I have done a lot of prints for clients over the past couple years, but it has been about that long since I bought a print to hang on my walls. This week, I received a big one. On a canvas that is 30″ wide and 45″ tall (the image below shows the print sitting in my office chair). A picture of a picture can’t ever do justice, but the original image can be seen in a recent post on my trip to Zermatt. And it came from a compact camera: the Panasonic GF-1. You may have seen or heard me raving about this camera before. I do love it. I can take it just about anywhere without needing a neck massage at the end of the day, its low light capability is amazing for a camera of its size (thanks to a very large sensor and a super fast lens), the images I got are nearly as good as what my DSLR could produce, and it has a great feel. But a very important final test for me was how it stood up to large printing. I couldn’t be more pleased.
We were pretty excited about this weekend on the mountain. Especially when we got upgraded to an awesome 2BR suite upon arrival Friday night. Of course we made some time to goof around in the suite between long days on the mountain. The snow was ok too, although there were a few runs in whiteout blizzard conditions (not caught on camera). On the drive back to Vancouver, we were lucky enough to catch an incredible sunset…just moments before our Avis rental car decided to stop running, stranding us for 2 hours. A great weekend overall. So glad I brought the lighting gear. And nobody is a more patient and willing subject than Serene. As you can see, she is always putting up with (and sometimes contributing to) all my crazy ideas and really makes the images better.
Serene, Emma, and I made the quick trip up to Boise to get in some time with family and on the mountain. Emma wasn’t interested in having her picture taken, but nobody else seemed to mind. I was especially excited about taking some shots up on the hill with a camera that I’d never used before, the Canon S90. I’d bought the camera for work but hadn’t really had a chance to take a look at what it could do. All the outdoor shots here were taken with it, and I’m even more impressed with it than I was when I first read the reviews. Not sure it could sub for the G11, but its definitely a ton of capability in a really small package. I also took the liberty of adding a new panoramic of Bogus Basin ski area to the slideshow up above…a stitched image of 6 shots taken with the S90.