anyway and a 5mp capture on the D700 translates to around (without cropping) a 6”x9” image. I seriously doubt that any of the photographs would need to exceed that because most would be used on the Web where there is no problem at all with 5mp or in pamphlets where the photographs would be printed very small. So my thinking is, “Why not?” I wanted to give this a try at the wreath cleanup. I doubt that any of these photographs would ever be used for anything and I would be able to give my theory a work out. I am posting this before I have seen more than a half dozen of the photographs but at this point I would say the plan is viable.
BTW: For the purists in the crowd, these were shot on full automatic. Yes, automatic focus and and the dasterdly Program Mode. They are both SOOC except for lightening the woman's face on the top photo. Sure, I could have shot on Manual, wasted all the technology of the camera, and probably got the same thing, but why? Could someone explain why other than ego inflation? If there's anything I don't need it is ego inflation, would just soar away faster than a weather balloon.