I originally brought a Sony DCR-TRV900 digital video camera to produce films, but then it occurred to me that they had an advantage over all other still cameras. You can film in full resolution progressive scan mode and pick the best frame. You can capture the exact moment in time that you would normally have to rely on luck to shoot. This increases the possibilities of the kind of pictures that you can take, though keeping a fast moving, small object in focus with a high shutter speed and short depth of field does not make a good shot any easier to acheive. The results though reveal things that are too quick for the eye to normally perceive, such as how birds jump off vertical twigs before flying, how insects fly backwards away from flowers and the wave of their wings, the length frog legs extend to in order to jump.

Digital cameras also have the advantage in allowing you to choose between black & white, sepia and colour and also to simulate the effects of filters without the need for a computer. You can take infra-red pictures during the day in extremely bright sunshine if you have an infra-red filter. The LCD monitor allows you to get unusual angles and after viewing if you do not like the result, take another.

Because televisions are brighter than computer monitors the stills from a digital camera need the gamma increased by 1.2 Any colour correction that has occurred on these pictures has been achieved in Photoshop by either using the automatic contrast or the automatic balance functions (Shift+Ctrl+Alt-L or Shift+Ctrl-L). None of the photos have been cropped or resized.





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