Summer Palace

The Nikon D50, a 6 megapixel camera, was my first DSLR. It’s pretty amazing that four years later, the recently released iPhone 6 has an 8 megapixel camera. Of course, the number of pixels matter, but so does the quality of the pixels. No one wants 8 megapixels of noise.

Besides the evolution of camera technology, I can also see how my skill level has matured. I have an understanding of how ISO, aperture and shutter speed interact, that I did not before. It’s also quite painful to look back at earlier photos and see the obvious mistakes. ISO 1,600 on the Nikon D50 is noisy and unforgiving, though its problems are not entirely noticeable on the back LCD. Some places you can go back with better technology and technique, but moments with your children are forever sealed in time.

Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Nikon D50, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/250s

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